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Expand Article # 2010 Refuah Shleima
Q. I have diabetes Type 2. I need to check my sugar levels a number of times a day to ascertain how much insulin to inject. To inject insulin without checking the sugar level is dangerous because injecting too much insulin can result in potentially f ....


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Expand Article # 2009 Am I Right?
Q. I am halachically a lefty, but since there are some sfeikos regarding my status, I put also (tefilin) on my left hand after davening. I always take my shel yad, turn it the other way and put it on. Recently, someone offered me an old pair of or ....


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Expand Article # 2008 In Heaven's Name!
Q. Re- question 1993 on Yale's emblem. Columbia University has a coat of arms, it appears on all cards that staff of the university carry clipped to their clothing and also appears on the floor of the library and other places. It has the four-let ....


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Expand Article # 2007 Promises, Promises
Q. If a neder works by forbidding an item onto oneself; why does the world say "Bli neder" to avoid some kind of commitment? wouldn't it be more appropriate to say bli shavoua?

A. The basic difference between a neder and a shevua is ....


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Expand Article # 2006 In His Name or Our Name?​
Q. According to Minhag Ashkenaz, at the end of Birkas HaMazon, we say "HoRachamon Hu Yishlach Lanu Es Eliyah HaNavi Zachur LaTov, Vivoreich Osanu Kol Echad V'Echad Mimenu Bishmo."
What is the meaning of the phrase after the comma, especial ....


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Expand Article # 2005 No Blue Strings Attached
Q. See question 2004 above. Why shouldn't everyone have the blue wool techeiles-thread added to their tzitzis, since there is no downside and there is nothing to lose if one uses it out of doubt?

A. As mentioned in the prior question ....


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Expand Article # 2004 Out Of The Blue
Q. I have two questions in regards to using a blue techeiles thread in one's tzitzis.
1) Is it recommended or permitted for one who doesn't have that minhag in his family to start wearing tzitzis with a string of techeiles?

A. Tes ....


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Expand Article 2003 Amen to That?
Q. Someone who is careful not to recite a brocho unless there is someone present to listen to it and answer amen, would the amen responded by a Gentile who understands or is explained before the meaning of the blessing count as a proper amen?
< ....


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Expand Article # 2002 Reality Check
Q. Does one have to check tefilin and mezuzot using a computer program as it is done in our times with a Sefer Torah?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that if they were checked properly when written, one is not obliged to chec ....


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Expand Article # 2001 A Mincha Halacha
Q. Hello Rav, One day a week I work until after sunset and will need to daven mincha during work during most of the winter. There is a mincha in an office building that is a 5 min jog away that davens at mincha gedola (1pm). It goes pretty fast, the ....


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Expand Article # 2000 Now Hear This!
Q. (Re- question 1891). Is it important to conclude our recitation of Y'hei Sh'mei Rabbo before the Chazan begins Yisborach, so that we can concentrate on hearing the words that the Chazan is saying? If yes, which is more important, concluding 'o ....


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Expand Article # 1999 Don't Get Carried Away
Q. If one is in a place over Shabbos where there is no eruv, are they permitted to carry an EpiPen since it is pikuach nefesh (life danger)?

A. Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchoso (40: 7) writes that an ill person who was ordered by his phys ....


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Expand Article # 1998 Do I Have to Answer That?
Q. On a prior question (1985) you mentioned that it is not obligatory to answer amen on hearing the bracha of a woman. Is that true for all brachot women say?

A. Mishna Berura (124: 47) indeed mentions only a brocho recited by a wom ....


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Expand Article # 1997 An Important Date
Q. If one eats dates and an apple (a shiur of both) and nothing else, can the after-bracha for the dates cover the apple thus no borei nefashos would be required?

A. Shulchan Aruch (208: 13) rules that if one recites the bracha ac ....


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Expand Article # 1996 A Bitter Pill To Swallow
Q. I have to take a pill after meals preferable with milk or other pareve non-acidic drink because of my sensitive stomach. I usually take one after shaleshudes, before benching. Sometimes I forget and remember only after benching. Can I take the p ....


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Expand Article # 1995 Made to Order
Q. Shalom Aleichem
What comes first in limud haTorah, if one is behind in a mishnayos commitment for a shloshim or shanyim mikrah vechad targum?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that shanyim mikroh veechod targum has ....


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Expand Article # 1994 Don't Free Yourself
Q. Considering that it is better to spend money on a mitzvah than to get it for free, is it better for one to have his own Shabbos seuda (even if he is sitting by himself) than to join someone's else seuda (for free)?

A. Horav Shlo ....


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Expand Article # 1993 No Yale Veyavo?
Q. Can one use a Yale T-shirt that has the emblem of the university bearing the words Urim Vetuim written in Hebrew stamped on the front, when you entering a bathroom?

A. On question 973 regarding a medallion with letters of psukim, we ....


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Expand Article # 1992 A Hundred Brochos to My Daughter
Q. My daughter wants to know if she is obligated like men to make 100 Brachos per day. Even though she davens Shacharis and Mincha daily, she does not daven Arvis and does not know of many righteous women that do so either (or did so in previous ....


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Expand Article # 1991 No Wash and Wear...Ever?
Q. Someone removed in Shabbos a stain on his jacket by rubbing it with a wet towel, he did this intentionally because of being ashamed of having a stain on his clothing. Since he did a melacha bemezid (intentionally doing prohibited work) on Shab ....


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