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Expand Article # 2171 A Shailah on a Knife's Edge
Q. Can you use a single sharpener to sharpen knives fleishig and milchig? How about giving them to sharpen to a non-Jewish company?

A. On question 655 in regards to the use a metal or stone knife sharpener for fleshig and milchig knife ....


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Expand Article # 2170 Kindling the Sparks
Q. Re- last question (2168) regarding Frum people that have a tendency to be machmir on issues that are in fact permitted in Halacha, especially on kashrus shailos. You mentioned the b'al tashchis concerns as well as the Pischei Teshuva that it can i ....


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Expand Article # 2169 Permitting to Permit the Permitted
Q. Kevod Horav. Many Frum people have a tendency to be machmir on issues that are in fact permitted in Halacha, especially on kashrus shailos. They argue that once any question was raised you have to dispose of the food, and it is not "glat" or "me ....


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Expand Article # 2168 Better Late than Whoever
Q. If one usually davens at a later maariv minyan (follows Rabenu Tam's time), should he preferable change during the sefira weeks to an earlier minyan (before Rabbenu Tam's z'man)?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it ....


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Expand Article # 2167 A Lonely Early Count?
Q. Is it better to count sefira by oneself soon after the zeman begins to do zerizin makdimin and temimos, or wait until one davens maariv with a minyan later on?

A. Beer Heitev (489: 2), Chok Yaakov (ibid, 16), Chayei Adam (: 17 ....


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Expand Article # 2166 Pay The Consequences
Q. In the case where one knocked down a chametz bottle in a (liquor) store, (see question 2156), and the management is demanding that one pay for it, what should he do?
If the management (short of help) offers that if he helps in the cleanup ....


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Expand Article # 2165 No Partisan to the Simcha of Nisan?
Q. I'm a yeshiva bochur and my parents asked me and my siblings to attend with them and my Holocaust surviving grandmother to a Yom Hashoah act, that takes place in Chodesh Nisan. I know it is very important to them. Should I go?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 2164 In Some Measure...
Q. Shulchan Aruch 505, 4, says that on Yom-Tov one may measure spices when he is cooking in order not to over-spice the food. Would this also apply on Shabbos if someone is making something like salad dressing which is permitted to make on Shabbos, ....


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Expand Article # 2162 Selling Point II
Q. I assume the answer (on question 2138 that "dry flour that did not come in contact with water Poskim are lenient" and permit its inclusion in the chometz sale). is referring specifically to flour of which the grains were moistened or washed bef ....


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Expand Article # 2161 An Answer of No Answer
Q. What is one to do when taking a multiple-choice test and the answer that the test maker wants is kefira? May one fill out the bubble on the check-box corresponding to that answer even though it is kefira? There is no way to make comments on th ....


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Expand Article # 2160 An Early Education
Q. My son is of the age of chinuch, can he count sefirah with a brocho before the zeman, since his bed time is before the zeman?

A. Shaarei Teshuva (489: 20) writes that a minor who has reached the age when he can understand what sefira ....


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Expand Article # 2159 Clean-Up Operation
Q. Can an elderly patient wearing a diaper put on tefilin when he is wet?

A. On a similar question (442), regarding a patient hospitalized and wearing diapers, if he is allowed to listen to Torah tapes or Jewish music we wrote: "Mishna ....


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Expand Article # 2158 Fall Short - Short Out
Q. If someone davens maariv in a minyan that is too fast, and he can't say the complete "Baruch Hashem Leolam" before beginning the amida betzibur, should he omit some or all of the psukim and just continue with the bracha of Yiru Einenu at the end? ....


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Expand Article # 2157 Singing to Sleep?
Q. As our children grew up we spend now a long time saying divrei Torah at the seder table, something we all greatly enjoy. We do finish the seder very late, sometimes after 4.00 am. How important is to say Shir Hashirim then, when we are so exhaust ....


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Expand Article # 2156 Why​? Rye? Goodbye!
Q. One who is in a liquor store on Pesach (for buying needed kosher wine, he was trying to get to the kosher wine by pushing with the back of his hand and arm the chometz bottle) and accidentally knocked over a bottle of whiskey, may he catch it m ....


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Expand Article # 2155 Don't Touch the Merchandise
Q. If one goes to buy needed kosher wine to a liquor store that sells both kosher and non kosher wines during Chol Hamoed Pesach, is he allowed to to remove some chometz liquor bottles, in order to reach the desired kosher bottle?

A. ....


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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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