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Expand Article # 3050 Code of Silence
Q. I have a shaila regarding an elderly mute person that is ill and can't come to shul. Until now someone read the megilah for him reciting the bracha 'lishmoa mikra megilah, as women do, since he is unable to read it himself. I was wondering since h ....


Posted 2/18/2021 10:00 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3049 Let The Happy Times Begin
Q. This year (5781 - 2021) the first day of Rosh Chodesh Adar will be'H be on Friday. Does Mishenichas Adar Marbim Besimcha, with all the segulot begin already on Friday since after all it is still the last day od Shevat. This makes a difference i ....


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Expand Article # 3048 Keeping Holy the Holy
Q. I was teaching Maseches Yodayim to a Talmid and we learned about the Halacha that touching Kisvei HaKodesh is M'tamei es HaYodayim. (When touching Holy Scripts. one's hands will become impure and will require washing).
The boy asked: If one ....


Posted 2/16/2021 4:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3047 Hold the Phone!
Q. Someone who has to read the Megila for his wife or others in need, such as the elderly or ill that can't come to shul. If he is not well versed in the reading of the Megila and therefore is likely to make mistakes that may be essential to complia ....


Posted 2/14/2021 4:37 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3046 The More The Better?
Q. (Se above questions) Is there an inyan (importance and significance) for women to attend shul on Purim to listen to the Megila, or could they just the same arrange the reading at home, that would be very significant in these pandemic days?
< ....


Posted 2/12/2021 4:02 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3045 How Many is Many
Q. Re- question 3044 above on arranging a group of women and having one read the Megila for the others. You mentioned that is is improper to have a woman read the Megila for many women. How many is many?

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


Posted 2/12/2021 3:57 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3044 Women Read On
Q. This particular year, while we may still be in a partial lock-down, it is very likely that the amounts of people allowed for Megila reading is going to be restricted. This would affect specially women since they were not present in many shuln fr ....


Posted 2/11/2021 11:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3043 A Hot Spot
Q. Can one tell his Rov that he has a stain in his clothing or is it denigrating his honor?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it can be done privately and in a honorable, proper and careful way.

Rabbi A. Bartf ....


Posted 2/11/2021 11:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3042 A Grave Gravestone?
Q. If a matzeiva can't be placed on time for the yohrzait due to the current crisis issues and will only be ready about three months later, can the family meantime just place a large heavy concrete slab or block with a nicely painted name?



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Expand Article # 3041 Rice to the Challenge
Q. What bracha does one make on brown rice

A. On question 3025 regarding brocho on rice we wrote that eating cooked/roasted whole wheat or a barley kernel means the complete grain including the bran shell, as it comes out from the husk a ....


Posted 2/11/2021 10:51 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3040 An Honest Mistake
Q. You mentioned (question 3038) that if one is engaged in the mitzva of Hatzalat Nefashot (saving lives) and mistakenly, without any irresponsible oversight, remiss or negligence, and due to reasons beyond one's control causes the demise of the pati ....


Posted 2/11/2021 10:37 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3039 Aiding a Hearing Aid
Q. If an expensive hearing aid falls out and breaks on Shabbos,(one stept on it) can one pick it up? What should be done with it, whether inside or outside of the Eruv?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is muktza and sh ....


Posted 2/11/2021 10:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3038 Life Savings
Q. Dear Rabbi. I was very impressed with question 3030 in which HoRav Miller advised a nurse in a major old age retirement home and at risk of becoming infected with Covid, to continue saving lives and doing that heroic work, even after a significant ....


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Expand Article # 3037 Pricey Home Protection?
Q. My large family resides in a sizeable house that has close to fifty mezuzot. To have them all checked every three years and a half is difficult and costly. I heard that if instead you check just three different ones on each occasion, it is enough ....


Posted 2/4/2021 10:14 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3036 Check it Out
 Q. When a Beis Midrash is being fixed and the outside mezuzos were also removed, if they were properly double wrapped with plastic covering or Saran wrap, do they have to be given to a soffer to check before placing them back?

A ....


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Expand Article # 3035 Bright or Early?
Q. Given the choice, should one daven in a vasikin (sunrise) minyan that is on the fast side and one cannot have such good kavana (intention), or with a slower minyan later?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is better ....


Posted 2/4/2021 9:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3034 Worthy of the Name
Q. Should one avoid placing a mezuza that has a plastic case with a letter shien (of Hashem's name) on it, on the inside of the door-frame of a bedroom, since it may be facing issues of tznius (modesty)?

A. On a similar question (1396) w ....


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Expand Article # 3033 Shabbos Snowshoes

Q. See questions above. Can one wear snowshoes on Shabbos where there is no Eruv?

A. Snowshoes are usually just large area footwear for walking over snow. Snowshoes work by distributing the weight of the person over a larger area ....


Posted 2/3/2021 10:57 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3032 If The Shoe Hits, Wear It?
Q. Re question above. So, can one wear in our days spiked shoes or crampons on Shabbos where there is no Eruv?

A. As mentioned on the prior question, boots with spikes, since they are dissimilar to the sandal hamesumar that was origi ....


Posted 2/3/2021 10:33 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3031 On The Nail
Q. During winter when walking in the icy streets in Canada is often dangerous, can one wear spiked shoes or crampons? Is there not a general prohibition of wearing a sandal hamesumar or a shoes with spikes or nails?

A. Mishna (Shabbos ....


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