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Expand Article # 2373 Sleep On This
Q. A person who came to shul among the first ten, and upon arrival fell asleep at a shtender, and when he woke up at the beginning of davening, the beis medrash was full - does he get credit for being among the first ten, even though at the time ....


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Expand Article # 2372 Mind Your Driving
Q. What is the halacha regarding one who drives in a manner in which disregards traffic laws such as speed limits and stop signs, but he makes sure to be safe and respectful to other drivers?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion ....


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Expand Article # 2371 Accounting For Tastes?
Q. Does one recite a bracha on water if one is not thirsty, but has some enjoyment from the temperature of the water (such as one who drinks a nice cold cup of water or a very hot cup of water, where there is a certain degree of enjoyment from the t ....


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Expand Article # 2370 The Yom Kippur Pains
Q. I daven in a shul that is frequented by baalei teshuva, and I have seen some very weird practices and customs that some adopted. Is it correct to place little stones or gravel on one's tennis shoes on Yom Kippur and walk around in pain with them ....


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Expand Article # 2369 A File on Charges
Q. I have an internet service that scheduled and charged my credit card on Saturday (or Yom Tov).
Is that a problem?
Can you respond quickly - not sure if I have to do anything?
Thank you

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shli ....


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Expand Article # 2368 Shiur on Shiurim
Q. I was also wondering, one that can't fast the complete day on Yom Kippur, but has an option of eating shiurim or small amounts from the morning on, and that will be enough for him to fast the whole day. Should he do that or better don't eat at ....


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Expand Article # 2367 Ransom which Tzom?
Q. My elderly father has problems fasting, but he usually is able to fast. His doctor told him if he prepares and eats properly the weeks before, he can try even in full day fasts. The question arose on fasting on Tzom Gedalyah that is shorter and e ....


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Expand Article # 2366 What a Brocho Teshuva Is
Q. If one is certain that he is going to do teshuva on something wrong he did, does he make a bracha when making teshuva? What bracha? Does he say it when reciting viduy?

A. Beis Yitzchok (Nitzovim 193) maintains that although, tesh ....


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Expand Article # 2365 Is This Good for Kappores?
Q, We usually make kapparot with chickens. I have learned that if one's wife is pregnant, one should procure for her two chickens and one rooster, in case the baby is a boy or a girl. Can you rely on an ultrasound test and just bring a chicken for th ....


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Expand Article # 2364 Soften the Blow
Q. A 5 year old child had a cold and stayed home on Rosh Hashana. He was very upset he couldn't hear the shofar, his father borrowed a shofar and blew for him some kolos to make him happy. Is that considered chinuch of children, which is permitted o ....


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Expand Article # 2363 Let Them Eat Cake?
Q. The minhag of our family is to abstain from eating nuts the complete Aseres Yemei Teshuva, can I eat in a kiddush a cake that contains nuts?

A. On question1843 regarding the extend of the minhag of eating nuts, we wrote: "There ....


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Expand Article # 2362 Take your Seat
Q. Why in some shuls the chazan begins singing Hamelech from his seat and then approaches the amud?

A. See similar question 1776 where we answered:
"Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that on the Yomim Noroim we are requested ....


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Expand Article # 2361 Nuts Over Nuts?
Q. Regarding the minhag not to eats nuts during the aseret yemei teshuva (because the gematria of egoz is the same as that of cheit), to which nuts does this actually apply?
Walnuts are called Egozei Melech.
Hazelnuts are called Egozei L ....


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Expand Article # 2360 Feast of Creation
Q. Should a seudas hodoa or a festive meal be done for the newly converted?

A. Madrich Lager (p. 86) quotes that some would advise not to do so, since this seuda is not mentioned by the Poskim. However his opinion is that in principle a ....


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Expand Article # 2359 Welcome to Your Home
Q. What is the correct way to salute a newly converted Ger that one encounters after the immersion in the mikva? Does one have to say Shalom Aleichem? Does one have to recite Shecheyanu?

A. Maseches Gerim (1) mentions that after the te ....


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Expand Article # 2358 Torah Deal or Just a Meal
Q. Can someone who usually fasts on Erev Rosh Hashana when possible, attend a siyum and thus avoid fasting?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that this case is similar to the Taanis Bechoros on Erev Pesach, where firstborns ....


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Expand Article # 2357 A Late Train
Q. Can a Baal Tokea blow shofar to train and prepare on the night of Rosh Hashana or on the morning before davening, if he has then specific intention of not being yotze with the mitzva?

A. See questions 858, 859 and 867, on the permiss ....


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Expand Article # 2356 Stay Home?
Q. Does an avel during shiva go to shul on Erev Rosh Hashana? If he does and that is the last day of shiva, does he return home or he is lifted from shiva at the shul?

A. Remah (O.H. 581: 1) rules that an ovel is prohibited from le ....


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Expand Article # 2355 Dure and Easy
Q. Why are the piyutim of the Selichos so complicated, and difficult to understand as they use words that are totally unknown to most of us? They probably were also challenging and cryptic to the masses in the days they were composed. So why not reci ....


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Expand Article # 2354 Say it Right
Q. We mention always we are going to "say Selichos," in Hebrew we say "omrim Selichos," or "zogg'n Selichos" in Yidish. Should not the correct expression be "ask Selichos or lebakesh or betn?" After all, we are imploring and beseeching Hashem to forg ....


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