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Expand Article # 1682 Dip In
Q. See question above. Can someone that does not eat gebrochts (matza or matza flour dipped or mixed with water on Pesach) dip matza in wine or another alcoholic beverage (Kosher Lepesach)?

A. Mishna Berura (462: 4) considers that any ....


Posted 4/20/2018 12:45 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1681 No Broch on Gebrochts
Q. Can someone that does not eat gebrochts (matza or matza flour dipped or mixed with water) on Pesach dip or spread matza with mayonnaise? How about butter or jam?

A. Those who are stringent regarding geborchts, may allow matza to com ....


Posted 4/19/2018 11:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1680 A Storm in a Wine Cup
Re- Question 70 on what is one supposed to do after the seder with the wine from the Kos Shel Eliyahu, where we mentioned that Nitei Gavriel (Pesach 2: 101: n.21) quotes that Horav Yaakov Landau zt’l related that R.S.B. of Lubavitch zt’l would p ....


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Expand Article # 1679 Ahead Of One’s Time
Q. My daily minyan davens maariv immediately after the shekiah. Which is the earliest time we can count sefira after the shekiah? When people don’t count in shul they tend to forget.

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


Posted 4/18/2018 1:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1678 Sorry Money
Q. If someone Hashem forbid, looses his father and at the same time receives from him a large inheritance, I remember that he has to recite Dayan Haemet for the death and Shecheyanu for the inheritance. Since both occurrences are simultaneous, whi ....


Posted 4/16/2018 12:20 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1677 Tune Out?
Q. Can you listen, sing or play sad tunes and music during sefira?

A. On question 281in regards to listening to classical music in the radio during sefira, we wrote:
Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit”a opinion is that in principle serio ....


Posted 4/13/2018 1:46 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1676 On Who Are We Counting?
Q. Why do we say on the Leshem Yichud recitation before counting sefiras haomer, the phrase “kemo shekosuv BaTorah” (as it is written in the Torah), after all in our days the counting is only miderabanan (Rabbinical)

A. Kovetz Haloch ....


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Expand Article # 1675 The Kneidlach Emergency
Q. Kneidlach on the last day of Pesach is a very important minhag in our family. When can you cook kneidlach this year when the last day of Pesach is Shabbos (for those who only eat or make gebrochts (matza dipped in water or matza flour baked) on ....


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Expand Article # 1674 Let It Lay?
Q. Shalom Aleichem Harav. What should one do if they forgot to lean for the 3rd cup (at the Pesach seder)?

A. Rema (O.H. 472: 7) rules that if one did not recline on the third or the fourth cup, one should not repeat and drink a ....


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Expand Article # 1673 The Karpas Breaks
Q. Can one talk in-between washing for Karpas and eating it?

A. Mishna Berura (158: 20) rules that when we wash netilas yodaim for food that is immersed in liquids before consuming, although we do not recite a blessing on the neti ....


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Expand Article # 1672 Where Are We Again?
Q. What is Horav Miller’s opinion in regards to writing:
1) Haverstraw (NY) in hebrew for kesuva purposes?
2) Mount Ivy, (NY.) in a Kesuva?
3) What do you write in the Embassy Grand at Brampton On?

A. 1) Hor ....


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Expand Article # 1671 In Brief
Q. Is it correct for someone who can daven mincha in a minyan where they repeat the complete chazoras hashatz, to instead daven at a choich shemone ezreh minyan, when he has the time to do so, and there is no hardship to daven in a normal complete ....


Posted 3/30/2018 1:51 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1670 A Cut Above the Rest
Q. Given the choice, is it a bigger mitzvah to get a haircut erev Shabbos HaGadol or erev Pesach? (We are not talking about someone who is desperately in need of a haircut, but just in general, if one has a choice, which should he prefer?).
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Posted 3/30/2018 12:42 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1669 Through Thick and Thin
Q. Shalom Aleichem Harav
If a protein powder is rice based, does that make the shake mezonos?
Shkoyach

A. Shulchan Aruch (208: 6) rules that a thin cereal mixture of light consistency that one drinks as a liquid, the broc ....


Posted 3/27/2018 1:08 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1668 In Someone’s Hair
Q. A non-religious Jew who has long hair in a way that is inappropriate for a Jew (e.g., ponytail - or even not to that extent), and now he wants to be chozer beteshuva, may he get a haircut on days when doing so is forbidden, such as sefira or Chol ....


Posted 3/25/2018 3:20 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1667 Have a Gut Shabbos Hagadol
Q. Could you please ask Rav Shlomo why does the Mechaver write (siman 430) that the Shabbat before Pesach is called Shabbat Hagadol because of the miracle that happened on that day. Since the Shulchan Aruch is a sefer of rules and not midrashim, ....


Posted 3/23/2018 3:56 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1666 In Working Order
Q. During the omer; on Shabbos (during the summer), when taking an early Shabbos one can be faced with 3 mitzvos simultaneously- counting sefira, bircas hamazon and reciting the shema
what is the proper order of operation?
Shkoyach.


Posted 3/23/2018 1:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1665 Back to Flat on Back
Q. Hello Rav,
Due to multiple physical issues I've been having, my chiropractor has prescribed that I should sleep on my back with various foam-rolls under my neck and back for as much of the night as possible. The Kitzur Shluchan Aruch says ....


Posted 3/23/2018 1:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1664 Corn Drops
Q. An elderly patient that needs as part of his diet a room temperature water drink mixed with corn starch (potato starch is not an option). He is able to seat by the seder and Yom Tov meals together with his family. As he often drips some of his dr ....


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Expand Article # 1663 A Can of Corn?
Q. A socially responsible alternative for people who buy bottled water. is the corn based biodegradable plastic used in the UK. And available now in Canada. The corn-starch bottles are made from a type of plastic called polylactic acid (PLA). The bot ....


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