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Expand Article # 2693 A Blessing Wife
Q. It is likely that many will be learning and davening alone this Shavuos. (And when someone stays awake the complete night, he should not recite certain brochos. He then usually asks another person who did sleep to recite them and be motze him). C ....


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Expand Article # 2692 Standing for Her Husband
Q. My husband o"h, who passed away l"a recently in the terrible pandemic, was for many years very close to his Rov, as I was too. My husband always made a point to go and visit his rebbe during Yom Tov. The Rov was also very helpful during the tragi ....


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Expand Article # 2691 Call a Visit
Q. Can one comply with the mitzva of Kabolas Pnei Rabo (pay a visit to our Rabbis during Yom Tov) by zoom before Yom Tov?

A. Noda Beyehuda (O. H. 2: 17) maintains that in our days, when meantime there is no aliya leregel and we do no ....


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Expand Article # 2690 Better Late Than Never
Q. (See question 2689 above). Sometimes the bachur comes late (he has an aide who brings him). What should I do if I am supposed to daven with him but he is late (I am makpid to start shemone ezre with the minyan, as otherwise it is a shaila if it ....


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Expand Article # 2689 Praying For Someone
Q. There is a bachur in the yeshiva who r'l had a stroke, cannot daven on his own, and someone stands next to him and davens out loud to be motzi him; I have a few questions.
What should be done to maintain social distancing?

A. H ....


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Expand Article # 2688 Blessed Dreams
Q. If someone goes to sleep for a short time on the night of Shavuos should he say the brocho of Hamapil?

A. Shaarei Teshuva, Birkei Yosef (O.H. 229: 2) and others maintain that if one goes to sleep before daybreak, the brocho of Hama ....


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Expand Article # 2687 With The Best Intentions
Q. Since due to the pandemic, it is likely that we will be learning Shavuos night alone. Can someone have the, intention that when he makes Birchas Hatorah on the morning of Erev Shavuos, not to be yotze (comply) with the brocho after Alos Hashachar ....


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Expand Article # 2686 An Early Shave?
Q. If someone keeps the shitas Haari (the opinion of the Arizal that one does not shave during the whole sefira period), can he shave already on Erev Shavuos after Maariv?

A. Pekudas Elozor (O.H. 493: 2) mentions that Horav Chaim Vital ....


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Expand Article # 2685 Pray Tell Me
Q. Which is better(during these covid times): to daven in a street/ backyard minyan b'rov am (with social distance) or in a beis medrash (that was allowed to reopen) with a mere 10? 

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that if ....


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Expand Article # 2684 Bird Watching
Q. Do you make a brocho on shiluach haken? If yes, which; "Al Shiluach Haken" or "al mitzvas shiluach haken?" Should he recite without the name of Hashem? Do you say shecheyanu?

A. Poskim disagree as to what is the correct bracha if a ....


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Expand Article # 2683 Sent on a Wild Goose Chase?
Q. Are geese considered kosher birds for the mitzva of shiluach haken, even if there is no tradition to eat them?

A. Hisorerus Teshuva (4: 155) maintains that a bird that has the simanei or signs of a kosher bird (See Shulchan Aruch Y. ....


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Expand Article # 2682 Kaddish Yes, Keddusha Yes, Kiddush No!
Q. I heard that Horav Miller Shlit'a has changed recently his position regarding davening in shuls, what is his latest p'sak?

A. On a letter of Iyar 25, also printed in the Kolel web site Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit'a wrote:
< ....


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Expand Article # 2681 High-Water Mark
Q. What is the correct amount of water needed for tisha kavim?

A. Poskim quote different amounts for the nine kavim of water. They vary from approximately 11.3 liters to 17 liters, 18.5 liters or 22 liters (Nefesh Chaya, Beis Boruc ....


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Expand Article # 2680 Standing Orders
Q. What is the correct way of standing under the shower when doing nine kabbim?

A. Mishna Berura (88: 4) quoting Mateh Efraim maintains that when tisha kabim water are poured over someone, he should stand straight with his two hands lo ....


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Expand Article # 2679 Take a Shower
Q. In crisis times when we can't go to the mikva and we pour nine kavim of water instead when taking a shower. Does one have to be careful with chatitza (interposition), such as long toe nails?

A. Poskim permit using a shower for pour ....


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Expand Article # 2678 Drop In The Ocean?
Q. A woman that lost lo-aleynu her father to the pandemic, and is afraid of going to the mikvah, can she tovel (immerse) now that the days are warmer in a lake or the ocean?

A. Poskim beware women to immerse in a sea or lake when it c ....


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Expand Article # 2677 A Toast to the Foil
Q. I bought a new toaster, but since during the pandemic days it is hard to find a mikva for keilim (vessels), can I meantime just place some aluminum foil on the racks and use as is?

A. You may look for a nearby lake or river to imme ....


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Expand Article # 2676 Showering After Immersing
Q. I was told that women that have to go to the mikvah during these coronavirus days, should take a shower after they get back home, but not inside the mikvah itself. I live in an apartment on top of the mikvah, that has no connection or entry to th ....


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Expand Article # 2675 The Suka Caves In
Q. How did Rav Shimon bar Yochai and his son comply with the mitzva of suka while they were in the cave?

A. On question 2197 regarding the opinion of the Chasam Sofer that the mon began to fall on Lag Baomer, we wrote: "Sifsei Tzadik ....


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