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Expand Article # 2032 The Fire-Millionaire Questionnaire
Q. Is it true what they say that after suffering a fire one acquires wealth? (Noch a sreifa vert men raich - Yidish).

A. Likute Harim (2: 88) comments on an unusual occurrence. After a fire in which people frequently lost everything t ....


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Expand Article # 2031 Searching For An Intelligence Answer
Q. My ex-yeshiva bochur friend, is a specialized forensic accountant that works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He expertly searches and traces funds that could be used for terrorism purposes or other illegal activities, that include t ....


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Expand Article # 2030 Just Take a Look
Q. Re- prior question 1985 - You also mentioned that the other side of a mechitza is not part of the shul, and people davening there are not part of the minyan. However, in many shuls men daven there when there is no women and the Rabbis seem to agr ....


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Expand Article # 2029 Silent Partners
Q. On question 1989 you mentioned that" Rema (O.H. 156: 1) rules that Gentiles unlike Jews, who believe and serve G-d, are not proscribed from serving at the same time other gods, since they are not prohibited in believing in "shituf " or the partn ....


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Expand Article # 2028 Lost on Translation
Q. In the beginning of Devarim is says that Hashem told Moshe to explain the Torah during the last forty days of his life in seventy languages.
Why were they required to hear the Torah in all languages that they probably didn't even know? Wha ....


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Expand Article # 2027 I See The Light
Q. If during Havdala the electric room lights are off, but the people on the corners of the large room can hardly benefit from that light, should they light another candle and repeat the bracha after Havdala?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. ....


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Expand Article # 2026 The Smell Test
Q. If many people are present when Havdala is said and it would take a long time, probably more than the time it takes to recite the complete Havdala, for everyone to smell the besamim, what should be done so it will not be a hefsek?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 2025 Keep Their Name
Q. (See question 2014 above). Would it be recommended that if the name given to an institution, was given "Leilui Nishmas" of one of his relatives, the donor should agree that at least those names, without any surnames, so anonymity is kept, should ....


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Expand Article # 2024 Clear His Name
Q. Someone donated a large sum to an institution and was therefore granted that his name should be given to it. Years later, the donor decided that he does not want the institution to carry his name anymore and it should be removed. Is he entitled ....


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Expand Article # 2023 Play Your Cards Right
Q. (See question 2022 above). Can someone staying in a hotel during Shabbat give the plastic card key for opening the room-door to a friend that uses that card key on Shabbat? The holder of the key uses tape on the lock of his own door, to avoid usi ....


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Expand Article # 2022 Milk of Human Kindness?
Q. Is it permitted for someone that is careful to eat only products that contain Chalav Yisrael, to serve to his guest that eat non Chalav-Yisrael pastries and chocolates as long as they have proper Kasher supervision? Or since for him it is prohibi ....


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Expand Article # 2021 Thanks, But No Thanks
Q. In past years, when rainfall has been middling, Rabbanim in Eretz Yisroel (and perhaps other countries) have called for extra tefillos to appeal to Hashem to send rain – so with this year’s surfeit of gishmei brachah, said Israeli Agriculture Min ....


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Expand Article # 2020 Pump the Shailah
Q. My one use hand soap pumps which turn the soap in to a foam, on Shabbos?

A. On question 997 regarding the use of liquid soap and soap that changes from liquid to foam on Shabbos, we wrote: "Remoh (O.H. 326: 10) prohibits using ....


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Expand Article # 2019 A Non-Baruch Bracha?
Q. Can I fullfill my obligation to say a bracha, if I omit the word baruch? Or if I replace baruch with the word mishubach?
(Because the words which baruch (or a word for root brch) is paralleled with in bircas krias shema and nishmas, Also t ....


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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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