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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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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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