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Expand Article # 2930 A Brunch of Olives?
Q. The Gemara says (Horayos 13b) that one of the things that causes one to forget one's learning is one who is "Rogil" with olives.
Since I do not understand the way this works, I do not even know for sure how to formulate the question. Basic ....


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Expand Article # 2929 Carry but don't Fetch
Q. See questions (2926-28) above regarding a prosthetic electronic arm. Can one wear and carry that electrically disconnected arm or hand in the street, on Shabbat when there is no eruv?

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinion is that ....


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Expand Article # 2928 At Arm's Length?
Q. See questions (2926-27) above. Can one use that prosthetic electronic arm hand on Shabbat? What if it is not connected to the batteries?

A. On question 1221 regarding new technology that enables the totally invalid or paraplegic to dr ....


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Expand Article # 2927 A Helping Hand
Q. Following question above when using a prosthetic electronic right arm , how should one wash netilat yadaim for eating bread, when he is wearing the artificial very realistic looking hand?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is t ....


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Expand Article # 2926 Give One's Right Arm
Q. A close relative lost his right arm, from the elbow down, and was able to replace it with a prosthetic electronic arm. We have some important questions. Firstly, since he still has his complete right hand bicep, on which hand should he put on h ....


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Expand Article # 2925 Drop the Other Shoe?
Q. On question 2924 above you mentioned that historically some Talmidei Hachamim because of their devotion to constantly learn Torah, would sleep shortly with their clothes and shoes on during weekdays. How did these great Tzadikim make the brachot i ....


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Expand Article # 2924 Sleep on This
Q. The Gemara in Yoma says not to sleep with shoes. Does this apply when falling asleep on a train, or at one's shtender, or only in bed?

A.†† Indeed Talmud (Yoma 78b) quotes Shmuel's teaching; that one who wishes to experience the tast ....


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Expand Article # 2923 Too Sad For Words
Q. We are not allowed to say sad news on Shabbos.
This past Shabbos, would it be permissible to tell a gabbai making a mishabayrach for Rav Dovid (Feinstein) zatzal not to do so? (The Posek Hador was niftar an hour before Shabbos and not every ....


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Expand Article # 2922 No Electric Shock Sock
Q. On question 2907 regarding wearing electric battery heated socks on Shabbos you wrote that Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is to permit their use only on need or when health issues are involved. There is a different type of heated socks i ....


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Expand Article # 2921 There is Accounting for Taste
Q. I received this week from my parents some very good tasting specialty dish that they know I much enjoy and therefore saved it to savor it during Shabbos and be mekayem (comply with) the mitzva of Oneg Shabbos (deriving pleasure on Shabbos). But ....


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Expand Article # 2920 A Dog's Life
Q. Can one neuter a male pet dog by using a non-Jewish veterinarian?

A. On question 2658 regarding spaying a female cat we wrote; "Talmud (Baba Metzia 90b) quotes a debate if the prohibition of castration applies to Gentiles also. Poskim ....


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Expand Article # 2919 A Late Early Meal
Q. I have seen elderly people or the ill, who go to bed early while it is still Shabbat, recite Havdalah on Sunday morning. Can they also then eat something more for breakfast and have intention for the seuda (meal) of Melave Malkah?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 2918 Grave Burial?
Q. I have seen some people bury plastic bags full of shemos (leftover sefarim or their pages, such as sidurim, chumashim etc.) inside street excavations done primarily for fixing water or sewage pipes. They told me that these are double plastic bag ....


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Expand Article # 2917 Stop and Listen?
Q. If one in the middle of Shemonesrei hears the laud answering by the congregation of the 13 Middos, should he momentarily stop his recitation and have in his mind answering with them as one is supposed to do when hearing Kaddish or Keddusha?
....


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Expand Article # 2916 A Vort on a Vort
Q. The minhag in our family is to avoid making weddings during the month of Marcheshvan. Does that include also making a vort (compromise)?

A. On question 1183 we wrote; "There are Poskim who maintain that one should avoid being wedded d ....


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Expand Article # 2915 Spirit Away
Q. Can one use peeled garlic cloves that are imported from China and packaged in vacuum sealed plastic bags, since the obviously stayed overnight peeled, which we avoid?

A. On question 1366 regarding leaving overnight an onion, we wrote; ....


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Expand Article # 2914 Reason to Listen
Q. During the reading of the Torah on Shabbat, sometimes I loose concentration and miss hearing or paying attention to some words and even psukim of the leinning (reading). Was I yotze (complied with) the reading? Should I then try to listen again to ....


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Expand Article # 2913 Celebrating Dia de los Muertos?
Q. Dear Rabbi; As you probably well know, in Mexico instead of Halloween, people celebrate the next day the "Dia de los Muertos" or the Day of Dead, which is remarkably different. Often candles, flowers and the favorite foods of the deceased are pl ....


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Expand Article # 2912 Good Things Come to those Who Wait
Q. I have been learning in a Kolel in Yerushalaim for several years. I'm married with two small children and was offered a position as a rabbi and teacher for three years in a Latin American country where I grew up. Although this is a great opportun ....


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Expand Article # 2911 Missed the Boat?
Q. Why is the ark of Noah called a Teiva. Considering its purpose would it not be more correct to call it, an Oniya, (as by Yona and Chiram) or the Targumís Sífinah, meaning a boat or ship?

A. The simple answer would be that a Teiva wa ....


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