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Expand Article # 1356 Address The Uni-Dress
Q Can a man wear a unisex outfit?

A. The Talmud (Nedarim 49: 2) relates that the wife of Rabi Yehuda fashioned a wool coat that both she and her husband would wear when needed. Poskim (Birkey Yosef 183: 3, Pesach Einaim - Nedarim ....


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Expand Article # 1355 Make Clothes For The Man
Q. Is a man allowed to wear any clothing (a night gown) of a woman, when no one else is present or it is cold and he doesnít have anything else to wear at night?

A. It is biblically forbidden for a man to wear womenís clothes or for a ....


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Expand Article # 1354 Open Secret?
Q. Many people are very secretive about publicizing when they are expecting the birth of a child. Is there a inyan to do so for any point of the pregnancy? Also, many people don't do any preparations until the baby is born, and then rush to get the ....


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Expand Article # 1353 Save That Kidush!
Q. I saw someone make kiddish on Shabbas day for many people at a "kiddish" at shul. He only took a very small sip of wine (for sure not a "maleh lugmov" (cheek-full).

1. If nobody else there drank any wine, is there any opinions that ....


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Expand Article # 1352 Make My Day
Q. I read that you can't prepare on the 1st day of Yom Tov for the second, but something insignificant like taking a challah out of the freezer a few hours before the second day starts would be okay. Other sources say things like "Even something t ....


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Expand Article # 1351 The Stream Of Whipped Cream
Q 1. Re question 1331, the Rav permits icing a cake...with whipped cream from ..an aerosol can....I read somewhere that using such a can on Shabbos was forbidden due to the melacha of molid. Can the Rav please clarify?

A. Iím quoti ....


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Expand Article # 1350 For The Ages
Q. My daughter is going to separate chalah and make a brocho on her Bas Mitzva party, as many others do this days. However, because the vacations start soon, we are making the party early and she will be short a month from being 12. Can she still s ....


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Expand Article # 1349 News To Me
Q. The... Star newspaper has started randomly delivering their Saturday paper to several houses in the Clanton Park area. We never asked for it, it just started showing up. Although I plan to likely cancel mine because of inappropriate pictures that ....


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Expand Article # 1348 Hair Today Hair Tomorrow
Q. 1. There are those that have "male pattern baldness," that choose to get rid of all the hair on their head in order to look cleaner/better. Since there is a prohibition in cutting the payos areas down to the skin, is there any way that these peop ....


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Expand Article # 1347 On E-Autopilot
Q. E-commerce & electronic transactions on Yom Tov (when unlike Shabbos the markets & banks are open):
Although there's already different contemporary Poskim ruled on the above, I'd very much like to know your and Rav Miller's ruling specific ....


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Expand Article # 1346 A Delicate Condition
Q. If one is offered something that is cholov stam, and he is not interested in explaining that he cannot eat it, or getting into an argument with someone who relies on Rav Moshe's so-called heter*, may he lie and claim to be lactose intolerant? Is ....


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Expand Article # 1345 Shiva Shevuei Torah?
Q. According to Rebiís opinion on gemorah Shabbos, we have seven Seforim on the Torah, divided in this parsha, and the Halacha seems to follow him. Why is it then that we always mention five Chumshei Torah and that there are 24 sefarim in Tanach and ....


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Expand Article # 1344 A Walk In The Park
Q. Can I carry items in a park inside a city that has an eiruv on Shabbos? Does it make a difference how big the park is? If it is surrounded by a fence and has gates? If it has benches, many trees or water fountains?


A. Posk ....


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Expand Article # 1343 Behind Closed Doors
Q. Re- question 1327 on using a hotel key-card on Shabbos and the challenge this almost universal change now presents to the observant traveler, I heard from Rabbi M. Skobac an easy way out. It is to fasten a cord to the inside handle the lock, a ....


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Expand Article # 1342 Brocho To Barter?
Q. My daughter, is about to return from learning in a seminar in Yisroel, and a friend of hers, that resides in Yisroel, and is well connected, asked for clothing, that she and her friends would not need after seminary. In return she offered to arra ....


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Expand Article # 1341 See The Daylight?
Q. The Torah says: 'Vayehi erev vayehi boker" (mentioning night before day). The Talmud also starts out by discussing the dinim of krias Shema at night. Why, then, does the Shulchan Aruch begin with the halachos that apply in the morning? Why does ....


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Expand Article # 1340 Ruth The Moaviah or Ruth The Midyonite?
Q. Why is Ruth called the Moaviah, and the Talmud Yebamos discusses whether she and King David, her offspring were permitted to intermarry with the Jewish nation. Rashi explains at the beginning of Megilas Ruth that she was the daughter of King Egl ....


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Expand Article # 1339 Sleep It Off?
Q. If someone was staying up the learn the whole night of Shavuos, but then realized that he is too tired and went to sleep in his bed for an hour, when he comes back to continue learning, does he have to say Birchas Hatorah?
How about if s ....


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Expand Article # 1338 Milk Of Kindness
Q. The minhag to eat macholei cholov in Shavuos is very important in my family and I have always kept it. But now Iím in a very strict diet. Can I keep it by just drinking skimmed milk? If not do I have to be matir neider?


A. ....


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Expand Article # 1337 Time To Call It A Night?
Q. If one would have a net loss of learning over Shavuos by staying up all night learning because would be too exhausted to learn over the rest of Yom Tov, is it better to go to sleep or should one stick the minhag and learn Shavuos night?
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