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Expand Article # 2154 Read the Right Part
Q. This week in Eretz Yisroel we read Parshas Kedoshim and in America Parshas Acharei Mos. What is my chiyuv of shnaim mikra when I'm in America?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that if you are planing to return to Eretz Y ....


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Expand Article # 2153 Sanctification not Education
Q. (See question 2151) If one does perform a mitzvah by just sitting in a shul or beis medresh, would it be commendable to hold a lecture on health issues or other community needed or educational topics inside them?

A. Bnei Tzion (151 ....


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Expand Article # 2152 No Sleeping in Shul
Q. If one does comply with a mitzva by just sitting in a shul or beis medrash, if one gets tired during learning and needs to stop, should he better remain in the beis medrash (rather than start walking around, talking a walk, etc.)? Should one stay ....


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Expand Article # 2151 Just a Sitting Mitzvah?
Q. Does one perform a mitzvah simply by sitting in a shul or beis medrash, even when not davening or learning Torah? What would that mitzvah be?

Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 151: 1) rules in regards to entering a shul or a beis hamedresh to c ....


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Expand Article # 2150 Can Hold One's Drink
Q. What should an elderly person do to be yotze with the four cups in the Pesach seder, if she can't have any wine or even diluted grape juice?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that in case of need one may drink four cups ....


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Expand Article # 2149 Man Does Not Live by One Bread Alone?
Q. If one eats a seuda on Chol Hamoed (See question 2147 above), does one need lechem mishna (two matzos) as in Yom Tov?

A. Kaf Hachaim (ibid.) does quote an opinion that on Chol Hamoed as in Rosh Chodesh it is commendable to place lec ....


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Expand Article # 2148 Will a Meal?
Q. Is there a mitzva during Chol Hamoed to eat meat and drink wine as there is in Yom Tov?

A. (See question 2146 above) Piskei Teshuvos (530: 5: n. 63-64) quotes Horav M. Feinstein zt'l and Horav Eliashuv zt'l that although there is ....


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Expand Article # 2147 Favor the Festival Feast
Q. On Chol Hamoed does one have to eat a seuda (Yom Tov meal) or two every day, eating matza too?

A. Mishna Berura (529: 16) quotes Rambam that one is obliged on the mitzva of simcha during Chol Hamoed as he is during Yom Tov. How ....


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Expand Article # 2146 In Case You Have a Case on a Matzo Case
Q. Dear Rabbi
Iím in a dilemma.
The other day while shopping for Pesach my friend texted me and asked me if I would pick up a few items for him including 10 pounds of hand Shmura matzah. I agreed and asked him for his visa number be ....


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Expand Article # 2145 Until The Bitter End?
Q. (See question 2135). When the flavor of the maror is very strong, how long should one chew the maror in one's mouth before swallowing, taking into account the strong stinging sensation involved?

A. Since one does not comply with ....


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Expand Article # 2144 Need some more Chometz?
Q. Does one fulfill a mitzvah (of Biur Chametz) with every kezayis of chametz that is burned on erev Pesach?

A. Mishna Berura (445: 10) writes that one should not sell or give away all his chometz by Erev Pesach to a Gentile. He shou ....


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Expand Article # 2143 The Law on the Tablets
Q. Are regular medical tablets or capsules, permitted during Pesach, when they are seriously needed? Is there any special way that would make their consumption more acceptable?

A. It is most important to stress that no one should refra ....


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Expand Article # 2142 An Alcohol Problem
Q. If someone is asked in the office he works to contribute money to buy a bottle of scotch as a gift for a Non-Jewish co-worker and he finds it very difficult to say no, can he contribute during Pesach.

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's opinion ....


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Expand Article # 2141 Mixed- up Blessings?
Q. If one ate karpas and made the required haadama bracha and then was masiach daath and the karpas slipped from his mind and was forgotten. However, as reading the Hagada took a lengthy time, he got hungry and decided to eat some more karpas. Doe ....


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Expand Article # 2140 No Pass Over on Passover
Q. When one is shopping in a store during Pesach, which contains both kosher and non-kosher foods, and one is approached by a fellow customer, who may or may not be Jewish, and that customer requests that one should take down an item from a certain ....


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Expand Article # 2139 Bottoms Up?
Q. On Friday night we eat the bottom challa; is there reason to eat from the bottom Matzoh as opposed to the middle since this year Pesach and Seder coincide?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 274: 1) writes that on Leil Shabbos (Friday night) ....


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Expand Article # 2138 Selling Point
Q. Are you allowed to sell with the chometz an open large bag of flour, if you are machmir not to sell chometz gomur?

A. Poskim mention that there is room to be stringent in including in the sale of chometz to Gentiles chometz gomur o ....


Posted 4/18/2019 11:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 2137 Ill At Ease?
Q. One who is lo alenu sick with a digestive system disease, and often gets nauseous, or in need to vomit and finds it hard to eat. If he eats a kezais of matza at that time does he comply with the mitzva? Is it maybe seen as eating an achila gassa o ....


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Expand Article # 2136 Every Bite Counts
Q. (Re- questions 2122-23). To clarify - regarding the opinion of the Vilna Gaon that it is a mitzvah to eat matzah all seven days of Pesach, does this meant that one fulfills a mitzvah with every kezayis consumed, or that one fulfills one mitzva ....


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Expand Article # 2135 Do me a little flavor
Q. In order to be yotze with maror, how much of the flavor of the horseradish should be left, if it was left open?

A. Poskim disagree if it is preferred to grind the maror before Yom Tov and leave it well covered until the night, ....


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