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Expand Article # 1926 Paper Bag Recycling?
Q. When you use a paper bag to double enclose food that you are warming in a non- kosher microwave, can it be reused again? How many Times?
What happens if drops of condensation fall on the paper bag?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Sh ....


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Expand Article # 1925 Giving a Hand
Q. A non-Jewish caregiver who needed to cook the food for a patient, could not wait any longer for a family member to turn on the stove, so the caregiver took the hand of her client and pushed it to turn on the stove. Is this bishul akum? Can the foo ....


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Expand Article # 1924 Nothing is for Free
Q. Re- question (1923) above in regards to the Chavos Yair ruling that when wine is gifted one should rather use his own wine for kiddush since it was paid for. This is surprising since after all the wine was given as a gift as a recognition for bei ....


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Expand Article # 1923 Get a Gift?
Q. I was given as a gift a beautiful tallis, as far as kashruth goes, it is equal to the one I bought for myself. Is it better or more mehudar to continue using the one I have since I paid for it and as we know one should pay for a mitzva, or better ....


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Expand Article # 1922 Listen To Reason or Reason To Listen
Q. Re- question 1904 on the need to recite Birchas Hatorah before listening to a tape of Mussar. You mentioned that many Poskim differentiate between merely thinking and actually listening to words of Torah, as Shaarei Teshuva (ibid. 3) explains, sin ....


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Expand Article # 1921 Thanks For...?
Q. When making a seudas hodoa for thanking G-d for the miracle of His great salvation, does one have to disclose to the guest partaking at the seuda, the reason for that act?

A. Mishna Berura (218: 32) mentions that even if there was no ....


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Expand Article # 1920 Pop The Shailah?
Hello Rav,
Q. At work they make microwave popcorn (that has a hechtsher) in the non-kosher communal microwave. It is sealed in its bag the whole time it is cooking. Is this permissible to eat it terms of being cooked in the microwave? Addi ....


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Expand Article # 1919 The Real Wish List
Q: A. What is the original source of "Eilu Devarim SheAdam Ochel PeiroseiheM BaOlam Haze..." followed by a list of 10+* items that is recited after Birchat HaTorah found in Ashkenazik** siddurim?

- We know it's not the end/seifa of the 1 ....


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Expand Article # 1918 A Complete Answer
Q. If just a bit of the chala or the matza is missing or broken off, is it still shleimim? How much?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's opinion is to follow the Shaarei Teshuva (274: 1) who quotes the view of the Rosh that if the missing or brok ....


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Expand Article # 1917 Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread?
Q. For lehem mishneh are two shleimim required?
Does this apply to small chalos that are less than a kezais?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 274: 1) rules that one should break bread on the Shabbos seuda on two complete chalos. Mi ....


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Expand Article # 1916 The Making of a Martyr
Q. If an individual who identifies as Jewish but is L'Halacha not Jewish, was murdered because he was a Jew. He was killed by gun shot while the murderer yelled "all Jews must die".
Is it considered that he died Al Kiddish Hashem? A Jewish f ....


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Expand Article # 1915 A Show of Clean Hands
Q. When I leave the house, I would like my hands to be clean (for learning, making brachot, etc). My problem is that I put my shoes on by the front door and usually will touch my shoes, making them too "unclean" to say brachot, etc. If going back t ....


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Expand Article # 1914 Greatest of All Time
Q. My wife and I are debating how to name our next child to be born BE'H soon. We know he is a boy, and there are two equally reserving uncles that merit the name to be given. The names are Moshe and Avraham. We don't give a double name in our fami ....


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Expand Article # 1913 The Spirit of the Law
Q Why should not "Dina Demalchuta Dina" apply to all wills, and therefore become valid according to Jewish Law?

A. Some contemporary Poskim indeed maintain that secular wills are Halachically valid based on the principle of dino demalc ....


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Expand Article # 1912 Pass it Down or Pass it Up?
I have a number of questions in regards to inheritance
Q. Is a secular will written by an attorney valid according to Halacha?

A. In principle a secular will, by which an individual estate is divided according to his own wis ....


Posted 11/8/2018 1:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1911 Right on the Money
Q. How come Abraham Avinu, who kept the complete Torah including eruv tavshilin, gave all his possessions to his son Yitzchak, thereby violating the mitzva of yerusha, as Shmuel says (Kesubos 33a); Don't take part in a transference of yerusha even fr ....


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Expand Article # 1910 Shtick Or Treat
Q. A meshulach from Israel, staying in my home went collecting last night (Halloween). He approached a house with a mezuza and a woman (possibly a babysitter) gave him a bag of candies (kosher). Can he eat them?

A. Quoting question ....


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Expand Article # 1909 Standing by the Falling Ill
Q. Someone suffers from epileptic attacks or seizures that make him totally unconscious and unaware of his surroundings, he usually recovers after a half an hour, but has no recollection of what happened. If that happened in the middle of a meal doe ....


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Expand Article # 1908 The Matzav of a Matzeiva
Q. Whom do you ask about minhagim? I recently saw many tombstone inscriptions from Bratislava (Pressburg), and all mention the motherís name and not the father. Iíd like to know the source & origin of the minhag (I think the rationale is that in the ....


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Expand Article # 1907 Open To Question
Q. (Re- question 1906). In the above case, if someone purchased pesicha as an honor, does he have to comply with his promise and pay his donation if the doors could not be opened, but you can see the sefarim?
Would it make a difference if you ....


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