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Expand Article # 2074 A Clean Brake?
Q. Can you wash your hands netilas yodaim by immersing them in snow, as when exiting the house after touching boots or shoes?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is permitted. However, one must be careful not to grind or ....


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Expand Article # 2073 Some Opinions of the Salt of the Earth
Q. Can one scatter salt or sand on the snow during Shabbos to prevent people from falling?

A. Poskim permit scattering salt and even sand on snow or ice, since the salt melts and there is no intention for the sand to stay, but rather to ....


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Expand Article # 2072 Insides On Stressed Out
Q. Re - question above. If one is allowed to violate Shabbos when one is under extreme mental and emotional pain and stress?

A. Igrois Moshe (Y. D. 2: 174) explains (Sefer Melakhim I: ch.17), that Eliahu, who was a Cohen, was permitted t ....


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Expand Article # 2071 Taking Great Pains with Great Pains
Q. Does extreme pain such as a severe tooth cavity qualify as pikuach nefesh or danger of life to violate Shabbat and drive to a dental clinic?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 328: 2) rules that situations that are clearly pikuach nefesh or lif ....


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Expand Article # 2070 Slack on the Black Widow?
Q, I understand that a widow whose two previous husbands died is called a Katlanis, literally "a killer", a woman who is dangerous to marry or forbidden to marry (not sure which). I understand that the reason is because it is suspected that her Maza ....


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Expand Article # 2069 Snow Alert
Q. Regarding a recent shiur given by Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit'a addressing shailos in snow related activities during Shabbos, it is worthwhile to present them to the many readers of this forum worldwide.
Is snow muktza in Shabbos and can one ....


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Expand Article # 2068 Aliyas Neshama on Purim
Q. Regarding one that has yortzait on Purim and wants to make a siyum, Horav Shlomo Miller advised that if possible, in this leap year, he should make a siyum on both days of Purim, as one does with reciting kaddish (see question 999).
On a re ....


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Expand Article # 2067 Of Biters and Pickers
Q. May a nail-biter or a skin-picker swallow the nails or the little pieces of skin he bites off, due to the prohibition of eating human flesh or disgusting things?
Is it permitted to do so in a day of fasting?

A. On question 203 ....


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Expand Article # 2066 My Cup Runneth Away
Q. If someone left a small closed cup of common commercial yogurt on a table in the communal kitchen of a Torah institution. He then left the room and when he came back, he found a similar cup on another table. If he is not sure if it his cup (they ....


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Expand Article # 2065 First Come, First Served or on Second Thought?
Q. I have been a member of the local Chevra Kadisha for over twenty years. Recently we relocated to another city and I also joined their Chevra Kadisha. In the past, whenever there was a leap year. the members of the Chevra Kadisha fasted and then ....


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Expand Article # 2064 Davening For or Before Food
Q. If the available davening is late and the seuda will be close to chatzos or after, can one eat fruit, yogurt or cheese before davening?

A. On question 1202 we wrote: "Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that you can drink ....


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Expand Article # 2063 Meals on Wills
Q. If one made Kiddush (Shabbos morning after Shacharis or Musaf) and ate a kezayis of cake, or drank a cup of wine, is it OK to delay the actual seuda after chatzos? Or should one in all cases wash and eat bread prior to chatzos, like the Aruch H ....


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Expand Article # 2062 An Early Drink?
Q. Regarding the time of the Shabbos day seuda- is it OK to have a drink of water before davening and then start the seuda after chatzos? Or only b'dieved?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O. H. 288: 1) rules that it is prohibited to fast until ....


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Expand Article # 2061 Export Permit
Q. Recently a Sephardi Rabbi (Yonatan Halevy) posted on Facebook that Fruits and Vegetables from Israel grown for markets outside Israel do not require Terumah and Ma’aser according to the rulings of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
Does this ruling only ....


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Expand Article # 2060 The Doubt of the Benefit
Q. Can I rent a property to a non-Jewish restaurant that constantly serves cooked milk and meat dishes, since I would be benefiting from isurei hanaah or items prohibited in benefit when they pay their rent? A similar question could be asked for Pes ....


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Expand Article # 2059 We Know Moshiach Now!
Q. I once read that Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetzky responded to a query about when Moshiach was going to arrive, "Those who know don't say and those who say don't know."
How does that statement square with today's news report (see below), and what i ....


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Expand Article #2058 A Value Judgment
Q. (Re- question 2057 above). On a second but connected question. Can Shimon have a claim that Reuven made his property go down in value. Let's say Shimon had an offer on his house for $500k but after Reuven got permission to build that buyer backed ....


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Expand Article # 2057 Have Your Day D-in Court?
Q. Is one allowed to appeal a decision by the planning board or does he have to go to Beis Din first?
You have two parties. Reuven and Shimon. Reuven applied to be able to build a building next door to Shimons house. While this building is not ....


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Expand Article # 2056 A Word on Honor
Q. Hello Rav,
I started learning at the Toronto Kollel in the mornings. As I'm learning, several young rabbis also walk by and come into the room to learn. I'm wondering if I should be standing up fully, sit up a little bit, or not at all as th ....


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Expand Article # 2055 An Answer to an Answer
Q. Re- question 2000 (on answering Yehei Shmei correctly during kaddish). The Gemara says whomever answers Y'hei Sh'mei etc. with all his Koach, they tear up etc. The Gemara uses the words "Kol Ho'ohneh". Does this mean that this Eitzah does not wor ....


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