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Expand Article # 1465 It Doesn’t Add Up
Q. Can I eat in the sukka while building it or when taking it apart after Yom Tov? Is that Baal Tosif?

A. Baal Tosif only applies when someone has intention to add days or situations that were not commanded by the Torah and treat them ....


Posted 10/9/2017 3:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1464 Public Enemy
Q. A video of a somewhat elderly woman doing kapparot with a chicken for her two dogs went viral, and many people kept on re-sending to their friends. The woman seems to be unaware that someone is recording her. Was it permitted on the beginning to ....


Posted 10/4/2017 1:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1463 Fast Cut Before Fast
Q. If one is makpid to get a haircut only on days when doing so is a mitzvah (erev Shabbos and yom tov), may one do so on erev Yom Kippur? I have not seen anywhere that getting a haircut Erev Yom Kippur is a mitzvah, unlike erev Shabbos or other er ....


Posted 10/4/2017 1:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1462 Height Makes It Right
Q. I was speaking to Rabbi Miller the other day on the phone (I live in Los Angeles) and he mentioned to me that pushing a stroller in a reshus harabim [public domain] is patur dorasia [not Biblicaly liable] because it is lemaleh myud tefachim [ove ....


Posted 10/4/2017 1:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1461 If The Shoe Fits...
Q. Can you wear shoes made of alligator, shark or ostrich skins on Yom Kippur?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit’a pointed to the Talmud (Shabbos 108:1) that teaches that for the purpose of making tefilin, even batim made from the skin of ....


Posted 9/29/2017 4:48 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1460 Good Yom Tov Is Good
Q. Do we greet one another with Gut Yom Tov on Yom Kipur?

A. See question 1459 above if Yom Kipur is considered a Yom Tov or no. Chassam Sofer would greet his talmidim after Maariv on Kol Nidrei night with; Gut Yom Tov (Darkei Chaim Ve ....


Posted 9/29/2017 4:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1459 Weep For Joy
Q. Re- question 1437 and 1438 if there is a mitzva of simcha on Rosh Hashana. Is there a mitzva of simcha on Yom Kipur? Is the day called a chag or moed?

A. Talmud (Taanis 30b) teaches that there were no greater Yomim Tovim than Yom ....


Posted 9/29/2017 4:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1458 A Word on Honor
Q. Kvod Harav
Can one buy Maftir Yona for a Cohen or Levy one wants to honor? Should they just be called for their respective aliyos, stay on the bimah and then after shlishi has ended, proceed to recite the haftara’s bracha and read maftir?< ....


Posted 9/29/2017 4:12 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1457 Not Feeling Yourself?
Q. On question 1450 the Rav mentioned that you can’t use the image of a live chicken on a cell phone for kapparot. Can you instead, just name the fellow doing the kappara as your shaliach and agent for this mitzva?

A. Otzar Michtev ....


Posted 9/29/2017 4:03 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1456 Chickening Out Of Kapores
Q. Someone bought a live chicken from a farmer, after doing kapores for his family he was to take the chicken to a friend who is a shoichet, but he had to make a stop on the way. He got busy with something else and forgot about the chicken on the ba ....


Posted 9/29/2017 2:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1455 Yom Kipur Kidush Invitation
Q. On this year when Yom Kipur is on Shabbos, should we announce that people should have in mind to be yoitze with the mitzva of Kidush when saying Vaychulu during maariv davening?

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


Posted 9/29/2017 2:30 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1454 Thirst For Knowledge
Q. Kvod Harav.
Right before the beginning of the taanis, people often take a last drink of water. They are not thirsty then and it is only for preventing thirst later. Do they make a brocho on the water?

A. On question 1409, in ....


Posted 9/29/2017 2:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1453 Leather Never
Q. is it permissible to wear leather insoles or leather heel lifts in one’s sneakers on Yom Kipper?

A. Many Poskim maintain that even if a small amount of leather is part of a shoe, it becomes prohibited, They maintain that “shoes” r ....


Posted 9/29/2017 2:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1452 No Pay, No Pray
Q. People who have a private minyan on Shabbos and yom tov come to a shul to pick up a sefer Torah before Shabbos, and the gabbai gives it to them. One day, they came close to Shabbos, and the gabbai did not feel comfortable giving them the Torah ....


Posted 9/29/2017 2:08 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1451 The Beginning of the End
Q. In the case of a person who learned a masechta but skipped certain parts of it (although the vast majority was done), or failed to understand certain parts, the Rav told me (see question 1435) that this is not a siyum. Nevertheless, if he already ....


Posted 9/24/2017 11:12 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1450 Don’t Count Your Chickens
Q. My family was always very medakdek to shlog kappores with a chicken and so does my brother, but I find it impossible to have the time for it. Can I share with him the price, and he will capture the image of the chicken on his phone camera, whil ....


Posted 9/20/2017 3:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1449 It’s Good For Kappores
Q. Shalom Aleichem Harav
When doing kaporos with money, can one use a credit card instead of cash and have in mind to donate a specific amount of money to tzedaka?
Bevirkas kesiva vachasima tova

A. A Poskim disagree wheth ....


Posted 9/20/2017 3:20 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1448 The Meat of the Yom Tov
Q. Regarding eating meat on Yom Tov, is chicken/turkey considered meat for the purpose of simchas Yom Tov? Is one required to have meat for both the night and day meal or is meat at one of those meals sufficient to "cover" that day of Yom Tov?


Posted 9/20/2017 3:06 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1447 The First or The Many?
Q. I heard that there are those who maintain that it is a greater sin the first time one does it (the sin), but when one becomes used to it, the sin is less (naase loi keheter) and others disagree and say the opposite. When time and effort is limit ....


Posted 9/20/2017 12:47 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1446 A Teshuva to a Baal Teshuva
Q. One who is considering becoming a baal teshuva from scratch, he doesn’t yet keep Shabbos, kashrus, taharas hamishpocho etc. etc. should he now put on tefilin, tzitzis, daven and do other mitzvos, since the mitzvos may go to feed the klippois and ....


Posted 9/19/2017 5:14 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)



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