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Expand Article # 1075 Bury One's Body in the Sand
Q. Re- question #1074, that Rashbi and his son when hiding in the cave put on their clothing for saying shema according to Tosafot. Is that correct?, I remember learning that reading shema is the same as saying a bracha and unlike tefila, as long a ....


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Expand Article # 1074 Keep On Davening?
Q. The Halacha is that a person for whom Torah study is his occupation, he is exempt from prayer. An example of such a person is Rashbi [Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai]. And, yet, the Gemara in Shabbos tells us that although Rashbi would learn with his ....


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Expand Article # 1073 A Close Shave for Shavuos?
Q. What is the Halacha regarding using electric shavers? Does lift and cut make any difference?
Thank you

A. There are basically three different opinions in regards to using electric shavers. Early Gedolim including Chofe ....


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Expand Article # 1072 Wash Your Step
Q. My family's minhag is to wash netilas yadayim before Kiddush. I sometimes go to a Kiddush on Shabbos morning and eat mezonos, and then I come home and want to make Kiddush again for my wife before my meal. Should I wash before Kiddush the second ....


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Expand Article # 1071 Chaim B'Mayim
Q. I feel I frequently need to drink water, but I find it difficult to drink much at a time or to drink it quickly, so I don't usually say a brocha acharona. To make matters complicated, I like to sit outside on my porch with a drink. Sometimes I go ....


Posted 5/30/2016 10:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1070 The Rich and Famished
Q. In the beginning of the Egyptian servitude at the start of Sefer Shemos, Rav Sa'adya Gaon (see Rav Kapach's translation in Chumash Toras Mosad Rav Kook) says that "Ka'asher yianu oso...kain yifrotz"' means that Kal Yisroel became wealthy. What g ....


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Expand Article # 1069 Finders Keep Rest
Q. From the Shulchan Aruch Siman 266 Seif 13, I have the following question:
If the event that one finds a lost object that is not muktzah in an area surrounded by an
eruv where it is clear that it is permitted for the finder to take pos ....


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Expand Article # 1068 Deposit Slip
Q. I would like to challenge a landlord's decision to keep the deposit ($250) unrightfully. Do I have to go to a Beis Din or can a Posek give me permission to go to a goish court. The amount is so small no Beis Din will bother with my case. Is it bet ....


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Expand Article # 1067 Ta'am why Flavour OK
Q. 8 months ago, my wife was cooking chicken for Shabbos. The food was being cooked in a cooking dish, made out of stoneware with the exterior made out of enamel.
In the dish was a few pieces of chicken, rice, water, Italian dressing, salt, ....


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Expand Article # 1066 Is There A Happy App...
Q. This question came up in a shiur this week and I would like to know Rav Miller's opinion. Who was the happiest person in Tanach?

A. It would seem from the Talmud and Midrashim that at least for a short time, Adam was the happiest ....


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Expand Article # 1065 Money From The Minyan
Q. I found money in shul, that looked like someone had it in their pocket and hid it before Shabbos, then forgot to come back and retrieve it. I put up a sign that it was found. How long do I need to keep up the sign? If no one calls at that point ....


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Expand Article # 1064 Wash And Pray
Q. In question # 461, the Rav discussed washing of the hands after having a blood test done...

2. A dentist will wash generally wash his/her hands with soap and water from a water tap or use hand sanitizer after each patient for hygi ....


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Expand Article # 1063 Blood Wash
Hello,
Q. In question # 461, the Rav discussed washing of the hands after having a blood test done. In that discussion it came out that:
..."Following this reasoning we may require the surgeon to wash hands after an operation, since tha ....


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Expand Article # 1062 Bubbe Mice-es?
Q. I was recently cleaning a functioning Aron Kodesh and found a picture of a Rebbe inside. I was told that it was a picture of Rav Shaya of Kerestir and it was important that it be visible (in the pitch dark Aron Kodesh when closed) as it keeps a ....


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Expand Article # 1061 Quinoa or Not
Q. What is HoRav Shlomo Miller's opinion on quinoa products on Pesach? Is quinoa cooking oil permitted? If you consider quinoa to be kitnios, can you use plates that were used to serve them when they are still ben yoma, like in a hotel?
< ....


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Expand Article # 1060 A Blessed Reunion?
Q. I very much enjoy reading these questions/answers! Here is my first question: What should be done with a mezuza that gets accidentally knocked or is found already knocked down on Shabbat or Yom Tov? … (See question above)
Would a bracha b ....


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Expand Article # 1059 Mazal of a Mezuza
Q. Hello. I very much enjoy reading these questions/answers! Here is my first question: What should be done with a mezuza that gets accidentally knocked or is found already knocked down on Shabbat or Yom Tov?
Is there any difference it the ....


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Expand Article # 1058 Dress Up & Bless Up
Q. In many hotels everywhere the balconies face the beach or a swimming pool. Early in the morning, when no one is out yet, is there a problem davening or saying brochos facing an area where usually people are improperly dressed?

A. Hor ....


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Expand Article # 1057 Start and End Trend
Q. In Shemone Esre we say Ata Chonen Chochma Bina Veda'at, but at the end we only say only Chonen Hada'at. Why do we omit Chochma and Bina.
Thanks.

A. A general rule in the brochos of the Amida (and others) is that the brochos e ....


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Expand Article # 1056 Ashkenaz Bird?
Q. Shalom Rav, I have two questions.
I own a small parakeet, we usually feed him a mixture of seeds. Can I feed him in Pesach clean sunflower seeds?

A. Sunflower seeds is considered by many Poskim to be kitniyot (legumes, gra ....


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