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Expand Article # 1576 In Respect To...
Q. Is it allowed to get undressed in front of sforim/mezuzos? If the sforim are closed?

A. Mishna Berura (45: 5) rules that one should not stand undressed in front of tefilin or sifrei kodesh. In question 1396 in regards to getting undr ....


Posted 1/4/2018 5:49 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1575 Donít Bottle Up
Q. I received a bottle of whiskey as a gift from a non-religious Jew. Do I need to be concerned that it was possibly owned by him during Pesach (e.g., maybe he keeps whiskey in his house year round and when the need arises gives it to someone as a gi ....


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Expand Article # 1574 Bury Oneís Head In the Sand?
Q. My friend's sister-in-law does not keep mitzvos, except for Shmiras HaLoshon, which she keeps rigorously. She is also "married" to a gentile.
Should she die, is someone obligated to inform the Chevra Kadisha and/or Cemetery officials th ....


Posted 1/3/2018 2:03 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1573 Itís a Pleasure
Q. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Rav Miller, Rav Bartfeld, and the rest of the dedicated staff that are involved in Ask the Rabbi for their prompt attention to our questions, complex or otherwise. It is a Kiddush Hashem, it makes ....


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Expand Article # 1572 Hear the End Of It
Q: A congregation voted almost unanimously (two abstentions) to appoint Rabbi Ploni. After the vote was held, a few important members, though non elected by the congregation and not appointed specifically by them, went ahead and wrote a contract wit ....


Posted 1/3/2018 11:29 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1571 Donít Get Carried Away
Q. I attended a city-wide gathering called for by Horav Shlomo in 2000 in which he asked the city to take upon themselves to not use the Eruv (i.e., not to be meikal just because it's there and available and not become accustomed to reliance on Eruv ....


Posted 1/1/2018 8:49 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1570 Wine and Din
Q. One has a choice to either make Havdalah himself and let someone else drink the wine, or to delay making Havdalah until a little bit later and make it himself and drink the wine. (If he does the first choice, he cannot drink the wine, because ....


Posted 12/31/2017 3:57 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1569 Means to an End
1) Q. Gut Voch,† - I donít know if this question was asked, but is one permitted to extinguish their menorah flames if they are still burning by the time one goes to sleep? (And they have been lit for at least 30 min).
Thank you.



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Expand Article # 1568 Greetings and Salutations
Q. My neighbor is not shomer mitzvos, but I make a point to always great him warmly. Then when he drives his car on Shabbos (going to his shul), he makes a point if he sees me walking by, to open his window and say loudly Good Shabbos! Do I have t ....


Posted 12/29/2017 2:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1567 Well, What Do You Know
Q. How come the Shulchan Aruch says we donít know what happened on the 9 of Teveis, and if we donít know what happened, why should it be declared a fast day at all?

A. Indeed Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 580: 2) counts as one of the days t ....


Posted 12/28/2017 11:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1566 Furious Fast?
Q. Is there any truth that one should be machmir to fast on Asarah Beveth more than another taanith? Therefore, even someone who because of age and weakness does not fast besides Yom Kipur and Tishaa Beav, should fast on Asarah Beteveth? If corre ....


Posted 12/27/2017 12:28 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1565 Remains To Be Seen
Q. Why is it that we burn the leftover oil, half burned wicks and candles from Chanuka, but we donít do so for the remains of Shabbath or Yom Tov candles?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shlitía pointed to Tosafos Shabbos (44a) who asks th ....


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Expand Article # 1564 Mezo-Not Yes
Q. On Rosh Chodesh there is a mitzvah to increase in eating, and even to have a seuda with bread (not an obligation). A working person who is at work basically the whole day and shkia is very early - how is he to be mekayem this mitzvah (it is not ....


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Expand Article # 1563 Hurts To Ask
Q. An anorexic person committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree. Is her mental condition such that she is treated as if she died from natural causes, or as a suicide?

A. See questions above. As mentioned before, Horav Shlomo ....


Posted 12/25/2017 11:40 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1562 Benefit Of The Doubt
Q. An anorexic person died from complications related to the on-going overall decline in her bodily health. Is that termed a suicide?

A. Anorexia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life threatening mental illness and eating disorde ....


Posted 12/24/2017 9:56 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1561 Dead Serious
Q. How (and why) do the minhagim and halachos relating to the deceased through suicide differ from one who passed away from natural causes?

A. Halacha considers suicide to be tantamount to murder, as the Torah rules (Bereshis 9:5 ) ....


Posted 12/24/2017 3:54 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 1560 Have You Got A Light?
Q. (See above questions - I was stranded in an airport during Chanuka.,.). Should I have purchased some cigarettes and light one in the permitted smoking area outside?
Does the Rav have any other idea of what should I have done?


Posted 12/22/2017 2:22 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1559 Take a Chance
Q. (See above questions- I was stranded in an airport during Chanuka...). Could I use the Menora that presumably belongs to the airport administration and be yotze? If I use for my own personal need, is that stealing? Do we say by goyim, nicha lei l ....


Posted 12/22/2017 2:12 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1558 Cast Some Light On This
Q. See question 1556 above (I was stranded in an airport during Chanuka..) Another question. There was an airport menorah (next to a Christmas tree) that could be available, the electrical bulbs where a flickering flame-like reddish light. Is that g ....


Posted 12/22/2017 1:50 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1557 L E D - N O
Q. See question 1556 above (I was stranded in an airport during Chanuka..); The stores only had LED flashlights is that better than nothing? Could I make a bracha on it?

A. See question 668 that no LED flashlights should be used wh ....


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