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Expand Article # 2319 Meet the Greet
Q. I learned that an avel is prohibited in giving and even returning greetings. Is it permitted for the visitors to the home of one in mourning to greet each other? Is a comforting hug between non-aveilim permitted?

A. Aruch Hashulcha ....


Posted 8/30/2019 5:14 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2318 Like Father Like Daughter?
Q. If the wife is traveling and will not be at home during Shabbos, who should light the Shabbos candles, the husband or an unmarried daughter that is already bat mitzva?

A. Beer Moshe (8: 7) quoting Pri Megodim maintains that on the on ....


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Expand Article # 2317 Equal Candle Rights
Q. A friend from my yeshiva days told me that the minhag in his family is that the husband also lights the Shabbos candles with a brocho! Is that possible?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 263: 2-3) rules that both men and women are obliged to l ....


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Expand Article # 2316 The Mind on the Frame
Q. Can one leave turned on a free standing smart frame photo display, that is on always during the week and looks like a regular picture frame on the furniture?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that since one does not usually ....


Posted 8/30/2019 12:45 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2315 Real or Virtual Daf?
Q. See question above. When one is travelling and due to today’s weight restrictions did not take seforim with him, can he leave his laptop on with the daf on the screen, so he can learn it during Shabbat?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit ....


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Expand Article # 2314 Screening Shabbos?
Q. If someone staying in a hotel, does not have the permitted battery or connecting incandescent lights with filament bulbs for Shabat. He also does not want to light real candles and is simply leaving on the LED lights in the room. He has however, ....


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Expand Article # 2313 Touch this Fire
Q. Are glow sticks that were turned on before Shabbat and will light for a few hours muktza? Can one move them to another room?

A. See questions above. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that even if there is a possibility that ....


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Expand Article # 2312 Throw Some Light on this Light
Q. In case of emergency, when electricity is cut off and the lights go off or when you are camping, can you use glow sticks on Shabbat or Yom Tov?

A. If the light is needed for protection or needed essential care in saving lives on ....


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Expand Article # 2311 In Glowing Terms
Q. When you travel or go camping and can't light Shabbat candles because of the hotel restrictions or the wind that will turn them off, can you use glow sticks? Can you se them in Chanuka?
(A glow stick is a 'self-contained, short-term light-s ....


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Expand Article # 2310 Play the Middle Against Both Sides?
Q. (See question 2309 above). One who is used to blow a wind musical instrument and does so in many simches. Can he blow the shofar with the middle of his mouth, as he does lehavdil, with a trumpet since he finds it easier?

A. As ment ....


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Expand Article # 2309 Left to the Right
Q. As we are about to start the shofar blowing, a baal tokea that is a lefty, on which side of his mouth should he blow?

A. Rema (O.H. 585: 2) rules that it is better to blow with the right side. Mishna Berura (ibid. 7, quoting ....


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Expand Article # 2308 Every Once in a While?
Q. In Summertime we travel and often stay in hotels that provide a kitchenette. If we bought a new pan for cooking, I've often heard that you can use it the first time without tevila, is that correct?

A. Some Poskim indeed mainta ....


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Expand Article # 2307 Amounts to Much?
Q. (See prior question 2306). If one ate a full shiur amount of the raw kernels what bracha acharona does one recite?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 208: 4) mentions that Tosafos (Brochos 36) debates if one should recite al hamichya, since af ....


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Expand Article # 2306 Blessings in the Raw
Q. We went camping in an area where wild cereal plants grow around the camping grounds. What bracha does one make when eating raw wheat or barley seeds?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 208: 4) rules that the brocho on raw grain is ha'adama. K ....


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Expand Article # 2305 Clinched and Etched in One's Hearth
Q. Why do we not see a shul, beth hamedresh or schools having a zecher lechurban (Remembrance of the Destruction of the Bais Hamikdosh)? Should not these institutions give the example for others to follow?

A. Poskim explain that bui ....


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Expand Article # 2304 Don't Hit The Ceiling!
Q. I once visited a friend in a small apartment and I saw that he had his zecher lechurban (Remembrance of the Destruction of the Bais Hamikdosh), on the ceiling. Is that correct?

A. Poskim try to be melamed z'chus (find some merit) on ....


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Expand Article # 2303 Memories in the Home Away from Home
Q. Does one have to leave a zecher lechurban (Remembrance of the Destruction of the Bais Hamikdosh) in a cottage?

A.  Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that even if it is only a temporary dwelling for the summer mont ....


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Expand Article # 2302 Reminder in All Shapes and Sizes?
Q. If the house I own does not have enough space over an inside second entrance door to leave a full amah by amah zecher lechurban square, can the amah by amah required be rectangular instead, having exactly the same area?

A. Poskim disa ....


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Expand Article # 2301 Committed to Memory
Q. I learned that if someone buys a house that is already painted, he does not have to remove the paint of a square amah, as a zecher lechurban (Remembrance of the Destruction of the Bais Hamikdosh). Should he at least place a painting, picture or a ....


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Expand Article # 2300 A Short Vort on a Vort


Q. Can one make a vort (engagement celebration) on the night after Tisha B'av, when it was pushed off from Shabbos to Sunday (nidche) with some music?

A. See prior question 2291. Other Poskim also permit music on the night ....


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