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Expand Article # 1744 Have a Gezunt Gut Shabbos
Q. As I mentioned yesterday I have lately some respiratory problems and I am waiting to see a specialist (takes too long).
I cannot walk long time,, cannot climb stairs and very often I have some coughing attack – especially night time.


Posted 6/8/2018 3:03 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 1743 Don't Trip on that Trip
Q. Is one permitted to leave Eretz Yisroel to visit an ailing parent who has intermarried?

A. See questions 646 and 647 in regards to sitting shiva, mourning and burial for someone who intermarried, and is regarded for some issues ....


Posted 6/8/2018 9:03 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1742 Not New - No Sheheya-nu


Q. I live in Eretz Yisroel where varied fruits are not available all year. Rather, they appear in the stores as they are harvested. Around now, after Shavuos, is when ripe sweet grapes are being sold, coincidentally when we are re ....


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Expand Article # 1741 Conflicts in Interest
Q. Question regarding Ribbis. If one jew lends money to another jew and the other jew who is not observant wants to pay back the favor with money or a sizable gift. The lender explains to the the the other jew that it is strictly prohibited as its ....


Posted 6/7/2018 3:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1740 Sometime One Time is Just Fine
Q. Regarding what Rav Miller wrote that one may attend a university class, etc. on Shabbos, why is it not a Chillul Hashem? Even the goyim understand that for Jewish people Shabbos is a day of rest. And on the contrary if one stands up for one's val ....


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Expand Article # 1739 Thresh the Bracha on Fresh Breath?
Q. Do you make a bracha on Listerine strips?

A. Chayei Adam (51: 15) rules that when tasting food, even if the food provides a pleasure sensation, if it is not swallowed, no brocho is recited. (See Vesein Brocho p. 203).
On Lis ....


Posted 6/7/2018 3:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1738 A Brocho in a Nutshell
Q. If I made a mezonos brocho on a cracker with peanut butter and I have left some of the peanut butter on the knife I used and want to eat it the leftover by itself, do I have to make a shehakol?
What brocho do you make on chunky peanut butt ....


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Expand Article # 1737 Prisoner with Conscience?
Q. Is there a mitzva of Pidyon Shevuim to try to free a Jewish convicted murderer who has been imprisoned for 28 years? He now puts on tefilin and is a hopeful complete baal teshuva. Should money be collected for helping him seek his release?


Posted 6/3/2018 10:46 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1736 In the Swim of Things
Q. I'm thinking about working as a baby swim instructor but have to go on an 8-day retreat to complete the training. I will be only listening to instructions and be in the swimming pool. Can I do this over Shabbos if I don't have to write? Can I do ....


Posted 6/1/2018 6:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1735 Waiter! Where Is My Worm?

Q. (See above question 1734) Does this apply to other foods and liquids besides fruits and vegetables, like tequila?
A. Shulchan Aruch (84) rules that what was mentioned in the last question in regards to fruits applies equally to worms ....


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Expand Article # 1734 Worm One's Way In
Q. Is it true that if I find a worm inside a fruit that did not crawl out from the inside of the fruit, it is kosher and one may eat it? Does that mean it can be just picked up, with or without a piece of fruit and be eaten? What bracha does one ma ....


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Expand Article # 1733 Call In Your Chips?
Q. B"H - Shalom Dear Rabbi,
In Sweden, many people have started to use microchip implants to replace car keys, credit cards and ID Cards.
1. Based on Daat Torah, Is that permissible?
2.In case it becomes the law of the land, ....


Posted 6/1/2018 1:49 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1732 Checking the Check
Q. Can a defendant under house arrest wear his ankle monitor (it constantly checks and transmits to police his whereabouts), when permitted to go to shul on Shabbos (no eruv)?

A. On question 1488 in regards to if a father of a newborn ....


Posted 6/1/2018 1:47 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1731 Time to Call it a Night
Hello Rav,
Q. I've learned in the past that if I go to sleep and night and then wake up in the middle of the night and want to learn Torah (even just reading silently), then I would need to make a new Birkat HaTorah. A new point I just read an ....


Posted 5/30/2018 2:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1730 Teshuva on a Loss
Q. I was on the train and found a wallet that, based on the ID inside it, belongs to a non-Jew. After considering what I should do and consulting with a few rabbis, some of them recommended that I return it by giving it to a police officer. (I didn ....


Posted 5/27/2018 8:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1729 Lessons to be Learned
Q. I would like to know Horav Miller’s daas Torah in regards to someone who has limited time for learning.
Since learning Torah with effort and exertion is most important, what takes priority? Learning beiyun (and effort), learning Halacha o ....


Posted 5/25/2018 3:45 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1728 A Good Old Hand
Q. A group visits an elderly ill patient in a retirement home. He sits on a wheelchair, while they put tefilin on him, and have him read shema. Is it enough to clean his hands with a wet paper towel? Does cleaning his hands three times each, with th ....


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Expand Article # 1727 Clean Question
Q. Re- question 1723 regarding washing hands after entering a bathroom. A most common case of bathrooms in offices and other public places, are small one room bathrooms with a toilet and sink only, that are not used for anything else but as a beth h ....


Posted 5/25/2018 3:15 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1726 A Potluck Shaila?
Q. Do Teflon coated metal pots and pans require tevila?

A. Many Poskim maintain that they require tevila without a brocho. (StarK Kashrus Kurrents v.37: 3, OU Tevilat Keilim- A Primer, Guide To Tevilas Keilim by Rabbi B. Forst r ....


Posted 5/25/2018 8:50 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1725 The Ways of the Throwaways
Q. Do disposable aluminum pans require tevila?

A. Poskim disagree if utensils used only once require tevila. Although utensils made from aluminum some opine that the tevila is Biblical (Horav Vosner zt”l, quoted in Tevilas Keilim 11: ....


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