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Expand Article # 1716 Can't See the Flowers of the Trees?
Q. Can the blessing for the new fruits on the trees be said at night, if there is light?

A. Although Horav T. P, Frank ztĒl (quoted in Yain Hatov 1: 48) rules that birchas hailonos should not be recited at night, many Poskim permi ....


Posted 5/14/2018 3:46 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1715 Changing Times
Q. The Mishna Berura writes that one is obligated to say kaddish yasom after aleinu in shacharis, he mentions a reason because there are pesukim in alenu. However, he doesn't similarly mention kaddish after mincha or mariv as one of the seven obli ....


Posted 5/11/2018 6:06 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1714 Have It Your Way
Q. I go to learn daily in a Beis HaMidrash in the Old City of Jerusalem that is situated in the Chatzar Galicia compound above the Moslem Quarter. In order to get there in a safe manner, I must walk on a walkway where facing me are a few imposing ch ....


Posted 5/11/2018 2:12 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1713 A Matter of Time
Q. Can women say the brocho on the flowering trees outside, since they donít say kiddush levana (the blessing on the new moon) outside because of tzniut? Is it also not a mitzva shehazman gramma?

A. Poskim maintain that women should b ....


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Expand Article # 1712 Shake Someoneís Tree
Q. If a tree belongs to a Gentile, and you are not entering his property, but just standing next to his tree while he is watching you. do you need his permission to make a brocho on his tre?
Can you make a brocho on the tree of a neighbor ....


Posted 5/11/2018 1:50 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1711 Dance To Another Tune
Q. Is it permitted to attend or to teach dancing classes during Sefira? (For women only in an only girls schoo)

A. Mogen Avrohom (493: 1) rules that non-mitzva dancing is prohibited during Sefira days.
However, Igros Moshe (O. ....


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Expand Article # 1710 An Easier Act to Follow
Q. A woman who counts Sefira and does not do melocho until she counts during the whole sefira until Shavuos. Recently she got married, and her husband only maintains the restrictions of sefira only until Lag Baomer. Does she now only maintain her m ....


Posted 5/10/2018 11:24 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1709 A Womanís Work is Never Done?
Q. Is it true that according to the Shulchan Aruch women are not supposed to work during the nights after Pesach until Shavuos?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 493: 4) writes that women accustom not to perform any work from Pesach until Shavuo ....


Posted 5/9/2018 10:44 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1708 Bracha on the Right Tree
Since the days of Nissan are over can you still say the bracha for blooming trees with Hashemís name after Lag Baomer?
Is it better to wait until Shabbath to recite it?
Is it better to recite it with a minyan?
Should one say it and ....


Posted 5/9/2018 12:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1707 It Is a Two Way Street
Q. An individual used to be religious, went off the derech, ending up marrying a non-Jew. This individual is definitely not a mumar l'hachis. Now he is not well. Is it proper to daven for his health, since his continuous existence is b'issur? In add ....


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Expand Article # 1706 Kashes on the Keshes
Q. Kvod Harav, couple of questions on Lag Baomer minhagim.
2) What is the reason for the Lag Baomerís minhag of children playing with bows and arrows, and why donít we see that anymore today?

A. Some of the reasons given fo ....


Posted 5/4/2018 6:36 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1705 Suspicious Kaddish
Q. Can someone who has living parents recite Kaddish Derabbanan? Can one recite kaddish for a grandparent when the father is unable to recite, and the mother is alive?

A. Poskim (Even Shoham 20, Kol Bo Al Avelus 2: p. 145, et al.), w ....


Posted 5/4/2018 2:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1704 The Shorashim of Shloshim
Q. How important is it to keep the shloishim day by making a siyum or a seuda with Torah learning?

A. One of the sources for observing the day of shloishim is the Zohar (Vayakhel p. 129) that establishes the day as the end of a period ....


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Expand Article # 1703 Right On Time
Q. This year that Lag Baomer is Thursday, if one finishes the sefira restrictions on that day, should he better wait until Erev Shabbos to cut his hair likvod Shabbos?
A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is unnecessary to w ....


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Expand Article # 1702 Riskless Bless
Q. Someone was teaching in shul after the shkia before maariv about Lag Baomer on the eve of that day. He mentioned many times the name Lag Baomer without any intention to be or not to be yotze. Can he still count after maariv with a brocho?
....


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Expand Article # 1701 Milking Lag Baomer Dry?
Q. Kvod Harav, a couple of questions on Lag Baomer minhagim.
1) Is it true that there is a minhag to make a milchig (milk) seuda on Lag Baomer?

A. Nitei Gavriel (Pesachim 3: 59: 22) quoting Ezor Eliahu, indeed quotes a min ....


Posted 5/3/2018 4:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1700 Shedding Light on Lighting
Q. Can someone who still has living parents light a yortzait candle for a deceased friend? Is permission from the parents required?

A. One who has a father and mother should not recite kaddish yatom ((Pischei Teshuva Y.D. 376: 4) and ....


Posted 5/2/2018 1:34 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1699 Answer to Teshuva
Q. What is the appropriate stage at which a baal teshuva should acquire and wear a hat? (This is obviously a personal decision, but perhaps the rav could offer some general guidance). Also, is it appropriate for a baal teshuva to adopt chumros and ....


Posted 5/1/2018 4:58 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1698 Been There, Davened That
Q. If I am the tenth at a mincha minyan, but I've already davened mincha, what do I do at this one? I assume I don't say Shemoneh Esrei again, but I do say Amein to all brachos. Do I say Modim d'Rabbanan? Do I say Tachanun? Do I say Aleinu? Is the ....


Posted 4/30/2018 1:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1697 Just Hang Up
Q. What should one do when he picks up the phone on a Friday afternoon and, to his horror, discovers that the caller is a non-religious Jewish family member who is now in a part of the world where Shabbos has already begun (or might have already be ....


Posted 4/27/2018 5:00 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)



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