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Expand Article # 2018 The Impact of the No-Pact
Q. The Baal HaTurim writes (Sh'mos 1:1) that the Yidden were redeemed from Egypt because they kept Shabbos and Milah there.
How is it possible that they kept Milah? It says in Sh'mos Rabbah (1:8) that they stopped keeping Milah after Yosef die ....


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Expand Article # 2017 A Pareve Shailah
Q. Hello Rav,
I like to use leftover Shabbas Challah to eat with dairy on Sunday mornings. In order to do this, I remove the extra challah from the table before the meat course (leaving just a small one on the table to comply with the idea to ....


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Expand Article # 2016 Of Dogs and Donkeys
Q. Why were the dogs in parshas Bo rewarded with only scraps of treif animals, while the donkeys were honored with the holiness of kedushas bechora?

A. Horav Yosef Chaim Sonnefeld is quoted saying that at the time of Yetzias Mitzraim, ....


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Expand Article # 2015 Competent Competing
Q. An insurance salesman had the following question. His business requires offering insurance packages to customers. Often times the customers have previous insurance policies in place, and he is merely trying to convince them to replace their preex ....


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Expand Article # 2014 Catch Me Later
Q. When listening to Havdalah over grape juice, I make a silent stipulation that I am being yotzi with him, unless I decide later on to make my own. Later on, I may decide to repeat Havdalah on wine, especially if the person I heard did not properly ....


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Expand Article # 2013 Good to Hear Your Voice
Q. A person who will be eating Friday night by a family where the person making Kiddush does not properly articulate the words, mumbles, or otherwise makes Kiddush incorrectly - and does not offer his guests the option of making their own Kiddush - ....


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Expand Article # 2012 Sign In?
Q. An elevator that opens directly into someones apartment, and there is a regular wooden door that closes with a lock the entrance from the elevator to the apartment. Does that door that is similar to others, require a mezuza, at least for maaras ....


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Expand Article # 2011 Elevating the Elevator
Q. Does an elevator that measures more than six by six feet and services a condo building were all or most of the owners are Jewish require a mezuza?

A. Maseches Mezuza (2: 4) quotes a disagreement between Beis Shamai and Beis Hilel if ....


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Expand Article # 2010 Refuah Shleima
Q. I have diabetes Type 2. I need to check my sugar levels a number of times a day to ascertain how much insulin to inject. To inject insulin without checking the sugar level is dangerous because injecting too much insulin can result in potentially f ....


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Expand Article # 2009 Am I Right?
Q. I am halachically a lefty, but since there are some sfeikos regarding my status, I put also (tefilin) on my left hand after davening. I always take my shel yad, turn it the other way and put it on. Recently, someone offered me an old pair of or ....


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Expand Article # 2008 In Heaven's Name!
Q. Re- question 1993 on Yale's emblem. Columbia University has a coat of arms, it appears on all cards that staff of the university carry clipped to their clothing and also appears on the floor of the library and other places. It has the four-let ....


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Expand Article # 2007 Promises, Promises
Q. If a neder works by forbidding an item onto oneself; why does the world say "Bli neder" to avoid some kind of commitment? wouldn't it be more appropriate to say bli shavoua?

A. The basic difference between a neder and a shevua is ....


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Expand Article # 2006 In His Name or Our Name?​
Q. According to Minhag Ashkenaz, at the end of Birkas HaMazon, we say "HoRachamon Hu Yishlach Lanu Es Eliyah HaNavi Zachur LaTov, Vivoreich Osanu Kol Echad V'Echad Mimenu Bishmo."
What is the meaning of the phrase after the comma, especial ....


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Expand Article # 2005 No Blue Strings Attached
Q. See question 2004 above. Why shouldn't everyone have the blue wool techeiles-thread added to their tzitzis, since there is no downside and there is nothing to lose if one uses it out of doubt?

A. As mentioned in the prior question ....


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Expand Article # 2004 Out Of The Blue
Q. I have two questions in regards to using a blue techeiles thread in one's tzitzis.
1) Is it recommended or permitted for one who doesn't have that minhag in his family to start wearing tzitzis with a string of techeiles?

A. Tes ....


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Expand Article 2003 Amen to That?
Q. Someone who is careful not to recite a brocho unless there is someone present to listen to it and answer amen, would the amen responded by a Gentile who understands or is explained before the meaning of the blessing count as a proper amen?
< ....


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Expand Article # 2002 Reality Check
Q. Does one have to check tefilin and mezuzot using a computer program as it is done in our times with a Sefer Torah?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that if they were checked properly when written, one is not obliged to chec ....


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Expand Article # 2001 A Mincha Halacha
Q. Hello Rav, One day a week I work until after sunset and will need to daven mincha during work during most of the winter. There is a mincha in an office building that is a 5 min jog away that davens at mincha gedola (1pm). It goes pretty fast, the ....


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Expand Article # 2000 Now Hear This!
Q. (Re- question 1891). Is it important to conclude our recitation of Y'hei Sh'mei Rabbo before the Chazan begins Yisborach, so that we can concentrate on hearing the words that the Chazan is saying? If yes, which is more important, concluding 'o ....


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Expand Article # 1999 Don't Get Carried Away
Q. If one is in a place over Shabbos where there is no eruv, are they permitted to carry an EpiPen since it is pikuach nefesh (life danger)?

A. Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchoso (40: 7) writes that an ill person who was ordered by his phys ....


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