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Expand Article # 1783 A For-Giving Answer
Q. Is the money for maaser and tzedakah different? If somebody took the obligation to give for tzedakah for doing Yizkor is it considered maaser or tzedakah. In expression Tzedakah tazil mimavet is it including money for maaser. Is money paid to th ....


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Expand Article # 1782 In The Hot Seat
Q. Is one permitted for a man to sit next to a woman on a bus, train, or plane? Is it permitted to ask to have one's seat changed? If a woman does sit down next to him, is it more proper to get up and find another seat or is it more proper to stay ....


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Expand Article # 1781 Some More Shoes News, On Their Last Legs
Q. Does the tradition or prohibition not to wear the shoes of the deceased apply also to tennis shoes, rubbers or overshoes? (See question above). Does it also apply to prosthetic legs or feet?

A. Nitei Gavriel (Avelus 1: 132: ....


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Expand Article # 1780 If The Shoe Fits.....
Q. Can you wear the shoes of a deceased? Can you donate it to a charity that could give it to a Jewish needy?

A. Rabi Yehuda HaChosid writes on his Tzavaha (See Sefer Chasidim 454) not to wear the shoes of a deceased, and also not t ....


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Expand Article # 1780 If The Shoe Fits.....
Q. Can you wear the shoes of a deceased? Can you donate it to a charity that could give it to a Jewish needy?

A. Rabi Yehuda HaChosid writes on his Tzavaha (See Sefer Chasidim 454) not to wear the shoes of a deceased, and also not t ....


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Expand Article # 1779 Clothes Encounters
Q. Can you wear the clothing of a deceased? Can you donate it to a charity that could give it to a Jewish needy?

A. Poskim write that there is no prohibition or a tradition not to wear he clothing of as deceased, it can therefore b ....


Posted 7/13/2018 4:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1778 Reform That Tune
Q. (See question above regarding church melodies). If the answer is no, are we allowed to sing melodies in schul that were sung in the Reform Temple in Berlin? True, they were sung to G-d. However, their concept of G-d is largely different then ou ....


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Expand Article # 1777 iTunes Not Their Tunes
iTunes Not Their Tunes

Q. Are we allowed to sing melodies in schul that were sung in a church as part of the service?

A. Sefer Chasidim (238) prohibits singing to Hashem the music or songs that are performed for avoda zar ....


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Expand Article # 1776 Sing For The King
Q. Some shuls have a custom that the Baal Shacharis on Rosh HaShana & Yom Kippur sings HaMelech from his seat in shul instead of at the Amud. What is the source of this custom?

A. A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion i ....


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Expand Article # 1775 A Brocho For The Bro
Q. Dear Rabbi. In my shule there are twin brothers who are Kohanim. They are not really observant, but they are currently in their year of availus. Their father's yurtzheit is coming up on a Thursday and they both want to get an aliyah. Being as th ....


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Expand Article # 1774 A Little Too Late?
Q. if one comes slightly late to shul and the tzibbur has already started shmone esrey, may one start while the tzibbur is in the middle of davening if he will miss answering kedusha? At what point is the cutoff? Thank you.

A. Assuming ....


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Expand Article # 1773 Catch a Break
Q. Out of the five reasons given for the fast of Shiva Asar Betamuz, the most important seems to be the first one, the day when the luchos were broken, due to the making of the eigel, since that totally changed the history of our nation. Our sages ....


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Expand Article # 1772 First Come First Served
Q. The Mishna in Avos says Hashem made the world with ten utterances to punish the wicked who destroy the world... and to reward the righteous who sustain it. So punishment is punished before reward. BUT in krias shema reward is mentioned before pun ....


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Expand Article # 1771 A Question You Want to Flush Away
Q. Can you dispose of a spider or an ant by throwing it into the toilet or sink?

A. These insects usually do not drown or die immediately when thrown into water and often successfully climb the sides of the vessel. However, when flus ....


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Expand Article # 1770 Need to Catch Up
Hello Rav,
My son was very disturbed when he found a spider right next to his bed on Shabbat, which prompts the following question:
If a non-dangerous spider or ant is in your house on Shabbat and it is upsetting you (or the children), is ....


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Expand Article # 1769 A Material Question
Q. Is it better to use a taalis made of silk that is of an impure worm sheretz origin or better use rayon which originates from cellulose from permitted wood and plants?
Can you use Lanital artificial wool (created from milk) for tzitzis is th ....


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Expand Article # 1768 A Mesh in the Flesh
Q. Is a mesh taalit kattan, probably synthetic, kasher and can you make a bracha on it?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 9: 1) rules that only clothes made of linen or wool are Biblically liable for the mitzvah of tzitzit, any other material ....


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Expand Article # 1767 Guests Of Honor
Q. It is said that ancestors are present at the weddings of their descendants. Is there a source for this tradition?
Which are the ancestors that come and do they need an invitation?

A. Osrei Lagefen (p. 143) mentions that the nesh ....


Posted 7/1/2018 11:19 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1766 Do Lose Sleep Over This
Q. Dear Rabbi,
I'm going to be going on a very long (about 1000 mile) drive for business during the three weeks - during the nine days in fact. I find it difficult to drive such a long distance without listening to music. Although I have many ....


Posted 6/29/2018 4:54 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1765 Enlightening the Light Travel
Q. If one is traveling and space and weight are of the essence, does one have to take with, both his Shabbos and weekday taalis, or can he wear his Shabbos taalis for all prayers?
If one is medakdek (careful) to use special Shabbos shoes, can ....


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