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Expand Article # 1516 Donít Give Away The Bride
Q. If the chosson washed for sheva brochos but the kallah did not, can the sheva brochos be recited?

A. If the choson did not eat bread, Poskim maintain that sheva brochos should not be recited. (Haelef Lecha Shlomo O.H. 93, Tzitz Elie ....


Posted 11/24/2017 1:40 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1515 Count Your Blessings
Q. If one is saying one of the sheva brachos, does he need to listen to all the other sheva brachos (which is not always possible because some people don't enunciate the words clearly, or for some other reason)? Since all the brachos are me'akev one ....


Posted 11/24/2017 1:31 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1514 Bless The Great Unwashed?
Q. One who did not wash, may he say one of the sheva brachos (whether by the chasuna seuda or during the week of sheva brachos)?

A. Poskim disagree if one can recite sheva brochos without having eaten by the seuda. Yabia Omer (3 ....


Posted 11/24/2017 1:22 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1513 The Whole Picture
Q. Kvod Horav; In regards to the mantle covering the bima, even the parts of the mantle like the corners, where the Sefer Torah is not placed, are still prohibited for private improper use and you regard the whole mantle as one single equal unit. How ....


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Expand Article # 1512 Clean Up Act
Q. I've read that there could be a problem in cleaning a "soft plastic tablecloths" on Shabbat or Yom Tov. The Rabbi quoted said that it may be "laundering" to rub water vigorously on the plastic.
We often keep a fairly firm plastic tabl ....


Posted 11/21/2017 11:27 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1511 No Future Into The Back
Q. What is Horav Millerís opinion in regards to traveling back or forwards on time? Does the Torah mention this as a possibility?

A. it is common to find in regards to the Yom Tov of Shavuos the notion of being present at the time ....


Posted 11/17/2017 2:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1510 No Grounds for Fasting
Q. Someone carrying a Sefer Torah to the bimah tripped and fell. To protect the Sefer he was able to maneuver to fall on his side, and the Torah did not touch the ground. He was also wearing tefilin and the side of his head was on the floor, but aga ....


Posted 11/17/2017 2:33 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1509 Change Oneís Stripes?
Q. Can someone change his minhag of having black stripes on his taalis and just use a taalis that is totally white?

A. See questions 1507 snd 1508. Daas Noite (283, p. 146) rules that one should not change his minhag.
Horav Shl ....


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Expand Article # 1508 A Cotton Taalit Kotton
Q. Is there a reason for the number and variant width of black stripes on a taalis? Why are they not placed on a cotton taalis koton?

A. See question 1507 above, where we wrote that some maintain that the black stripes on the taalis re ....


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Expand Article # 1507 Scan Your Tallit!
Q. What is the reason for the black stripes on a taalis?

A. Ashkenazim maintain the tradition to have black stripes on the taalis as a remembrance to the techeiles that was once a part of the mitzva. Pri Megadim 9: 6, Eishel Avrohom ....


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Expand Article # 1506 Nothing To Sneeze At
Hello Rav,
Q. I've seen in a few places that one should not say "Bless you" (or similar responses) when someone sneezes while in shul. One Rav said it was based on the fact that this would be an interruption in learning (see Baba Kamma 119a. ....


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Expand Article # 1505 Good Hair Day II
Q. Our son's 3rd birthday Iy"H take place just before Pesach. I was thinking of making his upsherin at that time.†
My husband suggested we wait until Lag"Baomer which we be about four weeks after his birthday.
Is it any better to do it o ....


Posted 11/15/2017 1:22 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1504 Too Good To Be True
Q. L'kavod Harav
I recently learnt the Halachos of reciting Hatov V'hameitiv on a different wine during a seudah. I never see people reciting this bracha even when all the conditions apply. I am aware that the Minchas Yitzchak (IX, 14) has a T ....


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Expand Article # 1503 Shabbos Plumberís Helper
Q Is a toilet plunger muktza? Can it be used on Shabbos? Can you use a wire snake? Can you unplug using a liquid like Drano?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O. H. 336: 9) rules that if a roofís drain pipe is blocked with weeds and grass, causing ....


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Expand Article # 1502 Gender Bender?
Q. In the concluding line of the 2nd stanza of the Yotzer for Shabbos Rosh Chodesh (by Rabbeinu Binyomin bar Zerach), it says:
Lo Nivreis Tas Zohov V'lo Or B'heimo V'Chayo
But aren't Tas and Or masculine nouns? Shouldn't it be "Lo Nivro" ....


Posted 11/12/2017 11:48 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1501 Ho Ho No!
Q. Can I buy some very discounted toys for my children (a real bargain), the catch is that they will be delivered around the 25 of December by a fellow dressed as Santa. Is that permitted?

A. It is likely that this may be a subsidiz ....


Posted 11/10/2017 3:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1500 Loud And Clear
Q. Boruch Hu Uvoruch Shemo & Omein: Should they be said aloud or can they be said quietly?

A. Shulchan Aruch (124: 12) quoting Talmud (Brochos 45a) rules that one who answers omein should not rise his voice more than the one reciting ....


Posted 11/10/2017 3:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1499 As Long As You Donít Eat Your Shirt
Q. Is there a source for parents to avoid dressing their kids in clothing that contain images of unkosher animals?
Thanks.

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinion is that images of non kosher animals are not necessarily detriment ....


Posted 11/10/2017 3:07 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1498 Sweet Answer
Q. A child that usually follows his family tradition and eats only products that contain Cholov Yisroel, but when he finds himself with a group of friends, out of peer pressure he eats kosher chocolates that are not Cholov Yisroel, should he make a ....


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Expand Article # 1497 E - Shailah
Q. My rabbi/teacher took away my friend's E- cigarette which I was using. I was together with my friend at the time. Am I responsible to reimburse my friend for his loss?

A. In principle Shulchan Aruch (C.M. 291: 28 and 346: 1) ....


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