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Expand Article # 1496 Saving A Life
Q. Re- the recent case of saving the life of a brain dead patient. Taking into account that once the patient was entubed into a respirator, he canít be disconnected, would it not have been better, if he is already brain dead not to entube him?


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Expand Article # 1495 Revisiting The Visits
Q. Is there a mitzvah to visit (bikur cholim) a patient that is on coma or brain dead and is unaware of the visit, and all his needs are also cared for?

A. Poskim rule that since one of the more significant parts of the mitzva of visitin ....


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Expand Article # 1494 Make No Mistake
Q. If one is hearing Kiddush from his rabbi, and the rabbi makes a mistake in Kiddush by saying the yom tov Kiddush instead of Shabbos, and the talmid realizes this during Kiddush, what is the appropriate way to communicate to the rabbi that he is ....


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Expand Article # 1493 Better Fish To Fry?
Shalom Aleichem Harav
Q. What is the bracha for french fries that contain flour for taste?
I know we say that as long as its not for binding its mezonos but when your dealing with 95% potato and 5% flour is it too little to dominate the ....


Posted 11/5/2017 5:24 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1492 Sitting In Judgment Or Standing On Trial
Q. Is it true that Cohanim have to stand up when saying Korbanot?

A. Mishna Berura (48: 1) quotes Magen Avrohom that one should stand when reciting korbanos, however he mentions that Sharei Teshuva, citing several Poskim disagrees. ....


Posted 11/3/2017 3:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1491 An Unplacenta Question
Q. There is an ancient (non-Jewish) tradition which has become popular among new moms, placenta ingestion. Moms report that they have less post postpartum depression, increased energy and milk production. Is a human placenta kosher, what about th ....


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Expand Article # 1490 Table Talk
Q. I attended a bris where the sandek was sitting on one of the tables of the shul, since they couldnít find anything better for this particular sandek. Is that allowed? Are you permitted to sit on a table, that is like a mizbeach, specially if its ....


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Expand Article # 1489 What Are You Driving At?
Q. In order to get a break for driver license insurance from the insurance company and to be allowed to take the test 8 months after taking the permit test instead of a year later they require new drivers to take inclasses for 10 hours. There is a d ....


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Expand Article # 1488 ID Or No ID
Q. Is a father of a newborn baby allowed to wear the hospital ID on the bracelet in a place where there is no eiruv? Is it similiar to the case of a prisoner wearing chains in 301:19 or similiar to the case of green circle in 301:23 which one is pe ....


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Expand Article # 1487 Donít Be In Such A Rosh!
Q. A Yeshiva Bochur accidentally dropped his Tefilah Shel Rosh (out of the plastic box etc.). What is the proper Hanhaga nowadays, as he presumably would not be able to fast whilst adhering to his regular Sedarim in Yeshiva?

A. Mishn ....


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Expand Article # 1486 Safer Sefer
Q. If one sees a sefer lying on the ground, but one's hands are unclean (whether from food or for some other reason), what should one do? On the one hand, one cannot pick up the sefer with dirty hands. On the other hand, one may not let the sefer l ....


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Expand Article # 1485 Shick Or Treat?
Q. We have some Modern Orthodox neighbors that let their kids join the others in the block (many Jewish) and go around collecting candies on Halloween, is that permitted? Should we advise them not to do it? Can we give children that ring our bell ....


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Expand Article # 1484 Mind Your Own Busyness?
Q. I have seen my very busy neighbor arrive home by car past candle lighting time is it permitted to drive at this time, if so until when may one drive after candle lighting time?
Similar question: Do I have to tell my neighbor that he is ....


Posted 10/29/2017 7:48 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1483 Flip The Cohen?
Q. (This Shailah was supposedly already asked to the Rosh Kollel, but I would love to actually read his answer). In our small Minyan, there was only 1 Kohen on Shabbos morning & he had Yahrtzeit the upcoming week. Thus, he wanted Maftir. Can h ....


Posted 10/27/2017 2:46 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1482 Learn To Daven Or Daven To Learn
Q. A person has a choice: to daven in a normal minyan and then learn Torah, or to daven in a minyan where the chazzan is a tzaddik yesod olam mamish from a different dor and probably one of the lamed-vav tzaddikim who davens at extreme length. One ....


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Expand Article # 1481 Can I Help You?
Q. If a person who finished davening is learning Torah, and there are people who need him to help with a minyan, is he obligated to go and help them, even though he will lose time from his learning (because he doesn't learn during chazaras hashatz a ....


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Expand Article # 1480 Vote Of Confidence
Q. Is there a source in our literature for elections of schul officers, gabbai, etc., or is it a concept entirely borrowed from the gentiles?

A. On question 1188 on the mitzva of electing a government we wrote: ďThe Netziv (Haeme ....


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Expand Article # 1479 Donít Get All Exercised
Q. The local women's only gym has been adding fitness classes run by male instructors to its roster, although initially only women were allowed into the gym. Additionally, instructors have been observed visiting the gym at times when they are not l ....


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Expand Article # 1478 A Modest Answer
Q. When learning about tznious and their halachos sometimes I come across the category Das Yehudis.
Can you kindly explain if this is derrobonim, doreisa? What is its status and how can I understand what it is. How should we view Das Yehudi ....


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Expand Article # 1477 The Promised Learned
Q. If a person pledged on Simchas Torah to learn a certain masechta by a certain deadline, and within the masechta there are some parts that he does not understand (difficult Gemaras), how should he comply with his vow?
Should he be matir n ....


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