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Expand Article # 1870 An answer to Blowing in the Wind
Q. In regards to schach being blown off the sukka by an uncommon wind, (see above question), what is considered a ruach sheino metzuya or uncommon wind? does it have to happen at least after a span of thirty days? How many times a year does it have ....


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Expand Article # 1869 Will It Fly?
Q. Is one allowed to fasten the schach mats with plastic zip-ties to the wood cross beams supporting them as a precaution they don't fly of with unusual strong winds (ruach sheino metzuya)?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shit'a opinion ....


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Expand Article # 1868 Parents or Children
Q. If one has a small sukka and can only include in it his children or his parents, who should he choose?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that his parents are first, due to the mitzva of kivud and honor due to them. His ....


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Expand Article # 1867 Leading Lights
Q. What is the reason and the source for the tradition kept by some to light candles at the simchas beis hashoeva?

A. Kaf Hachaim (643: 9) quotes the tradition of lighting candles at the simchas beis hashoeva and explains that th ....


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Expand Article # 1866 An Eye on the Hurricane
Q. Can I dismantle my Sukka on Chol Hamoed since I will be leaving town before the last days of Sukkos. I am afraid that if it remains it might cause damage to my property or adjacent properties, since I live in Florida, and it is the hurricane se ....


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Expand Article # 1865 Trail his Coat
Q. I have in my home a coat that does not belong to me. I must have picked it up by mistake about five years ago from a shul or another public place, that I can't remember. The coat is common without any unusual marks. What is the proper way to dea ....


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Expand Article # 1864 Eat Away
Q. What if one didn't have in mind the mitzva while eating on Erev Yom Kippur, does he comply? If he overate it it still a mitzva?

A. According to the opinions that it is a Biblical mitzva (Mishna Berura 604: 1, quoting Magen Avraham) ....


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Expand Article # 1863 Amounts To Something
Q. Is there a shiur or amount of food that one should eat in order to comply with the mitzva of eating on Erev Yom Kippur? If not, should one keep on eating small amounts during the day or suck a candy to extend the compliance on this mitzva? Is dri ....


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Expand Article # 1862 Hashem's Gift to Women?
Q. Since eating on Erev Yom Kippur is a mitzva that is time sensitive, should the wife join her husband also at the late supper? (See question 1861 above.)

A. Poskim disagree if women are also included in this mitzva, since it is indeed ....


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Expand Article # 1861 A Late Supper
Q. Should one wait to eat supper on the eve of Erev Yom Kippur until night, so he can comply with the mitzva of eating on that day?

A. Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Berura (O.H. 604:1) write that it is a Biblical mitzva to eat on Erev Yo ....


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Expand Article # 1860 Break Bread?
Q. (See prior question 1959). Is there any prohibition of pas yisroel when it comes to wheat flour based cereals?

A. The gezeira of pas akum applies only to to bread products containing one or more of the five major grains: wheat, bar ....


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Expand Article # 1859 The Staff of Life
Q. Is one obligated to eat only pas yisroel (bread baked in a Jewish bakery; as opposed to kosher bread baked anywhere) during the aseres yemei teshuvah? What happens when someone must travel?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 603: 1) rules that ....


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Expand Article # 1858 A Teshuva on Teshuva
Q. Dear Rabbi
When considering complying with the mitzva of teshuva, is it better to choose a relative small but constant mitzva that one can mend and keep at all times. (Such as learning Torah and keeping shiurim). Or is it better to pick an ....


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Expand Article # 1857 A King of Questions
Q. We say and repeat Hamelech in the tefilos and end of brochos of Rosh Hashono, because Hashem being King implies the strictness of judgment on that day. Why then is Hamelech equally said on Yom Kippur, when the day is all about rachamim and compas ....


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Expand Article # 1856 A Live Answer
Q. (See question 1855 above) Why does the patient who was connected to a heart-lung machine, and experienced a complete cessation of the natural heart and lungs functions, which is the traditional definition of death, have to fulfill mitzvos after s ....


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Expand Article # 1855 A Matter of Life and Death
Q. How is it possible to allow a surgery to take place where the patient is connected to a heart-lung machine? True, the body is receiving oxygenated blood. However, there is complete cessation of the natural heart and lungs. This is the tradition ....


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Expand Article # 1854 Fly Kosher
Q. I have a lot of fruit flies swarming in my apartment. I've tried a solution that I purchased in a local hardware store. Someone suggested I use apple cider vinegar to help attract the flies. Does one still have to purchase something with a "ha ....


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Expand Article # 1853 Fast... but not so Fast
Q. Should one fast on Tzom Gedalia if that may affect him and he maybe won't be able to fast on Yom Kippur?

A. Poskim disagree whether it is better to observe the taanis now at hand and fast on Tzom Gedalia, even if that may caus ....


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Expand Article # 1852 Dying to Know?
Q. A person who is not ill, but finds fasting hard because of his age; he does usually fast on other taaneisim. Can he avoid fasting on Tzom Gedalia since it is as is a nidche? (Gedalia was assassinated on Rosh Hashana and the taanis was pushed of ....


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Expand Article # 1851 Just a Question of Time
Q. Hi. I have a question that's been bothering me for some time.
There are some coffee machines that you can set on a clock that will grind, brew and make your coffee. Can such a machine be set to brew on Shabbos? Can you set a timer to Cook o ....


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