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Expand Article # 1894 We'll Drink to This
Q. I made a bris on Shabbos Chol Hamoed Sukkos. The milah itself was done in my house and the kiddush was at the neighbors sukka. Can the person making the brocho drink from the wine since it is not bemokom seuda? What is the correct thing to do? Is ....


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Expand Article # 1893 Mount an Olive Shaila
Q. Shalom,
In an online search, this site came up, but I can't find a way here to search for the relevant post...
I was asked if there's a mekor to say that the Gemara in Horios re olives, is only referring to black (ie ripened) olives ....


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Expand Article # 1892 Does This Add Up?
Q. A person who is davening Maariv on motzoi Shabbos 50 minutes past sunset, and his custom is to prolong Shabbos for 72 minutes, or longer, should he skip ata chonantanu in SE, because once he says this prayer, his Shabbos is automatically over an ....


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Expand Article # 1891 An Answer to an Answer
Q. It says that one should answer Yehe Shmei Rabba with all his might, so he can answer louder than the one saying kaddish, does that include the Amen also?

A. On question 1500 in regards if omein can be answered quietly, we wrote: "Sh ....


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Expand Article # 1890 Amein Restrain
Q. When someone is in a kiddush and he hears someone else making a brocho at the same time he is also saying one, should he answer Amen? If he does is it a hefsek?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that he should not answer a ....


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Expand Article # 1889 This is the Answer
Q. If one did not hear the bracha being said, but he realizes what it was, as when people bow down for moddim or one has an apple in his hand that he is about to eat, can he answer Amen?

A. Answering omein is an affirmation to the b ....


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Expand Article # 1888 An Under Oath
Q. Since we are to avoid making nedarim and oaths, can someone sign a document that ends with the following statement?
"I solemnly declare that the foregoing statements are to the best of my knowledge and belief true, and I make this solemn d ....


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Expand Article # 1887 Its A Fix
Q. Are schach mats that have turn partially moldy kosher for schach? They do not smell to mold, but you can see the discoloration. Can you paint them?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that the mold should be removed (incl ....


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Expand Article # 1886 Clear the Tablecloth
Q. Good evening Rav,
Is there an inyan or Halacha to have white tablecloths on Yom Tov.
I believe there are sources for Shabbos that one should have a white tablecloth. Does the same apply for Yom Tov?
I was thinking of serving on ....


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Expand Article # 1885 A Cover Up?
Q. My schach mats have been damaged with the years and now the blades and reeds have become separated and they can hardly be used. Can I join them together again by using straps made from organic flexible material such as hemp or lulav blades th ....


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Expand Article # 1884 One Shailah Paints a Thousand Words
Q. To preserve the schach mats made of reeds from getting moldy when wet, or the strings and straps that keep them together from rotting, can one spray them with transparent shellac, lacquer or varnish, before and after using them?




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Expand Article # 1883 Write Your Own Ticket
Q. A fellow, we'll call him Reuven, reserved and booked a seat six months ago, meaning he paid the cheapest fee (since he reserved early) on a flight in the Economy section. He arrived for the flight and approached the ticket counter with the follo ....


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Expand Article # 1882 A Throw Away Question
Q. (See above question 1881) If you can't use the unused hadassim, can you just throw them away in the regular garbage, since they were never used for a mitzva?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 664: 8 and 21:1 and Shaarei Tzion ibid. 20) warn o ....


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Expand Article # 1881 Hadassim Again?
Q. Can you freeze hadassim still in their sealed plastic bags, that were not used, and use them next year?

A. Igros Moshe O. H. 1:185 maintains that an esrog that was frozen is not considered kavush and could in principle be used next ....


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Expand Article # 1880 Is This a Mitzva?
Q. (See question 1879 above) If it isn't correct but someone did it anyway and he did remind many, and was mezake the rabbim, does he get a mitzva or is it a mitzva habaah beaveira?

A. As mentioned above, saying aloud small parts of th ....


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Expand Article # 1879 A Klap Will Do
Q. Is it correct for someone to mention aloud during the quiet shemonesre mashiv haruach or yaaleh veyavo to remind others to also say, or is it a hefsek?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 101: 2) rules that one should not rise his voice when dav ....


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Expand Article # 1878 Rain Check
Q. How many times does one have to have davened Tefilas Geshem for the amud, to be considered that he has a chazaka, and he has a right to demand he davens before anyone elase?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that in a shu ....


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Expand Article # 1877 A Word on Honor
Q. When you call to the Torah on Simchas Torah a minor that is a cohen, does he get a second aliya if there is no minor levy?

A. Mishna Berura (282: 12) quotes Magen Avrohom that we are not obliged to call a minor who is a cohen t ....


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Expand Article # 1876 Major Minor Shaila
Q. Can a minor read the Torah when he is given an aliya on Simchas Torah (just that portion)?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 282: 2) rules that you can call to the reading of the Torah many olyim, even if one repeats what the other one alread ....


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Expand Article # 1875 Bye Honey?
Q. Do you still use honey on the hamotzi on Shabbos Bereishis?

A. There are different minhagim. Piskei Teshuvos (583: n.32) writes that some dip in honey on Shabbos Bereishis also, and avoid eating bitter foods and nuts.
Horav Shlo ....


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