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Expand Article # 2574 Early Pesach Sale
Q. Kvod Horav. We normally sell our entire house for Pesach. We go away and I just lock everything up and sell.
Someone asked me this year if her married kids could stay in my house because she doesn't have room for them. I really want to help ....


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Expand Article # 2573 Blessings From Heaven
Q. Recently, we learned on the Daf that one should recite a special blessing when he sees a place where a miracle occurred for the Bnay Yisroel, such as the site of the crossing of the sea, when we left Egypt, or the crossing of the Yarden river whe ....


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Expand Article # 2572 Catch On The Purim Cash
Q. What are the correct amounts for machatzit hashekel and matonos laevyonim this year?

A. On question 1024 we wrote: Rema (O.H. 694: 1) rules that we donate besides Matonos Laevyonim, also Machatzis Hashekel, but the amounts differ. Mi ....


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Expand Article # 2571 A Blessing in a Disguise?
Q. Can one borrow the "partzufim" or masks, Purim disguises and attires that others left in shul after megilla reading, without the permission of the owners? Is this similar to borrowing and wearing someones taalis, since we assume that "nicha lei le ....


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Expand Article # 2570 She Read Him the Whole Megilla
Q. Can a patient hospitalized in a long term recovery facility, far away from a Jewish community, have his wife read the megilla for him if he cannot do it himself or find anyone else willing to travel the distance during Purim?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 2569 Have you Heard this One?
Q. Many elderly use in our days hearing aids and follow the opinion of Poskim that they should read themselves from a kosher megilla when the megilla is being read in shul. Is it better if at that time they turn off or remove their hearing aids so ....


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Expand Article # 2568 Do You Hear Me?
Q. Our megilla Baal Kore, with the passing of years, now needs a hearing aid. He can still hear without it, when you talk loudly to him. Can he still read the megilla in shul for all, or do we need someone else? (he will be hurt if denied).
....


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Expand Article # 2568 Do You Hear Me?
Q. Our megilla Baal Kore, with the passing of years, now needs a hearing aid. He can still hear without it, when you talk loudly to him. Can he still read the megilla in shul for all, or do we need someone else? (he will be hurt if denied).
< ....


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Expand Article # 2567 Bring On the Wine
Q. Does one comply with the mitzva of shalach manot on Purim, if one sends two wine bottles?

A. Mishna Berura (695: 20), Aruch Hashulchan (ibid. 14), Shem Mishimon (31) and others maintain that one complies with shalach monos, by sen ....


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Expand Article # 2566 A Gift for Giving Gifts
Q. Does one comply with the mitzva of shalach manot on Purim, if the gift is send to a neighbor one is not friendly with, since he may not be called "re'eihu"?.

A, On question 2095 regarding if one sends shalach monos and forgot t ....


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Expand Article # 2565 The True Believer?
Q. Does one comply with the mitzva of shalach manot on Purim, if the gift is send to a non-frum yet neighbor?

A. Responsa Shraga Meir (4: 31) discuses this shailah regarding a patient in a hospital, giving shalach manos to his non relig ....


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Expand Article # 2564 Looking Good on Shabbos
Q. Can a shaatnez tester in case of need use a strong magnifying glass or compounded instrument to check for shaatnez during Shabbat?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 307: 17) writes that the ones that permit the studying of sciences during Sh ....


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Expand Article # 2563 Check on the Baby?
Q. Does one have to check for shaatnez clothing given to a baby or a minor, when there is a possibility that it may have wool and linen? Can one be lenient since the baby or child does not have the mind and intent of wearing it?

A. Min ....


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Expand Article # 2562 Honest to G-d
Q. A friend who is a shatnez tester and I consult him, requested that I ask the Rov, if from experience he knows that the cloth he is being asked to check is not likely to have any shaatnez. Does he have to inform the owner that no testing is require ....


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Expand Article # 2561 Examine the Examination
Q. Re- questions (2559-60) above. How much is one obliged to be concerned about the possibility of having shatnez in one's clothing, to be machmir and pay for a bedika or shaatnez test?

A. Ramban (Chulin 12a) and others compare this tes ....


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Expand Article # 2560 Tailor Made Evaluation
Q. Can you rely on a non-Jewish tailor, when he assures that there is no linen in the wool suits he makes for you, specially when you have been his client for many years and he is afraid to loose a customer?
How about, if you and others have ch ....


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Expand Article # 2559 Look Out and Look in?
Q. Do you have to check for shaatnez a suit that according to its label it 100% polyester etc. and does not contain any wool?

A. Many of the shatnez cases in our days are likely only Rabbinically prohibited. Shatnez is the acronym for ....


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Expand Article # 2558 A Fresh Start
Q. Should preference for reciting sheva brochos in the case above (Q. 2555) be given to the one that led the benching since he started with the mitzva?

A. Poskim maintain that it can be given to someone else lechatchila, and that is ....


Posted 2/28/2020 1:45 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2557 Pray For The Medicine?
Q. If someone keeps his medicines in the bathroom, can he say the tefila mentioned above (2556 - “Yehi ratzon milfanecha, Hashem Elo-hai, she’yehai eisek zeh li li’refuah ki rofai chinam atta," - May it be Your will, Hashem my G-d, that this activit ....


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Expand Article # 2556 Bless One's Medicine?
Q. Does one say a special tefila or bracha before taking any medicine constantly taken with Hashem's name? Does one say it on Shabbat or Yom Tov?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 230: based on Talmud Brochos 60a), does indeed rule that before ....


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