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Expand Article # 1422 Mirrors Mirrors On The Walls
Q. On a shiva house, does one uncover the mirrors on Shabbos?
Why do some people remove the mirrors from the wall in the house of mourning, when the vast majority just covers them?

A. Poskim offer different reasons for the cov ....


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Expand Article # 1421 Together Is Better
Shalom Aleichem Harav!
Q. I daven in a minyan that davens nusssach sefard; most of the mispallilm are not well versed with the nussach and revert to nussach ashkenass. The question is regarding the 13 attributes by tachanun; does it need to ....


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Expand Article # 1420 Call In Sick
Q. What is the reason for the custom to say that someone has "yener machla" instead of saying he has "cancer"?

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinion is that this reflects a Talmudical principle (Brochos 19a). The Talmud relates ....


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Expand Article # 1419 Donít Look - Just See
Q. Can you tell other people about a solar eclipse?

A. On the introduction to Chidushei Hagranat (p. 14- relating the life-history of Hagaon Rav Naftoli Trop ztĒl) the following is quoted: Rabbi Shmuel Pliskin ztĒl, a talmid of the ....


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Expand Article # 1418 Eclipsed Blessings
Q. Does one make a brocho (ose mase bereshis) when watching the solar eclipse?

A. We do not find in Talmud or Shulchan Aruch that our sages instituted any blessing for eclipses;
although a bracha is recited on other constant ni ....


Posted 8/25/2017 2:34 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1417 Donít Follow The Sign?
Q. The Mishnah Berurah (beginning of siman 229) says that one should not publicize the sighting of a rainbow because it is like Lashon Horah. Should one also refrain from publicizing the event of a lunar eclipse which, according to popular translati ....


Posted 8/25/2017 2:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1416 The Late Boomer
Q. Until when can the father of the bar mitzva boy say the bracha of baruch sheptarani, if he didnít say it at the bar mitzva?

A. Although, we donít recite this brocho with the name of Hashem, Poskim (Ketzos Hashulchan 65, Michtam Ledov ....


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Expand Article # 1415 Bless Oneís Lucky Start
Q. What is the proper procedure to follow when teaching a youngster who is not yet completely religious (baal teshuva) to start making brochos before eating; should he abstain from a brocho if the food is likely kosher but does not have a hechsher? ....


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Expand Article # 1414 The Life Of The Party
Q. Until when can the family of a bar mitzva bochur make a seuda after the day he became of age?

A. Maharam Brisk (2: 68) and other Poskim maintain that the correct and best time for the bar mitzva seuda is on the day the bochur a ....


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Expand Article # 1413 Catch The Name
Q. Regarding the opinion of Rav Miller shlita that one who davens in English should at least say the names of Hashem in the Holy Tongue - what should one do with the phrase "Hashem Elokeinu vaylokay avosaynu"? Should one recite this entire phrase in ....


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Expand Article # 1412 Red Strings Attached
Q. May one wear a red string around his wrist while walking in the public domain on Shabbos, if one is accustomed to wear such a string during the week to ward off ayin hara?

A. On question 1113 on this forum we wrote; ďPoskim disa ....


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Expand Article # 1411 Eliahu Davens Mincha
Q. The Gemara in Brachos says be carful in the Tefilloh of Mincha because Eliyahu Hanavi was answered on Har Carmel by mincha.
I was wondering how is this a proof? Did he attempt to daven at other teffilos and was only answered by mincha? < ....


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Expand Article # 1410 Braid The Bread & The Bride?
Q. It appears to be universally Jewish to make braided challos for Shabbos. Since all authentic Jewish customs have deep roots and have been started by great people and deep thinkers, what is the intent or the connection to Shabbos of braided cha ....


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Expand Article # 1409 Water Therapy?
Q. Do you make a brocho when drinking water from a mineral spring that has therapeutic value and also has a good taste?

A. Poskim disagree if you drink water when you are not thirsty and you drink just for medicinal purposes, if you s ....


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Expand Article # 1408 Closed Door Policy
8) Q. I would like to know the opinion of HaRav Miller shlita regarding the following matter:Sometimes I am at home with my father and grandmother (motherís mother) Ė both not yet religious. If I need to leave the house (to daven), am I allowed to ....


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Expand Article # 1407 Donít Get Carried Away
Q. Are women allowed to carry a Sefer Torah?

A. Teshuvos Vehanhogos (4: 238: 7) quotes a difference of opinion if women are permitted to stitch and sew the parchments that comprise a Sefer Torah. Although he is stringent, he explains ....


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Expand Article # 1406 Mazal Tov, Mazal Tov?
Q. We say that the month of Av has a bad mazal. I have scheduled a necessary medical surgery on the third week of the month, should I postpone it for another month?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 551: 1) rules that from the beginning of ....


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Expand Article # 1405 Plush Kiddush Rush
Q. I offered to give a kidush in shul. Is there a special inyan to give it on Shabbos Nachamu?

A. Indeed there is, Nitei Gavriel (Bein Hametzorim 2: 77: 2: p.556) quotes Ben Shoeiv, (a talmid of the Rashbo) on Voeschanan and Yos ....


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Expand Article # 1404 A Shaila Amuka
Q. How come on Tu Beav as the Talmud (end of Taanis) relates, the marriageable women would go out and dance in the vineyards and the attending males would choose the one they liked and took them as spouses right there. Whatever happened to the man ....


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Expand Article # 1403 Iíll Drink To That
Q. What brocho do you make when drinking unflavored Metamucil?

A. Metamucil is one of the brand names for a psyllium fibre compound, used as a bulk-forming laxative and cholesterol-lowering medication.
Poskim rule that one d ....


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