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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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Expand Article # 1990 Need a Silent Partner
Q. If I have a choice to take as a partner in a business a Jewish non-believer (apikores) investor or a religious catholic one, which one should I choose?

A. See question above. The Rema (O.H. 156: 1), quoted mentions that indeed some a ....


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Expand Article # 1989 Is There a Jewish Doctor in the House?
Q. If I have a choice to be treated by a Jewish non-believer (apikores) medic or a religious Catholic one, which one should I choose?

A. Talmud Avoda Zara (27b) considers the permissibility of being cured by an idolater medic.
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Expand Article # 1988 Bring Up-To-Date?
Q. Why do the ones that keep Nittel do so on the Goishe date and not in the Jewish one as we do with everything else?


A. Siach Sarfei Kodesh (p. 192) relates that when the last Lubavitcher Rebbe zt'l was sitting shiva, the Satma ....


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Expand Article # 1987 Totally Immersed in Nittel Nacht
Q. I heard that some great Chasidishe Rebbes would not permit women to go to the mikva on nittel night. Is that true?

A. Responsa Vedorashto Vechokarto (Y.D. 15 note) quotes Daas Hak'dosho (7: 17) in the name of the Gaon of Munkatch zt ....


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Expand Article # 1986 Tell the Intel of Nittel
Q. Someone that has the minhag not to learn Torah on nittel nacht, is he allowed to learn the halochos of nittel nacht written in seforim like Nitei Gavriel?

A. There is indeed in Nitei Gavriel and other seforim ample material regard ....


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Expand Article # 1985 Kadd-ishah?
Q. You mentioned (on question 1979) that women should not recite kaddish in the women's section behind the mechitza. What happens if a woman does recite and you hear her. Do you have to answer Yehei Shmei Rabba? How about answering amen when a woma ....


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Expand Article # 1984 The Party Line
Q. Can I join an office New Year party if I seat together with other frum co-workers and we are served kosher food and kosher wine? Usually a sizable bonus is given to the ones who attend.

A. On question 694 in regards to attending at le ....


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Expand Article # 1983 Let There Be Light
Q. The Talmud teaches (Pesachim 2a) that a person should go out on his way bechi tov when it is day. Should then someone avoid going to the hashkama minyan especially on Shabbath early morning when he has to walk and it is still night, and it is ....


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