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Expand Article # 2089 Cut a Break
Q. In a case that Rosh Chodesh falls on Thursday and Friday, is one to get a haircut and cut nails on Wednesday? Due to Rebbe Yehuda Hachassid's will.

A. Mishna Berura (260: 7) mentions that there are places where they do not shave ....


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Expand Article # 2088 The Right Path
Q. On question 2069 you mention that Horav Miller permits to shovel a path in the snow during Shabbos when in need. Does that mean that one is allowed to shovel the snow into the grass area of the house, now covered with snow?

A. Regardi ....


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Expand Article # 2087 Filling the Gaps
Q. I read that Horav Shlomo Miller shlit'a permitted to spread salt or sand on paved, cemented or concrete surfaces covered with snow or ice in Shabbos, (see question 2073) if there is a need. Later on I heard that he retracted on the spreading of sa ....


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Expand Article # 2086 You Can Do This in Your Sleep
Q. When someone sleeps over food, there is a ruach ra'a or evil spirit that rests on the food and it should not be eaten. Does that apply also to a non-Jew sleeping over food, as the cook taking a siesta in the kitchen of a kosher restaurant?
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Expand Article # 2085 Making Your Hair Curl?
Q. Our custom is to have long peyos and that they should hang down in front of the ear instead of being curled above and around the back of the ear.
My son's peyos (he is above Bar Mitzvah) refuse to straighten with the use of a brush and they ....


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Expand Article # 2084 A Fast Name for a Speedy Refuah
Q. A baby girl born prematurely was placed in an incubator, does one wait for name giving and saying sheheyanu until she is out?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that the name should be given as soon as possible and tefilos sh ....


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Expand Article # 2083 Run and Eat?
Q. Regarding what Rav Miller said, to start the (Shabbat) day seuda before chatzos, does this same apply to Yom Tov? What about Rosh Hashana?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it also applies to Yom Tov, and to Rosh Has ....


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Expand Article # 2082 No Danger In These Nails
Q. Some people are careful to burn or bury the nails cut, or at least to swipe them and remove them and not step on them, since there is danger. Does that apply also when they are the nails of a goy (found inside a kosher restaurant bathroom used by ....


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Expand Article # 2081 Yes or "Snow"?
Q. Can a child throw snowballs on Shabbos or make a snowman?
Can one use snow to block high winds from blowing through the bottom of a side door that does not close properly, during a very windy Shabbos?

A. Mekor Chaim (320: 13 ....


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Expand Article # 2080 Is it Mine or "Your"Zheit?
Q. If someone who does not regularly attend this minyan, shows up and claims that he has yohrtzheit, should he be given priority to daven for the amud, or do the avelim who constantly daven there take precedence?

A. Horav Shlomo mill ....


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Expand Article # 2079 Shecheyanu Every Day
Q. This question may seem zany, but I always wondered if G-d creates the world every day as we say in davening; hamechadesh bechol yom tomid maaseh bereshis, why is it then that we don't say every day the bracha of shecheyanu?

A. Actu ....


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Expand Article # 2078 A Dog in Wolf's Clothing?
Q. I enjoy going dog sledding with the family in winter. I noticed that not all dogs used are always huskies, sometimes one or two white wolf dogs breeds are added to the pack. Is that a problem since one is working with two different kind of animal ....


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Expand Article # 2077 What's in a Name?
Q. When describing someone to someone else is it Loshon Hara to use phrases or descriptors such as ...  “she’s /he’s a little heavyset “ to get the person to recall who you are speaking about. Or other obvious physical attribute which would jog some ....


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Expand Article # 2076 Get In Somebody's Hair
Q. Hello Rav,
I was at the Jewish barber the other day and wondering if he is allowed to cut Jewish peoples payos area extremely short if they request? it would appear that he cuts the hair of many non-observant Jews and that area is often sha ....


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Expand Article # 2075 Is This a Mitzva? Really?
Q. is it true that the Chasam Sofer says that not saying tachanun on Purim Kattan is a mitzva of the Torah?

A. Indeed Chasam Soffer (O.H. 208) does mention that the reading of the megilla, eating the seuda and shalach monos during Purim ....


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Expand Article # 2074 A Clean Brake?
Q. Can you wash your hands netilas yodaim by immersing them in snow, as when exiting the house after touching boots or shoes?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is permitted. However, one must be careful not to grind or ....


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Expand Article # 2073 Some Opinions of the Salt of the Earth
Q. Can one scatter salt or sand on the snow during Shabbos to prevent people from falling?

A. Poskim permit scattering salt and even sand on snow or ice, since the salt melts and there is no intention for the sand to stay, but rather to ....


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Expand Article # 2072 Insides On Stressed Out
Q. Re - question above. If one is allowed to violate Shabbos when one is under extreme mental and emotional pain and stress?

A. Igrois Moshe (Y. D. 2: 174) explains (Sefer Melakhim I: ch.17), that Eliahu, who was a Cohen, was permitted t ....


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Expand Article # 2071 Taking Great Pains with Great Pains
Q. Does extreme pain such as a severe tooth cavity qualify as pikuach nefesh or danger of life to violate Shabbat and drive to a dental clinic?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 328: 2) rules that situations that are clearly pikuach nefesh or lif ....


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Expand Article # 2070 Slack on the Black Widow?
Q, I understand that a widow whose two previous husbands died is called a Katlanis, literally "a killer", a woman who is dangerous to marry or forbidden to marry (not sure which). I understand that the reason is because it is suspected that her Maza ....


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