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Expand Article # 1436 Thatís One For The Books
Q. Can you make a siyum when you finish learning any sefer?

A. There are a number of sources for celebrating a Siyum at the end of learning a complete Mesechta (Talmud Shabbos 118b, Bava Basra 121a, Midrash Shir Hashirim 1, Midrash K ....


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Expand Article # 1435 The End Justifies The Means?
Q. May one make a siyum if certain parts were skipped (due to difficulty or other reason), but the vast majority of the tractate was learned?
Does one need to go back and do the few parts that were skipped?

A. Although there ar ....


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Expand Article # 1434 At Witsí End
Q. May one make a siyum if certain parts of the masechta were learned mentally, but not verbalized?
May one make a siyum if he learned in English (Artscroll)?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 47: 4) rules that one may think in his mind t ....


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Expand Article # 1433 You Are Not In Hot Water
Q. Is it permitted to use hot water to wash dishes on Yom Tov? Are there any problems of machshirey ochel nefesh?

A. On question1211 we wrote in regards to using hot tap water on Yom Tov from a new type of gas water heater; Horav Shl ....


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Expand Article # 1432 An Even Break
Kavod Harav,
Q. If one spoke after hearing Kiddush and before drinking the wine (before the cup was passed to him), he has to bless again. but if one spoke after hamotzi, after the baal habayis took a bite, he does not bless again. Why?
....


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Expand Article # 1431 Disagree To Agree
Q. There is a popular Zemer sung on Shabbos morning beginning with the words "Chai HaShem Uvaruch Tzuri".
Most of the stanzas, while not making any overt mention of Shabbos, are understandable. However, there is one phrase that is very puzzli ....


Posted 9/11/2017 4:04 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1430 Creative Question
Q. Dear Rabbi,
I am a writer, and someone pointed me to a website where people can put up videos of themselves teaching any subject they feel they know something about.
People pay a monthly or yearly fee to have access to the videos ....


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Expand Article # 1429 No Plucking!
Q. Is a man allowed to remove or shave body hair for the purpose of helping to control body odor?
If so, is there a preferred method? Shinui?
If so, may it be done during the three weeks? The nine days?

A. On question 563 ....


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Expand Article # 1428 Brochos - Like a Box Of Chocolates?
Q. Shalom Harav
I recently was zoche to host a talmud chacham for a shabbos seudah. When it came time for desert. we served chocolate, and fruit.
Since the bracha on the fruit was recited first he asked for and alternative shehakol. Whe ....


Posted 9/4/2017 11:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1427 Cat In The Sack?
Q. We are a family of Bnei Torah but we have had a cat for many years that grew up with our children and is like part of the family. The cat is old and sick, the vet says he has a kind of animal cancer and should be put down. We donít know if it i ....


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Expand Article # 1426 Living The Dream
Q.  Dear Rabbi
What is Horav Millerís opinion in regards to someone who had a repeated dream that he should not travel to a mishpacha simcha in Israel, because it will end in a tragedy, Can he go? Does he do hatavas chaloim?



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Expand Article # 1425 On Cloud Nine?
Q. Is dreaming about or choosing the number nine also represented on the letter Tet (see question 1424) also a good siman or a lucky number?

A. Pri Chaim (Komarner Rebbe) on parshas Vayetze mentions that it is indeed also a good si ....


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Expand Article # 1424 Tet Is Tov
Q. How true is it that if one dreams of the letter "טּ" (tet) at night when they're sleeping, it's really a good siman?
Thank you!

A. See question 1426 in regards to the validity and importance of dreams. Indeed the Ta ....


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Expand Article # 1423 A Cover Up
Q. What is the reason for the custom to cover pictures in a house of mourning? Why was the custom enacted, seeing as photography was non-existent before 5587?

A. See question above in regards to covering mirrors. Shulchan Aruch (O ....


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Expand Article # 1422 Mirrors Mirrors On The Walls
Q. On a shiva house, does one uncover the mirrors on Shabbos?
Why do some people remove the mirrors from the wall in the house of mourning, when the vast majority just covers them?

A. Poskim offer different reasons for the cov ....


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Expand Article # 1421 Together Is Better
Shalom Aleichem Harav!
Q. I daven in a minyan that davens nusssach sefard; most of the mispallilm are not well versed with the nussach and revert to nussach ashkenass. The question is regarding the 13 attributes by tachanun; does it need to ....


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Expand Article # 1420 Call In Sick
Q. What is the reason for the custom to say that someone has "yener machla" instead of saying he has "cancer"?

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinion is that this reflects a Talmudical principle (Brochos 19a). The Talmud relates ....


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Expand Article # 1419 Donít Look - Just See
Q. Can you tell other people about a solar eclipse?

A. On the introduction to Chidushei Hagranat (p. 14- relating the life-history of Hagaon Rav Naftoli Trop ztĒl) the following is quoted: Rabbi Shmuel Pliskin ztĒl, a talmid of the ....


Posted 8/25/2017 2:36 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1418 Eclipsed Blessings
Q. Does one make a brocho (ose mase bereshis) when watching the solar eclipse?

A. We do not find in Talmud or Shulchan Aruch that our sages instituted any blessing for eclipses;
although a bracha is recited on other constant ni ....


Posted 8/25/2017 2:34 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1417 Donít Follow The Sign?
Q. The Mishnah Berurah (beginning of siman 229) says that one should not publicize the sighting of a rainbow because it is like Lashon Horah. Should one also refrain from publicizing the event of a lunar eclipse which, according to popular translati ....


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