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Expand Article 1400 Discovering Covering
Q. Is it preferable to cover ones eyes with his talis [rather than his hand] when saying the first pasuk of shema? Is there any mekor for using a tallis?

A. The Talmud (Brochos 13b) relates that Rebi Yehuda Hanossi would place hi ....


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Expand Article # 1399 Stop The Music
Q. Dear Rabbi Bartfeld, shlit"a My son has a waterproof bluetooth speaker that he can take in the shower and listen to music. This can be helpful in that the music makes him energetic in the morning. Is there a problem listening to songs that hav ....


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Expand Article # 1398 Have An Itch
Q. Can I use Afterbite on a mosquito bite on Shabbos? It is not medicine, but it relieves the itching?
Can one anoint oneself with oil on Shabbos, for example rubbing oil on one's arms?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O,H, 327: 1) rules t ....


Posted 7/30/2017 11:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1397 One Door Closes, Another Opens
Q. We just installed an 8 feet wide patio door. This door is a sliding door, (composed of a 4 feet stationary glass panel and the sliding 4 feet door). There is no middle column where to install a mezuzah. Placing the mezuzah at the left side of ....


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Expand Article # 1396 A Change For The Better
Q. This question came up over Shabbos, and got me thinking. Some mezuzos have Shem Hashem on the case. If such a Mezuzah is on a bedroom doorway, would it be assur to change in there? If so, would the same issue arise from having a shma card hangi ....


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Expand Article # 1395 Donít Get Behind
Q. It is forbidden to walk behind a woman. Is it permitted to do so if it is one's wife, and she is in her days of purity, since one is in any case permitted to entertain libidinous thoughts of her at that time of the month?
Can one walk n ....


Posted 7/30/2017 11:30 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1394 A Dog's Mazal
Q. Are you allowed to wash a piece of clothing that you wrap around your dog before Tisha Beav?

A. On question 594 we wrote: Although you may vacuum clean a carpet during the Nine Days, even a Gentile should not wash them. The same ....


Posted 7/28/2017 5:50 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1393 If The Dress Fits
Q. Can one wash during the Nine Days a dress that is clean, just for the purpose of having it shrink so it will fit? It will be worn on Shabbos Chazon.

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinion is that it is permitted in need, since ....


Posted 7/28/2017 5:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1392 Itís Freezing Clean
Q. Some of us instead of washing jeans and sweaters that fade and look worn out after only a few washes, place the pieces in the freezer for a day and it works just fine. See: hhtps. housekeeping. wonderhowto.com. Are you allowed to freeze your clo ....


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Expand Article # 1391 Sorry to Say
Q. How come we read the pasuk of Eicha Essa on parshat Devarim and some read the Haftara also with the nigun of Megilat Eicha, is that not Avelut Befarhesia on Shabbat, that is prohibited?

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinion ....


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Expand Article # 1390 Chazan-Not
Q. Can you listen to tapes of chazanos of tefilos, during the three weeks, if you are interested in knowing the nusach and the nigunim, when you daven for the amud on Shabbos or Yomim Noraim?

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinio ....


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Expand Article # 1389 A Kidush Chidush
Q. If one is in doubt if he made Kiddush Friday night, or if it was made correctly, he cannot repeat it (although it is good to hear it from someone else).
In the event that he cannot hear from someone else, he is allowed to eat normally, altho ....


Posted 7/28/2017 12:57 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1388 Will Stop At Nothing
† Q. (Re- Question 1362) Regarding pausing the Amidah to listen to krias hatorah -Isn't it true that the Chazon Ish and Rav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach maintained that one may not stop his Shemona Esrei in the middle †to listen to Krias HaTorah.


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Expand Article # 1387 Lets Begin
Q.† Kavod Harav,
(Re- question 1362 where Horav Shlomo Miller ShlitĒa ruled that once one has started the amida and said the first words of the bracha he should continue with the rest. The reason is that it is improper and disrespectful to inte ....


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Expand Article # 1386 Hair Peace?
Q. May one say Shalom to a woman whose hair is not covered?

A. This questions involves two Issues. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 75: 2) rules that one may not read the shema or recite any blessing, including any other expression that is consider ....


Posted 7/26/2017 4:36 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1385 A Late Early Meal
Q. The Halacha is that one may not start a meal once it is 30 minutes before alos.
I would like to ask the rav shlita: May one forego this Halacha if there is a mitzvah for him to eat a seuda, such as one who awoke from his sleep shortly befor ....


Posted 7/26/2017 4:25 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1384 Watch That Watch!
Q. A rebbi who arrived 15 minutes late to a class. One of the young talmidim - bachurim came running over to the rebbi and pointed to his (the bachur's) watch. The rebbi immediately gave the bachur a potch for his chutzpah. Later, it turned out th ....


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Expand Article # 1383 A Question Of Interest
Q. Follow up to Q. 210 - Where I live there is a requirement to pay interest on the Security Deposit held by the landlord. The interest rate is set by the local Housing Department.
What would be the best practice for the landlord to follow wh ....


Posted 7/21/2017 3:44 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1382 Nu? New Month?
Q. If one is in the middle of reciting the Amidah, and he does not know whether or not it is Rosh Chodesh, but he thinks that it might be Rosh Chodesh, should he say yaaleh veyavo?
If it turns out that it was a regular day, is he still yotz ....


Posted 7/21/2017 3:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1381 Witness Protection Program
Q See above question 1380 (Is the signature of the parties enough). Should the chosson better sign personally the kesuva in case it turns out that one of the witnesses are not kosher?
(Sometimes you want to honor someone, but are not sure of ....


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