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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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Expand Article #1197 Bee Aware
Q. Is there a "bee parts" issue, (when eating a piece of a honeycomb), since I've been told that pieces of the bee itself remain in the honeycomb? ( It was bought in a COR hechshered store)

A. Unfiltered honey that has insect parts in i ....


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Expand Article # 1196 Honey Trapped
Q. Is there a problem with eating honeycomb on Shabbos/ Yom Tov. Is there a difference if I cut a piece and spread the honey using a knife to squeeze the honey out of the comb or if I just cut a small piece and pop the whole thing in my mouth, comb ....


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Expand Article # 1195 An Answer To Preserve
Q. Can I salt a bowl of fresh vegetables on Shabbos right before a meal? (Cucumbers, peppers, etc,). Does it make a difference if I add some vinegar to it? or oil? (which I prefer not to use,)

A. The Talmud (Shabbos 108b). teaches th ....


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Expand Article # 1194 Follow The Crowd?
Q. Ashkenazi bochur that davens in a Sepharadi shule; should he wear a tallis godol?

A. To follow the minhag hamakom, (the custom of the place,) is an accepted universal principle in Halacha. See Or Letzion (2: 2) in regards to a ....


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Expand Article # 1193 Excuse Me!
Q. Suppose someone burps during Birchas HaMazon. Is there anything he can say or do in lieu of saying "Excuse me" and it will not be a Hefsek?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit'a suggests that he should politely cough, maybe clear his thro ....


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Expand Article # 1192 Your Piece for Peace
Q. 4) Is there a mitzva to vote in the elections of the country one resides?

A. See question 561 in this forum:
Is there a halakhic obligation to vote in the elections for the various levels of government of Canada? A. It i ....


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Expand Article # 1191 Vote of Confidence?
Q. 3) Is one obliged to vote in and for such government?

A. See question 1188 where we mentioned the different Torah sources and mitzvos involved in establishing a government. Rabeinu Yona (Shaarei Teshuva 3: 168) writes vehemently; “Whe ....


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Expand Article # 1190 Govern Modern
Q. 2) Is the government of the Torah elected democratically? How?

A. See question 1188. Talmud (Brochos 55a) teaches that “We do not appoint a Parnes or community leader unless the people were first consulted.” Pirkei D'Rabi Eliezer ....


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Expand Article # 1189 Make No Mistake
Q. A person came to shul on Friday afternoon to daven Mincha. By accident he started saying the Friday night S"E (Maariv) instead of the weekday Mincha. What should he do - continue with the Friday night S"E and then repeat it as tashlumim for the ....


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Expand Article # 1188 Ground Rules
Q. I have a number of questions in regards to elections according to Halacha. 1) Firstly, what if any is the source in the Torah for having a government?

A. The Netziv (Haemek Dovor – Bereshis 9: 7) explains that the commandment of ....


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