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Expand Article # 2199 The Value of the Otzar
Q. I saw the question about Shemita wine from Israel with a hechsher that reads "otzar bet din exported after biur." What does that mean and who are the authorities that permit it?

A. Rambam (H. Shmitta 4: 1 - 24) rules that it is a p ....


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Expand Article # 2198 Lose Sleep Over This?
Q. Since one is not allowed to prepare from Shabbat to Yom Tov, can one sleep on this year's Shabbat Erev Shavuot afternoon more than usual, if he has the intention of being able to learn Torah during Shavuot night?

A. Mishna Berur ....


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Expand Article # 2197 Rabi Shimon and the Mon
Q. You mentioned in the name of the Chasam Sofer that the mon began to fall on Lag Baomer. What is the connection if any?

A. Sifsei Tzadik (Lag Baomer 5), questions how Rasb'i and his son were able to comply with all the mitzvos such ....


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Expand Article # 2196 In Relation to Relations
Q. Can one have marital relations this year on the Shabbat Erev Shavuot, since it is during the three days before Kabalat Hatorah? Does it also apply to the second night of Shavuot?

A. Mishna Berura (494: 4,- 240: 7) writes that follo ....


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Expand Article # 2195 When Was the Real Mon-day?
Q. I have heard contradicting opinions as to when the mon began to fall. Was it on Pesach Sheni or was it Lag Baomer? Which is correct?

A. The Talmud (Shabbos 87b) writes that Bnei Yisroel arrived on the 15 of Iyar at Midbar Sinn, an ....


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Expand Article # 2194 With Father Together Forever
Q. There was a gezeira to kill Rebbe Shimon; there was no gezeira against his son Rebbe Elazar. So why did Rebe Elazar go into hiding with his father?

A. Vaani Tefila (2: Matan Torah, quoted in Kaftor Voferach) asks this question an ....


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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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