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Expand Article # 2736 Cast a Spell
Q. Can you please tell me what the proper Hebrew spelling for Newmarket would be? And when writing it on a Kesubah, would it be proper to identify Newmarket (Ontario, Canada), as

הסמוכה לו& ....


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Expand Article # 2735 A Pearl On Wisdom
Q. Why is the bracha on the amida of Atta Chonen, on which we pray for wisdom and understanding, be said before the bracha of Hashivenu Letoratecha or returning and keeping the Torah? Should not the observance of the Torah and mitzvos have priority? ....


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Expand Article # 2734 Forgive But Don't Forget
Q. In the Shemoneh Esrei, there is an optional prayer for forgiveness where you confess your willful  sins since childhood. I thought our slate was wiped clean every Yom Kippur and upon marriage, so why would we keep bringing them up, unless we keep ....


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Expand Article # 2733 The Making of a Name
Q. Teshuvos Betzel Hachachma (3:41) writes that one shouldn't name a shul or other holy place after a mechalel shabbos, for example, if a frum person wanted to donate a shul in memory of his parents who were mechalelei shabbos, they shouldn't mention ....


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Expand Article # 2732 Find Your Holy Tongue
Q. the Piskei Teshuvos siman 154 os 37 says that it is a problem to write names of donors inside a shul in any language other than lashon hakodesh - is this really a problem? Would it make a difference if it is written on the Aron Kodesh or Sefer To ....


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Expand Article # 2731 Stone Deaf and Mute?
Q. Do you need to eulogize the departed one at the time of the unveiling of the matzeva? How about if the deceased did not like at all speeches and eulogies?

A. Recent Poskim do mention the tradition to say hespeidim and eulogies at the ....


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Expand Article # 2730 More Fast Talk
Q. I heard in a shiur that some people fast on Erev Shabbos Parshas Chukas and unlike other ta'anesim that depend on the day of the month, this one does not have a specific date, but it has to do with this parsha. What exactly are we talking about?


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Expand Article # 2729 Blessings Without Disguise
Q. If one eats a meal in a public park with his children, when benching what harachaman should one say?

A. On question 2548 regarding someone staying in a Jewish hotel or traveling El Al, whether one should say the blessing for the host ....


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Expand Article # 2728 A Monumental Cover Up?
Q. What is the source for the ceremony of placing and dedicating a matzeva, is it an obligation? If the ceremony was postponed (see question above), does the monument have to stay covered until the ceremony?

A. An early source for hako ....


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Expand Article # 2727 A New View on the Birds
Q. Since Rav Miller paskened (ruled) that you can do shiluach haken on a nest with geese eggs, can various people do it, each taking just one egg? When they return them as you wrote, can someone else also repeat and then put it back?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 2726 A Stone With a Heart
Q. I ordered a matzeva for my aunt who doesn't have any children in Canada. Because of the traveling restrictions they will not be able to gather together for a while. Can the ceremony of dedication be postponed for over a year, until we can all joi ....


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Expand Article # 2725 Back Answer
Q. Can a man rest on a hammock since he is laying parkedon or on his back which is assur?

A. On question 1665 regarding laying on ones back by the chiropractor instructions, we wrote:
"Mishna Berura (239: 6) rules that it is a ....


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Expand Article # 2724 Value of the Deutsche Mark
Q. Re- Questions (2722 - 2723) above If it is recommended to remove tattoos, does that apply also to the numbers that were tattooed by the Germans ym's?

A. Chashukei Chemed (Shabbos 105b) addresses this Shaila and asserts that even ....


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Expand Article # 2723 Mind The Gap?
Q. See question (2722) on tattoos above. Are they a chatzitza for the tevila of women.

A. On question 542 we wrote: "Poiskim rule that stains that have no substance to them, and they just present a superficial coloration of the skin, ....


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Expand Article # 2722 Question Mark II
Q. Re- questions on tattoos,(2707 - 2708). Thanks so much for the information. A ger who had tattoos done in his early days before he converted, does he have to remove them now that he became Jewish? The same would apply to a baal teshuva? Is it bet ....


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Expand Article # 2721 Zoom In
Q. If we do a siyum by Zoom and each person eats his own food with his family, is that considered a seudas mitzva?

A. On question 2621 we wrote regarding a siyum Erev Pesach, if it can it be done by phone, online or Zoom, we wrote: “O ....


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Expand Article # 2720 A Clean Break
Q. When we are davening on the backyards is there a concern with droppings of animals such as raccoons, cats, birds, etc.?

A. On question 2528 regarding davening when a litter box for cats and dogs is inside that family room, we wrote" ....


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Expand Article # 2719 A Blessing Wife
Q. (Regarding questions 2693 and 2694, regarding if a wife can be motzi her husband with elokay neshomo and hamaavir sheino, during Shavuos morning, which are part of the birchos hashachar or morning blessings recited daily. This question and others ....


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Expand Article # 2718 Not The Longest Aliya
Q. Now that we B'H can return to daven is shul, do we have to lein all the parshios we missed? If we do. can we divide the parshios missed, since they are so many, into two or three Shabossim?

A. On question 2611 we wrote: "Remah (O.H. ....


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Expand Article # 2717 Face to Face
Q, When davening in the backyard, if the Sefer Torah is kept on an aron inside the family room that has a door open to the porch and can be seen from there, do you fall tachanun on your face then?

A. Remah (O.H. 131:2) rules that on a ch ....


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