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Expand Article # 1903 Mystery Meat
Q. Where does the Gemara say a Ben Pakua is Mutar to eat?

A. Ben Pekuah is the live offspring of a Kosher pregnant animal found inside of the properly slaughtered parent after the Shechita. The Talmud (Chulin 74a, 69a) explains why and ....


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Expand Article # 1902 Easy on the Eyes
Q. Re- last answer (1901) that eye ailments can be considered life threatening. Does one recite the hagomel bracha after an eye cataract operation?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that a common cataract operation is in our d ....


Posted 10/30/2018 11:56 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1901 An Eye on an Eye
Q. Can eye drops be used in Shabbos after a cataracts operation?

A. Our Sages teach (Avodah Zarah 28b): “A man’s eyes are connected to his heart.” Thus, if we see that one’s eye is in danger, it is equivalent to an ailment in the per ....


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Expand Article # 1900 The Empty Nest?
Q. The Rashbo (Teshuvos 5: 115) offers a most novel third interpretation on the meaning of "Koneh Shamaim Vaaretz" (14: 18). He claims it means a nest, as in "ken tzipor." Does that not contradict what is written in answer 1835 that; "Horav S ....


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Expand Article # 1899 Abraham Hacohen?
Q. How come there is no mention that Avraham Avinu, who kept all mitzvos, made a pidyon habben when Yitzchok was born?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit'a explained that Avraham Avinu was considered to be a Cohen as mentioned in a number of m ....


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Expand Article # 1898 Under Cover
Q. Can the cover of the challos on Shabbos be transparent such as a plastic bag?

A. The Tur (O.H. 271) quotes Talmud Yerushalmi that the challah is covered so that it should not feel embarrassed for not being chosen for kiddush, s ....


Posted 10/26/2018 12:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1897 Everything About the Kitchen Sink
Q. With a large family and a moderate size sink, we need the Friday night Shabbat dishes out of the sink after the meal, so we pack them into the dishwasher. (Usually we will not need these plates again on shabbat.) The problem is that if they are ....


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Expand Article # 1896 From Cover to Cover
Q. Hello Rav, I heard in a shiur that you are suppose to have 2 tablecloths on your table on Shabbat, so that when you remove one to switch it, or to shake it off, the table will always still be covered with another table cloth. Is this actually Hal ....


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Expand Article # 1895 A Minor Honor


Q. Can you honor a minor with pesichat Aron Hakodesh? (As in Avinu Malkenu, Shema Kolenu or Shir Hamaalot, or when someone else takes out the Sefer Torah)

A. Mishnah Berurah (147: 29) maintains that it is improper to h ....


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Expand Article # 1894 We'll Drink to This
Q. I made a bris on Shabbos Chol Hamoed Sukkos. The milah itself was done in my house and the kiddush was at the neighbors sukka. Can the person making the brocho drink from the wine since it is not bemokom seuda? What is the correct thing to do? Is ....


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Expand Article # 1893 Mount an Olive Shaila
Q. Shalom,
In an online search, this site came up, but I can't find a way here to search for the relevant post...
I was asked if there's a mekor to say that the Gemara in Horios re olives, is only referring to black (ie ripened) olives ....


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Expand Article # 1892 Does This Add Up?
Q. A person who is davening Maariv on motzoi Shabbos 50 minutes past sunset, and his custom is to prolong Shabbos for 72 minutes, or longer, should he skip ata chonantanu in SE, because once he says this prayer, his Shabbos is automatically over an ....


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Expand Article # 1891 An Answer to an Answer
Q. It says that one should answer Yehe Shmei Rabba with all his might, so he can answer louder than the one saying kaddish, does that include the Amen also?

A. On question 1500 in regards if omein can be answered quietly, we wrote: "Sh ....


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Expand Article # 1890 Amein Restrain
Q. When someone is in a kiddush and he hears someone else making a brocho at the same time he is also saying one, should he answer Amen? If he does is it a hefsek?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that he should not answer a ....


Posted 10/21/2018 11:25 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1889 This is the Answer
Q. If one did not hear the bracha being said, but he realizes what it was, as when people bow down for moddim or one has an apple in his hand that he is about to eat, can he answer Amen?

A. Answering omein is an affirmation to the b ....


Posted 10/21/2018 11:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1888 An Under Oath
Q. Since we are to avoid making nedarim and oaths, can someone sign a document that ends with the following statement?
"I solemnly declare that the foregoing statements are to the best of my knowledge and belief true, and I make this solemn d ....


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Expand Article # 1887 Its A Fix
Q. Are schach mats that have turn partially moldy kosher for schach? They do not smell to mold, but you can see the discoloration. Can you paint them?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that the mold should be removed (incl ....


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Expand Article # 1886 Clear the Tablecloth
Q. Good evening Rav,
Is there an inyan or Halacha to have white tablecloths on Yom Tov.
I believe there are sources for Shabbos that one should have a white tablecloth. Does the same apply for Yom Tov?
I was thinking of serving on ....


Posted 10/17/2018 2:13 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1885 A Cover Up?
Q. My schach mats have been damaged with the years and now the blades and reeds have become separated and they can hardly be used. Can I join them together again by using straps made from organic flexible material such as hemp or lulav blades th ....


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Expand Article # 1884 One Shailah Paints a Thousand Words
Q. To preserve the schach mats made of reeds from getting moldy when wet, or the strings and straps that keep them together from rotting, can one spray them with transparent shellac, lacquer or varnish, before and after using them?




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