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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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Expand Article # 2447 Is That What We Need?
Q. Can one make a suka by placing schach on top of an opening on the roof of an igloo?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 634: 2) rules that a sukka could be circular as an igloo is as long as it has the right size (contain a square of seven by s ....


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Expand Article # 2446 The Good Old Oil?
Q. Is it better for someone to use the leftover unused olive oil from last year Chanuka, that was bought then, since it was already dedicated for the mitzva or better buy new oil to be used this year?

A. The fact that the oil was ....


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Expand Article # 2445 Light Up Your Siyum Hashas
Q. We are planning to make a Siyum Hashas for our Daf shiur. Someone suggested that it would be recommended to celebrate it during Chanuka, is that correct?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that although there is no obligatio ....


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Expand Article # 2444 When Do We Begin?
Q. (Re- question 2443 above) What is considered to having began chazaras hashatz in order to continue if one left and there is no more minyan? Does "Hashem seffasai tiftach" count?

A. Although Mishna Berurah (66: 35) maintains that sayi ....


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Expand Article # 2443 Stop Right There
Q. When one notices that the chazzan began chazaras hashatz even though there are not ten people in the room (a minyan of exactly ten, and someone went to the bathroom), is one obligated to tell him that he should stop? Or should one continue reciti ....


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Expand Article # 2442 Bubble Over?
Q. We learned in Chulin 105b that the froth produced by various drinks is detrimental to one's health. One of the liquids is beer, another is water.
Question 1: Is the froth of today's beer also detrimental?
Question 2: What froth i ....


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Expand Article # 2441 New Day New Life
Q. Is it true that the Arizal teaches that a single neshama is made of thousands of parts or sparks, reflecting the days of one's life, and some of them can be extinguished by the sin committed on that day. This would amount to a partial death of ....


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Expand Article # 2440 Make a Meal of Shalosh Seudos
Q. On above question, (2439. Eating shalosh seudos after sunset), if I do follow the Mishna Berura and others opinion to bedieved wash after the shkia in need, can I eat more than a beitza (egg-full volume of challah) or do I have to limit myself to ....


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