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Expand Article # 1225 Follow The Flame?
Q. When we say that lechatchila the Chanuka lights should be lower than ten tefachim is that measure from the flame or from the base of the menora itself? How about for the above three tefachim minimum?

A. Poskim rule that the shiuri ....


Posted 12/30/2016 2:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1224 A Picture Worth A Thousand Words
Q. Can you take a family picture next to a lit menora on Chanuka and then frame it, or would you be benefiting from the neros Chanuka?
When travelling on Chanuka, can you comply with lighting the candles by watching it on real time on your ce ....


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Expand Article # 1223 Bright And Early
Q. This year the first light of Chanukah was lit on Motze Shabbat. Is it correct and better to prepare before the beginning of Shabbat the menorah and place it on the living room so it will be ready after the end of Shabbat as zerizin lamitzvot, Or ....


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Expand Article # 1222 Is Gut Yom-Tov Gut?
Q. Is Chanuka called a Yom Tov or Chag? When you write a Chanuka card can you mention that title?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is called a Chag and a Yom Tov as we find in Shulchan Aruch (Y. D. 217: 47) regard ....


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Expand Article # 1221 Thoughts on Thoughts
Q. New technology enables the totally invalid or paraplegic to drive a wheel chair only via their brain electrical waves. Electrodes connected to their head receive those waves and with some training allow the invalid to control his thoughts and cha ....


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Expand Article # 1220 Survive The Test Of Time
Q. If a Jew comes late to class (in college, etc.), is it a Chillul Hashem? If he is running late, would it be better not to come at all than to walk in with a yarmulke and tzitzis and a long beard ten minutes late (or however late he is) and make ....


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Expand Article # 1219 Tissue Issue
Q. Can one pick up a soiled tissue (Kleenex) paper from the floor on Shabbat or is it muktze?

A. Garbage is usually considered muktze since it has no use, as Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 308: 27) rules regarding inedible food leftovers. H ....


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Expand Article # 1218 Grateful For Small Blessings
Q. I understand that one who listens to me'ein sheva (shortened seven blessings version of Shabbos amida) on Friday night is yotzi Maariv. But there is no mention of making the wind blow and the rain descend, which is me'akev! So how can one be yotz ....


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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 plantís 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 ....


Posted 12/6/2016 11:46 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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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