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Expand Article # 2411 Poor Little Rich Poor
Q. Is there a chiyuv to give at least some tzedakah to every Jewish ani (poor) who asks? If yes, what about someone who appears very suspicious, for example, you sometimes have someone who says his car broke down and he needs money for a bus, and i ....


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Expand Article # 2410 Your Name Again?
Q. Re- question 2401. Regarding geirim having ruach hakodesh (like parents) when choosing their name. That Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it stands to reason that if a ger has the right kavana and intention when choosing the new name ....


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Expand Article # 2409 Taxing Future Gains
Q. If I know I will be getting a wages cheque at the end of the month or any other future income, can I give the maaser money already now to the poor and have it count for future moneys not yet earned?

A. Noda Beyehuda (Y.D. 1: 73) ....


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Expand Article # 2408 Blood Check
Q. Is someone underwent a prostate examination (biopsy) or a removal operation and is bleeding anally or in his urine, can he daven or recite brochos?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that the anal blood emissions, if they a ....


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Expand Article # 2407 Say his Pray
Q. There is a person who is not able to daven on his own because he r"l had a stroke and it takes him very long to say the words. Therefore, the eitza that is done is someone stands next to him by Shmone Ezreh and davens in a way that is audible to ....


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Expand Article # 2406 Dress for Success
Q. Re- question above regarding the removal of dandruff or dust from clothing. Does the above also apply to a woman teacher? Is she also included in the obligation that a talmid chacham's clothing should be clean at all times?

A. Horav ....


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Expand Article # 2405 Shakes The Flakes?
Q. A teacher or a Rabbi who has severe dandruff problems and the dandruff constantly falls on his clothes, sometimes making it significantly dirty, is it a violation (the talmid chacham's clothing has to be clean at all times)? May one brush it off ....


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Expand Article # 2404 Major Minor Question
Q. Re- question 2403 above. What happens if the minor is going to become bar mitzva during the shloshim of his father. Is he then obliged to sit shiva or keep the other traditions of avelut after he become bar mitzva?

A. Shulchan Aruc ....


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Expand Article # 2403 A Shiva Teshuva
Q. My young husband died R'L recently leaving our two children not yet bar mitzva. I was told that they don't have to sit shiva. Why isn't there a mitzva of chinuch do educate them as there is on all other mitzvos? What if they want to keep shiva an ....


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Expand Article # 2402 Don't Marry the Grandparents
Q. I'm a frum young woman that is having a hard time finding a shiduch. Hopefully Hashem send me the right kind of possible chosson that actually meets most of my expectations. He is a Ben Torah that learned in great yeshivos, and also has a good p ....


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Expand Article # 2401 What's in a Name?
Q. Do geirim have ruach hakodesh (like parents) when choosing their name?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it stands to reason that if a ger has the right kavana and intention when choosing the new name, after praying ....


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Expand Article # 2400 Sukka Trained Pet?
Q. Re - 2390. Would it be permitted to have pets, such as dogs and cats, to come in to the succah?
What if someone is very attached to them?

A. On question 905 regarding one attending a neighborhood Simchas Bais Hashoeva a ....


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Expand Article # 2399 The Gift of Giving Gifts
Q. I purchased the first inaugural paroches at two different minyanim... and dedicated them in memory of grandparents. Both times, the person in charge made an announcement that they are seeking a donor and I immediately said yes, pledged and paid ....


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Expand Article # 2398 Don't Tear Out Your Hair
Q. Sometimes my glasses get stuck to a hair. Am I allowed to remove the glasses on Shabbos, even though I am pulling out a hair along with it?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that if it is not a necessary and unavoidable " ....


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Expand Article # 2397 Hang On to Your Own Hat
Q. If one realizes during SE (Shemone Ezre) that he is wearing a hat that is not his own, what should he do? (accidentally took someone else's hat) Should he leave during SE and put back the hat? Or should he put it back only after davening? May h ....


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Expand Article # 2396 Question the Questionable Sukka
Q. One who is eating invited by a family on Sukkos and upon arriving sees that their sukkah is not halachically valid or is questionable and he does not wish to eat in such a sukkah, what should he do? Just leave? (For example, they were using shee ....


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Expand Article # 2395 A Bite to Eat
Q. Is it permitted on Simchas Torah to wash and have a small seuda (with bread and a little fish) before hakafos and Mussaf, in order to comply with Rav Miller's opinion that the seudas Yom Tov should be held before chatzos?

A. On qu ....


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Expand Article # 2394 A Guest For a Rainy Day
Q. If one was invited on Sukkos and when he arrives the family are eating in the house since at the time they started their meal it was raining, but now (when the guest arrives) it is perfectly clear, what should the guest do? Should he demand th ....


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Expand Article # 2393 Good Will or Asleep at the Wheel?
Q. A mashgiach caught a few times daydreaming and being lax in his supervision of a shul's kitchen was re-accepted if he would keep a number of takanot and improvements, such as being always on time and alert, making the rounds, being also from the ....


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Expand Article # 2392 Doing The Honors
Q. If one could not comply with this mitzva (Kabbolas Pnei Horav - visiting or calling on one's Rov during a Chag - see question 2391 above), during Yom Tov, can one do so on Isru Chag (the day after Yom Tov)?

A. Poskim disagree when ....


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