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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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Expand Article # 2110 Beginning at the End
Q. If someone has problems on concentrating during the complete amida, after having kavanah on the first bracha, should he put effort on concentrating on other complete brachos, even if they are few. Or should he better focus on the end part of all b ....


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Expand Article # 2109 A Paper's Trail
Q. A very busy student deliberately (lo alenu) desecrated Shabbos by writing an essay because he thought he wouldn't be able to do it unless he worked on Shabbos. He wants to do teshuva. Is he obligated to rip up or delete what he wrote, and re-do ....


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Expand Article # 2108 Fixed Blessings
Q. If one accidentally said a wrong bracha and he wants to fix it, but he is not sure if it is within toch k'dei dibbur, or it's too late, what should he do?
Can someone say the correct bracha using the name Rachmana instead?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 2107 Lost in the Wash?
Q. If you touch new shoes that were never worn, or shoes in a store do you require netilas yodaim?

A. Shulchan Aruch Horav (128: 27) quotes Magen Avraham that the reason for washing hands when touching shoes is due to the ruach ra'a tha ....


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Expand Article # 2106 Stepping Into a Dead Man's Shoes
Q. A recently deceased relative left a number of shoes that she never wore in life. Can they be used or given to the needy?

A. On question 1780 we wrote; "Rabi Yehuda HaChosid writes on his Tzavaha (See Sefer Chasidim 454) not to wear ....


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Expand Article # 2105 Life Out of One's Car
Q. Electric cars have become in recent years very efficient and as fast as the ones driven by gas. Since when driving a common gas consuming car during Shabbos one commits a constant repetitive Torah prohibition, while an electric one is at worst on ....


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Expand Article # 2104 With the Best of Intentions
Q. Someone who volunteers daily for meals on wheels delivery of kosher meals to the sick and needy and also donates daily to a pushka of tzedaka for the poor, if he does that also in Purim does he keep the mitzva of shalach manot and matanot laevyon ....


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Expand Article # 2103 Don't Gum Up the Works
Q. My child wants to know if one is yotze shalachmones by giving a box of chewing gum?

A, On question 1749 we write that contemporary Poskim disagree whether a blessing must be recited before chewing gum. Many maintain that since ....


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Expand Article # 2102 Experience the Best Teacher
Q. A teacher that receives shalachmonos from her students during Purim, and when receiving her shalachmonos returns also to them, does she comply with the mitzva by giving to children? Does her husband also comply?

A. Poskim disag ....


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Expand Article # 2101 Read His Lips?
Q. If someone reads the megilla for an elderly person who may not be able to concentrate for the complete reading, should he ask the elder to read with him from the megilla?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is not reco ....


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Expand Article # 2100 Water in Deep Water
Q. Can one be yotzi mishloach manos by giving a soda bottle? How about an expensive plain mineral water?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion as well as other Poskim is that one does not comply with any kind of water drinks, even ....


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Expand Article # 2099 The Purim Baby Bottle
Q. Can one be yotzi mishloach manos if one of the items is a small bottle of grape juice (about six oz.) or is this too small?

A. Poskim maintain that one should send at least a kezais (28g.) of solid food, and a revi'is (86 cc) of ....


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Expand Article # 2098 There is Truth in Wine?
Q. Can one be yotzi mishloach manos by giving two kinds of wine? What about wine and grape juice?

A. Some Poskim opine that drinks should not be used as mishloach manos (Afarkasta De'Aniya 25, Orchos Chaim 112). Beis Yitzchok (Megill ....


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Expand Article # 2097 Purim Toil
Q. I'm an accountant so this is my busy time of the year in this country. I always tried to avoid working on Purim. Can I work during the night after the reading of the megillah?

A. Biur Halocho (696: 1) quotes P'ri Megodim saying t ....


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Expand Article # 2096 Know This about "Ad Delo Yoda"
Q. If one sends his shalachmonos or the gifts to the poor via a shaliach, and at the time of delivery the sender was already at a stage of "ad delo yoda" or asleep, does he comply with the mitzva?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a op ....


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Expand Article # 2095 Magnanimous Anonymous
Q. If one sends shalachmonos and forgot to put a senders card, it fell out or he simply wants to send it anonymously, is he yotzeh?

A. Poskim mention two main reasons for the mitzva of mishloach monos. Trumas Hadeshen (111) mainta ....


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Expand Article #2094 Club the Kiddush Club?
Q. If someone davens every Shabbath in a minyan that finishes late (after chatzos), and therefore, due to his medicinal needs, he privately makes a fast kiddush after shacharis and eats just a kezais mezonos. Can he do so on Parshas Zachor, since in ....


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