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Expand Article # 1754 What Are You Drinking?
Q. It occurred to me that even those (Poskim), such as Horav Shlomo Miller, who are meikel (lenient) regarding sherry cask whiskeys, would think it appropriate to be machmir (stringent) in a situation where a non-Jew or an intermarried couple is p ....


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Expand Article # 1753 Transfusion Confusion
Q. Does G-d allow his followers to get blood transfusions/transfers?
(An additional question asked). If you have an opportunity to receive a transfusion should you choose from a fellow Jew?

A. Halacha permits receiving blood a ....


Posted 6/15/2018 11:33 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1752 Convert Alert!
Q. Thank you for getting back to me, let me rephrase the question.
A non-Jew that was a very religious dedicated Catholic for many years (actually a priest) and decided to convert to Judaism, since he argues that finally he saw the real trut ....


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Expand Article # 1751 A Shaila Wound Around Your Little Finger
Q. Is there a source for the minhag that some people have to point with their little or pinky finger to the Torah when hagbaah is done? Why that finger?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 134: 2) mentions that at the time of hagbaa the prese ....


Posted 6/13/2018 11:25 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1750 Keep Alive the Food's Good Spirits
Q. Is someone had some food in his pockets and entered a cemetery, can he eat the food after he goes out? Is there an issue of ruach ra (bad spirit) involved?

A. Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 368: ) rules that one should honor, behave respectfull ....


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Expand Article # 1749 Chew This One Over
Q. Does Rav Miller Shlita also hold that you don't make a brocho on flavored chewing gum (as in Listerine strips see prior question 1739)? Don't you eat and enjoy the flavoring agents and sweetener mixed with the gum?

A. Contemporary Po ....


Posted 6/11/2018 10:46 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1748 A Drinking Problem
Q. Dear Rabbi Bartfeld, Can you please ask HoRav Miller Shlit'a if it is best to refrain from scotch in sherry casks due to the isur hanaah (prohibition of deriving benefit) of stam yayin (non-kosher wine). Thank you.

A. Horav Shlo ....


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Expand Article # 1747 Amen? Ken!
Q. If my minhag is not to say Baruch Hashem l'olam in Maariv (due to concerns of hefsek between geula and tefilla), should I also avoid saying Amein to this bracha?

A. Mishna Berura (66: 27) and Biur Halacha (ibid.) maintain that af ....


Posted 6/10/2018 11:30 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1746 See The Light?
Q. I will fly be"h Sunday June 3 from JFK to Moscow flight time 1:05 AM scheduled to arrive in Moscow 5:20 P.M. local time. Moscow is 7 hours ahead of NY when should I daven shacharis?

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


Posted 6/8/2018 7:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1745 A Perfect Stranger?
Q. A Shadchanit called me about a shiduch and we went on a date. She told me that everything was okay with the boy, but on the date I had a  feeling that he was somehow "distant", and some of his responses seemed "off", as though he was answering a ....


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Expand Article # 1744 Have a Gezunt Gut Shabbos
Q. As I mentioned yesterday I have lately some respiratory problems and I am waiting to see a specialist (takes too long).
I cannot walk long time,, cannot climb stairs and very often I have some coughing attack – especially night time.


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Expand Article # 1743 Don't Trip on that Trip
Q. Is one permitted to leave Eretz Yisroel to visit an ailing parent who has intermarried?

A. See questions 646 and 647 in regards to sitting shiva, mourning and burial for someone who intermarried, and is regarded for some issues ....


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Expand Article # 1742 Not New - No Sheheya-nu


Q. I live in Eretz Yisroel where varied fruits are not available all year. Rather, they appear in the stores as they are harvested. Around now, after Shavuos, is when ripe sweet grapes are being sold, coincidentally when we are re ....


Posted 6/7/2018 3:45 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 1741 Conflicts in Interest
Q. Question regarding Ribbis. If one jew lends money to another jew and the other jew who is not observant wants to pay back the favor with money or a sizable gift. The lender explains to the the the other jew that it is strictly prohibited as its ....


Posted 6/7/2018 3:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1740 Sometime One Time is Just Fine
Q. Regarding what Rav Miller wrote that one may attend a university class, etc. on Shabbos, why is it not a Chillul Hashem? Even the goyim understand that for Jewish people Shabbos is a day of rest. And on the contrary if one stands up for one's val ....


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Expand Article # 1739 Thresh the Bracha on Fresh Breath?
Q. Do you make a bracha on Listerine strips?

A. Chayei Adam (51: 15) rules that when tasting food, even if the food provides a pleasure sensation, if it is not swallowed, no brocho is recited. (See Vesein Brocho p. 203).
On Lis ....


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Expand Article # 1738 A Brocho in a Nutshell
Q. If I made a mezonos brocho on a cracker with peanut butter and I have left some of the peanut butter on the knife I used and want to eat it the leftover by itself, do I have to make a shehakol?
What brocho do you make on chunky peanut butt ....


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Expand Article # 1737 Prisoner with Conscience?
Q. Is there a mitzva of Pidyon Shevuim to try to free a Jewish convicted murderer who has been imprisoned for 28 years? He now puts on tefilin and is a hopeful complete baal teshuva. Should money be collected for helping him seek his release?


Posted 6/3/2018 10:46 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1736 In the Swim of Things
Q. I'm thinking about working as a baby swim instructor but have to go on an 8-day retreat to complete the training. I will be only listening to instructions and be in the swimming pool. Can I do this over Shabbos if I don't have to write? Can I do ....


Posted 6/1/2018 6:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1735 Waiter! Where Is My Worm?

Q. (See above question 1734) Does this apply to other foods and liquids besides fruits and vegetables, like tequila?
A. Shulchan Aruch (84) rules that what was mentioned in the last question in regards to fruits applies equally to worms ....


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