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Expand Article # 1542 Be Enlightened
Q. I'm a divorced woman living with my daughter; is it better that I light Chanuka candles in my home or can I join a neighbouring family and light with them?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 675: 3) rules that women are obliged on the mitzva of ....


Posted 12/17/2017 7:50 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1541 Talk The Walk?
Q. Hello Rav,
There is an elderly man at shul that walks around the shul to collect tzaddaka during the repetition of the shmonei Esrai. If I don't give him anything, he will walk by quietly. If I do give him money, he will say "Yasher Koac ....


Posted 12/11/2017 11:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1540 No Way To Tell
Q. Is a visiting levy to a shul obliged to announce he is a levy, so he will be given the second aliya? (See prior question).

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinion is that a Levi does not have to inform he is a Levi in a shul where ....


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Expand Article # 1539 Make Your Name
Q. Is a cohen visiting a shul obliged to announce that he is a cohen so he will be called first to the Torah reading, when the gabay does not ask if a cohen is present?

A. P'ri Megodim (139 : Eishel Avrohom 2) rules that a Cohen is ....


Posted 12/11/2017 1:24 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1538 The Right Place at the Right Time
Q. Why should not all private tefilos be said better at the end on Elokai Netzor?
Thank you

A. See above question 1536 on the reasons why we add personal requests and tefilos in the middle brochos of the amida. However, Mishna B ....


Posted 12/8/2017 2:15 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1537 Has All The Answers?
Q. Since you may ask all your needs on shomea tefila in SE, why can you not answer Yehe Shme Rabba, it is a tefilah after all?

A. Toldos Zeev (Brochos 21b) indeed opines that one can answer yehei shmei rabba in the middle of the broc ....


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Expand Article # 1536 A Heart On the Right Place
Kvod Horav
Q. Is it better to pray for the sick at the refaenu bracha or during shomea tefilah?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 119: 1) maintains that a person is allowed to add to any of the middle brochos of the amida, a prayer o ....


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Expand Article # 1535 Water Feature
Q. It could sometimes happen that someone (usually a child) will turn on a hot water tap on Shabbat. I've read in one place that it can't be closed, except by asking a non-Jew. In another place I read that it would depend on how long itís been on fo ....


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Expand Article # 1534 Sing Alone
Q. Can a woman sing in her home if they are Jewish workers present engaged in their work and are not listening to her?
Similarly, can a group of female students sing while they are traveling on a school bus when the driver is Jewish?
Wh ....


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Expand Article # 1533 Location, Location, Location
Q. Can a woman attend Israeli dance classes for girls & women only, instructed at a Non- Orthodox synagogue?

A. on question 126 in regards to a Jew who is alcoholic being permitted to enter a church (even possibly the main sanctuary) ....


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Expand Article # 1532 Invited To Kidush
Q. I make Kiddush on Friday night on wine. All of a sudden, a guest comes in. I do not have more wine to give him. So we wash and I make hamotzi. After I make hamotzi, am I allowed to continue with Kiddush (Baruch ata.... mekadesh haShabbos) to be m ....


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Expand Article # 1531 A Brush With The Mikva
Q. Do you have to toivel a brush (the nylon threads are attached to a wooden handle by a strap of metal), that is used for covering bread and similar with eggs. oil and the like?

A. Poskim rule that a mivreshes or brush made from ....


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Expand Article # 1530 Grain Of Truth
Q. Dear Rabbi,
I joined this frum 12- step program for people who are compulsive eaters, which has become popular here in the New York area. Every day one has to commit their food for the following day to a sponsor, and strictly adhere to the f ....


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Expand Article # 1529 Right On The Nail
Q. (See above question in regards to removing partially hanging nails before washing netilas yodaim). What do you do if it is Shabbos (and you cannot remove the hanging nail)?

A. If a piece of oneís nail is mostly detached and hanging ....


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Expand Article # 1528 Nail It Down
Q. Is part of a fingernail that is loose and hanging. a Chatitzah and must be removed before washing Netilas Yadayim.

A. A fingernail that is loose and partially hanging is a chatitza and should be removed before washing netilas yodayim ....


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Expand Article # 1527 Speak Of The Demon
Q. Rashi writes in Taanis and Pesachim that there is a demon (sheid) called Igras and people don't go out on Tuesday and Friday nights to avoid being harmed by this demon.
Question: How can a demon have dominion on Shabbos when it says in Zo ....


Posted 12/1/2017 2:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1526 Go Over With A Fine Tooth Comb
Q, Kvod Horav; Is one allowed to comb his peyos since he may come to pull out a hair while doing it, which is prohibited?

A. Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 181: 3) rules that one should be stringent and follow Tosafos opinion that the prohib ....


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Expand Article # 1525 Means To An End
Q. If a chassan is in shul, the tzibbur skips tachanun. Question: one who came late and is davening privately, is he also exempt? How late could one come to shul and still be considered exempt due to the chassanís presence? For example, one who st ....


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Expand Article # 1524 Many Happy Returns
Q. If there is a bris in a large shul at a different minyan than the one being attended by my minyan, do we say Tachanun?

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinion is that if the oneís making the bris are members of the shul and daven ....


Posted 12/1/2017 2:04 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1523 No Time For An Apple
Q. Can one wear an Apple 3 watch on Shabbath that has internet and phone connectivity, when those features are turned off and only the time and temperature shows?

A. Although YalkutYosef (4: 51, p. 213) Shemiras Shabbos Kehilcho ....


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