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Expand Article # 2353 The Law on Bending
Q. Can one to avoid giving a handshake to a woman, bow slightly with palms together, as Hindu and Buddhist do (namaste greeting)?

A. We do find that Avraham Avinu greeted the B'nei Cheiss more profusely (24: 7) And Avraham arose and p ....


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Expand Article # 2352 Seasoned Greetings
Q. Can a man greet a woman using a high-five or fist-bump salutation? How about if he is careful not to touch her hand, (he retrieves it fast, before they touch)?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that if it is done respectfull ....


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Expand Article # 2351 On a Handshake
Q. I am working in a lawyer's office. The lawyer is frum, but on the modern side. There is a client that came in and the lawyer shook hands with her. Afterwards, the lady extended her hand to me. My practice is never to shake hands with any lady und ....


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Expand Article # 2350 Judging Another on One's Own Merits
Q. I bought a rather long list of items at a kosher store, and I was clearly cheated when being charged about ten dollars for something I did not buy. I didn't notice until I got home and I was debating if to go back and waste time that is more valu ....


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Expand Article # 2349 Make No Mistake About It
Q. Re - If the Baal Tokea keeps on making mistakes, can one demand from the congregation that another Baal Tokea should blow instead, or should one go to another shul if possible?

A. See question above. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a o ....


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Expand Article # 2348 Who Blew It?
Q. If the Baal Tokea on Rosh Hashana keeps on making mistakes in the shofar blowing is that considered to be a siman ra'a or bad omen for the congregation?

A. Mishna (Brochos 34b) teaches that if a Shaliach Tzibur that made a mistake, ....


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Expand Article # 2347 An Answer to a No Answer Question
Q. I applied for a job at a frum school. I emailed the director at the personal email and then realized that because it was work related-that it should go out to the work email. 
I never got any response back from either emails. After a littl ....


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Expand Article # 2346 Forgive the Forget?
Q. Re- question above. If one forgot and the vehicle battery was not disconnected before Shabbos, but no AC, lights, clocks or indicating dials turn on when opening the door, can one be lenient in case of need?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's ....


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Expand Article # 2345 Shabbos Sleeping at the Wheel
Q. Can one use a parked camper, motorhome, RV (recreational vehicle) or sprinter van or bus on Shabbos or Yom Tov, that has living quarters including bed, kitchen sink, fridge, freezer, oven, microwave, bathroom and shower, cabinets for storage. It ....


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Expand Article # 2344 The More The Better?
Q. Can the husband say kaddish together with the children, for his wife and their mother.

A. There are different minhagim and traditions. Although the obligation to recite kaddish, when there are sons is on them, some congregations all ....


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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 ....


Posted 9/13/2019 5:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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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