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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 ....


Posted 7/19/2019 7:59 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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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Expand Article # 2252 Panic Button Help
Q. An apartment next to a hospital, donated (to Bikur Cholim) primarily for providing necessary lodging of family staying with patients during during Shabbos, has two bedrooms permitting the stay of individuals of different families and gender. To av ....


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Expand Article # 2251 Oh Say Can You Sing?
Q. B"H Shalom, Dear Rabbi,
Would it be ok to use the tune of the American national hymn (or the Canadian) for davening, such as Lechah Dodi or any other part of davening? (Perhaps as Hakarat hatov, close to Independence day. Albeit it is an ....


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Expand Article # 2250 A Teshuva to do Teshuva
Q. A shul has a rather recent takana that no aliya to the Torah should be given to someone who does not keep Shabbat. Recently a group of youngsters were engaged on being mekarev a friend who's family are longtime members of that congregation, but ar ....


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Expand Article # 2249 Doesn't Add Up
Q. We became accustomed in our shul to announce when reading Parshas Ki Teitze, that one should have in mind to comply with the mitzva of remembering Mechias Amalek (the destruction of the Amalekites), since positive mitzvos require kavana (intent ....


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Expand Article # 2248 Really! Again?
Q. Regarding the minhag of fasting erev Shabbos Parshas Chukas (one who is accustomed to do so or made a neder to do so), one fasted in Israel and then came to Canada or America where the parsha is leined a week later. Does he need to fast again?


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Expand Article # 2247 Fast Talk
Q. What is the source for some fasting on Erev Shabbos Parshas Chukas? Why would there be a fasting day on Erev Shabbos when we usually avoid it?

A, Magen Avrohom (580: 9) and Mishna Berura (580: 16) quote the Tanya, that on Erev Shabbo ....


Posted 7/12/2019 2:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2246 Like a Kid in a Candy Shul
Q. The candy-man in our shul gives out lollipops of different colors to children on Shabbat, often more than one if they so request. Is it permitted for him to give a candy of one color to child who is already aware of the Shabbat prohibitions, when ....


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