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Expand Article # 1280 Come Again?
Q. A rav desires to conduct kabbalos Shabbos/ Maariv services in two different communities (one early Shabbos and then at the regular time). At the first services, he will not be davening himself (someone else will daven for the amud), but rather th ....


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Expand Article # 1279 Clothes Make The HaMan or Blessings In Disguise?
Q. It says in Mishna Berura that you have to wear Shabbos clothing on Purim, But it also says that you should wear an attire (partzufin) Which is more correct?

A. Different reasons have been mentioned for the minhag of donning disgu ....


Posted 3/17/2017 12:08 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1278 With All Due Respect
Q. Can you repeat or think Purim Torah while in a bathroom?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that since you are repeating or thinking of verses and words of our sages, albeit in a nonsensical and ludicrous content, it would ....


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Expand Article # 1277 Kidding Aside
Q. When you say over Purim Torah, do you comply with the mitzva of learning Torah?

A. Many sayings of our sages may be seen as what would qualify as Purim Torah, e.g. “Where is Hamman written in the Torah? It is said: Hamin Haetz” (Ch ....


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Expand Article # 1276 This Is Not Purim Torah
Q. What is the reason for the strange minhag of saying Purim Torah?

A. Osri Lagefen (p. 183) explains that Purim Torah is a result from the mitzva of “Lebesumei BePuriya” (Shulchan Aruch O.H. 695: 2). And it proves a most important ....


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Expand Article # 1275 Give it Time
Q. Can I give money to a family that needs it before Purim, and it should be counted as Matanot Laevyonim since they need it for Purim expenses, usually bought before Purim?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 695: 4) mentions Matonos Laevyonim as ....


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Expand Article # 1274 Give Me a Break
Q. How much is this year the minimum amount for Matanot Laevyonim and for the (half coin) Machatzit Hashekel?

A. On question 507 on this forum we wrote: “Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit’a advises to give at least a dollar for matonos loe ....


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Expand Article # 1273 Bright Is Early
Q. When should machatzis hashekel be given this year, on Taanis Esther (Thursday) or Motzei Shabbos (Purim)?

A. There are different opinions and traditions as to when to give machatzis hashekel. Rema (694: 1) maintains that the minhag i ....


Posted 3/10/2017 12:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1272 These Coins Are Not For The “Coin-anim”
Q. Is it correct to write on the collection plate machatzis hashekel, or we should rather write “zecher” lemachatzis, so it would not become actually kadosh?

A.We find in Maseches Sofrim (21:3) that one shouldn't say he is giving the m ....


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Expand Article # 1271 The Answer To Your Prayers
Q. Would one be allowed to compose their own teffila, and if so can one say Hashem's name in it?

A. Midrash Tanchuma (Bereshis – Vayeshev 8) comments on the verse (39: 3) “And his master saw that the Hashem was with him,” how would t ....


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Expand Article # 1270 Missing In Action
Q. If one mistakenly began chazaras hashatz when there were only 9 people, realized his mistake in the middle of the 1st bracha (or any other bracha), and waited for the 10th person to return, does he now need to revert to the beginning of SE (since ....


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Expand Article # 1269 What Makes Your Spirit Fly - El or Al?
Q. What is the correct pronunciation of the first two words of Kaddish?
yisgadEl viyiskadAYsh or yisgadAl viyiskadAsh?

A. Poskim disagree as to the correct pronunciation of the first two words of kaddish. Mishna Berura (56 ....


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Expand Article # 1268 Jarring Experience
Q. When I empty a glass pickle jar or the like, in order to store other food items in it, do I need to toivel the jar or is it considered as if a Jew created a new jar? Does it make a difference if I am using the jar for myself or I am giving it a ....


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Expand Article # 1267 Hay There
Q. Is there any problem with feeding a guinea pig, (store bought) hay on Pesach?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that If it is grass hay, there should not be any problem even when bought on Pesach. Legumes hay, should bette ....


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Expand Article # 1266 Do You Read Me?
Q. A baal teshuva who B’H has made great progress in learning, especially in the realm of practical Halacha, but he does not read Hebrew or even know the aleph-beis so well. Which is preferable: that he should shteig (raise) in learning (Halacha, et ....


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Expand Article # 1265 Here We Go Again?
Q. Due to their strained relationship, a wife refrained from going to the Mikvah. After 5-6 years, the couple made peace and returned to happily being married. When the wife returns to the Mikvah and the couple resumes marital relations, must the co ....


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Expand Article # 1264 Better Late Than No Prayer
Dear Rabbi,
Q. What is the correct course of action if one woke up very late on Shabbos morning, but it was not because of an oness, but was because, for example, you stayed up too late? Say one wakes up much past the latest time for Tefillah, ....


Posted 2/28/2017 2:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1266 Seller Beware
Q. Can a salesman on a Judaica store sell tefillin to a woman, when from her questions it is apparent that she plans to wear those tefilin herself?

A. See above question on the prohibition for a woman to don tefillin in our days. Hor ....


Posted 2/24/2017 12:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1265 Don't Don
Q. If a woman wants to wear tefillin, is there any reason to object?
Thank you.

A. The Talmud (Eiruvin 96a) mentions that Michal the daughter of King Shaul donned tefilin and the sages did not protest. Mishna Berura (301: 158) quot ....


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Expand Article # 1264 Trust-us Citr-us
Q. I once read an article where someone was saying there was a problem with orange juice (even with a hechsher) because of "scale bugs" on the peels. I am just wondering if this potential issue would cause a problem with me slicing lemons and puttin ....


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