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Expand Article # 1830 Poor Fun Making Fun of the Poor
Q. There is an inyan to put in your tzitzis when going to a cemetery because of lo'eig l'rosh. Does this apply when going to a funeral for a woman where there are separate sections in the cemetery for men and women, like in the Agudah section? Woul ....


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Expand Article # 1829 Out of the Swim
Q. Are a couple permitted to swim together if the wife is a Niddah?

A. Poskim prohibit even preparing a bath for the spouse when the wife is a nidda (See Shulchan Aruch Y,D, 195, Shach (16) and Taz (8).
Therefore, Horav Shlomo ....


Posted 8/28/2018 1:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1828 Let The Good Times Begin
Q. Rashi (21: 18) quotes Talmud (Sanh. 71b) that the wayward and rebellious son is executed on account of what he will do in the future - he will stand at the crossroads and rob people, killing them, thereby incurring the death penalty. Baaley Muss ....


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Expand Article # 1827 Stand Fast to the Fast Talk
Q. I try to concentrate intently on the meaning of "Y'hei Sh'mei Rabba etc." as the Talmud appears to attach great importance to this endeavour, even going so far as to declaring that one who does so may be saved from an adverse decree in Heaven ....


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Expand Article # 1827 Stand Fast to the Fast Talk
Q. I try to concentrate intently on the meaning of "Y'hei Sh'mei Rabba etc." as the Talmud appears to attach great importance to this endeavour, even going so far as to declaring that one who does so may be saved from an adverse decree in Heaven ....


Posted 8/26/2018 11:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1826 Cherish the Kiddush Wish
Q. Hello Rav,In an effort to improve my health, I am not supposed to consume sugar. Can I use a sugar free diet soda (like Coke Zero) for kiddush/havdalah? Could I use unsweetened herbal iced tea? Unfortunately, coffee and alcohol both ....


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Expand Article # 1825 Have Your Say
Q. The only child of a deceased parent is a woman. Which is better?

a) Her husband should say Kaddish, assuming he gets permission from his living parents.

b) She should hire someone to say Kaddish.

c) ....


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Expand Article # 1824 I'll Drink to That?
Q. May I request coffee or tea from a stewardess on a flight?

A. See question 1812 in regards to requesting hot water from a stewardess on a flight where we wrote:
"Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that the most conceivabl ....


Posted 8/24/2018 5:04 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 1823 Be A Good Sport
Q. If one's wife is a Niddah, may the couple play the following games together: Ping-Pong, Tennis, Badminton, volleyball
Since the goal of the game is not to pass the object to one's opponent but to hit it properly where the opponent will miss ....


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Expand Article # 1822 No blockage...Except for Torah
Q. I pray in a small schul inside a Jerusalem bomb shelter. The wall of the lavatory is thus pretty close to the wall of the area where we daven. I have noticed that I can hear the Chazan clearly when I am within the lavatory. This means I can hea ....


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Expand Article # 1821 Hear Hair!
Q. Is it permitted for a man to permanently remove hair coming from one's ears?

A. Benayohu's peirush on Tikunim (p. 84b) quotes Idra Zuta that one should remove hairs from inside the ear so they will not obstruct the reception o ....


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Expand Article # 1820 Ten Men - Amen
Q. Is it permitted for one who davens Minhag Aschkenaz to refrain from answering Amein to "V'yatzmach Purkanei Vikareiv M'shichei" since according to his Poskim this addition is a "Shinui Mimadbei'a SheTav'u Chachomim"?

A. Igrois Mos ....


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Expand Article # 1819 Love and Don’t Leave the Ger
Q. Is there a mitzvah to mekarev a ger who has lapsed in observance the same way that there is a mitzvah to mekarev someone born Jewish?

A. Once a ger underwent a proper Halacha accepted gerus, he is considered to be a Jewish person fo ....


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Expand Article # 1818 A Family That Swims Together?
Q. Assuming the women of the family are wearing modest swimsuits, such that they are similar to a dress and the sleeves cover until the elbow and knee; may a family, two parents and children, swim together?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s S ....


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Expand Article # 1817 Game Is Up
Q. (See question above). If not, should one pay good money to attend a game and watch the unusual players personally, so he can recite the bracha?

A. On question 550, on there being an “inyan” or worthwhile purpose in visiting a zoo and ....


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Expand Article # 1816 Real Blessings
Q. Do you say this bracha (meshane habrios, see question 1816 above) when watching a match on a screen?

A. On question 1712 regarding reciting the blessing of birchas hailonos on flowering trees, we wrote; Ateres Paz (p. 224) quotes Hora ....


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Expand Article # 1815 How Big is Big?
Q. Mishna Berura (225: 20) writes that you make the bracha of meshane habriot (who created assorted creatures) when you see an extremely tall or heavy person. How tall and heavy do they have to be? How about a very tall basket ball player or very he ....


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Expand Article # 1814 For Dear Life
Q. A woman on her third month of pregnancy developed cancer (lo aleinu), she refuses to be given chemo or radiation treatment, since it can harm the baby she carries. Is that halachically correct? Should she be advised to accept treatment and save h ....


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Expand Article # 1813 The Spitting Image
Q. I recently heard that if someone is late, he can wash his hands for davening by spitting on them, (based on a recent daf hayomi) is that true? Does it mean that if you are in the middle of shemonesrei and you clean a dripping nose with your ha ....


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Expand Article # 1812 You're Not in Hot Water
Q. May I request hot water from a stewardess on a flight?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that the most conceivable problematic issue is kashrus, since often the hot water will be served via a metal water kettle or server ....


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