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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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Expand Article # 1642 Have Your Heart in Your Mouth
Q. There are many references in tefila and in viduy to sins and transgressions that we have committed and we should be punished or even put to death for them. Since a person has to be very cautious with his words, why is there no issue of “al iftac ....


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Expand Article # 1641 Reason To Listen
Q. When someone has a guest on Shabbos day who did not make Kiddush Friday night (a not-yet-religous Jew), is it proper to say the full Kiddush on behalf of that person? If the person is not going to have in mind to fulfill their obligation (e.g., t ....


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Expand Article #1640 Aneinu Anyway
Q. I have become a diabetic. I may not fast on any Taanis other than Yom Kippur. Does this mean I may never again say the Aneinu prayer like everyone else?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that you can still say Aneinu, bu ....


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Expand Article # 1639 Quite a Bit
Q. Can you use bitcoins for matanot laevyonim on Purim?

A. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and worldwide payment system. It is the first decentralized digital currency, as the system works without a central bank or single administrator ....


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Expand Article # 1638 Frim Pirim?
Q. Does a Purim seuda held in a large simcha hall require a mechitza, or is it OK to have people sit together with their families (men and women together)? If a mechitza is required, may one nevertheless attend b'dieved if there will be no mechitz ....


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Expand Article # 1637 Champions Of Breakfast
Q. Is there a mitzva to eat two seudos on Purim day, the first one before chatzos?

A. Mishna Berura (695: 8) writes that the reason the seuda is not customarily done in the morning is because people are busy sending shalach monos. Th ....


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Expand Article # 1636 Easy Meat
Q. Does one have to eat meat on the seuda of Purim?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 696: 7) rules that it is a mitzva to eat meat on Purim as it is included in the mitzva of simcha. He mentions that it is a mitzva of Divrei Kabalah equivale ....


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Expand Article # 1635 The Name of the Game
Q. Is this true that Rav Miller forbids playing with a Rubik's Cube on Shabbos due to borer? Is this a chumra, or me'ikar hadin it is assur?
An additional shailah. Since the cube can be taken apart without much difficulty, by rotating the to ....


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Expand Article # 1634 Let The Good Times Begin
Q. We say mishenichnas Adar marbim besimcha, when Adar begins we are have to increase our joy. For one that doesn’t have a court case with Goyim, is in good health and always does try to do mitzvos with simcha anyway, how does this apply in practic ....


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Expand Article # 1633 More Minor Details
Q. Re- question 1616 - Rav Miller shlita paskened to me not to count a katan for a minyan under any circumstances. I would like to kindly request a clarification: If I am in a place where they are in fact using the katan as the 10th person [and ....


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Expand Article # 1632 One To Many
Q. Re- prior question (1631) on two classes of judgment. Since we always say that the power of the community and Klal Yisroel as well as the din horabbim or communal judgment supersedes and preempts the din hayochid or the individual’s acts and sent ....


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Expand Article # 1631 Judgment Call
Q. Why are we being judged on our Yamim Tovim on different items, such as grain during Pesach, fruits on Shavuot and water during Sukkot? Were we not all already judged in the Yemei Hadin of Rosh Hashana and sentenced onYom Kippur?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 1630 Bread And Butter Shailah
Q. I live in the Clanton Park area but I frequent a bagel store in the Bathurst/Lawrence area. I recently noticed that they have a sign that says their garlic breadsticks are dairy. Apparently they are smeared with butter right after they come out ....


Posted 2/18/2018 12:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1629 Not Worth One’s Salt
Q. I received once a very beautiful silver set of filled salt and pepper shakers; did the people who send them comply with the mitzva of mishloach mannot? does the salt and pepper count as two foods lechatchila?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’ ....


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