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Expand Article #1838 Wear or Tear?
Q. Dear Honorable Rabbi,
I came across a colorful wool taalis that was made for a lady to wear (I guess reform or something) is it permissible for a man to wear or is it considered a woman's garment? Furthermore is it an issue in regards to it ....


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Expand Article # 1837 On a Wild blueberry Chase?
Q. Re- question 1836 above. Are all blueberries created equal? Are wild blueberries the same as common berries?

A. Canada is the world's largest producer of “lowbush blueberries,” which is another name for wild blueberries. Most are g ....


Posted 9/3/2018 12:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1836 It's the Berries after All
Q. I have read that the brocho on blueberries is not necessarily HaEitz and that it depends on what kind of tree or bush it grows. Could the Rav please clarify

A. The Halacha definition of a tree is a plant which survives and produces ....


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Expand Article # 1835 The Home Bird
Q. Why is the mitzvah called "Shiluach HaKen" (see beginning of Perek 12 of Chulin)? Do we send away the mother or the nest?
Perhaps, just as a person's wife is called "his house" (see beginning of Maseches Yoma), and the reason has less to d ....


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Expand Article # 1834 "Hair" The Answer
Q. In Question 1821 you write that Rav Miller permits permanently removing hair of the ear since it is usually done for remedy or curative reasons. Does this apply to hair growing on the exterior section of the ear as well or only on the inside of t ....


Posted 8/31/2018 6:02 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1833 Vayehi Erev or Vayehi Boker?
Q. I daven in a shul where the first Selichot are usually said at 11.00 PM on Motzei Shabbat since most people are unwilling to come two hours latter, when most shuln say the first Selichos.
My question is; Should I say selichot together w ....


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Expand Article # 1832 Heads Up!
Q. It happens that sometimes I'll look around during shacharis and see people whose Tefillin Shel Rosh is not in the proper position. What is the correct course of action when I see this? Should I quietly go up to them? Should I approach the gabbai ....


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Expand Article # 1831 A Tail of Two Coins
Q. I'm not a very wealthy man, and in fact receive monthly tzeddakah cheques myself. However I do feel that it's important to give some tzeddakah during davening, and so have a small change purse with coins. It happened that after davening, a shli ....


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Expand Article # 1830 Poor Fun Making Fun of the Poor
Q. There is an inyan to put in your tzitzis when going to a cemetery because of lo'eig l'rosh. Does this apply when going to a funeral for a woman where there are separate sections in the cemetery for men and women, like in the Agudah section? Woul ....


Posted 8/28/2018 1:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1829 Out of the Swim
Q. Are a couple permitted to swim together if the wife is a Niddah?

A. Poskim prohibit even preparing a bath for the spouse when the wife is a nidda (See Shulchan Aruch Y,D, 195, Shach (16) and Taz (8).
Therefore, Horav Shlomo ....


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Expand Article # 1828 Let The Good Times Begin
Q. Rashi (21: 18) quotes Talmud (Sanh. 71b) that the wayward and rebellious son is executed on account of what he will do in the future - he will stand at the crossroads and rob people, killing them, thereby incurring the death penalty. Baaley Muss ....


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Expand Article # 1827 Stand Fast to the Fast Talk
Q. I try to concentrate intently on the meaning of "Y'hei Sh'mei Rabba etc." as the Talmud appears to attach great importance to this endeavour, even going so far as to declaring that one who does so may be saved from an adverse decree in Heaven ....


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Expand Article # 1827 Stand Fast to the Fast Talk
Q. I try to concentrate intently on the meaning of "Y'hei Sh'mei Rabba etc." as the Talmud appears to attach great importance to this endeavour, even going so far as to declaring that one who does so may be saved from an adverse decree in Heaven ....


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Expand Article # 1826 Cherish the Kiddush Wish
Q. Hello Rav,In an effort to improve my health, I am not supposed to consume sugar. Can I use a sugar free diet soda (like Coke Zero) for kiddush/havdalah? Could I use unsweetened herbal iced tea? Unfortunately, coffee and alcohol both ....


Posted 8/26/2018 11:16 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1825 Have Your Say
Q. The only child of a deceased parent is a woman. Which is better?

a) Her husband should say Kaddish, assuming he gets permission from his living parents.

b) She should hire someone to say Kaddish.

c) ....


Posted 8/24/2018 5:09 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 1824 I'll Drink to That?
Q. May I request coffee or tea from a stewardess on a flight?

A. See question 1812 in regards to requesting hot water from a stewardess on a flight where we wrote:
"Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that the most conceivabl ....


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Expand Article # 1823 Be A Good Sport
Q. If one's wife is a Niddah, may the couple play the following games together: Ping-Pong, Tennis, Badminton, volleyball
Since the goal of the game is not to pass the object to one's opponent but to hit it properly where the opponent will miss ....


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Expand Article # 1822 No blockage...Except for Torah
Q. I pray in a small schul inside a Jerusalem bomb shelter. The wall of the lavatory is thus pretty close to the wall of the area where we daven. I have noticed that I can hear the Chazan clearly when I am within the lavatory. This means I can hea ....


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Expand Article # 1821 Hear Hair!
Q. Is it permitted for a man to permanently remove hair coming from one's ears?

A. Benayohu's peirush on Tikunim (p. 84b) quotes Idra Zuta that one should remove hairs from inside the ear so they will not obstruct the reception o ....


Posted 8/24/2018 4:50 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1820 Ten Men - Amen
Q. Is it permitted for one who davens Minhag Aschkenaz to refrain from answering Amein to "V'yatzmach Purkanei Vikareiv M'shichei" since according to his Poskim this addition is a "Shinui Mimadbei'a SheTav'u Chachomim"?

A. Igrois Mos ....


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