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Expand Article # 2193 Thanks But No Thanks
Q. Re-prior question on missing words on Hallel, if one by mistake on a day one is supposed to recite the full Hallel only said half Hallel, if already finished, does one have to repeat and recite the brochos again?

A. Poskim disagree ....


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Expand Article # 2192 The Law of the Letter
Q. I often noticed in others and on myself that as Hallel is recited we may omit or mispronounce some word or letters, especially when one is tired or it is being said too long. Does one comply if he just misses a letter or two?

A. Mis ....


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Expand Article # 2191 Won the Fourth Cup!
Q. In order to comply with Hallel at the seder, does one need to say every word? This is a problem as at that time people may be falling asleep, especially the elderly. If one did not comply with Hallel, is one also not yotzi the fourth kos? Thus, ....


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Expand Article # 2190 The Matzav of the Matzeva
Q. I find it very hard to get together a minyan for a Hakomas Hamatzeva. Do you need a Minyan present or can you say kaddish in shul, before or after?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is preferable to have a minyan pr ....


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Expand Article # 2189 Let The Party Begin
Q. Can one make a Lag Baomer party (with a siyum) this year Wednesday night, (Lag Baomer is Thursday), after the shekia, with music?

A. Poskim disagree if marriages are permitted on the eve of Lag Baomer. Some maintain that the simcha ....


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Expand Article # 2188 Need a Lawyer?
Q. A college student is taking a math class that is very difficult for him, so he paid his brother to do the homework assignments for him. (His major is law, but they require taking this math class). Did he transgress by doing this, and if so, what ....


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Expand Article # 2187 The Purim Lag Cust-omer
Q. Shulchan Aruch (428) writes that Lag Baomer is always the same day of the week a Purim. (Siman P'lag). What is the connection between them?

A. Many different interpretations have been given to the connection between the two unalike ....


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Expand Article # 2186 An Eye On the Eyes
Q. A talmid chacham who has a minhag to remove his spectacles from his face whenever he goes outside to avoid seeing forbidden sights - what should he do when he walks in the reshus harabbim on Shabbos? Should he be concerned that he may inadvertent ....


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Expand Article # 2185 A Close Shave?
Q. Is it better when Lag Baomer falls on a Thursday to wait to cut hair and shave until Erev Shabbos?

A. This shaila was already addressed on question 1703 where we wrote: "Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that it is unnec ....


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Expand Article # 2184 Son with a Gun
Q. This may seem as a strange question, but it is important to my young sons. They learned of the tradition of playing with arch and arrows on Lag Baomer, but we could not find one set that is safe for them to play.
Can they use instead s ....


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Expand Article # 2183 Won't See You in Church
Q. Can a caterer accept to cater a religious event (non-Jewish) in a church?
The caterer will deliver the food there and will not be entering that place. 

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that if he only delivers the fo ....


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Expand Article # 2182 Hold on Fast
Q. One that is getting married on Lag Baomer late afternoon, does one have to fast the traditional fast of chasan kallah if one finds it difficult?

A. Mishna Berura (573: 7) quotes different opinions if one should fast in a day when whe ....


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Expand Article # 2181 Fight for Life
Q. A family member is tending to an elderly patient that according to his doctor became suddenly susceptible to blood clots and may suffer from a possible heart attack. If that would happen and CPR is needed, but the chest bones of the elder are so ....


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Expand Article # 2180 Cross Examine
Q Can a bakery bake cakes or cookies in the shape of non-Jewish religious symbols  (like a cross) for orders they receive from non-Jewish customers?

A. On question 1650 and 1654 in regard to reciting tehilim when facing a cross ....


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Expand Article # 2179 Don't Put this On Ice
Q. Does a metal ice-cube tray maker (the tray filled with water you place in the freezer, for making ice cubes) require tevilah? does the glass ice-cubes container and tongs you place on the table require tevilah?
Does an ice pick require tevi ....


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Expand Article # 2178 Is The Adding Adding-Up?
Q. In some shuls it is customary that the rabbi or the gabbai, at the end of shacharis recite without a bracha the sefira of that day. Is this not a case of b'al tosif or prohibited adding to a mitzva, according to those that maintain the mitzva is ....


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Expand Article # 2177 A Monumental Pesach Sheni
Q. I Had the first yortzait this week for my husband a'h. Can I do the Hakomas Matzeva ceremony on Pesach Sheni A. On question 277 in regard to fasting on a yortzait day on Pesach Sheni we wrote: "Poiskim mention different traditions on Pes ....


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Expand Article # 2176 A Storm In a Cup?
Q. What should one do if he is a guest by someone's house, or comes to someone's simcha, and the host makes Kiddush on a small cup of schnapps, as is the Chassidic custom? May one rely on this Kiddush and eat in order to avoid embarrassing the perso ....


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Expand Article # 2175 Crash the Party?
Q. As Pesach Sheini is this Sunday, we invited the whole extended family for a Matza meal and BBQ in our backyard. But the question arouse if you can roast meat, hamburgers and hot dogs on Pesach Sheni, since it is prohibited on the first?
< ....


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Expand Article # 2174 The Third Pesach Seder
Q. I overheard that there an inyan (point) on eating maror and an egg on Pesach Sheni with the matza is that true?

A. Piskei Teshuvos (492: n. 11) and Nitei Gavriel (Pesach 3: 57: n. 14) quote this minhag from Devar Yehoshua, Darchei C ....


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