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Expand Article # 1588 Translation To Follow....
Q. Is someone does not understand the Hebrew or the Targum, does he comply if he listens to a tape? or even if he  just reads it from the chumash, without knowing what he is saying?

A. Poskim disagree Yalkut Yosef ( 4: 285: 3) ....


Posted 1/12/2018 12:03 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1587 Read, The Answer
Q. What should the blind or the mute do in regards to the shnaim mikra mitzva? Are they obligated at all? Should they listen to someone else reading or even to a tape?

A. P’ri Megodim (M’Z 285: 2). quotes Ridbaz who asserts that a mu ....


Posted 1/12/2018 11:40 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1586 Reason To Listen
Q. Can someone comply with shnaim mikra if he listens to a tape while he is driving?

A. Poskim disagree; Mogen Avrohom (285: 8), Chayei Adam (7: 9), Shulchan HaShabbos (60), Shesilei Zaysim (285:10), rule that after the fact one ful ....


Posted 1/11/2018 10:56 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1585 Then Again
Q. Does an avel sitting shiva read the parsha shnaim mikra, since he is prohibited in Torah learning?

A. Kaf Hachaim (285: 27), Yalkut Yosef (7: p. 136) permit as it is an obligation akin to reading Shema that is allowed.
Mahar ....


Posted 1/9/2018 11:44 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1584 Let’s Do It Again
Q. There is a well known remez on the beginning letters of the word Shemos for reading the parsha every week twice mikra (text) and once targum, (Aramaic translation). Why is the allusion here at the beginning of the second book of the Torah and ....


Posted 1/9/2018 11:37 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1583 Burial in De-Nile?
Q. How come Yosef was placed in a coffin and then sunken into the bottom of the Nile, is that not a bitul of the mitzva of kebura, since you cannot bury in water?

A. Poskim mostly agree that one does not comply with the mitzva of ....


Posted 1/8/2018 11:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1582 The Brake-Bread Fix
Q. On Shabbos, if an individual (invited) at the meal has a dietary restriction and can only eat certain special types of bread (e.g., gluten free, spelt), should the special loaf (even if it is not whole) be placed together with the main Lechem Mis ....


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Expand Article # 1581 A Rain Check
Q. The Eida Chareidis in Yerusholayim posted an announcement that the population should begin saying the addition of "Va'aneinu Borei Olam" in the Bracha of Shomei'a Tefilah, since the dearth of rain in Eretz Yisroel is alarming.

An im ....


Posted 1/8/2018 12:36 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1580 All Year Round
Q. I heard from a chasidisher fellow that even if you answer daily to a “gut morgen” greeting in Yidish, a “gut yohr,” as many do, on New Year’s day you should avoid saying it, because of the connotation of the goyishe year. What is Horav Miller’s ....


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Expand Article # 1579 A Promise Is a Promise
Q. If I made a shevuah and use Hashem’s name A’’D, but I pronounce it as adinoy. i.e. (The daleth was pronounced with a chiriq). I am obligated to keep the shevuah – is this a shevuah according to the Torah?

A. Any ....


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Expand Article # 1578 A Cover Story
Q. Can one get undressed or have marital relations in a room were seforim or English Torah magazine articles are kept in a closed night-table drawer?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that the seforim or magazines that contain ....


Posted 1/5/2018 12:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1577 Lost in the Translation?
Q. (See question above) Can one get undressed in front of closed printed seforim dealing with Torah topics written in English or other languages?

A. Sefer Chasidim (915) writes that one should be extremely careful in honoring seforim ....


Posted 1/4/2018 10:09 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1576 In Respect To...
Q. Is it allowed to get undressed in front of sforim/mezuzos? If the sforim are closed?

A. Mishna Berura (45: 5) rules that one should not stand undressed in front of tefilin or sifrei kodesh. In question 1396 in regards to getting undr ....


Posted 1/4/2018 5:49 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1575 Don’t Bottle Up
Q. I received a bottle of whiskey as a gift from a non-religious Jew. Do I need to be concerned that it was possibly owned by him during Pesach (e.g., maybe he keeps whiskey in his house year round and when the need arises gives it to someone as a gi ....


Posted 1/4/2018 12:04 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1574 Bury One’s Head In the Sand?
Q. My friend's sister-in-law does not keep mitzvos, except for Shmiras HaLoshon, which she keeps rigorously. She is also "married" to a gentile.
Should she die, is someone obligated to inform the Chevra Kadisha and/or Cemetery officials th ....


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Expand Article # 1573 It’s a Pleasure
Q. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Rav Miller, Rav Bartfeld, and the rest of the dedicated staff that are involved in Ask the Rabbi for their prompt attention to our questions, complex or otherwise. It is a Kiddush Hashem, it makes ....


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Expand Article # 1572 Hear the End Of It
Q: A congregation voted almost unanimously (two abstentions) to appoint Rabbi Ploni. After the vote was held, a few important members, though non elected by the congregation and not appointed specifically by them, went ahead and wrote a contract wit ....


Posted 1/3/2018 11:29 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1571 Don’t Get Carried Away
Q. I attended a city-wide gathering called for by Horav Shlomo in 2000 in which he asked the city to take upon themselves to not use the Eruv (i.e., not to be meikal just because it's there and available and not become accustomed to reliance on Eruv ....


Posted 1/1/2018 8:49 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1570 Wine and Din
Q. One has a choice to either make Havdalah himself and let someone else drink the wine, or to delay making Havdalah until a little bit later and make it himself and drink the wine. (If he does the first choice, he cannot drink the wine, because ....


Posted 12/31/2017 3:57 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1569 Means to an End
1) Q. Gut Voch,  - I don’t know if this question was asked, but is one permitted to extinguish their menorah flames if they are still burning by the time one goes to sleep? (And they have been lit for at least 30 min).
Thank you.



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