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Expand Article # 1183 A Closed Marriage?
Q. I've heard that we should preferably abstain from making weddings on Chesvan is that true? Should one change the wedding date?

A. There are Poskim who maintain that one should avoid being wedded on Marchesvan, (Lev Chaim 2: 26, Sde ....


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Expand Article #1182 Keep The Faith
Q. Is it permitted to daven in a multi faith room in an airport?

A. Beis Avi (4: 31), Shevet Hakehosi (6: 83), Menuchas Emes (3: 6: n.24) rule not to pray in a multi-faith space, so is it amply quoted in the name of Rabbi J. B. S ....


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Expand Article # 1181 Under The Table
Q. It says that succa is one of the few mitzvos that people do with their complete body. Since sitting or sleeping under a table that is ten tefachim high is not considered like being in the succa, should one try to sit by a table that is less than ....


Posted 10/28/2016 5:01 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1180 Sukka Mobile

Q. Can one climb on Yom Tov or Shabbat on the back of a pick up truck where he build a Suka when travelling and eat there? Can you open the doors of the truck if the light does not go on? Can one push the truck (when in neutral) to a better l ....


Posted 10/21/2016 3:34 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1179 Rain Check
Q. Can I open a Suka cover after it rained, if the water on the cover falls on the grass or falls on the patio stones and then on the grass? Does it matter if I take off the cover immediately while there is still rainwater on the grass?



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Expand Article # 1178 Good Gifts To Mankind?
Q. There is a idea in chazal "soney matanos yichey." What exactly do chazal mean that one should avoid receiving presents. Should one not not want birthday presents, or if one gives someone a present as hakaras hatov for something you did for them ....


Posted 10/19/2016 3:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1177 Am Haaretz Misinterprets
Q. Is a person considered a kofer (non-believer and thus makes yain nesech), if he does not accept the following: that a reshus hayachid (private domain for the purpose of the prohibition of carrying object on Shabbos) can be created by invisibl ....


Posted 10/13/2016 9:37 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1176 Clean Up Act
Q. If a donated white bima cover table became very dirty and looks disgusting, can the gabay turn it backside up which is nice and clean, when the name of the donor will not be seen, and he is not present to be consulted?

A. Horav S ....


Posted 10/13/2016 9:17 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #1175 A Though Pill To Swallow?
Q. May one take headache pills on Tzom Gedalia and Yom Kippur without water? Is it preferable to take a bit of water with it on either of those days to prevent any damage to the oesophagus?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion ....


Posted 10/7/2016 3:51 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1174 Desiccate But Don’t Desecrate
Q. 3. Can one keep desiccated animals at home? If not, why are children's dolls or the lions on the Aron Hakodesh permitted?

A. See above two questions. Poskim are even more lenient when the figures are made for children to play with the ....


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Expand Article # 1173 State of the Art
Q. 2. Are we allowed to have sculptures of humans, animals displayed in our homes?

A. Oz Nidberu (59) permits using mannequins for the display of clothes in stores. He quotes the Chochmas Odom (25: 6) that maintains that in our days whe ....


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Expand Article # 1172 Spitting Image?
Q. Shalom! 1. Are we allowed to sell sculptures of humans, animals?

A. In Parshas Eikev, (Devorim 7: 25-26) the Torah commands: The graven images of their gods you will burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is upo ....


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Expand Article # 1171 A Good Call
Q. Can a non-Jewish caregiver taking tending an elderly patient, phone on Yom Tov the neighbouring children and signal them that the patient has awaken and they should come to eat with him. The children would not pick up the phone, just see from call ....


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Expand Article # 1170 Can't Wash One's Hands Of
Q. When exiting a regular W.C. (beis hakkiseh) there is no need to wash hands three times. However, when you exit a bathroom where one takes a bath you should wash hands three times. On Yom Kippur when you have to be careful not to wash unnecessar ....


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Expand Article # 1169 Beis Din Check In
Q. Is someone was forced to go to a secular court by a Psak given by a Beis Din for refusal to attend and then he changes his mind and decides to attend Beis Din. Would automatically the heter given to the other party to take him to court be nullifi ....


Posted 10/1/2016 10:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1167 What's Not Cooking?
Q. Is Sous-Vide (under vacuum, see above question) cooking considered cooking for bishul akum or mevushal on Shabbos purposes?
May one leave it overnight on Shabbos or is it prohibited hatmana?


A. Horav Shlomo Mille ....


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Expand Article # 1168 Bed and Water
Q. Should one who was recommended by a chiropractor to sleep on a water pillow or water mattress, avoid doing so, because the water would acquire a ruach ra and you would be continuously in touch with it? Can you use that water for neigl vaser?


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Expand Article # 1166 Nat or Not Nat?
Q. Rabbi,
Hope all is well.
As I mentioned Sous-Vide " (under vacuum) is a method of cooking in which food is sealed in airtight plastic bags then placed in a water bath for longer than normal cooking times (usually 1 to 6 hours, up to 4 ....


Posted 9/30/2016 2:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1165 Can Do Candles
Q. There are two tables in the room. I know that there were candles (and only candles) standing on one of them when Shabbos began, and the table became a bosis. However, the candles were taken away by an aino Yehudi and I don’t know which table they ....


Posted 9/30/2016 1:18 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1164 Brisker Kolel Hallel
Q. For 20 years, I have said Hallel on Rosh Chodesh without a bracha because I heard this is the way the Brisker Rav did it. Should I change my minhag?

A. Rambam (H. Chanuka 3: 7) maintains that you recite Hallel on Rosh Chodesh with ....


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