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Expand Article # 1914 Greatest of All Time
Q. My wife and I are debating how to name our next child to be born BE'H soon. We know he is a boy, and there are two equally reserving uncles that merit the name to be given. The names are Moshe and Avraham. We don't give a double name in our fami ....


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Expand Article # 1913 The Spirit of the Law
Q Why should not "Dina Demalchuta Dina" apply to all wills, and therefore become valid according to Jewish Law?

A. Some contemporary Poskim indeed maintain that secular wills are Halachically valid based on the principle of dino demalc ....


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Expand Article # 1912 Pass it Down or Pass it Up?
I have a number of questions in regards to inheritance
Q. Is a secular will written by an attorney valid according to Halacha?

A. In principle a secular will, by which an individual estate is divided according to his own wis ....


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Expand Article # 1911 Right on the Money
Q. How come Abraham Avinu, who kept the complete Torah including eruv tavshilin, gave all his possessions to his son Yitzchak, thereby violating the mitzva of yerusha, as Shmuel says (Kesubos 33a); Don't take part in a transference of yerusha even fr ....


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Expand Article # 1910 Shtick Or Treat
Q. A meshulach from Israel, staying in my home went collecting last night (Halloween). He approached a house with a mezuza and a woman (possibly a babysitter) gave him a bag of candies (kosher). Can he eat them?

A. Quoting question ....


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Expand Article # 1909 Standing by the Falling Ill
Q. Someone suffers from epileptic attacks or seizures that make him totally unconscious and unaware of his surroundings, he usually recovers after a half an hour, but has no recollection of what happened. If that happened in the middle of a meal doe ....


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Expand Article # 1908 The Matzav of a Matzeiva
Q. Whom do you ask about minhagim? I recently saw many tombstone inscriptions from Bratislava (Pressburg), and all mention the motherís name and not the father. Iíd like to know the source & origin of the minhag (I think the rationale is that in the ....


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Expand Article # 1907 Open To Question
Q. (Re- question 1906). In the above case, if someone purchased pesicha as an honor, does he have to comply with his promise and pay his donation if the doors could not be opened, but you can see the sefarim?
Would it make a difference if you ....


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Expand Article # 1906 An Open or Closed Door?
Q. The Aron Hakodesh in the shul I daven, has a proper paroches curtain. The doors behind them are made of artistic bars that permit seeing the sifrei torah inside the ark. Often they are locked with a chain and lock. If someone gets pesicha for ....


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Expand Article # 1905 A Kuck to this Tire
Q. On Shabbos police chalked my car tire so that they could come back later and ticket me for parking for more than three hours. Is there permissible way for me to clean off the chalk?

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


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Expand Article # 1904 Count One's Blessings
Q. I'm wondering if it would be permissible to listen to a mussar shiur (on mesilat Yesharim) in the morning while getting dressed,etc. (before having said the birkat HaTorah. I think I've learned that most poskim do require birkat HaTorah to listen ....


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Expand Article # 1903 Mystery Meat
Q. Where does the Gemara say a Ben Pakua is Mutar to eat?

A. Ben Pekuah is the live offspring of a Kosher pregnant animal found inside of the properly slaughtered parent after the Shechita. The Talmud (Chulin 74a, 69a) explains why and ....


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Expand Article # 1902 Easy on the Eyes
Q. Re- last answer (1901) that eye ailments can be considered life threatening. Does one recite the hagomel bracha after an eye cataract operation?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that a common cataract operation is in our d ....


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Expand Article # 1901 An Eye on an Eye
Q. Can eye drops be used in Shabbos after a cataracts operation?

A. Our Sages teach (Avodah Zarah 28b): ďA manís eyes are connected to his heart.Ē Thus, if we see that oneís eye is in danger, it is equivalent to an ailment in the per ....


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Expand Article # 1900 The Empty Nest?
Q. The Rashbo (Teshuvos 5: 115) offers a most novel third interpretation on the meaning of "Koneh Shamaim Vaaretz" (14: 18). He claims it means a nest, as in "ken tzipor." Does that not contradict what is written in answer 1835 that; "Horav S ....


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Expand Article # 1899 Abraham Hacohen?
Q. How come there is no mention that Avraham Avinu, who kept all mitzvos, made a pidyon habben when Yitzchok was born?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit'a explained that Avraham Avinu was considered to be a Cohen as mentioned in a number of m ....


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Expand Article # 1898 Under Cover
Q. Can the cover of the challos on Shabbos be transparent such as a plastic bag?

A. The Tur (O.H. 271) quotes Talmud Yerushalmi that the challah is covered so that it should not feel embarrassed for not being chosen for kiddush, s ....


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Expand Article # 1897 Everything About the Kitchen Sink
Q. With a large family and a moderate size sink, we need the Friday night Shabbat dishes out of the sink after the meal, so we pack them into the dishwasher. (Usually we will not need these plates again on shabbat.) The problem is that if they are ....


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Expand Article # 1896 From Cover to Cover
Q. Hello Rav, I heard in a shiur that you are suppose to have 2 tablecloths on your table on Shabbat, so that when you remove one to switch it, or to shake it off, the table will always still be covered with another table cloth. Is this actually Hal ....


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Expand Article # 1895 A Minor Honor


Q. Can you honor a minor with pesichat Aron Hakodesh? (As in Avinu Malkenu, Shema Kolenu or Shir Hamaalot, or when someone else takes out the Sefer Torah)

A. Mishnah Berurah (147: 29) maintains that it is improper to h ....


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