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Expand Article # 1316 The $100 Baby Bill
Q. A Jew is walking on Shabbat and sees a baby crawling in the street. He picks up the baby and gives it to the mother who is nearby. She slips a $100 bill in his pocket to thank him and walks away. What should he do? He cannot take out the money b ....


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Expand Article # 1315 Day One, One Day or One A Day?
Q. I just learned that according to the Chazon Ish, as brought in Orchos Rabeinu, vol. 2, p. 94, one who said Today is the first day etc. is NOT yotzi sefiras haomer (he needs to say Today is one day, as opposed to first).
However, up until n ....


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Expand Article # 1314 A Matter Of Life Not Death
Q. Can you say a shloshim hesped thirty days before Yom Tov for a community Rabbi?
Do you recite E-l Mole Rachamim?
If permitted, why is it different than others?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H.547: 3) rules that one should n ....


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Expand Article # 1313 Shiras Hachaim – A Song For Life
Q. We, who follow Minhag Aschkenaz, Minhag Rainus, are stringent during Sefiras HaOmer, after Rosh Chodesh, not only not to listen to music, but also not to sing. This stringency was adopted by Chachmei Aschkenaz due to the added tragedies during t ....


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Expand Article # 1312 Give Us A Ring
Q. Is one allowed to have a telephone ringtone that's a segment of a song with musical instruments?

A. In question 104 we mentioned that in regards to the avelus of the Three Weeks, which is usually more stringent than than Sefir ....


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Expand Article # 1311 Raise The Spirits
Q. Father was hospitalized and went into intensive care the day before Erev Pesach. Before he was given sedatives I reminded him to do bitul chometz which he did. I’m taking care of business for him and I sold early next day his chometz via a mes ....


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Expand Article # 1310 Children Should Be Seen And Heard?
Q. Grandparents visiting their children in Israel for Peisach, should they be joined by the children and grandchildren on the second seider so the grandparents can comply with the mitzva of vehigadta levincho, even when they only keep one day?


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Expand Article # 1309 Sold Out
Q. I sold my house and cars before Pesach on an early mechira because we were going out of town. Sadly when we returned I found out that one of our cars was stolen. The insurance is B”H replacing it, but I have my misgivings, since after all it was ....


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Expand Article # 1308 All Things Must Pass?
Q. I am in the store on Chol Hamoed and there is a lady (I do not know whether or not she is Jewish) who asks me to pass her the bagels on the top shelf because she can’t reach them.
Am I allowed to pass them to her?

1. Is this ca ....


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Expand Article # 1307 Still A Steal?
Q. If someone travels to Eretz Yisroel for Pesach and he is joined by his children and grandchildren for the second sedder that they don’t keep, are the grandchildren allowed to “steal” the afikomen at the sedder?

A. See prior ques ....


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Expand Article # 1306 Grab A Bite
Q. What is the hetter (permit) for the tradition of the children stealing the afikoman? Are we not teaching them to do wrong?

A. Orchois Chaim, (473: 19) quoting Meiri, indeed maintains that this minhag is specious and unmerited. H ....


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Expand Article # 1305 Face The Music
Q. Can you play on the piano classical music during sefira days?

A. See question 281 where we wrote that Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit”a opinion is that in principle serious or cheerless classical music would be permitted as we do sing a s ....


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Expand Article # 1304 Selling Point
Q. I own a condo in southern Europe, that I did not completely clean for Pesach. I want to sell it as an early mechira, before the night of bedikat chametz arrives, so I will be exempt from bedika. Can I sell it on this side of the ocean, even if a ....


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Expand Article # 1303 Holy Smoke?
Q. Can you smoke electronic cigarettes on Pesach (Chol Hamoed)?

A. An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is a handheld electronic device which vaporizes a flavored liquid. The user inhales the vapor. Using e-cigarettes is sometime ....


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Expand Article # 1302 Bear In Mind Smokey The Bear
Q. My baby got as a present a stuffed bear, best described in the instructions as; “Filled with 100% natural wheat and lavender, it can be safely warmed or chilled at will. Use to soothe, comfort and relax with The Cozy Collection animals. Each anim ....


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Expand Article # 1301 A Golem Shaileh?
Q. My son has put together a robot that can be commanded on line from far, It carries a camera that can be moved to reach over five feet and move in all directions. The images we get on line are clear and can be focused to see things in detail.


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Expand Article # 1300 No Yachatz Between Karpas and Maror?
Q. It is brought down that when reciting the bracha of "Borei Pri Ha'adama" on the karpas one should specifically have in mind that this bracha should exempt the maror that will be eaten later on. (See Mishna Berura siman 473:55)
Question f ....


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Expand Article # 1299 Search Or Destroy?
Q. If the father searches for chometz and the son burns it next day, who recites the bracha of Al biur Chametz, the father since he owns the chametz or the son who actually burns it?

A. The Brocho is made for the bedika and the subsequ ....


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Expand Article # 1298 My Pet Shaileh
Q. We own a small aquarium with fish and also a dog. It is difficult to change their diet and we think their regular food may contain chametz. Since we go away for Pesach, we leave our pets with a kind neighbor. We sell the chametz including the pet ....


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Expand Article # 1297 Search Me
Q. When one travels to a.Pesach Hotel, where the rooms have been totally cleaned, is there a purpose on placing the ten pieces of bread? Does one have to do bedika if he is only staying the one night before Pesach (the night of bedikas chometz) and ....


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