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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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Expand Article # 1402 Shouldnít Happen To A Dog?
Q. On question 1394 Horav Miller ruled you should not wash a dogís clothing during the nine days. Can you wash the dog itself?

A. Shulachan Aruch (O.H. 613: 1) permits washing off grime and stains even on Yom Kipur, since only the bath ....


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Expand Article # 1401 Hold Your Ears?
Q. If Iím placed on hold on a phone call and while waiting, happy music is played, do I have to hang up during the 3 weeks?

A. On question 1312 we wrote: ďIn question 104 we mentioned that in regards to the avelus of the Three Weeks, w ....


Posted 8/1/2017 5:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article 1400 Discovering Covering
Q. Is it preferable to cover ones eyes with his talis [rather than his hand] when saying the first pasuk of shema? Is there any mekor for using a tallis?

A. The Talmud (Brochos 13b) relates that Rebi Yehuda Hanossi would place hi ....


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Expand Article # 1399 Stop The Music
Q. Dear Rabbi Bartfeld, shlit"a My son has a waterproof bluetooth speaker that he can take in the shower and listen to music. This can be helpful in that the music makes him energetic in the morning. Is there a problem listening to songs that hav ....


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Expand Article # 1398 Have An Itch
Q. Can I use Afterbite on a mosquito bite on Shabbos? It is not medicine, but it relieves the itching?
Can one anoint oneself with oil on Shabbos, for example rubbing oil on one's arms?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O,H, 327: 1) rules t ....


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Expand Article # 1397 One Door Closes, Another Opens
Q. We just installed an 8 feet wide patio door. This door is a sliding door, (composed of a 4 feet stationary glass panel and the sliding 4 feet door). There is no middle column where to install a mezuzah. Placing the mezuzah at the left side of ....


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Expand Article # 1396 A Change For The Better
Q. This question came up over Shabbos, and got me thinking. Some mezuzos have Shem Hashem on the case. If such a Mezuzah is on a bedroom doorway, would it be assur to change in there? If so, would the same issue arise from having a shma card hangi ....


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Expand Article # 1395 Donít Get Behind
Q. It is forbidden to walk behind a woman. Is it permitted to do so if it is one's wife, and she is in her days of purity, since one is in any case permitted to entertain libidinous thoughts of her at that time of the month?
Can one walk n ....


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Expand Article # 1394 A Dog's Mazal
Q. Are you allowed to wash a piece of clothing that you wrap around your dog before Tisha Beav?

A. On question 594 we wrote: Although you may vacuum clean a carpet during the Nine Days, even a Gentile should not wash them. The same ....


Posted 7/28/2017 5:50 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1393 If The Dress Fits
Q. Can one wash during the Nine Days a dress that is clean, just for the purpose of having it shrink so it will fit? It will be worn on Shabbos Chazon.

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinion is that it is permitted in need, since ....


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Expand Article # 1392 Itís Freezing Clean
Q. Some of us instead of washing jeans and sweaters that fade and look worn out after only a few washes, place the pieces in the freezer for a day and it works just fine. See: hhtps. housekeeping. wonderhowto.com. Are you allowed to freeze your clo ....


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Expand Article # 1391 Sorry to Say
Q. How come we read the pasuk of Eicha Essa on parshat Devarim and some read the Haftara also with the nigun of Megilat Eicha, is that not Avelut Befarhesia on Shabbat, that is prohibited?

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinion ....


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Expand Article # 1390 Chazan-Not
Q. Can you listen to tapes of chazanos of tefilos, during the three weeks, if you are interested in knowing the nusach and the nigunim, when you daven for the amud on Shabbos or Yomim Noraim?

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinio ....


Posted 7/28/2017 3:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1389 A Kidush Chidush
Q. If one is in doubt if he made Kiddush Friday night, or if it was made correctly, he cannot repeat it (although it is good to hear it from someone else).
In the event that he cannot hear from someone else, he is allowed to eat normally, altho ....


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