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Expand Article # 1616 Minor Details
Q. Is it permitted to count a katan (6 or 7 years old) for a minyan if he is holding a sefer Torah? Is this a fulfillment of tefilla b'tzibbur? Or should I leave and go daven in a normal minyan with 10 or more adults?

A. Shulchan A ....


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Expand Article # 1615 Bris Milah Or Bris Torah?
Q. I learned that attending a bris milah is a great mitzvah that enables one to have all his sins forgiven, and it is a eis ratzon to daven when the baby is crying. Therefore, whenever I hear that there will be a bris, I make an effort to attend ....


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Expand Article # 1614 Quick Study
Q. Why does Rashi mention that we learn on “ushmartem es hamatzos,” that we should do a mitzvah immediately, we know that already from “vayashkem Avrohom baboker?”

A. On the posuk; Ushmartem es hamatzos,You shall watch over the ma ....


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Expand Article # 1613 Sing Along?
Q. (Re question 1590 in regards to the song Leshana Haba’ah Beyrushalaim Habenuya, where Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit’a mentioned that for someone already living in Yerushalaim, the correct nusach would be to add Beyirusholaim Habenuyah).
Howeve ....


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Expand Article # 1612 The Neighborhood Good Flood
Q. My son asked me how the animals which appear to be indigenous to Australia only (for example), arrived there after the flood? Were they there before the flood? Were they destroyed by the flood? Were there kangaroos on the tayva?

A ....


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Expand Article # 1611 Fate Worse Than Death?
Q. Re- question 1561 where we wrote; “The Torah rules (Bereshis 9:5 ), “the blood of your own lives I will demand of you.” (Baba Kama 91b) and looses his part in Olam Habaah, therefore Shulchan Aruch (Y. D. 345: 1) rules that one who commits suici ....


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Expand Article # 1610 Change Results
Q. Do you say sheheyanu on new fruits that come from grafted trees or were genetically engineered?

A. Poskim disagree if one should recite sheheyanu on peiros murkovim or fruits from grafted trees. Kaf Hachaim Sofer (225: 26) maintains ....


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Expand Article # 1609 Ring In The New?
Q. Should one make an effort to say sheheyanu on new fruits on Tu Bishvat?

A. Some maintain that it is proper to consume a new fruit that you can recite sheheyanu over it on Tu Bishvat. (Beis Aharon, quoted by Nitei Gavriel – Purim 5: ....


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Expand Article # 1608 The Labor of One’s Fruits
Q. Why and when is it best to eat the fruits on T’u Bishvat, the night before or during the day? Before the seuda, during, or after the seuda? Should one encourage making a seuda for chinuch of children?

A. The tradition to eat fru ....


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Expand Article # 1607 Hold Fast
Q. Do chassan/kallah fast on T’u Bishvat? (the wedding is the night after).

A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit’a pointed out to Mishna Berura (573: 7) quoting Magen Avrohom , that they should not fast on Tu Bishvat. However they should avoid ....


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Expand Article # 1606 Heaven On Earth
Q. What is the source for saying Parshas Haman on the third day of the week of Beshalach? Is this an accepted segula for parnassa that one should follow?

A. The Tur and Beis Yosef (O.H. 301), as well as the Mishna Berura (1: 13) mentio ....


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Expand Article # 1605 The Rights Of The Left
Q. My young son is left-handed, with which hand should I teach him to lift the becher to make kiddush?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 183: 5) rules that a left-handed individual holds the koss of birchas hamozon in his dominant left hand. Ho ....


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Expand Article # 1604 Taking Forever?
Q. A bris milah is a seudas mitzvah. Does this apply even if one is not able to stay for the seuda, but takes food and eats it on his way to work, or saves it for lunch or supper? The naf kamina (difference) would be during 9 Days - if one took f ....


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Expand Article # 1603 The Rise of the Rice
Q. Is there a problem wetting and using rice paper on Shabbat? I'm not sure I totally understand how it works, but it is unusable in its packaged state until it is soaked in water. It transforms from a brittle paper to a malleable sheet that can be ....


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Expand Article # 1602 The Benefit Of The Doubt
Q. If one has a doubt if he davened on Shabbos, or if his davening was done correctly or for whatever reason may have been done incorrectly, can he eat? There is no solution to say a voluntary prayer on Shabbos.

A. Horav Shlomo M ....


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Expand Article # 1601 Shake Someone’s Tree
Q. There is a bachur who placed his hat and jacket on a tree during Shabbos (or before Shabbos). Is there any heter to remove it from the tree on Shabbos to avoid the great embarrassment of davening without the proper attire that is worn by all bnei ....


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Expand Article # 1600 Good To Hear Your Voice
Q. Re-prior question 1593 in regards to reading shnaim mikra by using a voice vibrator that creates words. There are other available methods to help the patients who have undergone a laryngectomy. This methods don’t involve using external electroni ....


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Expand Article # 1599 See The Light?
Q. What is Horav Miller’s opinion on using the Shabled lights on Shabbos? it has a Star K and other hecherim. It is basically a small drawer covering a bright LED light, that stays on the whole Shabbos. You control the amount of light by opening ....


Posted 1/19/2018 3:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1598 Not Invited to The Weeding
Q. Is there an issur to offer a taste (of marijuana liquid tincture – see question above), to someone else? Is there a Chilul Hashem issue when using it in public?

A. As mentioned in the previous question, Horav Shlomo Miller’s o ....


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Expand Article # 1597 Let Them Eat Cake
Q. See question above - What bracha would you make? (on tincture - a liquid concentration of the marijuana plant. You just put a few drops on the tongue).

A. If the food is permitted, Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 210: 2) rules that on ta ....


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