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Expand Article # 1636 Easy Meat
Q. Does one have to eat meat on the seuda of Purim?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 696: 7) rules that it is a mitzva to eat meat on Purim as it is included in the mitzva of simcha. He mentions that it is a mitzva of Divrei Kabalah equivale ....


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Expand Article # 1635 The Name of the Game
Q. Is this true that Rav Miller forbids playing with a Rubik's Cube on Shabbos due to borer? Is this a chumra, or me'ikar hadin it is assur?
An additional shailah. Since the cube can be taken apart without much difficulty, by rotating the to ....


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Expand Article # 1634 Let The Good Times Begin
Q. We say mishenichnas Adar marbim besimcha, when Adar begins we are have to increase our joy. For one that doesn’t have a court case with Goyim, is in good health and always does try to do mitzvos with simcha anyway, how does this apply in practic ....


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Expand Article # 1633 More Minor Details
Q. Re- question 1616 - Rav Miller shlita paskened to me not to count a katan for a minyan under any circumstances. I would like to kindly request a clarification: If I am in a place where they are in fact using the katan as the 10th person [and ....


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Expand Article # 1632 One To Many
Q. Re- prior question (1631) on two classes of judgment. Since we always say that the power of the community and Klal Yisroel as well as the din horabbim or communal judgment supersedes and preempts the din hayochid or the individual’s acts and sent ....


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Expand Article # 1631 Judgment Call
Q. Why are we being judged on our Yamim Tovim on different items, such as grain during Pesach, fruits on Shavuot and water during Sukkot? Were we not all already judged in the Yemei Hadin of Rosh Hashana and sentenced onYom Kippur?

A. ....


Posted 2/18/2018 10:53 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1630 Bread And Butter Shailah
Q. I live in the Clanton Park area but I frequent a bagel store in the Bathurst/Lawrence area. I recently noticed that they have a sign that says their garlic breadsticks are dairy. Apparently they are smeared with butter right after they come out ....


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Expand Article # 1629 Not Worth One’s Salt
Q. I received once a very beautiful silver set of filled salt and pepper shakers; did the people who send them comply with the mitzva of mishloach mannot? does the salt and pepper count as two foods lechatchila?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’ ....


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Expand Article # 1628 Not Mishenichnas Odor
Hello Rav,
Q. The kitzur Shulchan Aruch (5:11) says that after flatulating, its forbidden to utter any holy words until the odor is gone. Would the same apply to thinking Torah thoughts or reading Torah without speaking out the words, or can ....


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Expand Article # 1627 Love Will Find A Way
Q. The mitzvah of loving Hashem is in essence only a feeling and emotion of the heart. This being similar to fearing Hashem. Are those feelings, without images or added thoughts, permitted when one is in a bathroom or mikva?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 1626 Gentile’s Torah Show and Tell
Q. I have to do a show and tell on some cultural artifact for school. Class is all non-Jews. Am I allowed to show them my tzitzis and explain the basic ideas behind this mitzvah, or is it forbidden to teach Torah to non-Jews?

A. On qu ....


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Expand Article # 1625 Good Bye To Good Bye?
Q. Hello Rav,
The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (5:14) says its forbidden to speak (or think) sacred matters (davar sh'b'kedushah) in a bathhouse (meirchatz). I'm wondering how to apply this halacha to our current day mikvahs, specifically in the cha ....


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Expand Article # 1624 Thoughts For Food
Q. Re- your questions 1595-1598 on permitted liquid marijuana tincture drops for one that is medically recommended in its use. Can you be yoitze with shalach manos if you send a vial of the tincture since it will be very appreciated, or maybe it is ....


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Expand Article # 1623 The Law of the Spirit
Q. If one sends hard liquor as one of the manos on Purim, is that valid? A normal person can drink only a very small amount of this liquor, so perhaps it should be considered that one sent only a small amount and is not valid. Or do we say that sin ....


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Expand Article # 1622 Not The Brightest Bulb?
Q. What is Rav Shlomo’s opinion is regards to the shabbulb use on Shabbos? It is described on their web page as:
The SHABBULB is certified to hide and reveal light with no risk of violating the laws of Shabbat since it does not affect electri ....


Posted 2/11/2018 10:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1621 Gifted in Gifting
Q. Biur Halacha brings from Chayei Adam that the mishloach manos have to be in accordance with the chashivus of the recipient (if giving to a wealthy person, one has to give something that he will appreciate). Question: What should one do when giv ....


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Expand Article # 1620 Nuts About Nuts
Q. Flying a night flight towards New York from Eretz Yisroel on an El Al plane, probably most passengers are Jewish. A passenger boarded the plane and put his large stash of nuts in the pocket of the seat in front of him. In the morning, he is about ....


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Expand Article # 1619 Oy or Joy to the Goy
Q. (See question 1617 above) My second question, is that although the term, “goy” simply means a person of the nations, it seems to always be used in the pejorative. How can we be Or HaGoyim if we look down on the other nations? Can we not be proud ....


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Expand Article # 1618 Two For One
Q. I saw that the Sefer HaChinuch divides Mishpatim into two separate Sidrot, each with its own count of mitzvos. He calls the second one “Im Kesef”. Why?

A. In his introduction to Sefer Shemos, Abarbanel explains that Sefer Bereshis ....


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Expand Article # 1617 Playing The Organ?
Dear Rabbi,
Q. At a recent community event the issue of organ donation came up in discussion. A person who claimed to be knowledgeable in Halacha stated that Jews should not donate their organs since they would most likely end up going to a ....


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