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Expand Article # 1127 Double Talk?
Q. Why do we prohibit using a microphone on Shabbos, and we permit speaking to a person wearing a hearing aid?

A. Igrois Moishe (O.H. 4: 85) explains that microphones became prohibited by most Poskim because they involve “hashmoas kol ....


Posted 7/25/2016 10:49 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1126 Turn a Deaf's Ear
Q. Can a person who needs a hearing aid, adjust the volume on Shabbos? With a shinui?

A. Igrois Moishe (O.H. 4: 85 – see last question) permits the use of a hearing aid, since in reality the melocho is not done by the hard of hear ....


Posted 7/22/2016 5:14 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1125 I See the Light
Q. Regarding many areas in hilchos Shabbos there is a difference if the melocha is from the Torah or derabanan: amira lakum, maseh Shabbos etc. What is the status of electricity regarding such issues?

A. When electricity is use ....


Posted 7/22/2016 2:22 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1124 Hotel Or Notel
Q. Can I be a partner in a non-kosher hotel?

A. Poskim maintain that one should not enter into a business venture with a Gentile that commercializes with non kosher products (Maharam Shik 136, Rama M’Pano 30, Darchei Teshuva 117: 17 e ....


Posted 7/21/2016 11:40 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1123 Corner the Market
Q. The fact that a non kosher product is sold mostly to non-Jews does that permit marketing it?

A. The prohibition to commercialize with non kosher products applies even when you sell the items only to Gentiles. This is obvious, s ....


Posted 7/20/2016 12:22 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1122 Out of Touch
Q. The fact that I just will do office work, and will not come in physical contact with the product itself, does that permit importing and distributing non kosher foods?

A. Gilyon Maharsho (Y.D. 117: 1) rules that one may not give mone ....


Posted 7/19/2016 3:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1121 Not Kosher For Nosher
Q. Hi Rabbi,
Is there a problem in importing a diet product that some of the ingredients are not kosher?

A. Mishna (Sheviis 7: 3), Rambam (Macholos Assuros 8: 18), Tur and Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 117), rule that there is a prohibitio ....


Posted 7/19/2016 3:24 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1120 It’s Complicated
Q. I heard its a sin from a Jew to tell on another Jew. Is this right? What if a Jew commits a serious crime to another Jew?. Regardless, of religion, its moral and ethical to report any crime to the police no matter the nature of it or if its fro ....


Posted 7/15/2016 6:10 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1119 Mazal Tov! You Are Married
Q. If after a chupa, it became known that the witnesses were related to each other with a disqualifying familial closeness, does Rav Miller hold that the kidushin have to be repeated, or we can bedieved relay on the Chassam Sofer that permits?


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Expand Article # 1118 Write or Right?
Q. If you find a common ordinary ballpoint pen that is similar to many others on a table in a shul or other frequented Jewish institutions, can you use it or even keep it?

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


Posted 7/15/2016 1:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1117 Go to G-d to Godol
Q. Is it correct for a teacher to keep on telling his students that they can all grow to be Gedolei Yisrael, when it is obvious that they don’t have the mental or any other abilities to be so and later in life they will become heavily discouraged a ....


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Expand Article # 1116 Avoid the Avoda Zara
Q. Hi, I wonder if it would be OK, halachically right to use a golden cross and melt it to make it into a Magen David necklace? I was thinking about the golden calf that was destroyed and it's gold not reused, and I suspect it might be avoda zara t ....


Posted 7/14/2016 10:44 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1115 One At A Time
Q. Is there a problem for a Beis Din in a time of need to take a group of gerim and do the tevila and kabalath mitzvoth together?

A. See question above where Poskim maintain that there is at least a mitzva “kiyumis” in converting a su ....


Posted 7/12/2016 11:53 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1114 Love the Ger
Q. Is there a mitzvah to accept proper gerim?

A. From Talmud (Yebamot 47: 2) it would seem that there is a mitzva to accept gerim, since the Gemara mentions in regards to the immediate circumcision of a ger: “We do not delay a mitzva. ....


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Expand Article # 1113 Red Tape on a Red String?
Q. What is the source of the red string or roite bendl that some people wear on their wrist?
Is it permitted or is it Darkei Haemori?

A. Poskim disagree as to the propriety of this popular segula. Orchoseicha Lamdeni (140) p ....


Posted 7/10/2016 11:08 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1112 The Plot Thickens
Q. Re: question 1107 and 1111. Could a person who wants to become a ger, and accepted keeping all mitzvos except being buried in a Jewish cemetery, be accepted for gerus?

A. The Talmud (Yebamot 47a-47b) teaches that the prospective ....


Posted 7/10/2016 10:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1111 A Good Plot?
Q. Re- question 1107. Is there an actual prohibition to be buried in a non-Jewish cemetery?

A. Talmud (Sanhedrin 46b) debates whether there is only an allusion (remez) in the Torah for the need of burial from the posuk (Devorim 21 ....


Posted 7/8/2016 4:24 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1110 A Kashe Oif a Maisse
Q. There is a famous story where the Chofetz Chaim tells Rav Shimon Schwab that he is a Kohen while Rav Schwab is not because when Moshe Rabbeinu called out "Mi Lashem Eilai", his father answered the call, while Rav Schwab's did not. And therefore, ....


Posted 7/8/2016 3:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1109 Have you Heard?
Q. If one recited Shema before davening, may he skip it during davening (and just say the brachos) in order to have tefilla b'tzibbur?
A similar question, If one davens ma'ariv after plag, can he shorten or rapidly read the Shema in order to ....


Posted 7/6/2016 10:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1108 Too Little Too Early?
Q. My nine year old daughter attends a Bays Yaakov type school. Can she in the hot summer days wear short sleeves in the backyard or house?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that on the privacy of the backyard or home, w ....


Posted 7/4/2016 3:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)



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