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Expand Article # 1199 Hold It
Q. A non-Jewish couple that don't have any children, are best friends to a couple celebrating a bris and are attending the ceremony. Can they be given a cheik kivud and hold the child before or after entering the shul proper, or maybe before or af ....


Posted 11/28/2016 9:54 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1198 Comb That Honeycomb?
Q. Does the COR certify the honeycombs sold at COR certified stores and if they do, are they actually visually inspected for bee parts ? And if there is a need for that inspection?
Thanks

A. The question was forwarded to Rabbi ....


Posted 11/28/2016 9:45 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #1197 Bee Aware
Q. Is there a "bee parts" issue, (when eating a piece of a honeycomb), since I've been told that pieces of the bee itself remain in the honeycomb? ( It was bought in a COR hechshered store)

A. Unfiltered honey that has insect parts in i ....


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Expand Article # 1196 Honey Trapped
Q. Is there a problem with eating honeycomb on Shabbos/ Yom Tov. Is there a difference if I cut a piece and spread the honey using a knife to squeeze the honey out of the comb or if I just cut a small piece and pop the whole thing in my mouth, comb ....


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Expand Article # 1195 An Answer To Preserve
Q. Can I salt a bowl of fresh vegetables on Shabbos right before a meal? (Cucumbers, peppers, etc,). Does it make a difference if I add some vinegar to it? or oil? (which I prefer not to use,)

A. The Talmud (Shabbos 108b). teaches th ....


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Expand Article # 1194 Follow The Crowd?
Q. Ashkenazi bochur that davens in a Sepharadi shule; should he wear a tallis godol?

A. To follow the minhag hamakom, (the custom of the place,) is an accepted universal principle in Halacha. See Or Letzion (2: 2) in regards to a ....


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Expand Article # 1193 Excuse Me!
Q. Suppose someone burps during Birchas HaMazon. Is there anything he can say or do in lieu of saying "Excuse me" and it will not be a Hefsek?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit'a suggests that he should politely cough, maybe clear his thro ....


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Expand Article # 1192 Your Piece for Peace
Q. 4) Is there a mitzva to vote in the elections of the country one resides?

A. See question 561 in this forum:
Is there a halakhic obligation to vote in the elections for the various levels of government of Canada? A. It i ....


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Expand Article # 1191 Vote of Confidence?
Q. 3) Is one obliged to vote in and for such government?

A. See question 1188 where we mentioned the different Torah sources and mitzvos involved in establishing a government. Rabeinu Yona (Shaarei Teshuva 3: 168) writes vehemently; “Whe ....


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Expand Article # 1190 Govern Modern
Q. 2) Is the government of the Torah elected democratically? How?

A. See question 1188. Talmud (Brochos 55a) teaches that “We do not appoint a Parnes or community leader unless the people were first consulted.” Pirkei D'Rabi Eliezer ....


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Expand Article # 1189 Make No Mistake
Q. A person came to shul on Friday afternoon to daven Mincha. By accident he started saying the Friday night S"E (Maariv) instead of the weekday Mincha. What should he do - continue with the Friday night S"E and then repeat it as tashlumim for the ....


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Expand Article # 1188 Ground Rules
Q. I have a number of questions in regards to elections according to Halacha. 1) Firstly, what if any is the source in the Torah for having a government?

A. The Netziv (Haemek Dovor – Bereshis 9: 7) explains that the commandment of ....


Posted 11/11/2016 3:02 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1187 Poor Prutah
Q. How much is the amount of a prutah this days?

A. The value of a perutah according to the opinion of the Chazon Ish and Rav Chaim Noeh is 1/40 or .025 of a gram of silver, and according to the Masoro it is .0182 of a gram of silver ....


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Expand Article # 1186 Early Sale
Q. Can you sell the Aliyos of Simchas Torah on Shemini Atzeres, or is it like preparing from one Yom Tov to the next and prohibited?

A. Although Nitei Gavriel (Sukos 93: 1) rules to be stringent and to not begin selling the aliyos ....


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Expand Article # 1185 Break The Spell?
Q. How do you spell the name of the month in the ketuvah, Cheshvan or Marcheshvan? Is Marcheshvan written as one word or two?

A. The correct name for this month is the one word Marcheshvan (Beis Shmuel - Even Ha’ezer 126: 21, Aruch Has ....


Posted 11/4/2016 1:33 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1184 Rain On One's Chasuna Parade
Q. What is the reason for those who do not make weddings on Cheshvan?

A. See last question, where we mentioned an array of different opinions in regards to getting married on Marcheshvan. Those who abstain quote a number of reasons. < ....


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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 ....


Posted 10/30/2016 11:13 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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 ....


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