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Expand Article # 2359 Welcome to Your Home
Q. What is the correct way to salute a newly converted Ger that one encounters after the immersion in the mikva? Does one have to say Shalom Aleichem? Does one have to recite Shecheyanu?

A. Maseches Gerim (1) mentions that after the te ....


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Expand Article # 2358 Torah Deal or Just a Meal
Q. Can someone who usually fasts on Erev Rosh Hashana when possible, attend a siyum and thus avoid fasting?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that this case is similar to the Taanis Bechoros on Erev Pesach, where firstborns ....


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Expand Article # 2357 A Late Train
Q. Can a Baal Tokea blow shofar to train and prepare on the night of Rosh Hashana or on the morning before davening, if he has then specific intention of not being yotze with the mitzva?

A. See questions 858, 859 and 867, on the permiss ....


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Expand Article # 2356 Stay Home?
Q. Does an avel during shiva go to shul on Erev Rosh Hashana? If he does and that is the last day of shiva, does he return home or he is lifted from shiva at the shul?

A. Remah (O.H. 581: 1) rules that an ovel is prohibited from le ....


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Expand Article # 2355 Dure and Easy
Q. Why are the piyutim of the Selichos so complicated, and difficult to understand as they use words that are totally unknown to most of us? They probably were also challenging and cryptic to the masses in the days they were composed. So why not reci ....


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Expand Article # 2354 Say it Right
Q. We mention always we are going to "say Selichos," in Hebrew we say "omrim Selichos," or "zogg'n Selichos" in Yidish. Should not the correct expression be "ask Selichos or lebakesh or betn?" After all, we are imploring and beseeching Hashem to forg ....


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Expand Article # 2353 The Law on Bending
Q. Can one to avoid giving a handshake to a woman, bow slightly with palms together, as Hindu and Buddhist do (namaste greeting)?

A. We do find that Avraham Avinu greeted the B'nei Cheiss more profusely (24: 7) And Avraham arose and p ....


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Expand Article # 2352 Seasoned Greetings
Q. Can a man greet a woman using a high-five or fist-bump salutation? How about if he is careful not to touch her hand, (he retrieves it fast, before they touch)?

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


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Expand Article # 2351 On a Handshake
Q. I am working in a lawyer's office. The lawyer is frum, but on the modern side. There is a client that came in and the lawyer shook hands with her. Afterwards, the lady extended her hand to me. My practice is never to shake hands with any lady und ....


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Expand Article # 2350 Judging Another on One's Own Merits
Q. I bought a rather long list of items at a kosher store, and I was clearly cheated when being charged about ten dollars for something I did not buy. I didn't notice until I got home and I was debating if to go back and waste time that is more valu ....


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Expand Article # 2349 Make No Mistake About It
Q. Re - If the Baal Tokea keeps on making mistakes, can one demand from the congregation that another Baal Tokea should blow instead, or should one go to another shul if possible?

A. See question above. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a o ....


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Expand Article # 2348 Who Blew It?
Q. If the Baal Tokea on Rosh Hashana keeps on making mistakes in the shofar blowing is that considered to be a siman ra'a or bad omen for the congregation?

A. Mishna (Brochos 34b) teaches that if a Shaliach Tzibur that made a mistake, ....


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Expand Article # 2347 An Answer to a No Answer Question
Q. I applied for a job at a frum school. I emailed the director at the personal email and then realized that because it was work related-that it should go out to the work email. 
I never got any response back from either emails. After a littl ....


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Expand Article # 2346 Forgive the Forget?
Q. Re- question above. If one forgot and the vehicle battery was not disconnected before Shabbos, but no AC, lights, clocks or indicating dials turn on when opening the door, can one be lenient in case of need?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's ....


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Expand Article # 2345 Shabbos Sleeping at the Wheel
Q. Can one use a parked camper, motorhome, RV (recreational vehicle) or sprinter van or bus on Shabbos or Yom Tov, that has living quarters including bed, kitchen sink, fridge, freezer, oven, microwave, bathroom and shower, cabinets for storage. It ....


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Expand Article # 2344 The More The Better?
Q. Can the husband say kaddish together with the children, for his wife and their mother.

A. There are different minhagim and traditions. Although the obligation to recite kaddish, when there are sons is on them, some congregations all ....


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Expand Article # 2343 Moving Rituals
Q. 2) (See re-interment question above, of a father buried in another city and being moved to Toronto.)
So they basically wanted to know:
(a) Does there have to be a shomer after the body is exhumed in F. until it is reintered here in ....


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Expand Article # 2342 The Moving Spirit
Q. 1) Shalom Aleichem Rebbe: I was calling about a question someone asked me about re- internment of their father from F. to Toronto.
She and her brother are not frum, but they want to have their parents buried (their ailing mother is plannin ....


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Expand Article # 2341 When they Switch the Light Switch...
Q. We are eating Friday night and seuda shlishis at a party room in a condominium with out of town family. The room has a fridge and the fridge has a set of LED lights which go on when the fridge is opened. I cannot figure out  yet how to ....


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Expand Article # 2340 For The Not-Foreseeable Future
Q. One who is undecided if to go ahead with a proposed shiduch and choose a marriage partner, and is emotionally very affected by the uncertainty and doubt. Is it recommended or even permissible to follow the
Goral of the Vilna Gaon? What is ....


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