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Expand Article # 1982 Take it With a Pinch of Salt
Q. I seem to remember that I learned in the gemora that you are supposed to eat a bit of salt after having finished eating any meal. Since salt seems to be unhealthy these days, does the above still apply?

A. Indeed the Talmud (Broch ....


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Expand Article # 1981 Brocho Pursuit of Fruit
Q. Re question (1980) above on one that ate mezonos and also fruits and a drink and then made "al hamichya" but not "bore nefashot," that the Rov ruled he can still take another drink without reciting a "shehakol" bracha. Would the same apply to som ....


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Expand Article # 1980 Don't Make me Say it Again
Q. I ate mezonos and also fruits and a drink. If I made "al hamichya" but not "bore nefashot," can I still take another drink without reciting a "shehakol" bracha?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that even after reciting al ....


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Expand Article # 1979 Can't Say For Sure
Q. Does your minyan have a women's section and accommodate women who say kaddish?
I work at ... (nearby) and have yahrzeit Thursday evening and would like to say kaddish at the shul if acceptable.
(similar q.) Can I say the kaddish qui ....


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Expand Article # 1978 The Undiscovered Mitzva
Q. ( See above question 1977). How can someone comply with a mitzva if one is totally unaware of the mitzva being done?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that one can comply. This being similar to someone missing a mezuza ....


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Expand Article # 1977 Lighting for the Unenlightened
Q. Re- prior question 1967, on an elderly single and bed-bound convalescent patient at a retirement nursing home or hospital, that Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that if there is a minyan and they light a kosher menorah in that site, they ....


Posted 12/16/2018 11:31 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1976 Always a Freilechen Chanuka
Q. Regarding if Hanuka is a Yom Tov or not. Is there a Rabbinic mitzva of simcha and joy in Hanuka, after all we do greet each other with a Freilechen Hanuka?
I know that there is no obligation to eat a seuda on Hanuka as we do in Purim, or eat ....


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Expand Article # 1975 To Wait or not to Wait?
Q. I recently began working in a kosher restaurant serving food to customers. What do I do on a fasting day like 10 of Teveth coming up. Is it permitted to serve food to Jewish customers that look healthy?

A. Yalkut Yosef (Moadim p. 530 ....


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Expand Article # 1974 Fast and Feast?
Q. Can you have a wedding on the night of the Tenth of Teveth, since the fasting starts only in the morning?

A. Remah (O.H. 550: 3) writes that if a chupa is celebrated on Erev Shabbos, the minhag is to daven mincha and read Vayichal ....


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Expand Article # 1973 Fast Talk
Q. If someone undergoes periodical medical treatment and when it occurs on a regular taanis he was given a heter not to fast, exempting Yom Kippur and Tisha Beav, when he was told to postpone the treatment to another day. I was told that Assarah Bete ....


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Expand Article # 1972 Vacating Vacations?
Q. Since Horav Shlomo's Miller position is to avoid traveling during Chanuka, should there be an effort to have the schools change the days of vacation to before or after Chanuka?

A. Although the Rov indeed maintains that people should ....


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Expand Article # 1971 Is Gut-Yom-Tov Still Gut?
Q. On question 1222 you wrote: "Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that Chanuka is called a Chag and a Yom Tov as we find in Shulchan Aruch (Y. D. 217: 47) regarding a neder done exempting those days, that Chanuka and Purim are also consider ....


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Expand Article # 1970 Know Where You Stand
Q. Re- question above. Often the glass cups use for Chanuka lights, are rounded on the bottom and can't stand by themselves. Is that a problem?

A. Chesed L'Avraham (quoted in Shaarei Teshuva (673: 13) rules that one may not light Ch ....


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Expand Article # 1969 The Silver Lining of a Menorah
Q. Is it better to light a silver menorah using its own silver cups by placing the oil and wick in them, as was done in the menorah of the Beth Hamikdash. or can one use separate glass cups which is cleaner and more convenient?

A. C ....


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Expand Article # 1968 Did We Strike Oil?
Q. Is it permitted to light a menorah with olive oil or vegetable oil without a hechsher, when traveling and no other oil is available? Is it better to light then with candles?

A. Some Poskim maintain that one should use for Chanuka li ....


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Expand Article # 1967 Let The Light Shine for Everyone
Q. Re- question 1966 above, on an elderly single and bed-bound convalescent patient at a retirement nursing home or hospital, who has no possibility of lighting or being present at the lighting of a Menorah.
Since in most Jewish retirement nur ....


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Expand Article # 1966 A Nixed Blessing?
Q. An elderly single and bed-bound convalescent patient at a retirement nursing home or hospital, who has no possibility of lighting or being present at the lighting of a Menorah. can he make the bracha of Shecheyanu or Sheasa Nisim without lighting ....


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Expand Article # 1965 How's The Family?
Q. My uncle married a woman. She became my aunt. I am now disqualified from testifying on her behalf. They had 3 children.
The couple divorced. Am I still disqualified from testifying on her behalf because her 3 children are still my 1st cous ....


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Expand Article # 1964 It's All Greek To Me
Re- question 1963 above. I'm wondering if you can provide an actual case where Greek philosophy contributed something of value to the Torah?

Q. Ancient Greek philosopher Plato was a student of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle. His ....


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Expand Article # 1963 Beware of Greeks Bearing Spiritual Lifts
Q. Why do we attack so much the Greek philosophy during Hanuka, did not the Rambam study and wrote much about Aristotle?
The Talmud in Megila also sponsors learning Greek wisdom, since Noach blessed Yefes that he will dwell in the tents of ....


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