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Expand Article # 1474 The Rights Of Copy Rights II
Q. Can one borrow records, in good condition, for converting to mp3 (our copies are in rough shape, or the titles aren't for sale anywhere, for those legitimately concerned with copyright), or on CD? Are there any Halachik issues in copying vinyl ....


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Expand Article # 1473 Care To Dance?
Q. If a person wants to learn during hakafos, is that wrong, as the mitzvah at that time is to dance and not to learn? The same way that a person cannot learn instead of (or during) davening, he should not be learning during hakafos when everyone ....


Posted 10/20/2017 1:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1472 Pay A Visit?
Q. Can you sell chosson Torah or Bereshis to someone visiting from Eretz Yisrael?

A. Poskim disagree; Chaim Shoal (1: 13) rules that one should not honor with chosson Torah or Bereishis one who is not keeping that day as Yom Tov, ....


Posted 10/20/2017 12:10 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1471 One For Two
Q. Can you give the same person, who is donating a very large sum much needed for the shul, both chosson Torah and chosson Bereishis?

A. Piskei Teshuvos (669: n. 21) rules that it should be avoided. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a op ....


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Expand Article # 1470 Two for One
Q. A minyan that has only one sefer Torah for leinning on Simchas Torah, can they call two cohanim or a son after a father for chosson Torah and Bereishis?

A. Mishna Berura (135: 36) rules that one may call to the Torah reading on ....


Posted 10/20/2017 11:58 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1469 Save The Fish
Q. Why are we permitted to eat fish, after all Noach never saved the fish?

A. Let me first explain your question. After the end of the Mabul described in detail in this parsha, the surviving humans were given the right to consume animal ....


Posted 10/20/2017 12:42 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1468 Two Ways About It
Q. Thank you very much for your response. (See question 1442).
Would the same be if my son in law came to my home for Shimi Atzeret, when I do not eat in the sukkah, would he not eat in the Sukkah to follow my custom (when his custom is to ....


Posted 10/10/2017 3:03 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1467 Aiming For The Stars
Q. Can I place evergreen schach very thick on the suca to keep the cold out and just leave a corner not so thick where you can see the stars? (If it rains the water would still get inside after a while).

A. Although Shulchan Aruch (O ....


Posted 10/9/2017 3:40 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1466 Nailing It Down
Q. Dear Rabbi, I’m wondering, while building the sukka, can I use a nail that sticking out of the wall of the sukka as a hook to hang my jacket? How about during Yom Tov?

A. The prohibition of not deriving benefit from noi suka de ....


Posted 10/9/2017 3:31 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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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