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Expand Article # 2760 The Sanctity of Odor
Q, If I put either one (of the mint oil and eucalyptus oil - see questions above 2758-59) into my nose, both to enjoy the smell and the cooling feeling they provide, but also because it clears the sinuses, may I do this on Shabbos?

A. T ....


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Expand Article # 2759 Follow Your Nose?
Q. If I put either one (of the mint oil and eucalyptus oil - see question 2758 above) into my nose, both to enjoy the smell and the cooling feeling they provide, but also because it clears the sinuses, do I make a brocho?

A. Shulchan Ar ....


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Expand Article # 2758 The Smell Test
Q. What brocho is said before inhaling mint oil and eucalyptus oil?
If I put either one into my nose, both to enjoy the smell and the cooling feeling they provide, but also because it clears the sinuses, do I make a brocho...?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 2757 A Masked Answer?
Q. Israel is experiencing a skyrocketing number of new cases of this virus; over 8500 new cases within the last 2 weeks. Nevertheless, there are some Rabbis that do not wear masks in public and tell anyone who asks that it is not necessary to wear ma ....


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Expand Article # 2756 Sure Cure
Q. Tehillim Question: we set up a tehillim group for my daughter 2 weeks ago.  BH she is stable and I was wondering when to stop the public tehillim.  I will iy'H continue to say it in her Zechus for Refuah Sheleimah but I am never clear when to take ....


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Expand Article # 2755 Exceptions Prove the Rules?
Q. Israel is experiencing a skyrocketing number of new cases of this virus; over 8500 new cases within the last 2 weeks. Nevertheless, there are some Rabbis that do not wear masks in public and tell anyone who asks that it is not necessary to wear ma ....


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Expand Article # 2754 Shaking the Tree
Q On question 2738 you wrote: "Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion, as explained by Horav Aharon Miller Shlit'a is that one should not leave a chair even slightly leaning on a tree, since this would be considered "mishtamesh beilon" or using a t ....


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Expand Article # 2753 An Ounce of Prevention...
Q. The Gemora tells us that we should daven that we should not get sick rather than daven for a recovery after getting sick, because one needs more merits to recover.
Where in Shemoneh Esrei do we daven that we should not get sick?
....


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Expand Article # 2752 A Lot Of Promise
Kavod Harav, I said that I will take off a chomesh (for maaser) if Hashem gives me a certain yeshua, which He did. However, due to corona, I am not getting paid as much as I was before and I don't want to give chomesh. What should I do? Is it permitt ....


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Expand Article # 2751 Beginning or the End?
Q. A person who came to Mincha and after saying Hashem sefosai tiftoch and Baruch ata Hashem realized there are no asara mispallelim (minyan) present. May he say lamdeini chukecha and daven in a later minyan (where there will be asara), or do we say ....


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Expand Article # 2750 Garden Varieties

Q. Kvod Harav. Thank you so much for all your divrai torah and yard hospitality. It is so good to be able to be back davening betzibur.
I was listening to a shiur today by Rav Shachter shlita and he called into question a practice that ....


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Expand Article # 2749 The Letter On The Law
Q. Referring tp Parshas Chukas. Is there a saying of Chazal that even the Mishpatim or the logical mitzvos are also Chukim or laws that we cannot understand?

A. Alshich on Parshas Mishpatim and others amply explain that the reason the T ....


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Expand Article # 2748 Save That Vav
Q. I was leining at Shabbos Mincha and didn't see the traditional Vav Keti'a in the Sefer Torah. Upon closer inspection, I saw that the Sofer had merely used his knife and cut the very bottom of the Vav so that it appeared as if a hair was sitting be ....


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Expand Article # 2747 The Spreading Firestorm
Q. Some people connect the burning of the sefarim in Paris on 1242 to the fire on Notre Dame last year. Is there anything to that? (See questions 2730 and 2746)
A. Last year on Monday evening April 15 2019, ....


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Expand Article # 2746 That Really Burn Us Up
Q. (See question 2730). Thank you for explaining that unusual fast of Erev Shabbos Chukas. Although I understand the remez (allusion) in the Targum, still what connection does the burning of the sefarim have with parshas Chukas itself?



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Expand Article # 2745 Casual Dress?
Q. The Gemara in Pesachim 112 says not to wear clothing for eight days after they were laundered. But there is a takana of Ezra Hasofer to launder on Thursday to have clean clothing for Shabbos (a day later). How are we to reconcile this? 


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Expand Article # 2744 A Halfway House?
Q. I am learning about money management from a secular book. It suggests leaving the house to your  children from the first  marriage. What does Jewish law say about this if you're in a second marriage? It doesn't seem right for your kids to kick hi ....


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Expand Article # 2743 Noach Would Be Proud
Q. My fourth question is: How far can this go? We know that when someone is going through the process of giyur, they are supposed to begin observing all hilchos Shabbos, but still have to do one melacha or shvus privately each week until they finish ....


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Expand Article # 2742 The Best of All Fasts
Q. My third question is:(See questions 2740-41 above): If that is OK, could they then accept upon themselves some restrictions. For example, it is popular today for people to do a "media fast" where they don't use their phones or computers. Would und ....


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Expand Article 2741 Shoimer Sabbath Koidesh
Q. (See question 2740 above). The second question is one that I am constantly being asked by Bnai Noach. It involves to what degree they may observe Shabbos.
Until now, I have been advising people that while they may not fully observe Shabbos ....


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