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Expand Article # 1724 In Deep Waters
Q. Do new scissors used for cutting poultry need tevila in a mikva?

A. Shach (Y.D. 120: 11) rules that a utensil used for food preparation that will require additional changes to make it edible, should be immersed without a brocho. Si ....


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Expand Article # 1723 Lost in the Wash?
Q. Is someone puts his hand inside a bathroom just to turn off the light, does he require washing netilas yodaim?

A. Poskim disagree if entering hands into a beis hakisei requires netilas yodaim. Maharsham (Daas Torah O.H. 4: 18) ....


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Expand Article # 1722 Living Memory
Q. Since remembering Kabbolas Hatorah is a mitzva every day and not doing so is a negative prohibition (Ramban), Why donít we actually read that parsha every day as we do with Yetzias Mitzraim?

A. Rambam and Ramban (mitzvah 2) indeed ....


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Expand Article # 1721 Itís All in the Name
My son (8 yrs.) came back from school today and asked me;
2) Why does the Gemore refer to Shavuos as Atzeres, isnít that the name in the Torah for the last day of Sukos?

A. The Pesikta (Pinchas) mentions that our sages used as nam ....


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Expand Article # 1720 Quiz Kid
My son (8 yrs.) came back from school today and asked me;
Q. 1) if we eat milchigs on Shavuos because they didnít have the opportunity to prepare kosher meat on that same day, why wasnít the milk or cheese prohibited as cholov akum, since wh ....


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Expand Article #1719 Meal Plan
Q. We usually eat a milchig meal during the first day (lunch) of Shavuot and meat in the night meals. This year since it is after Shabbat and we already ate meat, is it possible to change and eat milchig on Motze Shabbat and meat in the day (Sunday) ....


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Expand Article # 1718 Brocho Achrono
Q. There are those whose family Minhag restricts their female members from reciting a Bracha on Sefiras HaOmer lest they miss at least one day.
Suppose one of them does count every night of the first 48 nights. Can she count the last nigh ....


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Expand Article # 1717 Troubled Waters?
Q. I know that according to some, there is an issue with drinking liquids that were left uncovered for a period of time. I'm wondering if the same issue applies to water that will be used for washing netilat Yadayim in the morning (not for drinki ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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