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Expand Article # 1694 Boot Camp
Q. I’m joining the army as a chaplain. Can I carry inside the building or inside the fenced army camp during Shabbos?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that even if they are other Jewish soldiers stationed in the camp it is pe ....


Posted 4/27/2018 11:45 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1693 Special Forces
Q. I’m joining the army as a chaplain. Can I have the cook warm my special double wrapped kosher food on Shabbos? He knows it is for me.

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that you may ask him before Shabbos to put it in the ov ....


Posted 4/26/2018 11:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1692 Bad Hair Day
Q. Hello Rabbi I am waiting for a response about my shailoh of lo yilbosh for a man dyeing his hair nowadays.

A. Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 182: 2) rules that a man who colors even one white hair black, transgresses the Biblical prohib ....


Posted 4/26/2018 3:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1691 Double Check
Q. If someone was visiting in Eretz Yisroel when they were reading a different parsha that Shabbos (Tazria – Metzora) and in Chutz Laaretz (Shemini). And then returns and will listen a second time the next Shabbos this same two parshios, does he al ....


Posted 4/26/2018 12:05 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1690 Walking on Eggs
Q. I have a non-Jewish neighbor who is very friendly and does us many favors. He offers every year to my children Easter chocolate eggs. They don’t eat them because they don’t have kosher certification. We usually also buy for his children the sa ....


Posted 4/25/2018 12:18 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1689 Not That Social
Q. What is Horav Miller opinion in signing into Facebook, Linkedin or Whatsapp? Are there issues of lashon horah and rechilus involved?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’s opinion is that Bnei Torah should abstain from using any of t ....


Posted 4/24/2018 12:50 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1688 Seek and Hide?
Q. Recently, I went on a shidduch date. When I came in the apartment, the mother of the young lady was present, as were her two daughters. However, her husband was at work. Is this a yichud situation? I presume (though I can't know for certain) th ....


Posted 4/22/2018 11:20 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1687 Aneinu Anyway II
Re - question 1640 in regards to someone who became a diabetic and cannot fast anymore reciting Aneinu, we wrote that Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that one can still say Aneinu, but omit the phrase “beyom tzom taanisenu.
Q. In th ....


Posted 4/20/2018 6:27 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1686 No News is Good News
Q. Is there a prohibition on listening, reading or repeating news that may be fake?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that besides the inherent prohibition of wasting time that could better be used in Torah learning and perform ....


Posted 4/20/2018 2:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1685 Speak for Yourself
Q. Are Gentiles included in the speaking lashon horah prohibition?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that Gentiles are not included in the speaking lashon horah prohibitions, since these proscriptions are not part of the sev ....


Posted 4/20/2018 2:36 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1684 See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil
Q. Can one speak lashon horah on a Gentile? If not, can you speak on a Gentile if he also speaks lashon horah on others?

A. Although the Chofetz Chaim in his Seforim does not mention that the prohibitions of lashon harah apply when s ....


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Expand Article # 1683 Wash for Lavash?
Q. What is the correct brocho for lavash flatbread which is very thin and "floppy"? Is it the same brocho for any thin wrap?

A. On question 1287 in regards to the brocho on a flour tortilla (wrap) used as a bread substitute, as when fil ....


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Expand Article # 1682 Dip In
Q. See question above. Can someone that does not eat gebrochts (matza or matza flour dipped or mixed with water on Pesach) dip matza in wine or another alcoholic beverage (Kosher Lepesach)?

A. Mishna Berura (462: 4) considers that any ....


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Expand Article # 1681 No Broch on Gebrochts
Q. Can someone that does not eat gebrochts (matza or matza flour dipped or mixed with water) on Pesach dip or spread matza with mayonnaise? How about butter or jam?

A. Those who are stringent regarding geborchts, may allow matza to com ....


Posted 4/19/2018 11:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1680 A Storm in a Wine Cup
Re- Question 70 on what is one supposed to do after the seder with the wine from the Kos Shel Eliyahu, where we mentioned that Nitei Gavriel (Pesach 2: 101: n.21) quotes that Horav Yaakov Landau zt’l related that R.S.B. of Lubavitch zt’l would p ....


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Expand Article # 1679 Ahead Of One’s Time
Q. My daily minyan davens maariv immediately after the shekiah. Which is the earliest time we can count sefira after the shekiah? When people don’t count in shul they tend to forget.

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


Posted 4/18/2018 1:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1678 Sorry Money
Q. If someone Hashem forbid, looses his father and at the same time receives from him a large inheritance, I remember that he has to recite Dayan Haemet for the death and Shecheyanu for the inheritance. Since both occurrences are simultaneous, whi ....


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Expand Article # 1677 Tune Out?
Q. Can you listen, sing or play sad tunes and music during sefira?

A. On question 281in regards to listening to classical music in the radio during sefira, we wrote:
Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit”a opinion is that in principle serio ....


Posted 4/13/2018 1:46 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1676 On Who Are We Counting?
Q. Why do we say on the Leshem Yichud recitation before counting sefiras haomer, the phrase “kemo shekosuv BaTorah” (as it is written in the Torah), after all in our days the counting is only miderabanan (Rabbinical)

A. Kovetz Haloch ....


Posted 4/11/2018 11:30 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1675 The Kneidlach Emergency
Q. Kneidlach on the last day of Pesach is a very important minhag in our family. When can you cook kneidlach this year when the last day of Pesach is Shabbos (for those who only eat or make gebrochts (matza dipped in water or matza flour baked) on ....


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