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Expand Article # 1376 Good Hair Day
Q. There is a Rosh Kollel who came over to me in beis medrash, put $100 into my hand, and told me to get a haircut (because he felt that I have long hair). I subsequently cut my own hair, as I do not trust the barbers to be careful with my peyos and ....


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Expand Article # 1375 Head's Up!
Q. Does one say Keil Erech Apayim before Krias HaTorah on Mondays & Thursdays only on days when Tachanun is said, or is there no such connection and it should always be said?

A. According to most Poskim Kel Erech Appaim follows the sa ....


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Expand Article # 1374 Open And Shut
Q. Kavod Harav,
A follow-up to the shaila (1364) regarding opening the window near the plants - may one open the window just before the rain shower is about to begin, judging by looking at the sky and/or knowing the weather forecast (but it ....


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Expand Article # 1373 Seeing Things?
Q. When we are in doubt as to whether a Jew has sinned, it is meritorious or obligatory to judge him favorably.
I assume by inference, that if this doubt occurs with a gentile, we are not likewise obligated.

In the Kinnah by Morei ....


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Expand Article # 1372 A Solid Answer
My wife often serves ice cream for dessert on Shabbos. Because of the doubt as to whether ice cream is a solid (and thus would require a Shehakol) or a liquid (and would require no blessing), she places a piece of chocolate in the bowl. The idea is t ....


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Expand Article # 1371 The Good Name
Q. Since the month’s name Tamuz is the name of an avoda zara, why is it permitted? Is it not forbidden to mention their names?

A. The name Tamuz is indeed the epithet of an idolatry, as it says in Yechezkel: (8: 1) And He brought me t ....


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Expand Article # 1370 Floury Question
Q. If one is at an event or there is food being served in a shul or beis medrash and he is not sure if the food being served is yoshon, and it is not possible to investigate, may he eat it, on the basis that "rov" (most) Jewish bakeries use yoshon ....


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Expand Article # 1369 Do Not Repeat After Me
A person who suffers from OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder) and repeats words in davening, and he was told by other people never to repeat words even if he knows that he said something wrong – may or should he, in fact, refrain from repeating word ....


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Expand Article # 1368 No Beef with this Beef
Q. I was told that there is a problem for Noachides to eat regular treif meat, because it is stunned/killed and then cut up while it’s still moving (it is ever min hachai because it is still m’farchses)

A. Shulchan Aruch (Y. D. 27: 1) r ....


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Expand Article # 1367 Know Your Onions
Q. 2. See question above. (If I bought a red onion that is very big, and I cut only a piece of it…). A fish salad has sliced eggs on top/side, is it alright to eat the sliced eggs the next day?
3. I Also read that a red onion has a differen ....


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Expand Article # 1366 A Cut Below The Rest
Hi Rabbi,
I bought a red onion that is very big, and I cut only a piece of it. So here are my questions;
1. I read that it might be OK to leave the rest overnight if the outer skin is left on a small part of the onion, or it is covere ....


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Expand Article # 1365 Kiss My What?
Q. 1) The other day, I ended up daveing mincha in a room where the lights went out., so people started daveing from the siddur on their phones. My question is, should they kiss their phone when they finish davening, as they would do with a siddur? If ....


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Expand Article # 1364 Rain Check
Q. On Shabbos, may one open his window when it is raining even though there are plants on or near the window sill, and he knows for certain that the rainwater will go on the plants if the window is opened?
Does it matter if he wants the plants ....


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Expand Article # 1363 Could I Leave A Message?
Q. Can someone record his own hesped to be played at his funeral? I do not mean a eulogy, where the deceased prizes himself (how crass), but rather a message to family and friends, to be played along the rest of the speeches at his funeral?


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Expand Article # 1362 Attention Pay
Q. On a ta'anis, by Mincha, a guy spaced out and, forgetting that there is krias hatorah, said Hashem Sefasai Tiftach and Baruch ata Hashem (ie. he began SE). May/ should he stop, say lamdeini chukecha, listen to krias hatorah, and then daven toge ....


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Expand Article # 1361 All Options Smell?
Q. My son's class is planning to spend Shabbos in Northern Israel (in the Golan) in the town of Nov. It is a nice place, where most of the best Hadassim in Israel are grown.

I was once there and due to the enormous cow farms they have t ....


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Expand Article # 1360 If The Shirt Fits.....
Q. May a woman wear a man's shirt? The difference is only the direction the buttons are buttoned.

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that if it is noticeable and the shirt was tailored and sold as a man’s shirts (not unis ....


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Expand Article # 1359 A Hot Answer
Q. 2) (See question above, on serving hot fleishig cholent on the same plate people ate their shmalzherring). Most important, since the cholent it is a hot solid dovor gush, why is it not mevashel the oil of the herring, left on the plate?
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Expand Article # 1358 Fish Gets Its Own Dish
Q. 1) Why is it that at many kidushin they usually serve hot fleishig cholent on the same plate people ate their shmalzherring, is that correct?

A. Shulchan Aruch (Y. D. 116: 2) based on Talmud (Pesachim 76b) rules that one must be ....


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Expand Article # 1357 Cover Story
Q. Can a man wear a wig?

A. If the wig is a man’s hairpiece it is permitted (Yalkut Yosef – Kisui Harosh 2: 23, Lebush Malchus 2, Chashukei Chemed - Bava Kama p.445, Nishmas Avrohom 3 p.76 in regards to covering one’s head).
Ho ....


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