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Expand Article # 1332 Advanced In Year?
Q. I am (reciting) kaddish for a father of a female friend. He was niftar on the first day of Shavuos 5776 before sunset and buried on 8 Sivan. What would be the last day I would say kaddish? Thank you.

A. Kaddish is recited f ....


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Expand Article # 1331 The Shape Of Things To Come
Q. Can you give a shape on Shabbos to the food you are eating, by cutting it with a knife or by selectively biting and eating from it, such as cutting the challah in a triangle or creating other shapes?
Can you decorate on Shabbos a cake or ....


Posted 5/21/2017 11:08 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1330 Count Your Blessings
Q. Shalom Aleichem Harav.
When one is waiting for a bagel to finish toasting and wants to eat a danish, does this constitute a bracha she’eina tzricha? assuming it doesn’t since there is significant hunger; would one make an after bracha (ass ....


Posted 5/19/2017 7:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1329 Put Cards On The Table
Q. (Re- prior question 1328) What is HoRav Miller’s opinion in regards to the card being muktza because it is a utensil dedicated to a prohibited task and then you would be permitted to carry it with you in the hotel and give it to a staff member to ....


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Expand Article # 1328 Take Offense
Q. ( Re- question 1327). Thank you for your comprehensive answer on using an electronic key-card on Shabbat. I have two more questions. You mentioned that there is at least a rabbinic prohibition for using the card. What exactly is the offense bas ....


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Expand Article # 1327 Out Of Key?
Q. Is there any heter for using an electronic key card in entering a hotel room during Shabbat, if there is no light that goes on or if the light is covered?

A. The use of electronic key cards has become common worldwide for diffe ....


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Expand Article # 1326 The Beginning Of The End
Q. Since we require that the seven weeks counted before Shavuot should be temimot and complete, we wait until night to say Maariv. Why is that some women light candles early and even say shecheyanu then?
If a woman that has the minhag to lig ....


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Expand Article # 1325 Lag's Gilgulim
Q. In our shul we make a seuda every year likvod Rashbi on Lag Baomer, we light candles and say divei Torah in his honor. Someone suggested that since it is also the yortzait of the Remoh, we should also include him in the divrei Torah and candle ....


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Expand Article # 1324 Along For The Ride
1) An elderly lady who uses a wheel chair is going to be staying at an hotel during Shabbos where the bar mitzva of her grandson is taking place. Can she take the elevator if her caregiver presses the buttons?
The caregiver was instructed bef ....


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Expand Article # 1323 A Close Shave?
Q. Someone who is going to surgery on Thursday night (Lag Baomer is Sunday). Can he shave and take a haircut Thursday evening after the shekia? He keeps sefira prohibitions from Rosh Chodesh until before Shavuos?

A. On question 84 ....


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Expand Article # 1322 Right To Life
Q, Dear Rav Bartfeld.
I hope this finds you well. I'm wondering if Rav Miller Shlita has a position on organ donation, specifically regarding the Ontario driver license option of listing oneself as a donor and being able to exclude certain or ....


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Expand Article # 1321 Shul Shiva
Q. If avelim are given permission to sit shiva and daven in a Beth Midrash that does no ordinarily have a daily minyan, does the ba’al tefila omit tachanun and lamentzeach (ya’ancho Hashem) and all tefilos not said in an Ovel’s house?
Is se ....


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Expand Article # 1320 Take One’s Medicine?
Q. Hello Rav!
My wife needed some medication from her purse on shabbat, which brought up an interesting question in muktza. I believe medicine and purses are muktza, but the medicine becomes permitted if its needed. Since the medicine was acci ....


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Expand Article # 1319 Smell Test
Q. During Havdalah, one recited a benediction over spices and then realized that he is completely unable to smell them and has thus recited a blessing in vain. Should he recite baruch sheim etc. immediately, or wait until after he drinks the wine? I ....


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Expand Article # 1318 Miss Fire
Q. My half sister who was my mother's daughter lives in... and is gravely ill in hospital. My mother's first husband was an avowed atheist and taught my sister to be one too. My mother became a BT (after divorce) and renewed her commitme ....


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Expand Article # 1317 Blessings Of Life
Q. The bracha of sheheheyanu is recited on mitzvos that come from time to time (e.g., sukkah, shofar, Yom Tov). Why is this bracha not said when making an eruiv tavshilin?

A. One may argue that you do not recite shecheyanu on a mitzv ....


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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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