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Expand Article # 1271 The Answer To Your Prayers
Q. Would one be allowed to compose their own teffila, and if so can one say Hashem's name in it?

A. Midrash Tanchuma (Bereshis – Vayeshev 8) comments on the verse (39: 3) “And his master saw that the Hashem was with him,” how would t ....


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Expand Article # 1270 Missing In Action
Q. If one mistakenly began chazaras hashatz when there were only 9 people, realized his mistake in the middle of the 1st bracha (or any other bracha), and waited for the 10th person to return, does he now need to revert to the beginning of SE (since ....


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Expand Article # 1269 What Makes Your Spirit Fly - El or Al?
Q. What is the correct pronunciation of the first two words of Kaddish?
yisgadEl viyiskadAYsh or yisgadAl viyiskadAsh?

A. Poskim disagree as to the correct pronunciation of the first two words of kaddish. Mishna Berura (56 ....


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Expand Article # 1268 Jarring Experience
Q. When I empty a glass pickle jar or the like, in order to store other food items in it, do I need to toivel the jar or is it considered as if a Jew created a new jar? Does it make a difference if I am using the jar for myself or I am giving it a ....


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Expand Article # 1267 Hay There
Q. Is there any problem with feeding a guinea pig, (store bought) hay on Pesach?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that If it is grass hay, there should not be any problem even when bought on Pesach. Legumes hay, should bette ....


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Expand Article # 1266 Do You Read Me?
Q. A baal teshuva who B’H has made great progress in learning, especially in the realm of practical Halacha, but he does not read Hebrew or even know the aleph-beis so well. Which is preferable: that he should shteig (raise) in learning (Halacha, et ....


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Expand Article # 1265 Here We Go Again?
Q. Due to their strained relationship, a wife refrained from going to the Mikvah. After 5-6 years, the couple made peace and returned to happily being married. When the wife returns to the Mikvah and the couple resumes marital relations, must the co ....


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Expand Article # 1264 Better Late Than No Prayer
Dear Rabbi,
Q. What is the correct course of action if one woke up very late on Shabbos morning, but it was not because of an oness, but was because, for example, you stayed up too late? Say one wakes up much past the latest time for Tefillah, ....


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Expand Article # 1266 Seller Beware
Q. Can a salesman on a Judaica store sell tefillin to a woman, when from her questions it is apparent that she plans to wear those tefilin herself?

A. See above question on the prohibition for a woman to don tefillin in our days. Hor ....


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Expand Article # 1265 Don't Don
Q. If a woman wants to wear tefillin, is there any reason to object?
Thank you.

A. The Talmud (Eiruvin 96a) mentions that Michal the daughter of King Shaul donned tefilin and the sages did not protest. Mishna Berura (301: 158) quot ....


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Expand Article # 1264 Trust-us Citr-us
Q. I once read an article where someone was saying there was a problem with orange juice (even with a hechsher) because of "scale bugs" on the peels. I am just wondering if this potential issue would cause a problem with me slicing lemons and puttin ....


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Expand Article # 1263 Beat The Heat
Q. 2) (Re- Electric space heaters in above question) A case: The heater is set to go on and off during the course of Yom Tov or Shabbat and a child was playing with the heater while it was on and turned the knob on the heater to "off" position. Once ....


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Expand Article # 1262 Heat With Feet?
Heat With Feet?

Q. I have some questions regarding electric space heaters we use to heat some rooms in our house and to heat our sukkah.
1) Can they be moved (change position/direction) on Yom Tov and/or Shabbat (if they will not ....


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Expand Article # 1261 Love Over The Clove
Q. Is there a mitzva to eat garlic on Friday night for women? What happens if the garlic smell bothers the spouse, is it still a mitzva?

A. See question above. The Talmud (Bava Kama 82a) mentions other health benefits to consuming ga ....


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Expand Article # 1260 Smell To Heaven?
Q. The Mishnah Berurah (O"H 280:1) says that it is obligatory to consume garlic on Friday or Friday night. How is the garlic supposed to be prepared and how many cloves should be ingested?

A. Mishna Berura (ibid.) mentions that it ....


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Expand Article # 1259 To-bel Or Not To-bel
Q. I recently bought a Keurig coffee maker and realized that I might need to toivel it. The instructions say it should not be submerged in water. What is Rav Shlomo Miller's opinion on it?
Thank you

A. Some Poskim (Beis ....


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Expand Article # 1258 Honour Thy Father and Thy Chavrusa
Q. My elderly father recently moved in with me. Although he has care providers during regular business hours, I am his primary care-giver during the rest of the day. For several years now, I have had a regular skype chavrusa daily (except Shabbos ....


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Expand Article # 1257 Must Read This
Q. Hello... There is a prohibition against reading the caption under a picture on Shabbat. A Rav once mentioned that this could apply to reading children's books on Shabbat. These books have a big picture, with some writing on the page explaining ....


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Expand Article # 1256 Fruits of One's Flavor
Dear Rabbi.
Q. On Tu Bishvat when should one eat the fruits, at the beginning of the seuda or at the end?
If there is a new fruit that requires shecheyanu, should one eat it before the rest, even if it is not from the shivaas haminim?


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Expand Article # 1255 Party Time
Q. For the people who have the minhag to make a special seuda on Tu Bishvat, eat shivas haminim fruits and sing the fifteen shir hamaalos, on this year that it falls on Shabbos, should this be done earlier on Friday night, or berov am during shal ....


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