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Expand Article # 1414 The Life Of The Party
Q. Until when can the family of a bar mitzva bochur make a seuda after the day he became of age?

A. Maharam Brisk (2: 68) and other Poskim maintain that the correct and best time for the bar mitzva seuda is on the day the bochur a ....


Posted 8/25/2017 2:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1413 Catch The Name
Q. Regarding the opinion of Rav Miller shlita that one who davens in English should at least say the names of Hashem in the Holy Tongue - what should one do with the phrase "Hashem Elokeinu vaylokay avosaynu"? Should one recite this entire phrase in ....


Posted 8/25/2017 2:06 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1412 Red Strings Attached
Q. May one wear a red string around his wrist while walking in the public domain on Shabbos, if one is accustomed to wear such a string during the week to ward off ayin hara?

A. On question 1113 on this forum we wrote; “Poskim disa ....


Posted 8/25/2017 12:05 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1411 Eliahu Davens Mincha
Q. The Gemara in Brachos says be carful in the Tefilloh of Mincha because Eliyahu Hanavi was answered on Har Carmel by mincha.
I was wondering how is this a proof? Did he attempt to daven at other teffilos and was only answered by mincha? < ....


Posted 8/24/2017 11:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1410 Braid The Bread & The Bride?
Q. It appears to be universally Jewish to make braided challos for Shabbos. Since all authentic Jewish customs have deep roots and have been started by great people and deep thinkers, what is the intent or the connection to Shabbos of braided cha ....


Posted 8/24/2017 11:16 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1409 Water Therapy?
Q. Do you make a brocho when drinking water from a mineral spring that has therapeutic value and also has a good taste?

A. Poskim disagree if you drink water when you are not thirsty and you drink just for medicinal purposes, if you s ....


Posted 8/24/2017 10:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1408 Closed Door Policy
8) Q. I would like to know the opinion of HaRav Miller shlita regarding the following matter:Sometimes I am at home with my father and grandmother (mother’s mother) – both not yet religious. If I need to leave the house (to daven), am I allowed to ....


Posted 8/24/2017 10:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1407 Don’t Get Carried Away
Q. Are women allowed to carry a Sefer Torah?

A. Teshuvos Vehanhogos (4: 238: 7) quotes a difference of opinion if women are permitted to stitch and sew the parchments that comprise a Sefer Torah. Although he is stringent, he explains ....


Posted 8/18/2017 7:08 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1406 Mazal Tov, Mazal Tov?
Q. We say that the month of Av has a bad mazal. I have scheduled a necessary medical surgery on the third week of the month, should I postpone it for another month?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 551: 1) rules that from the beginning of ....


Posted 8/11/2017 2:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1405 Plush Kiddush Rush
Q. I offered to give a kidush in shul. Is there a special inyan to give it on Shabbos Nachamu?

A. Indeed there is, Nitei Gavriel (Bein Hametzorim 2: 77: 2: p.556) quotes Ben Shoeiv, (a talmid of the Rashbo) on Voeschanan and Yos ....


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Expand Article # 1404 A Shaila Amuka
Q. How come on Tu Beav as the Talmud (end of Taanis) relates, the marriageable women would go out and dance in the vineyards and the attending males would choose the one they liked and took them as spouses right there. Whatever happened to the man ....


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Expand Article # 1403 I’ll Drink To That
Q. What brocho do you make when drinking unflavored Metamucil?

A. Metamucil is one of the brand names for a psyllium fibre compound, used as a bulk-forming laxative and cholesterol-lowering medication.
Poskim rule that one d ....


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Expand Article # 1402 Shouldn’t Happen To A Dog?
Q. On question 1394 Horav Miller ruled you should not wash a dog’s clothing during the nine days. Can you wash the dog itself?

A. Shulachan Aruch (O.H. 613: 1) permits washing off grime and stains even on Yom Kipur, since only the bath ....


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Expand Article # 1401 Hold Your Ears?
Q. If I’m placed on hold on a phone call and while waiting, happy music is played, do I have to hang up during the 3 weeks?

A. On question 1312 we wrote: “In question 104 we mentioned that in regards to the avelus of the Three Weeks, w ....


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Expand Article 1400 Discovering Covering
Q. Is it preferable to cover ones eyes with his talis [rather than his hand] when saying the first pasuk of shema? Is there any mekor for using a tallis?

A. The Talmud (Brochos 13b) relates that Rebi Yehuda Hanossi would place hi ....


Posted 7/31/2017 12:18 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1399 Stop The Music
Q. Dear Rabbi Bartfeld, shlit"a My son has a waterproof bluetooth speaker that he can take in the shower and listen to music. This can be helpful in that the music makes him energetic in the morning. Is there a problem listening to songs that hav ....


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Expand Article # 1398 Have An Itch
Q. Can I use Afterbite on a mosquito bite on Shabbos? It is not medicine, but it relieves the itching?
Can one anoint oneself with oil on Shabbos, for example rubbing oil on one's arms?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O,H, 327: 1) rules t ....


Posted 7/30/2017 11:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1397 One Door Closes, Another Opens
Q. We just installed an 8 feet wide patio door. This door is a sliding door, (composed of a 4 feet stationary glass panel and the sliding 4 feet door). There is no middle column where to install a mezuzah. Placing the mezuzah at the left side of ....


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Expand Article # 1396 A Change For The Better
Q. This question came up over Shabbos, and got me thinking. Some mezuzos have Shem Hashem on the case. If such a Mezuzah is on a bedroom doorway, would it be assur to change in there? If so, would the same issue arise from having a shma card hangi ....


Posted 7/30/2017 11:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1395 Don’t Get Behind
Q. It is forbidden to walk behind a woman. Is it permitted to do so if it is one's wife, and she is in her days of purity, since one is in any case permitted to entertain libidinous thoughts of her at that time of the month?
Can one walk n ....


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