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Expand Article # 2938 A Fast Accident Waiting to Happen
Q. Someone took off his tefilin on Rosh Chodesh before Musaf in a hurry and placed them without their cover on a slanted shtender next to him. Then someone else walked by and not expecting that tefilin would be placed there and like that, by accident ....


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Expand Article # 2937 Pressed The Right Button?
Q. I read on a pamphlet published by Bikur cholim, that when during Shabbos one visits a patient on a high floor of an hospital, for the needs of the patient, when no other option is available one may ask a non-Jew directly to press the button on the ....


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Expand Article # 2936 Looking Under The Hood
Q. I heard that Rav Shlomo Shlit'a does not permit wearing on Shabbos a raincoat with a hood, unless one is covering his head or hat with the hood. If left uncovered and there is no eruv, one would be liable for carrying on Shabbos . Is that true?


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Expand Article # 2935 All For One or One For All?
Q.  If there is a number of sons and daughters of a deceased father living together, does each one have to light a separate candle on the day of the Yohrzait, or is it enough with one? A. Kol ....


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Expand Article # 2934 Do The Honors
Q. When the Torah reading is concluded, we put the Sefer Torah in a temporary box. When Shacharis is over, the Sefer Torah is transported by foot to another place to be stored securely. The shul has only one entrance/exit. It is clear from the Shulch ....


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Expand Article # 2933 Interesting Interest
Q. Someone borrowed a sefer, but kept it for a long time, then graciously to thank for the favor returns it with a bottle of wine as an act of thanks. Is that a question of ribbis or prohibited interest?

A. Poskim rule that if the borrow ....


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Expand Article # 2932 Shake Someone's Tree
Q. Can a Cohen walk or stand underneath a tree branch by a cemetery, that is at that point less than a tefach (about 10 cm.)wide, if at the source of the branch, where it stands over a kever (grave), it is wider than a tefach?

A. Talmud ....


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Expand Article # 2931 What Day Is It?
Q. Kvod Harav. On question above you quoted Talmud Yoma. Is it not the right pronunciation of that Gemara "Yuma" as everyone calls it and not Yoma as you did?

A. The Targum's usual Aramaic translation of 'yom' or day is 'yoma,' (the ....


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Expand Article # 2930 A Brunch of Olives?
Q. The Gemara says (Horayos 13b) that one of the things that causes one to forget one's learning is one who is "Rogil" with olives.
Since I do not understand the way this works, I do not even know for sure how to formulate the question. Basic ....


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Expand Article # 2929 Carry but don't Fetch
Q. See questions (2926-28) above regarding a prosthetic electronic arm. Can one wear and carry that electrically disconnected arm or hand in the street, on Shabbat when there is no eruv?

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


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Expand Article # 2928 At Arm's Length?
Q. See questions (2926-27) above. Can one use that prosthetic electronic arm hand on Shabbat? What if it is not connected to the batteries?

A. On question 1221 regarding new technology that enables the totally invalid or paraplegic to dr ....


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Expand Article # 2927 A Helping Hand
Q. Following question above when using a prosthetic electronic right arm , how should one wash netilat yadaim for eating bread, when he is wearing the artificial very realistic looking hand?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is t ....


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Expand Article # 2926 Give One's Right Arm
Q. A close relative lost his right arm, from the elbow down, and was able to replace it with a prosthetic electronic arm. We have some important questions. Firstly, since he still has his complete right hand bicep, on which hand should he put on h ....


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Expand Article # 2925 Drop the Other Shoe?
Q. On question 2924 above you mentioned that historically some Talmidei Hachamim because of their devotion to constantly learn Torah, would sleep shortly with their clothes and shoes on during weekdays. How did these great Tzadikim make the brachot i ....


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Expand Article # 2924 Sleep on This
Q. The Gemara in Yoma says not to sleep with shoes. Does this apply when falling asleep on a train, or at one's shtender, or only in bed?

A.   Indeed Talmud (Yoma 78b) quotes Shmuel's teaching; that one who wishes to experience the tast ....


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Expand Article # 2923 Too Sad For Words
Q. We are not allowed to say sad news on Shabbos.
This past Shabbos, would it be permissible to tell a gabbai making a mishabayrach for Rav Dovid (Feinstein) zatzal not to do so? (The Posek Hador was niftar an hour before Shabbos and not every ....


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Expand Article # 2922 No Electric Shock Sock
Q. On question 2907 regarding wearing electric battery heated socks on Shabbos you wrote that Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is to permit their use only on need or when health issues are involved. There is a different type of heated socks i ....


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Expand Article # 2921 There is Accounting for Taste
Q. I received this week from my parents some very good tasting specialty dish that they know I much enjoy and therefore saved it to savor it during Shabbos and be mekayem (comply with) the mitzva of Oneg Shabbos (deriving pleasure on Shabbos). But ....


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Expand Article # 2920 A Dog's Life
Q. Can one neuter a male pet dog by using a non-Jewish veterinarian?

A. On question 2658 regarding spaying a female cat we wrote; "Talmud (Baba Metzia 90b) quotes a debate if the prohibition of castration applies to Gentiles also. Poskim ....


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Expand Article # 2919 A Late Early Meal
Q. I have seen elderly people or the ill, who go to bed early while it is still Shabbat, recite Havdalah on Sunday morning. Can they also then eat something more for breakfast and have intention for the seuda (meal) of Melave Malkah?

A. ....


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