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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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Expand Article # 2299 Make Merry Medical Miracle
Q. Can one make a seudas hodaah for a medical miracle that occurred recently during the month of Av, or should one better wait until next month?

A. From the following questions it would appear that you may do the seuda already after Tish ....


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Expand Article # 2298 Choosing Right
Q. If someone removed an insect from the lettuce leafs of a salad when rinsing it in water on Shabbos, can one eat that salad that day?

A. Biur Halacha (319: 1 - haborer) quotes P'ri Megadim that after the fact when someone transgressed ....


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Expand Article # 2297 It's a Dogs Life
Q. I reside in a town where it is illegal to feed stray animals including dogs. There is a stray dog that from time to time shows up in our front yard and definitely looks as starving. I have called the designated authorities to take care of it, but ....


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Expand Article # 2296 Food for the Birds
A pair of pigeons have made a nest on the windowsill of my roofless but enclosed porch and the two eggs have already hatched into the cutest pair and fastest-growing little pigeons I have ever had the pleasure of seeing up so close.
I understa ....


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Expand Article # 2295 Stay Tuned
Q. Parshas Devarim is usually read before Tisha Beav or as in this year on Tisha Beav that is nidche, since there is no avelus in Shabbos. Why do many read on kerias Hatorah the posuk of: "Eicha essa lebadi" and the Haftara of Shabbos Chazon, with t ....


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Expand Article # 2294 A Mixed Blessing
Q. At a bris the mohel had a bit of a cold, so he asked someone else present to do the mitzva of metzitza (oral suction of the blood). What should be done then when reciting the Horachaman by the end of birkat hamazon, that reads: "Horachamam Hu Ivar ....


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