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Expand Article # 2840 Have You Heard This?
Q. I go every year to blow shofar for people that cannot come to shul because of health or age issues.
I go to a building where almost everyone on that floor is more or less frum.
Because of the issues of separation these days, I was wo ....


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Expand Article # 2839 Chop Chop Away!
Q . Regarding question above, since some accustom to chop eggs and raw onions on Shabbos by the table, for a number of reasons such as the chopping should be done 'samuch leseuda' (right before the meal), is there an issue if one peels the onions bef ....


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Expand Article # 2838 Know Your Onions
Q. We just learned on the Daf that eating onions is dangerous and can put the eater on sakana (danger of life). How come everyone practically eats onions with eggs on Shabbos, herring with onions, or just salads with onions?

A. Indeed, ....


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Expand Article # 2837 Checked this out Too
Q. On question 2824 you wrote that "The Rov also added his opinion to those Poskim who maintain that no brocho is recited when replacing a mezuza that was removed for the purpose of having it checked." Does it matter how long the mezuza was removed f ....


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Expand Article # 2836 Clean as a Whistle
Q. There was no one to blow the shofar after davening a few days ago, so I offered. The available shofar had been used by someone else recently. I used the hand sanitizers liquid to rinse the mouth and inside area of the shofar, but as it does on the ....


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Expand Article # 2835 On the Wrong Place at the Right Time
Q. If someone is in the bathroom (see question above) and hears the shofar while he is there, is he yotze bediebed (comply after the fact), or does he have to repeat those tekios? Is one even allowed to have kavana (intention) to be yotze?



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Expand Article # 2834 Take a Break?
Q. Should someone who went to the bathroom during Mussaf on Rosh Hashana say asher yotzar, or not be mafsik (interrupt) during tekias shofar and wait until after the last tekia? What about if someone has a condition that he has to go out several time ....


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Expand Article # 2833 Stand on Safe Ground
Q. In our shul the amud at the front is close to an entrance and people often go by. Due to the current covid need to separate and avoid contamination, the Chazan who is very worried has asked that on this special occasion he should be allowed to dav ....


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Expand Article # 2832 Thanks But Yes Thanks
Q. There are so many tefilot and bakashot during the Yemei Hadin for all our necessities and needs for the coming year. How come we don’t find in the sidur, machzor, or in Halacha sefarim any tefila or bracha for thanking Hashem for the life given ....


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Expand Article # 2831 Who Is To Daven?
Q. When one ovel has already chazaka to daven by the amud of a shul, and then another ovel arrives. If the second one davens louder and is a better ba'al tefilah than the first, can the gabayim refrain the first one from continuing to daven by the a ....


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Expand Article # 2829 Sharing an Answer
Q. An ovel that comes to daven mostly but not always to a shul and gets the amud when he comes. If another new ovel arrives in that shul, should he share with the newcomer, or do we rule that the first one has already a chazaka (established rights) t ....


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Expand Article # 2830 The Selichos Rights
Q. The minhag in our shul is that during selichos days, the one who says selichos also davens for the amud, An ovel has been davening for a while by us, and has a chazoko (established rights) to the amud, but he is unable to say selichos. What has p ....


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Expand Article # 2828 Mixed Blessings
Q I take food for seudat shlishit to a friend's home. The food is all my contribution. When it comes to benching, what is the correct Horachaman to say "Harajaman Hu Yebarech et Ba'al haBayit hazeh ... " After all it is my food, and I should be bles ....


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Expand Article # 2827 When It Rains it is still Yours
Q. I daven in a backyard minyan and I also blow the shofar after davening. Last week it began drizzling when I was about to blow. I was wondering, if that would occur during Rosh Hashana, (we are planning to continue our outside minyan then also), ....


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Expand Article # 2826 Blowing Away the Grief
Q. My brother and I are respectively the baal tokea and baal makrei (the announcer of the tekios to be blown), in our minyan for over 20 years. We recently lost our dear mother a.h., and we are going to be still during the sheloshim on Rosh Hashana. ....


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Expand Article # 2825 Shelf Life
Q. I ate a blueberry muffin yesterday and today my wife brought back a package of fresh blueberries from the grocery store. They were imported from Argentina.
Do I make a bracha of 'shehechiyanu' on the fresh berries I will be eating today (I ....


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Expand Article # 2824 Falling into Hard Times?
Q. (Re - question 2823 above on a mezuza that almost fell). How about if the mezuza totally fell and was not replaced for at least two months (we were away), do you make a brocho when you replace it?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a ....


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Expand Article # 2823 Getting the Hang on a Mezuza Shaila
Q. Somebody stumbled and hit on my mezuza, and it remained barely hanging only from one single mostly detached nail. It looks as if it can just fall off completely anytime. If I nail it back in place, do I have to say a brocho?

A. Pische ....


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Expand Article # 2822 Be Larger Than Life
Q. A severely ill person who has deteriorated lately and now lays in bed constantly and requires help from his spouse even for menial things, such as going to the bathroom. He is a Talmid Hacham and always had great bitachon in Hashem's help. Yet n ....


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Expand Article # 2821 Answering the Door
Q. Someone who decided not to rely anymore on the city eiruv and is thus placing a tzuras hapesach on his front yard (two posts with a wire on top, that resemble a door frame and thus permit carrying inside the area they surround). Since he is usi ....


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