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Expand Article # 2998 Rise to be First or to the Sunrise​?
Q. Is it better to be from the asara rishonim or to daven vasikin (but not possible to be from the first ten in the vasikin minyan, only in a regular minyan)?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is preferred to daven vas ....


Posted 1/6/2021 2:54 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2997 Support The Mask
Q. There is now available a Face Mask Inner Support. It holds up the mask fabric around the mouth to create more breathing space when a mask is put on face. It is basically a concave plastic frame, that separates the mask from the face, thus providi ....


Posted 1/6/2021 2:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2996 A Gut'n Erev Shabbos?
Q. Can one wish on Shabbos morning after davening a 'Gut Shabbos,' or is that improper? I have seen some people answer back, 'A Gutn Erev Shabbos' as if the salute they received was incorrect.

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is ....


Posted 1/6/2021 2:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2995 Say It, Don't Spray It
A new liquid product that can be sprayed onto cloth face masks is about to become available. The spray coating using electrostatic charges, captures COVID-19 molecules on the surface of the mask, preventing them from being inhaled into the lungs or ....


Posted 1/6/2021 2:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2994 Shoelaces Knotty Issues
Q. Why do people tie their shoelaces on Shabbat when they are wet as when it rains or they walked on snow. Is that not a case of schita or squeezing out the water absorbed in the shoelaces?
Although, one may argue that this is a case of eino ....


Posted 1/1/2021 1:24 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2993 Uncovering the Uncovered
Q. On question 2969 regarding if one can use olive oil that was left uncovered overnight for lighting the Chanuka menorah, and Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that after the fact, one can use it. Now, many have a tradition that they fill th ....


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Expand Article # 2992 Good or Early?
Q. (Re question 2981, regarding if one should leave even before the start of davening to wake someone up (chessed) if requested to wake them at a certain time. To what we answered; 'The proper procedure is to ask someone else, who is not as careful t ....


Posted 1/1/2021 12:59 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2991 Let me Tell you, first of All
Q. (Re- questions 2976,79). Why is it so important to be part of the first ten who make up the minyan?

A. Talmud (Brochos 47b) teaches that Rabi Yehoshua ben Levi said: One should always rise early to go to the synagogue in order to ha ....


Posted 1/1/2021 12:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2990 Ask about Ask One Over
Q. A person is looking for places to eat on Shabbos is there any prohibition to tell him which families tend to have guests or which ones don't and it is better not to ask them?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that you may ....


Posted 1/1/2021 12:27 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2989 No News is Good News?
Q. Is it proper for a gabay in a shul were they usually say a misheberach for the sick on Shabbos, to include the name of a severely sick new covid patient, if the attendants will become very distressed and sad when they hear that familiar name? I ....


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Expand Article # 2988 Accounting for Taste
Q. Re - question 2987 above. I meant to ask on a water purification plant that prepares and serves the water to our community.
I became aware that often the workers may eat their lunch or snacks close to the water tanks, and it is likely that ....


Posted 12/30/2020 10:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2987 Amount to Nothing?
Q. When we mention that chometz is prohibited 'Bemashehu,' even to the smallest amount during Pesach, does that mean that the prohibition applies to molecules of chometz too?

A. As far as when dealing with the prohibition created direct ....


Posted 12/28/2020 3:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2986 A Joy to Behold
Q. We learned recently in the daf that there is no Meila (a korban brought when someone unlawfully benefited from Hekdesh or the holiness of the Beis Hamidash or the sacrifices therein), when benefiting only from the pleasantness of Kol, Mareh, Verei ....


Posted 12/28/2020 3:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2985 No Public Drinking
Q. We B'H are celebrating after many years of trying to have children a Pidyon Habben this coming Friday afternoon that is also the Taanis of Asarah Beteves. Both my parents and in-laws are elderly and infirm. In these pandemic days they were advise ....


Posted 12/24/2020 6:22 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2984 Have a Merry Nittel
Q. On the Christmas eve, for one that keeps the Nittel tradition of not learning Torah on that night but usually has a shiur on the evening, what hours exactly are the ones one should avoid learning?

A. Nitei Gavriel (Chanuka p. 39 ....


Posted 12/24/2020 6:12 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2983 Season's Greetings?
Q . I want to give my super a check and a Christmas card like all other tenants in our building do, as a thanks for the many favors given. Which is the correct way to do it?

A. On question 963 regarding if it is proper to give New Year b ....


Posted 12/24/2020 2:50 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2982 Wake Up the Right Side
Q. A bachur asked me to come to his room to wake him for vasikin. (Sun-rise minyan). I knew what room he was in, but due to the early hour and darkness when I entered the room I could not figure out what bed he is on (there are several people in the ....


Posted 12/24/2020 2:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2981 Wake Up Call
Q. Should one leave even before the start of davening to wake someone up (chessed) if requested to wake them at a certain time?

A. The proper procedure is to ask someone else, who is not as careful to be part of the first ten, to wake h ....


Posted 12/24/2020 2:34 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2980 The Early Fast Days of Teveth
Q. This year Nittel Nacht (the night of Dec 24) is after the Taanis of the Ninth of Teveth, mentioned in Shulchan Aruch. I always wondered if there is a connection between the two?

A. On question 2491 regarding not learning Torah on t ....


Posted 12/23/2020 6:26 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2979 First Come First Saved?
Q. (Re-question 2976). Rav Shlomo Miller paskened that one does not leave the status of being from the first ten if he leaves to use the bathroom or to fulfill a tefilla requirement. Now, Rav Miller said that he has to be there at the beginning of t ....


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