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Expand Article # 2752 A Lot Of Promise
Kavod Harav, I said that I will take off a chomesh (for maaser) if Hashem gives me a certain yeshua, which He did. However, due to corona, I am not getting paid as much as I was before and I don't want to give chomesh. What should I do? Is it permitt ....


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Expand Article # 2751 Beginning or the End?
Q. A person who came to Mincha and after saying Hashem sefosai tiftoch and Baruch ata Hashem realized there are no asara mispallelim (minyan) present. May he say lamdeini chukecha and daven in a later minyan (where there will be asara), or do we say ....


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Expand Article # 2750 Garden Varieties

Q. Kvod Harav. Thank you so much for all your divrai torah and yard hospitality. It is so good to be able to be back davening betzibur.
I was listening to a shiur today by Rav Shachter shlita and he called into question a practice that ....


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Expand Article # 2749 The Letter On The Law
Q. Referring tp Parshas Chukas. Is there a saying of Chazal that even the Mishpatim or the logical mitzvos are also Chukim or laws that we cannot understand?

A. Alshich on Parshas Mishpatim and others amply explain that the reason the T ....


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Expand Article # 2748 Save That Vav
Q. I was leining at Shabbos Mincha and didn't see the traditional Vav Keti'a in the Sefer Torah. Upon closer inspection, I saw that the Sofer had merely used his knife and cut the very bottom of the Vav so that it appeared as if a hair was sitting be ....


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Expand Article # 2747 The Spreading Firestorm
Q. Some people connect the burning of the sefarim in Paris on 1242 to the fire on Notre Dame last year. Is there anything to that? (See questions 2730 and 2746)
A. Last year on Monday evening April 15 2019, ....


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Expand Article # 2746 That Really Burn Us Up
Q. (See question 2730). Thank you for explaining that unusual fast of Erev Shabbos Chukas. Although I understand the remez (allusion) in the Targum, still what connection does the burning of the sefarim have with parshas Chukas itself?



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Expand Article # 2745 Casual Dress?
Q. The Gemara in Pesachim 112 says not to wear clothing for eight days after they were laundered. But there is a takana of Ezra Hasofer to launder on Thursday to have clean clothing for Shabbos (a day later). How are we to reconcile this? 


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Expand Article # 2744 A Halfway House?
Q. I am learning about money management from a secular book. It suggests leaving the house to your  children from the first  marriage. What does Jewish law say about this if you're in a second marriage? It doesn't seem right for your kids to kick hi ....


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Expand Article # 2743 Noach Would Be Proud
Q. My fourth question is: How far can this go? We know that when someone is going through the process of giyur, they are supposed to begin observing all hilchos Shabbos, but still have to do one melacha or shvus privately each week until they finish ....


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Expand Article # 2742 The Best of All Fasts
Q. My third question is:(See questions 2740-41 above): If that is OK, could they then accept upon themselves some restrictions. For example, it is popular today for people to do a "media fast" where they don't use their phones or computers. Would und ....


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Expand Article 2741 Shoimer Sabbath Koidesh
Q. (See question 2740 above). The second question is one that I am constantly being asked by Bnai Noach. It involves to what degree they may observe Shabbos.
Until now, I have been advising people that while they may not fully observe Shabbos ....


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Expand Article # 2740 No Returns?
1) June 23 Chukas B. Q. My first (question) is regarding a situation I was asked about from a ger tzedek. He heard that there is talk about conversions being annulled. So, I wanted to ask for him:
Is it ever possible for a Beit Din to res ....


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Expand Article # 2739 Goodbye Kiss?
Q. I'm always makpid (careful) to kiss my tzitzis during shema. Now I'm wearing a mask during davening as recommended for my age. How can I kiss the tzitzis when all I'll be doing is kissing the inside of the mask?

A. Horav Shlomo Mille ....


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Expand Article # 2738 Lean and Mean
Q. On question 2712 you wrote that on Shabbat one can lean on the tree slightly, when not moving it. but one can't place a siddur on a tree. Can one leave his chair leaning slightly on a tree on an angle, so it will not get wet it rains?



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Expand Article # 2737 The Bird that Flew Away
Q. When one wants to do the great mitzva of shiluach haken, does he actually have to take hold of the bird and then send it away? What happens if as he was approaching the nest, it just flew away, was he mekayem the mitzva?

A. On Talmud ....


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Expand Article # 2736 Cast a Spell
Q. Can you please tell me what the proper Hebrew spelling for Newmarket would be? And when writing it on a Kesubah, would it be proper to identify Newmarket (Ontario, Canada), as

הסמוכה לו& ....


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Expand Article # 2735 A Pearl On Wisdom
Q. Why is the bracha on the amida of Atta Chonen, on which we pray for wisdom and understanding, be said before the bracha of Hashivenu Letoratecha or returning and keeping the Torah? Should not the observance of the Torah and mitzvos have priority? ....


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Expand Article # 2734 Forgive But Don't Forget
Q. In the Shemoneh Esrei, there is an optional prayer for forgiveness where you confess your willful  sins since childhood. I thought our slate was wiped clean every Yom Kippur and upon marriage, so why would we keep bringing them up, unless we keep ....


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Expand Article # 2733 The Making of a Name
Q. Teshuvos Betzel Hachachma (3:41) writes that one shouldn't name a shul or other holy place after a mechalel shabbos, for example, if a frum person wanted to donate a shul in memory of his parents who were mechalelei shabbos, they shouldn't mention ....


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