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Expand Article # 1949 What Are You Drinking?
Q. When no wine or beer are available at the chupa, (the chupa took place at a hall out of town), should liquor be used or nothing at all and no shehakol brocho should be made?

A. Maharsham (5: 8) and others warn against using strong win ....


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Expand Article # 1948 The Law of the Spirit
Q. Re- above question. It is still unclear to me which is the best way to follow. Should the mesader kiddushin drink from the wine cup or not?

A. As mentioned in the above answer, there are a number of minhagim.
1) The minhag o ....


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Expand Article # 1947 Wine And Din
Q. The Halacha states that, unlike Birchos HaMitzvos where I can be Motzi another with the Brocho even though I am not fulfilling the mitzvah presently, if I am not eating the food, I cannot be Motzi another with a Brocho on that food.
That s ....


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Expand Article # 1946 Risk of Showers
Q. Even though one should wash one's entire body before Shabbath, if, for whatever reason, one is unable to take a bath or shower, one must at least wash one's face, hands and feet in warm water." I'm wondering, if someone did take a full shower o ....


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Expand Article # 1945 Nine Kabim and No Soap?
Q. Does one have to wash with soap before Shabbos begins?
Is someone just stays under the shower for tisha kabim, is that enough lechatchila?
I think it is about 2 minutes, is that correct?

A. Ben Ish Chai (Lech Lecha 15) e ....


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Expand Article # 1944 Borur No Borer
Hello Rav,
Q. My 6 year old was playing with his Fruit loops Shabbas cereal (on Shabbas)...before eating them, it was fun for him to first separate them by colour...he ended up with a pile of reds, a pile of yellow, etc. I was wondering if th ....


Posted 11/25/2018 10:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1943 Middle Meal Meddling
Q. In the winter, here in Eretz Yisroel for example, Tefillas Mincha on Shabbos can get as early as 3:45 pm. Our Minhag is to eat the 3rd Meal before Tefillas Mincha. because of this, our Minhag is to eat the 2nd Meal close to the time for Mincha G ....


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Expand Article # 1942 Have a Good Yesterday
Q. If one missed zman krias shema in the place where he is, but in a different place (time zone) it is still before the zman, is he mechuyev to take a plane to the second place and say Shema there?
One has to spend up to 1/5 of his wealth for ....


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Expand Article # 1941 Go Take a Shower?
Q. I heard that there an inyan in taking a shower on Motzei Shabbes, could that be true?

A. Although it is not a common tradition at all, Piskei Teshuvos (300: 2 n. 32) does mention that some Rebes would follow this minhag. It is based ....


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Expand Article # 1940 A Bone Shaking Question
Q. Can you help the luz bone nutrition if you also eat at the end of shaleshudes, after the zeman but before bentching a kezais of chala and declare it should be for melave malka? Can you combine this with just eating mezonos later on after havdala ....


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Expand Article # 1939 Making a Meal?
Q. Since the luz bone feeds only from the melave malka seuda is eating mezonos enough?

A. Poskim rule that on the onset, one should wash and eat an egg-full amount of bread (Mishna Berura 300: 1,2). However, since this seuda is not ....


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Expand Article # 1938 It's In Your Bones
Q. Why is the luz-bone on the spine only nourished from the Melava Malka meal?

A. Midrash (Bereshis Rabbah 18, Koheles 12, see Ta'amei Haminhagim 425) write that the luz-bone is known to be eternal and does not decay, as this is the ....


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Expand Article # 1937 Acting One's Age
Q. Does one have to stand for an elderly if one is unsure of his age?

A. If one is unsure if an elderly has reached seventy, Yabia Omer (Y. D. 3: 13), Yehave Daas (3: 70 ) rules that since this is a Biblical mitzva you have to be s ....


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Expand Article # 1936 The Same Old Story?
Q. Does one have to stand for an elderly person if he is unaware of it?

A. On question 1158, in regards to standing up for an elderly Talmid Hacham that is senile or blind and is not aware of the honor you are giving him, we wrote: "Gina ....


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Expand Article # 1935 A Word on Honor
Q. Does one have to stand to honor an elderly woman if she is not an eishes chover?

A. Sefer Chasidim 578, quoted by Beis Yehudah, (Y.D. 1: 28); Sefer HaChinuch and Minchas Chinuch 257:3. Yechaveh Da’as (3:72) quoting Teshuvos Geonim, an ....


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Expand Article # 1934 Sorry, but not Old
Q. Does one have to stand for an elderly person if he is mochel, forgives or does not want you to stand for him?

A. Teshuvos Radvaz (8:167) maintains that even when the elderly forgoes his honor, one should still respect him by rising s ....


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Expand Article # 1933 Know Where You Stand
Q. (On prior question 1932, mitzva of standing for the aged) I don't see it widely practiced in many places, so I'm wondering if there are any heterim for not doing it while learning, davening, bentching, or eating a seuda shel mitzvah,etc? For e ....


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Expand Article # 1932 Reason To Stand
Q. I heard that its a mitzvah from the Torah to stand up FULLY when a frum Jew over 70 years old (60 according to Kabalah) comes into your 4 Amot.

A. Shulchan Aruch (244: 1) rules that the mitzva of rising before a "seiva" (Vaikra ....


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Expand Article # 1931 All the Best By the Best
Q Rashi says that the words in Parashas Vayishlach, "Im Lovon Garti" (2nd explanation) mean that Yaakov kept the 613 mitzvos.
However, it is certain that he did not keep them all because, for example, he did not keep the mitzvah of Sippur Yetz ....


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Expand Article # 1930 Take The Tallis Treat?
Q. I traveled to be at my future son-in law's aufruf. When I came to the shul I realized that I did not have my tallis with me. I was unable to ask someone to lend me one, but I found someones weekday tallis. Since I would not have been able to come ....


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