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Expand Article # 1344 A Walk In The Park
Q. Can I carry items in a park inside a city that has an eiruv on Shabbos? Does it make a difference how big the park is? If it is surrounded by a fence and has gates? If it has benches, many trees or water fountains?


A. Posk ....


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Expand Article # 1343 Behind Closed Doors
Q. Re- question 1327 on using a hotel key-card on Shabbos and the challenge this almost universal change now presents to the observant traveler, I heard from Rabbi M. Skobac an easy way out. It is to fasten a cord to the inside handle the lock, a ....


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Expand Article # 1342 Brocho To Barter?
Q. My daughter, is about to return from learning in a seminar in Yisroel, and a friend of hers, that resides in Yisroel, and is well connected, asked for clothing, that she and her friends would not need after seminary. In return she offered to arra ....


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Expand Article # 1341 See The Daylight?
Q. The Torah says: 'Vayehi erev vayehi boker" (mentioning night before day). The Talmud also starts out by discussing the dinim of krias Shema at night. Why, then, does the Shulchan Aruch begin with the halachos that apply in the morning? Why does ....


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Expand Article # 1340 Ruth The Moaviah or Ruth The Midyonite?
Q. Why is Ruth called the Moaviah, and the Talmud Yebamos discusses whether she and King David, her offspring were permitted to intermarry with the Jewish nation. Rashi explains at the beginning of Megilas Ruth that she was the daughter of King Egl ....


Posted 6/2/2017 7:31 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1339 Sleep It Off?
Q. If someone was staying up the learn the whole night of Shavuos, but then realized that he is too tired and went to sleep in his bed for an hour, when he comes back to continue learning, does he have to say Birchas Hatorah?
How about if s ....


Posted 5/30/2017 5:25 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1338 Milk Of Kindness
Q. The minhag to eat macholei cholov in Shavuos is very important in my family and I have always kept it. But now I’m in a very strict diet. Can I keep it by just drinking skimmed milk? If not do I have to be matir neider?


A. ....


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Expand Article # 1337 Time To Call It A Night?
Q. If one would have a net loss of learning over Shavuos by staying up all night learning because would be too exhausted to learn over the rest of Yom Tov, is it better to go to sleep or should one stick the minhag and learn Shavuos night?
< ....


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Expand Article # 1336 Bentching Etiquette
Q. A Jewish man is sitting at his desk at work, having just said the words "Baruch ata Hashem Elokeinu Melech Haolam" of bentching. Suddenly, his gentile boss walks in, accompanied by an entourage of distinguished individuals in the company, who ....


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Expand Article # 1335 The Angle On Angels
Q. In a number of benchers, I've seen printed that there's actually a 5th verse/stanza to Sholom Alechaim. Why is the minhag not to sing/say this verse?

A. In a number of Sephardic sidurim there is an added verse between the common th ....


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Expand Article # 1334 Sitting In Judgment
Q. Can a convert sit shiva and recite kadish for his benevolent and righteous father or mother that did not convert? How about if they were actively keeping another religion?

A. In question 824 we wrote; The Talmud (Yevamos 22a) teac ....


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Expand Article # 1333 Holy Tongue!
Q. A person who has a hard time davening in Hebrew (it takes a long time to do so, he is just starting to learn how to daven in Hebrew), may he recite part of the SE (e.g., 1st three and last three brachos) in Hebrew, and the middle brachos in Engli ....


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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 ....


Posted 5/19/2017 4:14 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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 ....


Posted 5/19/2017 11:33 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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 ....


Posted 5/18/2017 10:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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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