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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 ....


Posted 5/12/2017 5:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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 ....


Posted 5/11/2017 12:02 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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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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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