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Expand Article # 2272 Who Am I?
Q. I'm a Yeshiva bochur learning successfully in a well known Yeshiva and I plan to stay in learning after I get married. I became aware since I became bar mitzva that I'm an adopted child, and I underwent as a baby a proper gerus kehalacha. I recen ....


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Expand Article # 2271 Lamdanut on the Coconut
Q. What bracha you make when drinking the coconut water, when served as a mixed drink in the coconut itself?

A. Ben Ish Chai (Pinchas 9) mentions that the dark (or black) melons (avatichim or coconuts) that sometime contain wat ....


Posted 7/26/2019 6:26 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2270 Donkeys Welcome?
Q. Is it proper to perform a Pidyon Peter Chamor ceremony (redemption of a firstborn donkey) in a shul.

A. Vayoshov Hayom (2: 15: p. 253) quotes that the Peas Hashulchan arranged a Pidyon peter chamor and they adorned the donkey with ....


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Expand Article # 2269 The Priors New Clothes
Q. May one don a brand new suit during the Three Weeks prior to Rosh Chodesh if the sheheyanu was already recited soon after acquisition (one did not actually make a sheheyanu on the beged, but rather had them in mind when making kiddush on leil Sha ....


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Expand Article # 2268 The Law of the Tablets
Q. Does a pill-splitter used to cut tablets in half require immersion in a mikva?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's shlit'a opinion is that the pil-splitter does not require tevila, since it is not used for preparing or holding foods, just medic ....


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Expand Article # 2267 The Book Cover Shaila
Q. One who lives with non-frum parents who might or will confiscate a sefer if they see it, may he place goyishe books on top of his seforim so that his parents won't see it?
Similarly, one who comes from a Litvishe mishpacha, and his parents ....


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Expand Article # 2266 Coating the Tzitzis
Q. Which is better - to wear one's long (but old) weekday tzitzis on Shabbos, or wear Shabbos tzitzis that have a proper shiur and which are clean and new, but the Shabbos tzitzis are too short to be seen under one's long jacket worn on Shabbos and ....


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Expand Article # 2265 The Score on Settling
Q. There is a couple transitioning to live in Israel. Next year they are there a month straight, the next year six months, coming back to visit the rest of the time. At what point are they Halachically considered residents of Eretz Yisrael particul ....


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Expand Article # 2264 Mixed Message
Q. Re- above question on creating a message using unattached Scrabble letters: Is there a problem with borer, (choosing - one of the prohibited actions on Shabbos), since one is choosing the letters now, but the message will be received at a latter t ....


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Expand Article # 2263 The Law of the Letter
Q. Re- Question 2259 - Playing Scrabble on Shabbos; Can one place a message for his family or guests on a table by using Scrabble letters not attached to anything, but covered with a heavy glass utensil, such as a transparent rectangular pyrex cont ....


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Expand Article # 2262 Come Heaven or High Water
Q. One who everyday is tovel in the mikva, and owns a cottage where he uses the lake for his daily tevila before davening. If a proper eruv is placed on the lakefront of the cottage and the eruv of the property covers some of the lake area too (it w ....


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Expand Article # 2261 A Little Knowledge of a Dangerous Thing
Q. Is there a issue of mayim megulim like the opinion of the Pri Chadash in North Miami Beach? I noticed lizards in my rental home (one fell on my head in the house) and a snake in the backyard maybe they come in too... Thank you!

A. P ....


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Expand Article # 2260 Game Over
Q. A relatively old-new toy creates drawings and words on a handheld screen, by magnetically pulling on small metal balls, sometimes of different colors. A pencil magnet is placed on that point, and it makes the ball come out and stay in that elevate ....


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Expand Article # 2259 Spreadable Scrabble
Q. Is playing Scrabble allowed on Shabbos?

A. Poskim permit placing letters together on a board or similar and form words, when the letters are not fixed or attached to the board, or to each other, or when not being held together by a su ....


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Expand Article # 2258 Dress the Ship?
Q. If someone lives in a houseboat or a large boat, does he have to place mezuzos?

A. Poskim disagree. Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 286: 11) rules that a sefina or ship is exempt from having mezuzos. However, Shach (21) and Aruch Hashulchan ....


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Expand Article # 2257 Coming In into His Boat
Q. (Re- questions 2254, 2255 above) What if the person lives on a houseboat or a boat year round or just in the Summer?
Does he have to have an eruv built around the boat to carry in and out?

A. Since the sea or the lake are a Kar ....


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Expand Article # 2256 A Point of Honor
Q. Does one have to honor a Cohen with the mitzva of Vekidashto, to be first when entering a room, or to take food first when no mitzva is being performed?

A. Poskim disagree if the mitzva of Vekidashto applies only to matters of kedusa ....


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Expand Article # 2255 Don't Rock the Boat?
Q. Can someone enter a boat that is tied up to a dock on Shabbat?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 339: 7) rules that one may enter a boat on Shabbos if the boat is sitting on the ground of the sea and not floating at all; and if it is tied u ....


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Expand Article # 2254 Resorts for a Resort
Q. Hi, we are going to Gibraltar for Shabbos and they have a hotel there that's called the Sonburn Hotel. It is a boat that used to be in use. Now they took out the engine and they docked it with metal rods its not going anywhere. Am I allowed to st ....


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Expand Article # 2253 Buoys and their Toys
Q. Are water toys like tubes, floats and inflatable mattress that are outside the water muktze on Shabbos?
Since their primary use is for swimming inside the water, which is not allowed on Shabbos can you use them when needed outside the water ....


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