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Expand Article # 2964 Do things that Are and Look Good
Q. Many website offer free shipping for orders over a certain amount of money. May one order extra items with the intention of returning them in order that they can receive free shipping on their order? Even if this muttar al pi din, would it be bett ....


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Expand Article # 2963 Do things that Look Good
Q, Often when ordering from Amazon, Amazon offers a free 30 day trial for Amazon Prime. Amazon has your credit card information, and unless you cancel your subscription to Amazon Prime, you will have to pay for Amazon Prime after the 30 day trial is ....


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Expand Article # 2962 The Lion or the Dog
Q. R. Chanina (S'gan HaCohanim) said that he saw the heavenly fire descend (on the altar) resembling a crouching dog in the second temple (Yoma 21b). Is there any commentary on what that means? Why compare the Heavenly Holy fire to a crouching dog ....


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Expand Article # 2961 The Truth Be Told?
Q. Líchvod HaRov Quick question re TGV, (Toronto Grape Vine) response. Someone asked for some medical recommendation and people sent her a list of people they would recommend. She also got sent names of who to avoid based on their experience. When po ....


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Expand Article # 2960 The Outside World
Q. A minyan that still davens in a backyard tent, do they light a menorah with a bracha, night and day during this unusual Chanuka?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that they should light without a brocho.

Rabbi A ....


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Expand Article # 2959 Face Facts
Q. For a Rabbi or a Teacher, is there a preference of using a see through plastic shield or a mask during the pandemic?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is better for a Rabbi or Teacher to use a plastic shield, since a ....


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Expand Article # 2958 Zooming Along
Q. We have a daf shiur in the morning before davening for many years, last week because of new restrictions, it became difficult for some to attend since the minyan also dwindled. We are thinking on zooming the daf, as many others have done and we ar ....


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Expand Article # 2957 Pick the Toothpick
Q Gefilte fish is served with toothpick inside for people to take instead of using a fork. Is it borer to remove the toothpick?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that one should treat the toothpick as a fork or similar eating i ....


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Expand Article # 2956 Do You Follow This?
Q. Does the prohibition of walking behind a woman apply to following one's mother?

A. Nitei Gavriel (Yichud 56: 13: p. 367) maintains that when in the street, the prohibition applies. However, in ones home when needed for the honor of t ....


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Expand Article # 2955 Keeping Apart?
Q. It is brought down that a man should not walk between 2 women. Does that also apply to walking between one's mother and one's sister? or between one's mother and one's grand mother? or between two of one's sisters?

A. The source for ....


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Expand Article # 2954 Not a Womans Tool?
Q. In regard to the prohibition of a woman to wear men's garments, I heard that it applies also to using instruments or weapons that are designated for the use of men. If that is so can a strong woman use a heavy chainsaw to cut some backyard trees?< ....


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Expand Article # 2953 Not Cracking the Crocs
Q. Can I (his mother) wear my sonís old crocs (that heís grown out of), or is that beged ish? They could be used either for men or women: (navy blue with red stripes & a red maple leaf on the straps).

A. On question 1355 we wrote; "It i ....


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Expand Article # 2952 Gracing the Garnish
Q. What is Horav Shlomo Miller's opinion regarding bread croutons eaten with a salad. Do you have to wash hands and make Hamotzi?

A. Vesen Brocho (p. 36 - 466) rules to make mezonos on croutons. When mixed in a salad, the mezonos is reci ....


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Expand Article # 2951 A Fast Stand Fast?
Q. When not able to step back due to people davening behind you, is there a shiur of how long you are mechuyev (obliged)† to wait.

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that one should wait the normal length of what most of the pe ....


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Expand Article # 2950 Sage Advise
Q. (See question 2949 above). Thanks for your fast and reasonable answer. We have an additional question. Before we bought our property, we were able to change the established zoning- by-laws to permit a place of worship. When the church acquired th ....


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Expand Article # 2949 Kosher Fences Make Good Neighbors
Q. We are a small orthodox shul in a small Midwest city. We recently bought a new empty large property to rebuild and expand our existing shul. It turned out that the also empty property neighboring ours, was then purchased by a church and they want ....


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Expand Article # 2948 Doing it Right when Putting it Right
Q. See question (2945) above. I understand from your reply that even placing back loose pieces of the wheelchair can be problematic. In our particular case the feet support plate gave in and father's heavy feet dragged on the floor, and made it impo ....


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Expand Article # 2947 If it Looks Like Bread...
Q. Crackers or wafers made from wheat and advertised as bagel crisps or slices of authentically toasted bagels, that indeed taste accordingly and look like rings cut from a bagel, is their brocho mezonos or hamotzi?

A.   It is ....


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Expand Article # 2946 Thought for Food
Q. Someone ate more than a kezais of mezonos and other Shehakol food and drinks, and then decided that he will not eat anymore cake or mezonos, so he said the bracha 'Al Hamichya' on the mezonos he ate. If he still wants to drink or eat other foods t ....


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Expand Article # 2945 Getting the Fix on a Fix
Q. My elderly father's old wheelchair broke last Shabbos and since he strongly needed it to move around the house, we temporarily fixed it by using a few nylon cable zip ties that although they are only a temporary solution, they usually are very str ....


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