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Expand Article # 1217 Mixture Mix-up?
A. Metamucil and similar brands are a psyllium fiber, bulk-forming powder laxative made from the husks of the Plantago Ovata plant’s seeds. There are two concerns on using it on Shabbos and Yom Tov, firstly it may be considered medicine and then, ma ....


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Expand Article # 1216 Hot Question
Q. Subject: Nest thermostat 3rd generation
Is it OK to have it on the wall Shabbes. It lights up when you pass it. It is learning your schedule and adjusting itself accordingly.
Thank you

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a ....


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Expand Article # 1215 Kosher Money
Q. Lately the Canadian government acknowledged that tallow is included in the new bills composition as a lubricant for the notes so they will easily pass through coin (paper) machines. Is that now a new problem for people that have the unhealthy h ....


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Expand Article # 1214 Speak Before You Think?
Q. If I only have a limited amount of time, what is higher priority: proper understanding of Krias Shema or proper pronunciation?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that proper pronunciation is essential. Once you read and ....


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Expand Article # 1213 Work Against The Clock?
Q. Re- your answer on the permissibility of the home use of inaccurate scales and other measuring devises such as baby bottles and measuring tapes, due in part to the fact that they are not used for commercial purposes. How about a clock that is use ....


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Expand Article # 1212 The Flying Menorah II
Q. We are flying to Israel at 5;45 pm on the evening of December 25 - 2nd night Chanukah.
We need to arrive at the airport around 3 PM and our flight will arrive noon the next day.
Would those little battery candles be acceptable, in th ....


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Expand Article # 1211 Halacha In Hot Water?
Q. The new gas water heaters come with a "Honeywell Vesta, self powered, self diagnostic gas valve. Alerts the user to the operating status of the heater." This device is powered by the heat generated by the boiler and I believe it also has a backu ....


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Expand Article # 1210 Make A Name For Yourself
Q. A married couple converted to Judaism and the tevila was done on the same day prior to their chupa. What names should be written in the kesuva, the old names that they used until now or the new names given to them by the Bais Din at the tevila on ....


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Expand Article # 1209 Pay Them With Their Own Coin
Q. I'm including a picture of personalized silver and gold coins we are marketing. The images of Gedolei Israel, Holocaust survivors or benefactors to institutions etc. are engraved in the coins. Is there an halachic issue with this? Is there a pr ....


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Expand Article # 1208 Count Your Brochos
Q. Is it enough just to taste a tiny bit or there is a shiur required?
If only a small taste is necessary, do you make a brocho?

A. Poskim address the question of whether one recites a brocho before tasting the food.
Altho ....


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Expand Article # 1207 Every Man To His Taste
Q. Is every one supposed to taste on Erev Shabbos the foods prepared for Shabbos, or is it enough if one person tastes them? Do all foods have to be tested?

A. It would seem that it depends on the reason why the tasting is done (see pri ....


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Expand Article # 1206 In Good Taste
Q. What is the reason for tasting the food before the beginning of Shabbos?

A. Beis Yosef (Orach Chaim beginning of 286), Magen Avrohom (250: 2), Shibolei Haleket (82), Mishna Berura (ibid. 2) and others, mention the requirement t ....


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Expand Article # 1205 A Measured Question
Q. We learned recently on the Daf about not having false weights and measures. How about having them at home not for commercial purposes but just for preparing foods, or weighing oneself etc.?

A. The Torah teaches us (Devarim 25:13-15) ....


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Expand Article # 1204 Where Are We?
Q. What is Horav Miller's Shlit'a opinion in regards to writing the name of the place in the kesuva, when the wedding is in the Bayt or the Terrace? Is it Vaughan or Thornhill? What is the correct spelling?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller' ....


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Expand Article # 1203 Lift Left The Left
Q. One called to do hagbaha on a sefer Torah, lost a bit of control and his left hand holding the heavy side of the sefer went down. The bottom yad of the eitz chaim was always in his hand, but the very top side of the left eitz chaim touched the flo ....


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Expand Article # 1202 Kiddush Flub?
Q. One sees that the Mussaf prayer on Shabbos will be delayed and one will only get home/ have the opportunity to make Kiddush when it will be after chatzos (if one davens with the minyan), and one has not had anything to drink that day yet.
< ....


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Expand Article # 1201 The Crux Of The Kvater Matter
Q. What is the source for the name K'vater?

A. According to Zoicher Habris (19: 1), Ateres Paz (38), and others, it derives from the German – Yidish gefatter or gevatter, meaning “shushbin” (best man) or godfather.
Oitzer Habb ....


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Expand Article # 1200 Think Out The Box
Q. Hi, I have a question.
Am I allowed to fold up a box on Shabbos? For example, if I finish a box of grape juice can I open up the other side to fold the box? Is that OK? I'm really not doing much (other than ripping a bit of tape).
On ....


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Expand Article # 1199 Hold It
Q. A non-Jewish couple that don't have any children, are best friends to a couple celebrating a bris and are attending the ceremony. Can they be given a cheik kivud and hold the child before or after entering the shul proper, or maybe before or af ....


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Expand Article # 1198 Comb That Honeycomb?
Q. Does the COR certify the honeycombs sold at COR certified stores and if they do, are they actually visually inspected for bee parts ? And if there is a need for that inspection?
Thanks

A. The question was forwarded to Rabbi ....


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