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Expand Article # 1308 All Things Must Pass?
Q. I am in the store on Chol Hamoed and there is a lady (I do not know whether or not she is Jewish) who asks me to pass her the bagels on the top shelf because she can’t reach them.
Am I allowed to pass them to her?

1. Is this ca ....


Posted 4/30/2017 10:41 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1307 Still A Steal?
Q. If someone travels to Eretz Yisroel for Pesach and he is joined by his children and grandchildren for the second sedder that they don’t keep, are the grandchildren allowed to “steal” the afikomen at the sedder?

A. See prior ques ....


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Expand Article # 1306 Grab A Bite
Q. What is the hetter (permit) for the tradition of the children stealing the afikoman? Are we not teaching them to do wrong?

A. Orchois Chaim, (473: 19) quoting Meiri, indeed maintains that this minhag is specious and unmerited. H ....


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Expand Article # 1305 Face The Music
Q. Can you play on the piano classical music during sefira days?

A. See question 281 where we wrote that Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit”a opinion is that in principle serious or cheerless classical music would be permitted as we do sing a s ....


Posted 4/23/2017 10:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1304 Selling Point
Q. I own a condo in southern Europe, that I did not completely clean for Pesach. I want to sell it as an early mechira, before the night of bedikat chametz arrives, so I will be exempt from bedika. Can I sell it on this side of the ocean, even if a ....


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Expand Article # 1303 Holy Smoke?
Q. Can you smoke electronic cigarettes on Pesach (Chol Hamoed)?

A. An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is a handheld electronic device which vaporizes a flavored liquid. The user inhales the vapor. Using e-cigarettes is sometime ....


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Expand Article # 1302 Bear In Mind Smokey The Bear
Q. My baby got as a present a stuffed bear, best described in the instructions as; “Filled with 100% natural wheat and lavender, it can be safely warmed or chilled at will. Use to soothe, comfort and relax with The Cozy Collection animals. Each anim ....


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Expand Article # 1301 A Golem Shaileh?
Q. My son has put together a robot that can be commanded on line from far, It carries a camera that can be moved to reach over five feet and move in all directions. The images we get on line are clear and can be focused to see things in detail.


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Expand Article # 1300 No Yachatz Between Karpas and Maror?
Q. It is brought down that when reciting the bracha of "Borei Pri Ha'adama" on the karpas one should specifically have in mind that this bracha should exempt the maror that will be eaten later on. (See Mishna Berura siman 473:55)
Question f ....


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Expand Article # 1299 Search Or Destroy?
Q. If the father searches for chometz and the son burns it next day, who recites the bracha of Al biur Chametz, the father since he owns the chametz or the son who actually burns it?

A. The Brocho is made for the bedika and the subsequ ....


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Expand Article # 1298 My Pet Shaileh
Q. We own a small aquarium with fish and also a dog. It is difficult to change their diet and we think their regular food may contain chametz. Since we go away for Pesach, we leave our pets with a kind neighbor. We sell the chametz including the pet ....


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Expand Article # 1297 Search Me
Q. When one travels to a.Pesach Hotel, where the rooms have been totally cleaned, is there a purpose on placing the ten pieces of bread? Does one have to do bedika if he is only staying the one night before Pesach (the night of bedikas chometz) and ....


Posted 4/6/2017 10:19 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1296 Wash Hands Of Shaile?
Q. Is one allowed to answer amein between mayim achronim and starting benching?

A. It is evident from Shulachan Aruch (O.H. 166: 1) that even after washing netilas yodaim at the beginning of the seuda, you may answer amen before hamotz ....


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Expand Article # 1295 What a Relief!
Q. A person who suffers from 'shy bladder' (an anxiety disorder) and is unable to relieve himself when other people are around (in the bathroom or even in the building) even though he feels the need to relieve himself - may such a person daven whi ....


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Expand Article # 1294 Still A Homentash
Q. Regarding the psak that Rav Miller gave me, (question 1286) not to make a bracho on hamantaschen during a seuda, I told this to my rav and he mentioned to me that there is a Biur Halacha that says if something has a fruit filling (e.g., apple p ....


Posted 4/4/2017 10:36 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1293 Maybe Some Other Time
Q. Who takes priority in davening for the amud, a yortzait or someone who is in shiva, but davening in shul or during shloshim?

A. There are different opinions and traditions if an ovel during shiva leads the services or no. Kolbo ....


Posted 4/3/2017 10:25 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1292 Tortilla Matzos?
Q. Are kitnios such as peanuts that never were in contact with water prohibited? Why should they be different from wheat that when it is shomur you can make matzos and eat them, so you should be permitted to eat corn bread or tortilas that were bake ....


Posted 4/3/2017 10:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1291 Don’t Fall Asleep!
Q. Why should a rabbi or a teacher who is very boring and the listeners fall asleep and are subject to unnecessary stress not be prohibited to lecture? Isn’t harming the health of the congregants and the class an issur (prohibition) of the Torah?< ....


Posted 3/31/2017 5:03 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1290 Where Was I? Again
Q. Re- question 1283; Did Rav Miller shlit’a explain why he agrees with the view of the Chayei Adam, which, as mentioned, is contrary to the opinion of most poskim? In that case (following the psak of the Chayei Adam and Rav Miller), should he dave ....


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Expand Article # 1289 The Joys Of Spring
Q. Does Mishenichas Adar Marbim Besimcha (when the month of Adar begins we increase joy), apply also after Purim? Does the joy keep on increasing? Does it continue into Nissan too? (for the purpose of starting a new business or scheduling a medical ....


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