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Expand Article # 1046 Hidden Afikomen Gift
Q. Can I use a gift certificate or card to reward on Yom Tov the child that finds the Afikomen?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that gift certificates and cards are muktza on Shabbos and Yom Tov. We could assume that t ....


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Expand Article # 1045 Top of the Glass
Q. How does one kasher a glass top stove for Pesach? What if the glass is scratched or was damaged or has aluminum (foil paper) stains imbedded into it?

A. The glass-ceramic top should be totally clean (use the recommended commercial ce ....


Posted 4/15/2016 6:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1044 Hagalah Bizman Kariv
Q. Can you kasher pots and pans or cutlery by just placing them in an oven and running a self cleaning cycle? (a much easier task than immersing each item separately in a boiling pot)
Can those items be touching each other when being kashered ....


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Expand Article # 1043 If the Glove Fits
Q. If I use plastic gloves for holding on to the pots and cutlery being kashered for Pesach use in a large pot with boiling water, do the gloves become non kosher? Do I have to get new ones for every use, since plastic can't be kashered?


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Expand Article # 1042 Azoy Shine?
Q. How about a slightly tarnished silver kidush cup. Does the cup have to be totally polished and shiny before Pesach kashering?

A. Mishna Berura (451: 21) rules that rust stains that do not have any “mamoshus”or substance to them, an ....


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Expand Article # 1041 It's kosher to kasher
Q. Can anodized aluminium cookware (Kitchen Aid) be kashered for Pesach?

A. Anodization is a process in which by applying an electrical charge on the aluminium vessels, one increases the thickness of the oxide layer on them, ther ....


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Expand Article # 1040 Back into the Past
Q. Re- question 1035 traveling east from Beijing to JFK, You mentioned that when you cross any of the datelines during Shabbos, you will revert 24 hours to erev Shabbos after keeping Shabbos some hours. Would you then have to make havdalah?
< ....


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Expand Article #1039 Shabbat Salad
Q. Can a mixed fruit salad, made by cutting fruits including grapes be prepared on Shabbos?

A. Some Poskim maintain (see 39 melochos p. 334) that one should preferably abstain from cutting grapes on Shabbos, even if one does not int ....


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Expand Article # 1038 Grapes of What?
Q. Regarding the issur of mashkin shzavu of grapes on Shabbos, If one has a fruit salad of grapes and other fruits, and there is a collection of liquid at the bottom of the bowl, is the mashke mutar btaruvos? Do we go after rov fruits i.e. rov grape ....


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Expand Article #1035 Will I Cross the Line?
Q. My friend is flying on April 15th (Friday) from Beijing to NewYork with Air China.
The flight leaves at 9:00AM, and arrives in New York at 10:20AM.
His question is regarding the flight route - is there a possibility that he will b ....


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Expand Article # 1037 Fly Away Another Day
Q. Should one avoid traveling on Friday on this particular flight?

A. Taarich Yisroel (21: 15) quotes HoRav Eliashiv z"tl who maintains that on the onset one should avoid traveling on Friday if it may come to travel on Shabbos. Ho ....


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Expand Article # 1036 It's Up In The Air
Q. What should one do when encountering such situation ? (see above question 1035)

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is similar to other Poskims advice to follow the psak of the majority (Horav Moshe Heineman Shlit"a as quo ....


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Expand Article #1034 Sheitl Shaila
Q. May a married woman that totally lost her hair due to radiation treatment, wear a wig which is attached with glue and remains affixed to her scalp for 30 days, at which time the glue is reapplied and she continues to wear it month after month ....


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Expand Article # 1033 Right from the Beginning
Q. Following our minhag my son should put on tefilin first time thirty days before his bar mitzvah and that would be on Sunday, the Isru Chag of Pesach. Due to the fact that the family will be together during Yom Tov, can he put on tefilin first ti ....


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Expand Article # 1032 Soliciting an Answer
Q On Purim we try to fulfill "kol haposhet yad nosnim lo." If I receive an email solicitation on Purim, would that be called "poshet yad?"
If it is, do I have send the money on Purim itself?
How about if I get a solicitation letter ....


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Expand Article # 1031 Siman Tov To Mazal Tov?
Q. This past Shabbos, Parashas Tzav, we read in the Haftarah the sentence (Yirmiya 7:34) "And I will cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of gladness, and the voice of joy, the voice of the bridegro ....


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Expand Article # 1030 Whine on the Wine?
Q. One of the reasons mentioned for the untimely death of Nadav and Avihu was that they entered the Mishkan while intoxicated. Where did they find wine in the Midbar? It is unlikely it was taken out of Mitzraim, since even enough water they did not ....


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Expand Article # 1029 Egg-xcellent Shayla
I would like to ask a shayla. I was making an omelette in a milchik pan that is not a ben yomo. When It was ready I accidentally took a fleshik fork (which might be a ben yomo but im not sure) and used it to put the omelette on a plate. By the time I ....


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Expand Article # 1028 What's the News?
Q. Every Erev Shabbos our Shuls are flooded with various Parsha sheets and periodicals. While these distract from the davening, it is likely that most are better than shmoozing with one's neighbor.
However, recently there is a local newsp ....


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Expand Article # 1027 Missing Mishkan Mitzvos?
Q. According to the opinion of Rashi and the Sforno that the Mishkan was given only to redeem for the sin of the egel. Does that mean that without the egel we would be missing the largest single subject of the Torah; the Bet Hamikdash, all mitzvos ....


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