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Expand Article # 1662 Now You Are Talking
Q. Re - question 1660 (In regards to speaking during Hallel at the Pesach seder) - Why do you say that our tradition is not to say a Brocho? Every Haggodo ends Hallel either with the Brocho said normally at the conclusion of Hallel, or with the Broc ....


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Expand Article # 1661 Steal a March?
Q. On question 1655 the Rov expressed that because of tzenius issues, one should not participate on marathons or large walking events. I have seen in past occasions that some Gentiles that seem to be of the type to be employed to be care givers t ....


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Expand Article # 1660 Free Speech?
Q. During the Seder shel Pesach, may I interrupt the saying of Hallel to speak about a section to which I wish to draw the family's attention so that they may think about this idea or concept when they are reciting the specific passage of Hallel, o ....


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Expand Article # 1659 The Soft Sell
Q. Could Horav Miller please revise the following instructions set for people selling their chometz. Is everything correct?

Notice
1. Please read the contract on the reverse side and become familiar with the
tra ....


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Expand Article # 1658 Made To Order
Q. On tefilin shel yad, if the last parsha became pasul, can yo cut it off and glue a new correct parsha recently written so it will be kesidrom (in order)?

A. Shulchan Aruch (32: 47) and Mishna Berura (ibid. 219) maintain that on the ....


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Expand Article # 1657 Into the Mouth of Babes
Q. Is it permitted to give infants infant formula that contains chometz or lacks a kosher for Paysach symbol?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that if it contains chometz it is prohibited to keep it in one’s possession or d ....


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Expand Article # 1656 Small Fortune
Q. We use in our minyan (when needed) a very small Sefer Torah, usually used in the house of avelim r’l. I noticed that due to the small size of the letters, the alef zeirah of parshas Vayikra is almost the same size as a regular alef. Can you read ....


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Expand Article # 1655 Talk the Walk
Q. Hello Rav,
Is it permissible for an adult male to participate in a marathon or a large walking event where large groups of people walk together for "a cause"? A couple potential issues would be the fact that you are putting yourself in a p ....


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Expand Article # 1654 Licensing a Brocho by License Plates
Q. Re- question 1650 - If you cannot say tehilim when facing a cross in an adjoining cemetery, how can you say kidush levana on the street, since all Ontario vehicle plates have a cross on them?

A. On question 93 we mentioned: “Q. My ....


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Expand Article # 1653 The No-Reason Reason
Q. It is widely mentioned that the red heifer is a chok or law without reason, so why does Rashi in Chukas write that it comes to clean up after the golden calf. Let the mother clean up the mess of her son. So there is a reason after all?



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Expand Article # 1652 Let’s Be Nice
Q. A teenager leads and accompanies his grandfather suffering from Alzheimer to shul. But the grandfather because of his illness sometimes disturbs other mispaleleim. What is the correct thing to do for the grandson when this happens? Should he ta ....


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Expand Article # 1651 Holy Poroh!
Q. Some say that Parshas Poroh is miduraisso (Biblical) the same as Parshas Zachor. I’ wondering, where is this mentioned in the Torah?

A. According to the Staipler Gaon zt’l (Bircha Peretz – Chukas, end of Shiurin Shel Torah) it d ....


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Expand Article # 1650 Cross Examine
Q. Can you say tehilim and tefilos in a beis olam, where you can see the crosses on the non-Jewish cemetery across the fence?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that one should not recite tefilos, brochos or learn Torah when f ....


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Expand Article # 1649 Change of Scenery
Q. Can you daven lekatchila in a shul that was once a Catholic church?

A. Mishna Berura (154: 45) quotes Mogen Avrohom that if the building has been sold and the idols and statues were removed it is permitted, since the building itse ....


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Expand Article # 1648 Women’s Rites?
Q. Is there an inyan (or purpose) for women to go to shul and hear Parshas Para Aduma?

A. On question 1281 we wrote: “Many Poskim write that women are exempt from listening to Parshas Parah, even according to the opinions (Tosafos B ....


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Expand Article # 1647 Noshn Lokshn
Q. Is pasta prepared and packaged by non-Jews permitted?

A. See above question. Avnei Yoshfe (Y.D. 139: 1), quoting Chesed LeAvrohom mentions that if a Gentile cooks food to a point where it is partially edible, but a Jew completes t ....


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Expand Article # 1646 Out of the Frying Pan...
Q. Are potato chips sensitive to the halachos of bishul akum?

A. Our Sages prohibited consuming certain foods cooked by Gentiles in order to limit socialization which might lead to intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews (Taz , Y. D. ....


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Expand Article # 1645 To Be Named Later
Q. Can one give a Jewish name to an assimilated Jewish parent who didn’t have one, after his death and inscribe it on the matzeiva?

A. Although, Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 263: 5 and 353: 6) writes that the minhag is to give a name to a neffel ....


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Expand Article # 1644 In One’s Name
Q. A baal teshuva whose father was never given a Jewish name, although his father is Jewish - how should the baal teshuva be called up to the Torah, if he is extremely embarrassed to be called up by the secular name of his father, which is announcin ....


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Expand Article # 1643 Call Into Question
Q. There is Canadian Federal legislation on the table requiring public servants to use transgender pronouns when addressing transgender people.
Considering that, as I believe, perhaps erroneously, that the Torah is not in favour of what citize ....


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