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Expand Article # 1972 Vacating Vacations?
Q. Since Horav Shlomo's Miller position is to avoid traveling during Chanuka, should there be an effort to have the schools change the days of vacation to before or after Chanuka?

A. Although the Rov indeed maintains that people should ....


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Expand Article # 1971 Is Gut-Yom-Tov Still Gut?
Q. On question 1222 you wrote: "Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that Chanuka is called a Chag and a Yom Tov as we find in Shulchan Aruch (Y. D. 217: 47) regarding a neder done exempting those days, that Chanuka and Purim are also consider ....


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Expand Article # 1970 Know Where You Stand
Q. Re- question above. Often the glass cups use for Chanuka lights, are rounded on the bottom and can't stand by themselves. Is that a problem?

A. Chesed L'Avraham (quoted in Shaarei Teshuva (673: 13) rules that one may not light Ch ....


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Expand Article # 1969 The Silver Lining of a Menorah
Q. Is it better to light a silver menorah using its own silver cups by placing the oil and wick in them, as was done in the menorah of the Beth Hamikdash. or can one use separate glass cups which is cleaner and more convenient?

A. C ....


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Expand Article # 1968 Did We Strike Oil?
Q. Is it permitted to light a menorah with olive oil or vegetable oil without a hechsher, when traveling and no other oil is available? Is it better to light then with candles?

A. Some Poskim maintain that one should use for Chanuka li ....


Posted 12/10/2018 9:57 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1967 Let The Light Shine for Everyone
Q. Re- question 1966 above, on an elderly single and bed-bound convalescent patient at a retirement nursing home or hospital, who has no possibility of lighting or being present at the lighting of a Menorah.
Since in most Jewish retirement nur ....


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Expand Article # 1966 A Nixed Blessing?
Q. An elderly single and bed-bound convalescent patient at a retirement nursing home or hospital, who has no possibility of lighting or being present at the lighting of a Menorah. can he make the bracha of Shecheyanu or Sheasa Nisim without lighting ....


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Expand Article # 1965 How's The Family?
Q. My uncle married a woman. She became my aunt. I am now disqualified from testifying on her behalf. They had 3 children.
The couple divorced. Am I still disqualified from testifying on her behalf because her 3 children are still my 1st cous ....


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Expand Article # 1964 It's All Greek To Me
Re- question 1963 above. I'm wondering if you can provide an actual case where Greek philosophy contributed something of value to the Torah?

Q. Ancient Greek philosopher Plato was a student of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle. His ....


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Expand Article # 1963 Beware of Greeks Bearing Spiritual Lifts
Q. Why do we attack so much the Greek philosophy during Hanuka, did not the Rambam study and wrote much about Aristotle?
The Talmud in Megila also sponsors learning Greek wisdom, since Noach blessed Yefes that he will dwell in the tents of ....


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Expand Article # 1962 Guessing the Guest
Q. Our family is going to visit our parents for Shabbos Chanuka and be staying there until Motzei Shabbos. Our home is close by and we are leaving after the plag. We heard that there are different opinions where to light the menora. What is Horav Mil ....


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Expand Article # 1961 A Shaila on Shoalim
Q. If someone prayed maariv after plag but before the shkia on December 4, and forgot that you have to start saying that night veten tal umatar, but since it was not yet really night, does he have to repeat the amida?

A. Shulchan Aruch ....


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Expand Article # 1960 The Prominence of a Shamash
Q. On question 684- 685 in regards to creating a variety of colors in the lights of the menorah by adding different chemicals to the oil, or adding aromatic drops to the oil, since the effect is quite attractive and striking, and it may be even a ....


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Expand Article # 1959 Is It Worth the Candle?
Q. Is there a special inyan to light candles or oil lamps at the amud in a shul? Not that many shuls do that these days, why?

A. Shulchan Aruch (151: 9) writes that it is tradition to illuminate our shuls with lights in their honor. ....


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Expand Article # 1958 Figure of Speech
Q. Of the five oral tools from which speech emerges, throat, palate, teeth, tongue, lips, why is it that in the 24 Books speech is most often referred to in association with the tongue and the lips?

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


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Expand Article # 1957 The Character of the Characters
Q. Our minhag, following Minhag Chasam Sofer, is to write our Sifrei Torah, Tefilin, and Mezuzos in Kesav Beis Yosef, except that the top-right section of the Tsadi is written as it appears in Kesav Ari.
Can those who are particular to have th ....


Posted 12/4/2018 2:45 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1956 Shed Some Light
Q. Can you light the shul menorah on Chanuka from a shul yohrtzait candle? How about a cigarette from a yohrtzait candle?

A. Remah (O.H. 154: 14), permits only in great need the use of shul lights for private use. Mishna Berura (ibid. ....


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Expand Article # 1955 Gift Ideas
Q. How could Yaakov who kept the whole Torah send a gift to Eisav, is that not prohibited because of Lo Techanem?

A. See question 234 in regards to sending gifts to customers or business acquaintances as the holiday season approaches we ....


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Expand Article #1954 Halachah of Hakdamah - Torah or Tefilah?
Q. A man has a daily schedule to daven shachris btzibur attend a daily shiur and then go to work. One morning he wakes up late. There is a later minyan he can go to but he will miss his shiur. He can daven biyichidus and still make the shiur.Showing ....


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Expand Article # 1953 Ahav es HaVav
Q. I believe I asked this question in the past but did not receive a reply.
Nowadays, most Sifrei Torah, their pages are "typset" and arranged according to a standard configuration where every page, except six, start with a Vav. Almost ever ....


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