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Expand Article # 1100 Put On Ice?
Q. If I can’t find a Goy can I put a small bag of ice on the thermostat and eventually it will turn itself off?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that it is preferable to ask a child to place the bag of ice cubes when in n ....


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Expand Article # 1099 Cold Case
Q. (See question 1098 above, in regards to turning off the AC when it is too cold.) Is it better if I tell one Goy to tell another Goy?

A. Mishna Berura (307: 24) quotes several opinions that permit telling one Gentile to instruct ano ....


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Expand Article # 1098 Cold Enough For You?
Q. If the AC was left on too low on Shabbos and it bothers the family especially the small children who may catch a cold, can I ask a Goy to turn it off, if I ask him indirectly?
Does it help if I ask him to do it with a shinui such as with ....


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Expand Article # 1097 Wonder Stone
Q. Is the ceremony (of placing a cornerstone) recommended, and if you offer food will it become a seudas mitzvah? How about a private home?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion as mentioned above (question 1096)is, that it is a pr ....


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Expand Article # 1096 Groundbreaking Question
Q. Is there a source in Chazal for the ceremony of placing a cornerstone before building an institution or a shul?


A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit'a pointed to the posuk in Zecharya (4: 9) “Zerubbabel's hands founded (yisdu) this ....


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Expand Article # 1095 Fast or Feast?
Q. I have a close friend that is getting married this Sunday, the 20 of Sivan. I heard that there may be an issue in attending a wedding on that day. Is that true?
Should you make an effort to say selichos on that day? (I daven in a shul where ....


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Expand Article # 1094 Papaya Shayla
Q. There are different traditions as to what bracha you make on papaya, what is Rav Millers opinion?

A. The Papaya looks like a tree, it may grow ten feet tall or more, lasts for several years and produces an annual crop like a tree an ....


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Expand Article # 1093 Do Not Touch Shiduch
Q. I like to try to make shiduchim. I'm on an email list that gives me many shiduch profiles a day. Some of these people are modern orthodox. Some of them are not shomer nagiya. One question is, if I know someone is not shomer nagiya, am I allowe ....


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Expand Article # 1092 Don't Picture This
Q. I have some articles and stories that were published in a modern orthodox publication. One of the stories that got published was a shiduch story, and the publication put pictures to go along with the story, that people that are more frum would n ....


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Expand Article # 1091 Ghost Adjusters?
Q. I have some  more questions if you don't mind. One is that I'm trying to start a ghostwriting business. I am looking to write books and booklets for people who either don't have the time or the skills to do it themselves. This involve ....


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Expand Article # 1090 And The Beat Goes On
Q. (See question # 1089 above) If the heart was extracted without doing all possible to revive the patient, would Halacha permit using it after the fact, in order to save a life?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit”a opinion is that after ....


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Expand Article # 1089 Not for the Faint-Hearted
Q. Thank you so much for your answer on the new heart transplant techniques and the opportunities they offer. It is not clear from the answer according to Halacha how long should, the efforts to resuscitate the patient be continued before permitting ....


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Expand Article # 1088 Ma'aser Purchaser
Q. Can one buy with Maaser money cakes or other foods for Yom Tov that are sold for the benefit of an institution like a yeshiva?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that you would have to deduct the market value of the food, a ....


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Expand Article # 1087 Carry the Torch?
Q. Thank you so much for your prompt answer on the ner havdala shayle (#1081) on Motzei Shabbos – Yom Tov.
You mentioned from Mishna Berura that a candle that has several wicks is not considered as an avuka (torch) because they all are seen ....


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Expand Article # 1086 Heart Stopping Question
Q. Now hearts can be taken from completely dead donors; the donor heart does not have to be beating when it is harvested. How does this impact organ donation and Jewish law? I believe that one reason against organ donation is controversy surroundi ....


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Expand Article #1085 Counter Argument
Q. I have a shaila for you. We are moving into a condo previously owned by a non jew.It could be close to a year vacant as the owner went into a nursing home many months ago.We are going to redo the kitchen but in the meantime what do we do with f ....


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Expand Article # 1084 Pray Tell, Should we Pray?
Q. Can the gabay of our shule make a mi sheberach for a gentile (he is a good friend to one of our members) and is ill?
Does it matter if he observes all seven Noahide mitzvos, or can yo recite if he is an adherent to the Catholic religion?< ....


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Expand Article #1083 The Simchas Torah of Shavuos
Q. Why don’t we rejoice and make hakofos on Shavuos as we do in Simchas Torah, after all that is the day of the giving of the Torah and the wedding itself?

A. Our Sages (Seder Chag Hashevuos, Tel Talpios p. 18 et. al.) stress the g ....


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Expand Article # 1082 Bring to Light
Q. Is it better if one lights the yortzait candle usually used on the second day Yom Tov when they say Izkor, before Shabbos (you would need a 72 hour candle) since it is not really needed for Yom Tov?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 514: 5) ....


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Expand Article # 1081 Wick-ed Shayla?
Q. When Yom Tov falls on Motzei Shabbos you make havdala at the end of the kidush adding the brocho of meorei haeish. Since you can't light your regular havdala candle, because you can't extinguish it on Yom Tov, should you make the brocho on the Y ....


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