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Expand Article # 2550 The Branch of Olives
Q, We are learning about eating olives at the Daf. Is it true that the detrimental eating of olives that makes one forget his learning, does not apply to someone who is a Talmid Chcham? (It was so mentioned in our shiur).

A. On questio ....


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Expand Article # 2549 Bless The Hostess?
Q. When a guest is reciting during Birchat Hamazon after a meal the blessing for his host, should he not include the hostess also? Why is she is not usually included in the established different nuschaos or versions? (See first question above.
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Expand Article # 2548 A Very Blessed Trip
Q. When someone is staying in a Jewish hotel or traveling El Al, should one say the blessing for the host after eating and reciting Birchat Hamazon?

A. Mishna Berura (193: 27) rules that one who recites birchas hamazon at a Gentiles ho ....


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Expand Article # 2547 The Place of Honor
Q. (Re- question 2546 above). Where is the correct place for the guest to recite the blessing honoring and thanking his host after the meal, during Birchat Hamazon?

A. As mentioned above, there are two established versions of the bracha ....


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Expand Article # 2546 Thank G-d For Small Blessings
Q. Why is it that only some of the guest bother to bless their hosts at the end of a Shabbat or other meal, with the extended bracha mentioned in the Gemara, and they say only a short Horachaman, mentioned in sidurim by Birchat Hamazon?

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Expand Article #2545 Thanks But No Thanks


Q. A gabay goes around the shul with a pushka during pesukei dezimara (by Vaiborech Dovid) to collect tzedaka for the shul. He often says yasher koach or thank you to the givers and he argues that it is not a hefsek or interruption,sin ....


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Expand Article # 2544 Make a Name for Yourself
Q. When reciting a mi sheberach for a sick person, we usually quote his mothers name. If he is a Cohen or a Levy, should the gabay say Hacohen or Halevy after his name or after the mothers name, as we usually do with the father?

A. On q ....


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Expand Article # 2543 Tefilah Multitasking
Q. Re - above question (2542). When repeating the amida, Halacha requires that we must have at least nine people listening to the shaliach tzibur and answering amen to his brochos., otherwise the blessing may be in vain and prohibited. How much is ....


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Expand Article # 2542 Are You Really Listening?
Q. When repeating the amida, Halacha requires that we must have at least nine people listening to the shaliach tzibur and answering amen to his brochos. Since in our days it is unusual for someone to maintain constant attention that long, should th ....


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Expand Article # 2541 Enjoy At The Right Time
Q. Does the principle of choosing to make a brocho on "choviv" or the items one likes, apply to all foods being served? Would that mean that one should make the required brocho on the dessert one specially likes if already on the table, before the r ....


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Expand Article # 2540 With Pleasure
Q. When eating two different fruits of the same brocho and status, you are supposed to say the brocho on the "choviv" or the most liked one. Does that mean just pleasant because of its good taste, or does that include you wanting to honor the one wh ....


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Expand Article # 2539 A Song in Your Heart
Q. I recently became interested in becoming a baal tshuva. I was invited by some religious friends from college, to come and join them in the learning of Torah at a close by yeshiva. It was my first time and I was very surprised to watch the studen ....


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Expand Article # 2538 Clearing Made Clear
Q. An elderly patient with prostate cancer not uncommon at that stage of life, is presented by his doctors with two equal choices for treatment; one is surgical removal of the gland and the other is clearing the tumor by radiation. Is there an Halac ....


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Expand Article # 2537 Help Is Here
Q. Thank you very much. Just to clarify, if I take off maaser when I earn the money as you pasken, and then I invest it in stocks or put in an IRA, do I then calculate the maaser yearly - or just when I sell the stocks/take money out of the IRA?


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Expand Article # 2536 A Gentile's Expiration
Q. On question above (if a Cohen physician that unintentionally ended the life of a patient, can continue reciting Birchas Cohanim), does it matter if the patient was not Jewish?

A. Pri Megodim (E"A 128; 51) mentions that it applies eve ....


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Expand Article # 2535 A Blessed Death?
Q. A physician who is also a Cohen and learns the Daf, recently became aware that a Cohen whose hands have spilled blood can not rise them and perform Birchas Cohanim. He is wondering with honesty about himself. He has been always recognized, throug ....


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Expand Article # 2534 Be a Party to the Party?
Q. The seuda - meal offered after the chalaka or the traditional cutting of the hair when a boy becomes three years old, is it considered to be a seudas mitzva? (for the purpose of the effort in attending and washing hands or eating meat during the ....


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Expand Article # 2533 Cutting Off Some Cutters
Q. Is it permitted for women to also cut a bit of the hair of a boy when he becomes three years old?
Is it correct, what many do after the chalaka, that they take the child to a non-Jewish barber and he finishes professionally the hair cut?


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Expand Article # 2532 The Barbershul?
Q. Is it proper to the chalaka or the traditional cutting of the hair when a boy becomes three years old in a shul?

A. Poskim disagree. Some maintain it is permitted, since it is an important mitzva of chinuch for the child. (Sdei Che ....


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Expand Article # 2531 Your Earliest Convenience
Q. If I am putting a certain percentage of my salary into an IRA or other retirement account and I won't be using the money for many years, when do I take maaser? Before I put it in? If I have to take maaser before I put it in, do I have to keep ca ....


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