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Expand Article # 2467 The Blessed Fruits
Q. What brocho does one recite on dried cranberries?

A. On question 1239 we wrote: Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 203: 2) rules that one recites hoadama on berries grown on bushes that yearly loose their trunk and only the roots remain next year. ....


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Expand Article # 2466 Up In The Air?
Q. What brocho does one make on hydroponically or aeroponically grown vegetables?

A. Poskim disagree on what brocho one recites on fruits and vegetables grown in non-perforated soil pots. Chayei Adam (51: 17), maintains that the brocho i ....


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Expand Article # 2465 Intent Coffee
Q. We know that one can drink water, coffee or tea before davening shacharis to help concentration, even with milk and sugar. My question is; if a person is accustomed to drinking black coffee, is it mutar to decide to drink a coffee with milk and ....


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Expand Article # 2464 Quiet Please
Q. Does the issur of lashon hara apply to something that is public knowledge and that a person himself "shouts from the rooftops," so to speak? For example, a person who constantly walks around in the street smoking wherever he goes, is it lashon h ....


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Expand Article # 2463 Is That Really True?
Q. If loshon harah is spoken but the listener doesn’t believe the information to be true does this make the speech non loshon harah?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is lashon harah and prohibited as mentioned also by ....


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Expand Article #2462 Many Happy Chanuka Returns
Q. My son is going to have his ninth birthday a few days after Chanuka and we want to give him as a present a silver menorah. Can he light that menorah during chanuka and then light it again during his birthday party, (all nine lights), when he is al ....


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Expand Article # 2461 Wow! Is That a Real Menorah?
Q. Can one light a menorah made of sculptured ice, (the oil cups are glass)?

A. In principle a menorah is not essential in complying with the mitzva of Chanuka, as long as lights are lit in a proper utensil and it is able to stay lit fo ....


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Expand Article # 2460 Nice and Quiet
Q. Can one hug and kiss a young child that fell and hurt himself while in shul, to calm him and keep him from crying, when it is difficult to take him out somewhere else?

A. Horav Y. Zilberstein Shlit'a (Aleinu Leshaveach - Shemos p. 5 ....


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Expand Article # 2459 Goodbye to Kiss
Q. Since it is prohibited to kiss children in shul, since we should only show in Hashem's house love to Him, why do chasidim kiss the hand of their rebbes when in shul?

A. Remo (O.H. 98: 1) indeed rules that one should not kiss his youn ....


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Expand Article # 2458 No Returns Accepted
Q. Re question 2450 above. - One who forgot to request mashiv haruach, and he already passed the bracha of Retzei, and then went back only to Shema Koleinu and mentioned it there, is he yotzi?

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


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Expand Article # 2457 A Light Touch

Q. I usually prepare, set and light the menora candles of an elderly almana (widow) that is our neighbor. It is her menora and her candles is that correct? Can I make the brochos on her behalf?

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


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Expand Article # 2456 Heavenly Attire
Q. Should one who visits the sick wear Shabbos or better clothing, since he is doing a mitzva? (Re- question above)

A. Talmud (Brochos 12b) teaches that on who goes to visit the ill, should cover himself since the presence of the Shech ....


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Expand Article # 2455 Dress Up for the Occasion?
Q. Should one wear a Shabbat or any jacket for lighting the Chanuka menorah or at least put on a hat?

A. .Rivavos Efraim (O.H. 125: 7) quotes different sources for wearing special clothing for Chanuka.
Chesed Leavrohom (Vayigash) ....


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Expand Article # 2454 One's Pride or One's Joy?
Q. Should someone that gives shiurim and teaches Torah to a rabbim, travel out of town to the wedding of a good friend, if that would cause the bittul Torah of the many?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a is that when a wedding takes plac ....


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Expand Article # 2453 Buyers Beware III
Re-question 2434 and 2429, in regard to immersing utensils manufactured in Israel, but sold in a non-Jewish store. If the item was given on consignment to the Gentile store, does it still need to be toiveled?

A. Horav Shlomo Mi ....


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Expand Article # 2452 Believe This?
Q. Recently the Government of Canada turned down the tax-exempt status for the Atheistic Church.
If they decide to sell properties, can one buy them or are they considered in Halacha as having been used for avoda zarah?

A. Last we ....


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Expand Article # 2451 In Line with the Line
Q. Kvod Harav,
I appreciate your column very much, giving people the ability to stay anonymous for sensitive shailos.
No Frills supermarket has a price match guarantee on any item in their store. Which means that if you show them on you ....


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Expand Article # 2450 We Accept Returns
Q. One who forgot to request dew and rain in his tefilla, and he already passed the bracha of Retzei, and then went back to Shema Koleinu and mentioned it there, is he yotzi? Even though the halacha is to revert to Boraych Aleinu. May one mention it ....


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Expand Article # 2449 The Settings of Mitzva Dedication
Q. Last year it happened to us that we did not have at hand any olive oil when we prepared the menorah for lighting and therefore placed wax candles instead. Then, right before lighting, we received some olive oil. Was it correct to remove the wax ca ....


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Expand Article # 2448 The Door to the Window
Q. Is it better to light Chanuka candles bellow ten tefachim next to the door in the inside of the home, or by the window facing the street, but the lights would be over ten tefachim high from the floor?

A. Shaarei Tzion (671: 30) quote ....


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