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Expand Article # 1866 An Eye on the Hurricane
Q. Can I dismantle my Sukka on Chol Hamoed since I will be leaving town before the last days of Sukkos. I am afraid that if it remains it might cause damage to my property or adjacent properties, since I live in Florida, and it is the hurricane se ....


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Expand Article # 1865 Trail his Coat
Q. I have in my home a coat that does not belong to me. I must have picked it up by mistake about five years ago from a shul or another public place, that I can't remember. The coat is common without any unusual marks. What is the proper way to dea ....


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Expand Article # 1864 Eat Away
Q. What if one didn't have in mind the mitzva while eating on Erev Yom Kippur, does he comply? If he overate it it still a mitzva?

A. According to the opinions that it is a Biblical mitzva (Mishna Berura 604: 1, quoting Magen Avraham) ....


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Expand Article # 1863 Amounts To Something
Q. Is there a shiur or amount of food that one should eat in order to comply with the mitzva of eating on Erev Yom Kippur? If not, should one keep on eating small amounts during the day or suck a candy to extend the compliance on this mitzva? Is dri ....


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Expand Article # 1862 Hashem's Gift to Women?
Q. Since eating on Erev Yom Kippur is a mitzva that is time sensitive, should the wife join her husband also at the late supper? (See question 1861 above.)

A. Poskim disagree if women are also included in this mitzva, since it is indeed ....


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Expand Article # 1861 A Late Supper
Q. Should one wait to eat supper on the eve of Erev Yom Kippur until night, so he can comply with the mitzva of eating on that day?

A. Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Berura (O.H. 604:1) write that it is a Biblical mitzva to eat on Erev Yo ....


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Expand Article # 1860 Break Bread?
Q. (See prior question 1959). Is there any prohibition of pas yisroel when it comes to wheat flour based cereals?

A. The gezeira of pas akum applies only to to bread products containing one or more of the five major grains: wheat, bar ....


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Expand Article # 1859 The Staff of Life
Q. Is one obligated to eat only pas yisroel (bread baked in a Jewish bakery; as opposed to kosher bread baked anywhere) during the aseres yemei teshuvah? What happens when someone must travel?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 603: 1) rules that ....


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Expand Article # 1858 A Teshuva on Teshuva
Q. Dear Rabbi
When considering complying with the mitzva of teshuva, is it better to choose a relative small but constant mitzva that one can mend and keep at all times. (Such as learning Torah and keeping shiurim). Or is it better to pick an ....


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Expand Article # 1857 A King of Questions
Q. We say and repeat Hamelech in the tefilos and end of brochos of Rosh Hashono, because Hashem being King implies the strictness of judgment on that day. Why then is Hamelech equally said on Yom Kippur, when the day is all about rachamim and compas ....


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Expand Article # 1856 A Live Answer
Q. (See question 1855 above) Why does the patient who was connected to a heart-lung machine, and experienced a complete cessation of the natural heart and lungs functions, which is the traditional definition of death, have to fulfill mitzvos after s ....


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Expand Article # 1855 A Matter of Life and Death
Q. How is it possible to allow a surgery to take place where the patient is connected to a heart-lung machine? True, the body is receiving oxygenated blood. However, there is complete cessation of the natural heart and lungs. This is the tradition ....


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Expand Article # 1854 Fly Kosher
Q. I have a lot of fruit flies swarming in my apartment. I've tried a solution that I purchased in a local hardware store. Someone suggested I use apple cider vinegar to help attract the flies. Does one still have to purchase something with a "ha ....


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Expand Article # 1853 Fast... but not so Fast
Q. Should one fast on Tzom Gedalia if that may affect him and he maybe won't be able to fast on Yom Kippur?

A. Poskim disagree whether it is better to observe the taanis now at hand and fast on Tzom Gedalia, even if that may caus ....


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Expand Article # 1852 Dying to Know?
Q. A person who is not ill, but finds fasting hard because of his age; he does usually fast on other taaneisim. Can he avoid fasting on Tzom Gedalia since it is as is a nidche? (Gedalia was assassinated on Rosh Hashana and the taanis was pushed of ....


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Expand Article # 1851 Just a Question of Time
Q. Hi. I have a question that's been bothering me for some time.
There are some coffee machines that you can set on a clock that will grind, brew and make your coffee. Can such a machine be set to brew on Shabbos? Can you set a timer to Cook o ....


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Expand Article # 1850 A Maaseh on Maaser Money
Q. I usually split my maaser money to donate to different institutions. On this occasion I had first in mind to give it all to institution A, can I change it and give it now all to institution B? Nothing was verbally said.

A. Re ....


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Expand Article # 1849 Charity Returns Home
Q. In regards to question 1831 above, where the collecting sheliach returned the coins given to him to the donor and he is allowed to accept them. Does he need now to give them now to another charity?
What kind of charity?
If one was app ....


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Expand Article # 1848 On a Manner of Speaking
Q. Shalom, Someone with background in Ashkenazi and Sephardi communities, and is able to daven with either pronunciation.
He always davens with Ashkenazi pronunciation. Can he daven for the omud in a Sephardi shul with Sephardi pronunciation ....


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Expand Article # 1847 When Separating From Havdalah
Q. Shalom Aleichem Harav!
If one eats and does melacha before havdalah without having said baruch hamavdil (and forgot to say atoh chonontanu) what are the consequences? is it called chilul Shabbos and does one have to daven shmona esre again ....


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