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Expand Article # 2130 Throw a Shaila on the Scale
Q. Shalom Harav, We know one may not tend to there personal needs before davening; is it a violation of this halocho to go on a scale first thing in the morning which takes about 10 seconds. The reason one would choose this time is that the experts ....


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Expand Article # 2129 First In Last Out
Q. On Shabbos Hagodol if there is a Bar Mitzva, who has preference for maftir, the Rabbi who always receives the maftir, or the Bar Mitzva boy who is also a Cohen?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that the Rabbi has preferen ....


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Expand Article # 2128 Happy Returns
Q. Re- Above question on a kinyan (acquisitive act) for the matzos eaten at the seder by family and guests. Should that kinyan be done for them in mind, at the time the host buys his matzos?
Does that apply also to the maror?

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Expand Article # 2127 It Pays to Pay
Q. (Re- Above question on a kinyan (acquisitive act) for the matzos eaten at the seder by family and guests). Is it advisable that the guest pay a symbolic amount to the host for the matzos to be eaten later at the seder?

A. Some Poskim ....


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Expand Article # 2126 Seder Assets
Q. How do you handle during the Pesach Seder, the kinyan (acquisitive act) needed to have the matzos gifted to the family and guests, since matzos have to be owned by the eater?

A. Shulchan Aruch (454: 4) rules that one does not comply ....


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Expand Article # 2125 Never Too Late to Learn
Q. Re - Last question. (How do you arrange a minimal seder for an elderly lady that is mentally OK, but bed ridden at home). What is the minimal Haggada reading that has to be said for her? Does she have to ask the four kashios?  Do you need a full ....


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Expand Article # 2124 Mind the Senior Moment
Q. How do you arrange a minimal seder for an elderly lady that is mentally OK, but bed ridden at home.
What is the smallest shiur of matza, and how do you prepare it with water?

A. Normally Poskim recommend for matza are at least a ....


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Expand Article # 2123 Shemura Segula?
Q. Is there a segula on eating shmura the entire Pesach?

A. See above question. Moadim Uzemanim (3: 267) writes that even according to the Poskim that maintain there is a mitzva on eating matza the entire Pesach, there is no purpose o ....


Posted 4/10/2019 3:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2122 Be Shomer the Shemura
Q. Some people have developed a custom to eat only "shmura" matza the entire Pesach. Is there a basis for such a minhag considering even our "non shmura" is generally watched in a fashion that technically would have been considered shmura to be yotz ....


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Expand Article # 2121 Is It Nice to See You?
Q. Should one make an effort to see a president or a prime minister in our days?

A. Talmud (Brochos 9b) teaches that one should run to see the honour given even to the Gentile kings, since if he merits, he may be able to see the future ....


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Expand Article # 2120 Fake Brocho II
Q. If one has the opportunity to see a president or a prime minister does he make a special blessing?
If not should one recite without the name of Hashem?

A. In question 173, If it is halachically appropriate to recite a blessi ....


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Expand Article # 2119 Read One Right
Q. A hospitalized person may be able to go down to the hospital shul on Parshas Zachor. If there is no minyan, can he with help, take out the Sefer Torah and read Zachor for himself even without a minyan?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 685: 7 ....


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Expand Article # 2118 Search and Burn
Q. One (such as a physician) who is doing bedikas chametz and knows that he might be unable to destroy what he finds the next day, as is customary, because the next day he might be osek in pikuach nefesh the whole day, (he does not have someone to d ....


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Expand Article # 2117 Search Results
Q. One who is doing bedikas chametz and knows that he will not find a crumb of chametz (and he doesn't have anything to hide), should he refrain from blessing?

A. Rema (432: 2) writes that the minhag is to place some pieces of chometz ....


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Expand Article # 2116 Motzo Matza
Q. Our minhag is not to eat matzos thirty days before Pesach. Since I only eat shemura matzos during Pesach, can I eat now regular machine matzos. Can I eat gebrocht matzos in soup or matzebrai, since we don't eat gebrochts on Pesach?

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Expand Article # 2115 All of a Sudden Blessing
Q. One who is in the middle of a Purim seuda and (unexpectedly) receives mishloach manos during his seuda, does he need to make a bracha on the food that he received? Does it make a difference if he was expecting it, or not?

A. Horav ....


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Expand Article # 2114 The Kosher Chazer?
Q.   Is the fact that our sages taught that the chazer-pig will become in the days of the Moshiach a kosher animal a reflection on the artificial meat that Horav Miller is said to be kosher and pareve. One could use the DNA of a pig and create such a ....


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Expand Article # 2113 An Honest Opinion
Q. I live in Israel. This week I was using a vending machine in the train station. Suddenly it started spitting out coins.
After collecting them all, I had over 170 shekel.
Do I need to return the money?
There will probably not be ....


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Expand Article # 2112 Dreams Come True?
Q. One who does not read Hebrew and cannot follow along in a Chumash, etc. during Megillah - what is he to do? The mind wanders, and one is not yotzi!?
Or is one still yotzi even if he daydreams.

A.   Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’ ....


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Expand Article # 2111 No Kavana - No Tefila?
Q. If someone has problems concentrating and he knows he wont be able to concentrate even on the first bracha of the amida, is he exempt from tefila?

A. Mishna Berura (101: 3) indeed rules that one should not daven if he cannot con ....


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