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Expand Article # 1254 Sherry Shomyain?
Q. Dear Rabbi Bartfeld, Can you please ask Rav Miller if it is best to refrain from scotch in sherry casks due to the isur hanaah of stam yayin. Thank you.

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion that the hetter he gave for scotch in ....


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Expand Article # 1253 In Heaven's Name
Q. Is there a special name to be given to a child who was born with severe birth defects and not expected to survive?

A. Bris Avos (8: 4) quoting Chida mentions that there is a minhag to give to the severely defected children the name ....


Posted 2/5/2017 11:22 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1252 Still Need a Name

Q. Re- above question: If a baby born with severe defects and is not expected to survive. If the answer is yes (to give a name), but the parents are not at all religious, could friends without their knowledge name the baby?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 1251 Shem and Hashem
Q. A baby born with severe defects that is not expected to survive, should be given a Jewish name in shul? Does the halacha change if the baby survives thirty days?

A. on question 399 on this forum we wrote: “A number of consequential ....


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Expand Article # 1250 Give It A Spin
Q. Can you use a lettuce dryer on Shabbos? It works by turning a handle and spinning and it has a strainer inside. It has a mechanism for turning the strainer very fast so that the lettuce becomes dry.

A. Shmiras Shabbos Kehilchoso (3: ....


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Expand Article # 1249 A Gentle Pray
Q. Is one allowed to pray for a refua shelaima or wish a refua shelaima to a non Jew?

A. Please read question 1084 hereby quoted:
“Q. Can the gabay of our shule make a mi sheberach for a Gentile (he is a good friend to one ....


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Expand Article # 1248 A Good Many
Q.  Is there a mitzvah to attend a pidyon petter chamor? (redemption of a first born donkey) Should one who is sitting and learning Torah stop learning to attend?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is a mitzva t ....


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Expand Article # 1247 The Game's Up
Q. A recent kuntros in Eretz Yisroel was published saying that playing a Rubik cube on Shabbos is a problem of borer. What is Rav Miller position on the issue? Thank you!

A. On request, the name of the Posek who is stringent in the use ....


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Expand Article # 1246 She'll Drink To That
Q. In regards to the shayiles sent on mistakes done under the chupa, I was at a chupa where the mother of the kalah, when the cup of wine was given to her to give it to her daughter, by mistake she drank the whole cup herself, what do you do then? ....


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Expand Article # 1245 Make No Mistake
Q. 4) See prior question 1242.What happens if when reciting the sheva brochos, Shehakol was said instead of Hagefen? Mesameach Chassan Vekala instead of Chassan Im Hakala?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that being under the ....


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Expand Article # 1244 Account Your Blessings
Q. 3) See prior question 1242. What happens if one of the sheva brochos was said with mistakes that change its meaning, such as instead of Shehakol Barah Likvodo in the first brocho, one said Shehakol Nichye Bidvaro or Yotzer Haadama instead of Yo ....


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Expand Article # 1243 Mixed Blessings
Q. 2) Re – See prior question 1242. What happens if one of the sheva brochos was said before the other, and the order was changed?

A. Be'er Heitev (E.H. 62: 1) quoting Ig'rois Horambam and other Poskim who also cite Maseches Kalah Rabo ....


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Expand Article # 1242 Trial By Error
In recent times more family members and friends are being honoured with reciting sheva brochos and some of them are not very learned to say the least. This gives rise to brochos said with mistakes or omissions. I would like to know what is the correc ....


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Expand Article # 1241 Clean Your Plate
Q. Thank you for the answer (See question 1029, I was making an omelette in a milchik pan... ). If the eggs are made on butter with cheese (on a milchik pan), and you accidentally put them on a fleishik plate? 

A. Horav Shlomo Mill ....


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Expand Article # 1240 Risk Of Showers
Q. Is there basis for being able to use hot water for showering on Yom Tov because in today’s times when people have the luxury of having hot showers in their homes it seems to have become much more “shave lkol nefesh"?

A. The Mishn ....


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Expand Article # 1239 Blessed Berries
Q. What bracha do you make on cranberries and strawberries? What happens if you made the wrong brocho?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 203: 2) rules that one recites hoadama on berries grown on bushes that yearly loose their trunk and onl ....


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Expand Article # 1238 Bugged By Frozen Bugs?
Q. Hi. I am wondering which frozen fruits/vegetables need a hechsher and which don't. I know that frozen produce like mango and blueberries does not, but do frozen raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries require a hechsher? What about frozen gre ....


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Expand Article # 1237 Enjoy Your Anniversary Meal
Q. Is that seuda considered (a seuda on the fiftieth yortzait – see prior question) a seudas mitzva?

A. As mentioned on the last question, it is difficult to find a source for a special “fiftieth year seuda” minhag.
However, Ho ....


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Expand Article # 1236 Kidush on Kadish?
Q. Is there a source for making a special seuda at the fifty year yortzait?

A. It is difficult to find a source for this minhag. In the quarterly journal Tzefunos (5752, Vol. 18) there is a letter from the Zichron Shmuel answering a qu ....


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Expand Article # 1235 Kadish Leolam?
Q. Is it true what some say that you don't have to recite kaddish on the yortzait more than fifty years?

A. Some Poskim do write that there is a fifty year limit for maintaining a yortzait and reciting kadish. (Yalkut Yosef – kivud Av ....


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