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Expand Article # 2820 Nuptial Zooming
Q. Can an ovel (mourner) during shloshim (first thirty days) attend a Zoom wedding and wish his close and dear family members his best wishes?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that if when he contacts them no music is being pl ....


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Expand Article # 2819 Judging the Judges
Q. Re question 2815 above. Following Horav Miller's response, why when we do Hatoras Nedarim on Erev Rosh Hashana we address even a Beis Din arranged together from the most simple people present in shul (that a least understand what is happening) as ....


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Expand Article # 2818 On the Fast Track
Q. A friend of mine is undergoing heart surgery on the Friday before Yom Kippur and won't be able to fast this year. Since he is very disturbed and upset by this, (it will be the first time in his life he omits fasting Yom Kippur), he decided to at ....


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Expand Article # 2817 Out of Tune?
Q. I witnessed a baal tokea place a mask over the shofar's open end when he was blowing to avoid spreading the virus. Is that correct to do?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that since the tone of the shofar would likely be a ....


Posted 8/28/2020 4:59 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2816 The Blood Will Tell
Q. Should one suffering from diabetes and has to undergo multiple finger pricks each day including Shabbos to show current sugar level, make an effort to obtain a Continuous Glucose tester. This tester uses a sensor placed under the skin to measur ....


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Expand Article # 2815 Give a Good Name?
Q. In our shul since there are many learners and kollel people that attend, to avoid embarrassing anybody, when we call for aliyos to the Torah, we name everybody "harav." Since we also have members that are far from fitting that description, some c ....


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Expand Article # 2814 Timing Is Everything
Q. A couple planning their wedding (a small wedding since it is a second marriage for both and these are still corona times) in the next weeks. Is it better to do the wedding on the third or the last week of the month of Elul, and not wait until afte ....


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Expand Article # 2813 Have a Crack at this Shailah
Q. We were about to blow shofar for the first time this Elul, when the Baal Tokea realized that there was a split or crack of about two inches on the shofar he was given, at the wide end. We were davening in an outside minyan and no other shofar wa ....


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Expand Article # 2812 Pay Attention Now!
Q. If during tekias shofar during the days of Elul one notices someone that is seating down, should he admonish him and tell him to stand up.

A. The blowing of the shofar during the month of Elul is a minhag mentioned by the Tur and Rem ....


Posted 8/26/2020 12:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2811 Don't Blow It
Q. We daven in a backyard minyan these covid times. Some of our neighbors are not very friendly and often complain unjustly to the noise. Now that we are going to start blowing shofar, they probably are going to have a fit. Can we blow the shofar in ....


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Expand Article # 2810 Teach a Man to Fish
 Q. We have a large aquarium at home. If a fish perishes on Shabbat and puts in danger all the other fish. Can one take it out? A. Cheshed Haefod (50) permits in need to extract the dead fish when it is fit for c ....


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Expand Article # 2809 Room For Compromise?
Q. If a person is in a yichud situation, (being in the same room with a woman), may he text his friend where he is and tell the friend (who is a few blocks away) to feel free to come over at any time and ring the bell? Will that solve the issue? (S ....


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Expand Article # 2808 Blow the Whistle?
Q. (See question 2807 above) Is it true that there are videos of the Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraging whistling by his farbrengens?

A. Rav Meir Wagner Shlit'a mentioned that "Yes (the Lubavitcher Rebbe did encourage whistling). At a f ....


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Expand Article # 2807 Not Worth a Whistle
Q. (See questions 2804-6 above regarding whistling on Shabbos). Is there any truth in what people say that whistling calls sheiddim?

A. Rivavos Efraim (O.H. 8: 424) indeed mentions this question, and he answers that although his Rebeh in ....


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Expand Article # 2806 Mixed Signals
Q. (See question 2805 above). Can one place a small piece of paper between the thumbs, and whistle on Shabbos?

A. Although we mentioned that it is permitted to whistle with one's mouth on Shabbos, using any instrument is not. Placing a ....


Posted 8/21/2020 3:49 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2805 Chew this Over
Q. Can one chew unflavored chewing gum on a fast day. It helps for one suffering from stress and also creates alertness. Does it depend on which fast day?

A. Poskim prohibit flavored che ....


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Expand Article # 2804 From Hand to Mouth
Q. (See question above) Can one whistle placing his fingers on his mouth on Shabbos?

Can one whistle accompanying a choir on Shabbos?

A. Aruch Hashulchan (O.H. 328: 7) rules that although one may not use his fingers to bang ....


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Expand Article # 2803 Whistling in the Wind
Q. Is one permitted to whistle a tune on Shabbos?

A. Remah (Shulchan Aruch O.H. 338: 1) ruled that one may call others attention by whistling on Shabbos. Mishna Berura (ibid 3) quotes Magen Avrohom that even if one whistles a proper tune ....


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Expand Article # 2802 First Come First Served
Q. If one has a choice to attend shul either both days of Rosh Hashana or on Yom Kippur (can't do both, such as they are not letting people in to avoid overcrowding during corona), which is better? 

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís ....


Posted 8/18/2020 4:00 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2801 The Waste of a Waste of Space
Q. A person who has a lot of food, a lot of it is good and edible but it is taking up too much space and the landlord or roommate is makpid and upset, is it baal taschis to throw some of it out (some of it I can bring to a yeshiva, some of it I can s ....


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