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Expand Article # 1451 The Beginning of the End
Q. In the case of a person who learned a masechta but skipped certain parts of it (although the vast majority was done), or failed to understand certain parts, the Rav told me (see question 1435) that this is not a siyum. Nevertheless, if he already ....


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Expand Article # 1450 Donít Count Your Chickens
Q. My family was always very medakdek to shlog kappores with a chicken and so does my brother, but I find it impossible to have the time for it. Can I share with him the price, and he will capture the image of the chicken on his phone camera, whil ....


Posted 9/20/2017 3:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1449 Itís Good For Kappores
Q. Shalom Aleichem Harav
When doing kaporos with money, can one use a credit card instead of cash and have in mind to donate a specific amount of money to tzedaka?
Bevirkas kesiva vachasima tova

A. A Poskim disagree wheth ....


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Expand Article # 1448 The Meat of the Yom Tov
Q. Regarding eating meat on Yom Tov, is chicken/turkey considered meat for the purpose of simchas Yom Tov? Is one required to have meat for both the night and day meal or is meat at one of those meals sufficient to "cover" that day of Yom Tov?


Posted 9/20/2017 3:06 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1447 The First or The Many?
Q. I heard that there are those who maintain that it is a greater sin the first time one does it (the sin), but when one becomes used to it, the sin is less (naase loi keheter) and others disagree and say the opposite. When time and effort is limit ....


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Expand Article # 1446 A Teshuva to a Baal Teshuva
Q. One who is considering becoming a baal teshuva from scratch, he doesnít yet keep Shabbos, kashrus, taharas hamishpocho etc. etc. should he now put on tefilin, tzitzis, daven and do other mitzvos, since the mitzvos may go to feed the klippois and ....


Posted 9/19/2017 5:14 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1445 Strike A Match
Q. Can a Cohen, who is a widower and middle aged and has grown children marry a Jewish middle aged, never married baalas tsuvah woman (frum over 20 years),(never had children), (both parents were jewish), who due to surgery cannot have children (hyst ....


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Expand Article # 1444 A Warm Shailah
Q. What is Rabbi Millerís position on doing chazara on Warming Drawers.

A. Our sages imposed a prohibition on placing or returning any food, even if fully cooked, directly on a blech or covered fire or other heat source on Shabbos unle ....


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Expand Article # 1443 Cover story
Q. Individual in his advanced age and was never married. At what point should he start to be míkayem Mitzvah of Tzitzis with Tallis Godol, being that (due to his age) it is not likely that he will get married?

A. See question 1194, in ....


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Expand Article # 1442 A Square Meal
Q. Hi. I will be spending Sukkot and simchat Torah with my daughter and son in law. My custom is not not eat in the sukkah on shmini atzeret, but my son in law does.
When I'm by his home should I eat in the sukkah? In the dining room?
....


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Expand Article # 1441 Lose Sleep Over This
Q. The Mishna says that the Kohen Gadol was made to stay awake leil Yom Kippur and was prevented from sleeping, lest he come to have an emission and become disqualified from doing the avoda.
But what is the problem - wasn't there a substitute ....


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Expand Article # 1440 So What Happened To My Deal?
Q. A local orthodox shul had an annual membership special for new members, 1st year half price off regular fees, 2nd year, 25% off regular fees and 3rd year full fees.  Can a new board of directors cancel the deal and demand full payment, if ....


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Expand Article # 1439 From Oneís Mouth To Hashem
Q. The halacha is that one may not eat before davening,
I am diabetic. A normal morning sugar reading is between 70-100. If my sugar reading is, let's say, at 300, I am to inject a certain amount of insulin which will help the sugar flowing in ....


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Expand Article # 1438 Gut Yom Tov or Gut Yohr?
Q. Is one supposed to be happy on Rosh Hashana or worried because it is the Yom Hadin? Does one greet his friend with Gut Yom Tov on Rosh Hashana?

A. See above question 1437. In principle a person should worry and fear the Yom Haddin, ....


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Expand Article # 1437 Have a Happy Rosh Hashana
Dear Rov, I have some questions that have bothered me a long time.
Q) Is there a mitzva of simcha on Rosh Hashana, as in every other Yom Tov, so a vegetarian should make an effort to eat meat?

A. There are conflicting sources ....


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Expand Article # 1436 Thatís One For The Books
Q. Can you make a siyum when you finish learning any sefer?

A. There are a number of sources for celebrating a Siyum at the end of learning a complete Mesechta (Talmud Shabbos 118b, Bava Basra 121a, Midrash Shir Hashirim 1, Midrash K ....


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Expand Article # 1435 The End Justifies The Means?
Q. May one make a siyum if certain parts were skipped (due to difficulty or other reason), but the vast majority of the tractate was learned?
Does one need to go back and do the few parts that were skipped?

A. Although there ar ....


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Expand Article # 1434 At Witsí End
Q. May one make a siyum if certain parts of the masechta were learned mentally, but not verbalized?
May one make a siyum if he learned in English (Artscroll)?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 47: 4) rules that one may think in his mind t ....


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Expand Article # 1433 You Are Not In Hot Water
Q. Is it permitted to use hot water to wash dishes on Yom Tov? Are there any problems of machshirey ochel nefesh?

A. On question1211 we wrote in regards to using hot tap water on Yom Tov from a new type of gas water heater; Horav Shl ....


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Expand Article # 1432 An Even Break
Kavod Harav,
Q. If one spoke after hearing Kiddush and before drinking the wine (before the cup was passed to him), he has to bless again. but if one spoke after hamotzi, after the baal habayis took a bite, he does not bless again. Why?
....


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