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Expand Article # 2240 Say Yes to the Yeast?
Q. B"H Shalom. Dear Rabbi,
Recently, scientists in Israel were able to reproduce wine and beer from remnants of yeast they had found in jugs (estimated to be from 850 BCE found in Gath near Yerushalayim!)
1.Would it be halachically perm ....


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Expand Article # 2239 The Rack on the Rack
Q. Does one have to tovel (immerse in a mikva) the metal racks inside a stove oven? With a brocho?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that, even if occasionally someone places food directly on the oven racks, (such as when plac ....


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Expand Article # 2238 Policing the Police?
Q. When one sees Israeli authorities acting in a violent and life threatening manner towards chareidim or any other yiddin, is it permissible to inform the American/Canadian embassy of their actions or any other human rights organization? Is this pe ....


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Expand Article # 2237 On Safe Hands?
Q. A person who is extremely terrified when having a blood test and he will literally pass out, is he allowed to hold (or squeeze) the nurse's hand for emotional support to avoid fainting?

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


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Expand Article # 2236 Ten Out of Ten
Q. One who came to shul among the first ten, but stepped out to wash his hands or to relieve himself in preparation for prayer, and someone else came in. Who has the zechus of bringing in the Shechina - the person who was originally the tenth, or the ....


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Expand Article # 2235 A New Old Shaila
Q. One who has only chodosh bread on the first night of Sukkos. Is he allowed to eat it or no? If yes, how much should he eat? What about having only chodosh bread for the Shabbos seudos?

A. Chodosh, literally "new", are products ma ....


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Expand Article # 2234 A Light Bulb Moment
Q. Someone forgot to remove the light bulb from the refrigerator before Shabbos. If it is not possible to get food from a neighbor or from somewhere else. Is it better to open the door with a shinui, or take money and go to the store and buy food (in ....


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Expand Article # 2233 Put to the Test
Q. There is a concern in Jewish law or custom that advises to refrain from certain parameters of medical testing. If a doctor recommends a stress test (heart) out of general concern due to age and family history of a patient, but not out of any spe ....


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Expand Article # 2232 A Lesson in Teaching
Q. A teacher employed at School A concurrently subs on contract an identical course at School B for a few months of someone's maternity leave. The teacher's tests are proprietary and were developed before and independent of School B. School B never ....


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Expand Article #2231 Peace Offerings
Q. Hello Rabbi Bartfeld, can you please forward this inquiry to Rabbi Hirschman? Thanks.
Hello Rabbi Hirschman,
What is the halachaic ruling if a husband goes to a shul he’s happy with and belongs to a tzibbur, which his wife and family ....


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Expand Article # 2230 You Need to Know the Answer
Q. (Re - questions 2227, 2228 and 2229 above). If sciences and philosophy are not part of the Torah, why did the Rambam study philosophy and other religions?

A. Remah (Y.D. 246: 4) rules that one may study occasionally other studies ....


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Expand Article # 2229 The Real Menorah Torah?
Q. (Re- questions 2227 and 2226 above). How can we not include the different fields of knowledge and science as part of the Torah? Does it not say that the branches of the one- single piece golden menorah of the Beis Hamikdash represent them all, a ....


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Expand Article # 2228 Breaking a Story
Q. (Re- question 2227 above .) If the answer to the above question is no, (Studying math and sciences, when used for Torah purposes, can be counted as actually learning Torah), why would it not be similar to the history stories or even the funny s ....


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Expand Article # 2227 The Torah of Science
Q. I'm a college student (after receiving permission from my Rosh Yeshiva, and doing pre-med), majoring in math and sciences. I learned in yeshivos and I understand the importance of learning Torah. Is there a point for me to use some of my learning ....


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Expand Article # 2226 Pick and Choose
Q. I went to a crowded kiddush on Shabbat and there was not enough place to hang the raincoats. The guests just pile them on a table. After the kiddush, they were searching the pile. each picking coats from the mixed pile, and putting down the unwan ....


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Expand Article # 2225 Watch And Wear
Q. May one wear bigdei Shabbos for a date or job interview, or other cases of need, or is this a chisaron in kavod Shabbos? May one trim his nails or get a haircut l'kavod a date or an interview? (In poskim, the actions of trimming nails and getting ....


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Expand Article # 2224 Getting a Good Name
Q. I heard in the name of Horav Miller that the name of the masechta we are currently learning in Daf Hayomi is not to be called "Eiruchin", as most do, but rather "Arachin." Is that correct.
A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that ....


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Expand Article 2223 Heartfull Blessings
Q. What brocho should one make on hearts of palm?

A. The heart of palm is eatable and is usually defined as a vegetable harvested from inner core and growing bud of certain palm trees. It is usually harvested from the top of young ....


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Expand Article # 2222 Walking Alone In Memory Lane
Q. On a shul bulletin, the time for Yizkor is posted. Why? Does Yizkor need a minyan?
Can a patient say Izkor when he has to stay in bed?

A. Poskim rule that a minyan is not required for reciting Yizkor (Dudaei Sadeh 12, Moadei ....


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Expand Article # 2221 Bring Up The Date
Q. If an error was made on the date of the death of the deceased, engraved on the matzeiva. It was discovered many years later, and is hard to correct it now without it looking fixed and unattractive. Can the date be totally erased? Is the date ess ....


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