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Expand Article # 2433 Food for Thought
Q. One who has limited income - should he rather spend his money on having nicer and more food or drink for Shabbos, or on buying good seforim to learn from (even though he could learn from the sefarim that are available in the beis medrash, he want ....


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Expand Article # 2432 A Penny Saved - Not a Penny Earned
Q. One who received an apartment that he stayed in for one dollar a month (as a chesed), does he need to calculate the market value and give maaser from the money that he saved? If he would not have been given this apartment, he would not have ren ....


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Expand Article # 2431 Sign Off
Q. When a bachur sees a sign put up in a yeshiva that is not appropriate for a Makom Torah and it is not appropriate for a ben torah to have written such a thing, may one immediately rip it down even though it is not his?

A. It may ....


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Expand Article # 243O An Ad-Nauseam Ad?
Q. If a government Veteran Day advertisement poster that is not tzniusdik, as it shows a not well covered female army conscript (following Halacha standards) was placed in front of a shul, should one just take it down, before the attendants to mi ....


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Expand Article # 2429 Buyers Beware
Q. I have seen in a number of supermarkets in town knives and eating utensils made of metal, imported from Israel with a hechsher that certifies they are exempted from tevila immersion on a mikva.
That should be incorrect since after all th ....


Posted 11/26/2019 10:49 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2428 Know From Memory
Q. If someone after thirty days of saying Mashiv Haruach and even after repeating it 90 times, still catches himself as forgetting during the brocho. If he indeed was totally unaware if he said it or not, can he rely on the chazaka of thirty days ....


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Expand Article # 2427 Dandruff Is Back
Q. On prior question (2405) you quoted Rav Miller ruling that one should not shake off dandruff from his clothing during shemone essreh. Why not? If someone is addressing an important meeting, would you not expect to correct his tie properly or wipe ....


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Expand Article # 2426 A Change for the Better
Q. If one replaces a mezuza with a better one, does he have to say a brocho? What happens if he already had in his possession this new better mezuza for months and at the time the present mezuza to be replaced was attached?

A. Sefer Hoe ....


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Expand Article # 2425 Check is on the Door
Q. When one removes a mezuza to be checked and the puts it back, does he have to make a brocho?

A. Pischei Teshuva (Y.D. 289: 1) quotes Lashon Limudim that debates whether one should recite a brocho when placing back a mezuza that was t ....


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Expand Article # 2424 Tell a Good Story
Q. Can someone read in a bathroom stories of tzadikim or Jewish history (kosher) seforim?

A. Vayivorech Dovid (1: 15) and others maintain that it depends on the disagreement mentioned in last question,(2423). Piskei Teshuvos (85: 3) ar ....


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Expand Article # 2423 Is G-dliness next to Cleanliness?
Q. Regarding the questions if Hashem is everywhere including impure places, (2412-13), does this mean that following the Hagra's opinion, one cannot think of Hashem's presence when in a bathroom or mikve? Does shivisi Hashem not apply when one is in ....


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Expand Article # 2422 Labor of Love
Q. Since learning Torah and doing mitzvos out of pure love for Hashem is the greatest and most elevated of all actions possible, should then, when possible a teacher of Torah shiurim refuse being paid, if he can survive without that salary?



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Expand Article # 2421 Buy On Time
Q. Is it permitted to quickly buy a few seforim prior to davening Shacharis, such as in a yeshiva where seforim are for sale and one is concerned that if he davens first, someone else will take the seforim that he wants?

A. Poskim pe ....


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Expand Article # 2420 Too Much Too Late
Q. A person that usually says korbonos before mincha, if he davened in a shul where maariv follows mincha immediately, right after the shekia and because he was late was unable to say korbonos before mincha. Can he say them after maariv?

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Expand Article # 2419 Giving a Giving Education
Q. A bachur who makes some money (such as when he leins or participates in a learning program) but is generally dependent on his parents for his sustenance, is he obligated to give maaser from the money that he makes?

A. Poskim mention ....


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Expand Article # 2418 A Gift for Gifts
Q. Is there an obligation to give maaser kesafim (tithes of one tenth) of one's earnings to the poor?

A. Shulchan Aruch (248: 1) rules that everyone is obliged to give tzedaka, even one who himself depends on charity to survive.
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Expand Article # 2417 Till Death Do Us Part?
Q. Thank you for giving me your email this morning.
Soon after I married in 1984 my father bought a cemetery plot for myself and my wife in the...  We divorced eleven years ago and I had forgotten about the plots and when the separation ....


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Expand Article # 2416 If It Looks and Smells...
Q. (Re- question 2408). If someone underwent a polypectomy, to remove a polyp or small cancerous growth on the colon and is still bleeding, does the same Halacha apply?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion (on question 2408) ....


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Expand Article # 2415 Let The Dust Settle
Q. On using talcum powder inside shoes or boots during Shabbos (see above question 2414). Would everyone permit if you put the talcum powder before Shabbos?
If there us no eruv, is there a problem to carry it outside?

A. Cheshev H ....


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Expand Article # 2414 Talc Talk
Q. Can one sprinkle talc powder on the feet or shoes on Shabbos to keep them dry, specially on boots during the winter months?

A. Non-medicated talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silico ....


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