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Expand Article # 2050 Doctors Orders?
Q. Does Halacha permit a doctor called by one of his patients in the middle of the night for an emergency, to respond to the patient that he should call Hatzalah or 911?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that he may, if it wil ....


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Expand Article # 2049 The Book on Scraps
Q. If one has pas palter (baked by a Gentile) that will spoil if left until motzoi Yom Kippur (even if frozen), and one does not eat it during the Aseres Yemei Teshuva, can one give it to one that does eat pas pelter in those days?
Likewise, ....


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Expand Article # 2048 Looks Could Kill
Q. Does the issur of looking at the face of a rasha (evil person) include looking at the picture, or only at the person?

A. Talmud (Megila 28a) teaches that Rav Yochanan said it is prohibited to look into the face of an evil person.


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Expand Article # 2047 Counting On Your Chickens
Q. I travel on business often to China, where I visit some companies in different far off cities, that don't have any kind of Jewish communities. I noticed that the life chickens in the market place look different than the ones we are accustomed to ....


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Expand Article # 2046 Wine And Din
Q. What is Horav Miller's opinion in regards to pasteurized wine. Is it permitted as yain mebushal (cooked wine)?

A. Poskim disagree as to what constitutes yain mevushal. Some maintain that cooked wine was only permitted, because in fo ....


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Expand Article # 2045 An Early Mazal Tov?
Q. If one hast to undergo an important medical procedure, it is generally recommended to do it during the month of Adar, since those are days of good mazal. Does that include the first day of Rosh Chodesh Adar Rishon? Should one have it postponed un ....


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Expand Article # 2044 Helping the Troubled Waters
Q. In places like Las Vegas and some counties in California where literally the treated water goes from the toilet to the tap, can you wash netilat yadaim with such water. Even if not contaminated, why should it not be disqualified as water that was ....


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Expand Article # 2043 The Works of Water Works
Q. In some countries the city water is not connected directly to the taps, but is stored first in a water tank usually at the roof of the house. To avoid spilling the water once the tank is full, the water pushes up a floater that turn off the va ....


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Expand Article # 2042 You Call That Work?
Q. (See question 2041 above on water that was used to perform work). Why is water that "worked" by turning a water motor, different from any common water whose volume was measured by a water meter. After all the water "worked" by making the meter ....


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Expand Article # 2041 Kosher Water Power
Q. I own a water powered motor that I use to open and close the suka roof on Shabbath and Yom Tov. The water used is not wasted, it ends in a pool that we use as a mikva for men, (it is connected to a rainwater bor). Since the water performed work, ....


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Expand Article # 2040 Learning the Walk Before the Run?
Q. Is one allowed to study other religions for the sole purpose of being able to be mekarev and bring back the ones that fell and converted to them?

A. Rambam (Avoda Zara 2: 2) mentions that "many books were written by idolaters t ....


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Expand Article # 2039 With Gusto or Disgusting?
Q. (see question above) If the majority of people consider the food repugnant, but to this individual it is not, can he eat it or would he transgress on the prohibition of bal teshaktzu?

A. P'ri Chodosh (Y.D. 84: 3) based on the Mis ....


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Expand Article # 2038 No Harm No Foul
Q. Is it permitted to sell or feed someone food that is healthy and not contaminated, but disgusting and loathsome by its origins, if the fellow that eats it is totally unaware of it? (e.g. food that a rodent ate some separate part of it, and was n ....


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Expand Article # 2037 Knowledge on the Fruits of Trees for Women
Q. Do women have the minhag of eating fruits on Tu Bishvat as men do (after all it is time dependent)?

A. Nitei Gavriel (Purim 4: 11) quotes Darchei chaim Vesholom (831) and others, that women follow this minhag similarly to their spou ....


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Expand Article # 2036 Attent to the Tent
Q. Re- questions 2034-35 above. Does a solid tent that meets size requirements and is used during the summer months at a cottage for additional sleeping quarters, require a mezuza? Does it matter if the door is slanted, and not vertical? Should a br ....


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Expand Article # 2035 Snowed Inn
Q. My kids build almost every year an igloo to play, eat and enjoy there games with their friends. Since we live in Montreal, the igloo stays up for usually 3 months or more. We want to join them for fun this year and offer a kidush for our friends ....


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Expand Article # 2034 Shed Some Light
Q. Does a shed used in the backyard for storing a lawn mower, bicycles, water hoses etc. require a mezuza? Do you say a bracha?

A. Talmud (Yuma 11a) presents different opinions in regard to a beis haotzros or a storage structure if it i ....


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Expand Article # 2033 Old Wine in New Bottles
Q. Wine decanters have become a popular gift for a Shabbos or Yom Tov table. The reason to use this specialized bottles is to decant an aerate the wine. (Many young wines can be tight or closed on the nose or palate. As the wine is slowly poured fro ....


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Expand Article # 2032 The Fire-Millionaire Questionnaire
Q. Is it true what they say that after suffering a fire one acquires wealth? (Noch a sreifa vert men raich - Yidish).

A. Likute Harim (2: 88) comments on an unusual occurrence. After a fire in which people frequently lost everything t ....


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Expand Article # 2031 Searching For An Intelligence Answer
Q. My ex-yeshiva bochur friend, is a specialized forensic accountant that works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He expertly searches and traces funds that could be used for terrorism purposes or other illegal activities, that include t ....


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