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Expand Article # 2343 Moving Rituals
Q. 2) (See re-interment question above, of a father buried in another city and being moved to Toronto.)
So they basically wanted to know:
(a) Does there have to be a shomer after the body is exhumed in F. until it is reintered here in ....


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Expand Article # 2342 The Moving Spirit
Q. 1) Shalom Aleichem Rebbe: I was calling about a question someone asked me about re- internment of their father from F. to Toronto.
She and her brother are not frum, but they want to have their parents buried (their ailing mother is plannin ....


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Expand Article # 2341 When they Switch the Light Switch...
Q. We are eating Friday night and seuda shlishis at a party room in a condominium with out of town family. The room has a fridge and the fridge has a set of LED lights which go on when the fridge is opened. I cannot figure out  yet how to ....


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Expand Article # 2340 For The Not-Foreseeable Future
Q. One who is undecided if to go ahead with a proposed shiduch and choose a marriage partner, and is emotionally very affected by the uncertainty and doubt. Is it recommended or even permissible to follow the
Goral of the Vilna Gaon? What is ....


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Expand Article # 2339 Lots on Casting Lots
Q. Q. Re- above question. Why is it permitted to flip a coin to establish who has rights or is the owner of a property. does that not contravene the prohibition of not divining the future or the positive commandment of Tamim tichye?"

A. ....


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Expand Article # 2338 Two Sides of the Same Coin
Q. Two friends who daven in the same shul are competing to acquire a High Holidays front seat, that for x reason they are both entitled to. They decided between them to flip a coin. But after the coin was in the air and the side of the coin was chos ....


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Expand Article # 2337 Attention on Pay
Q. A number of years ago I taught an older person, a Ba’al Teshuvah whose family wasn’t frum. After he was niftar, by the levaya I came over to his sons and told them that it is important that Kaddish be said for their father and that it is bette ....


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Expand Article # 2336 Rebirth in Purity
Q. Can a woman who is about to convert and go to the mikva, do so if she is a nidda? Or does she have to purify herself first? If she feels that she wants to be totally tahor and pure before accepting the Torah and mitzvot, should she immerse for nid ....


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Expand Article # 2335 Flash in the Pan
Q. If someone was making eggs in a not-ben-yomo fleishig frying pan, and the eggs were hot. At that time someone placed a piece of cheese on top of the eggs. It was immediately realized that it was a mistake, and the cheese was removed from on top o ....


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Expand Article # 2334 Framing that Picture Frame
Q. I'm confused regarding the digital picture frames discussed in previous questions.. I'm not sure where my type of screen fits in.. I have a picture frame that is connected to a specific email address that only my children have. They send a pictur ....


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Expand Article # 2333 When News is Good News
Q. Regarding the prohibition of relating sad news on Shabbos - may one relate sad news to his friend, in order to relieve himself of the tremendous emotional tension of holding it in, or in order to ask his close friend for an eitza regarding the si ....


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Expand Article # 2332 Send Back the Bring Back To Life?
Q. 1) If someone calls Hatzalah on Shabbos and then it turns out that everything is fine (for example a child choking and the food comes out), should he call back hatzalah to cancel the call?...

A. Some physicians recommend to have t ....


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Expand Article # 2331 Read Your Mind Aloud
Q. On question 2320 and other previous ones (1849, 1850) you wrote that Horav Miller rules that one should be always be “Mosser Modoah” or declare, preferably in front of the beis din when he makes hattoras nedorim or the annulment of past oaths, v ....


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Expand Article # 2330 The Reality of Halacha
Q. A friend asked another friend traveling to the states to kindly take for him a small suitcase. He did so but when they stopped to rest, the locked car was broken into and the suitcase was stolen. The driver claimed that he was after all only a sh ....


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Expand Article # 2329 Men's Mezuza?
Q. Can a woman living alone, place a mezuza on the entrance of her home?

A. Poskim disagree. Yeshuos Malko (H. Mezuza 5: 10) rules that although a woman is obliged in the mitzva of mezuza, she should not affix it in its place hersel ....


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Expand Article # 2328 Ask Forgiveness and Get Married
Q. (See question 2327). Can we get married also in the days when selichos are said?

A. Nitei Gavriel (Rosh Hashana 5: 9) writes that the complete month of Elul is propitious for getting married including the days selichos are recit ....


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Expand Article # 2327 Elul Simches
Q. We are arranging our wedding (small - second marriage), and would like to know if there is an issue not to get married during the month of Elul, because of the Days of Judgment? We need a fast answer please.

A. Poskim maintain ....


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Expand Article # 2326 Look In on the Look Out
Q. Is using an image baby monitor, without voice the same as a voice monitor, or one can be more lenient?

A. See question above in regard to a voice monitor. Horav Shlomo Miller's opinion is that there may be a greater possibility to be ....


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Expand Article # 2325 Far Cry Baby
Q. Can one use a voice baby monitor or room intercom, if it was left on before Shabbat began, and the controls are taped?

A. On question 1127 regarding why we prohibit using a microphone on Shabbos, and we permit speaking to a person we ....


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Expand Article # 2324 Flat Fee Match
Q. Since so many negative issues and serious problems are created by shadchanim or marriage brokers who favor customers who are wealthy and pay a higher finding fee, should not the Rabbanim join forces together and decree an established fixed fee f ....


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