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Expand Article # 964 Amida Starts Running Now
Q. If I Prematurely Step into (Mincha – Laud Kedusha) Shemoneh Esrei, but only say the two preliminary verses which precede the first bracha of Shemoneh Esrie, can I step out so I can respond to Kedusha of shiliach tzibour or am I committed to compl ....


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Expand Article # 963 Barech Alenu Shana Tova
Q. Is it proper to give New Year bonuses to employees right before the New Year or should our company wait until after or give them out weeks before the New Year?
Can we include also a New Year’s wishing-well card?

A. Horav Shlom ....


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Expand Article # 962 OJ - Oy Vey or OK?
Q. Regarding the bugs in Orange Juice
Is OJ prohibited to consume?
If prohibited, could the OJ be used in for baking?
If not prohibited, is it recommended to nevertheless refrain from consuming the OJ.
Is one brand of ....


Posted 12/29/2015 11:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 961 Supplement Your Neshamah
Q. I have heard that a certain Gadol HaDor who is no longer in this world permitted gum and vitamins even if they didn't have a hechsher. Is there a mekor for this p'sak?



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Expand Article # 960 Not Tonight
Q.  I heard that some don't get married on nitel night, is that true?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that for those that observe the minhag of Nitel, it depends on the rationale behind it. If the reason is the inherent ave ....


Posted 12/25/2015 12:58 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 959 Chasuna, Chanuka, Hadlaka
Q. If the chasuna is on Chanukah and the choson leaves his parents home for good, before sunset and goes to his wedding hall and then later that night will move in to his new home, where should he light Ner Chanukah?

A. Halichos Sh ....


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Expand Article # 958 Fast Wedding II
Q. Is it proper to make or attend a wedding or a sheva brochos with music on the night after Asara Beteves?

A. See prior question. Poskim mention that it would seem that there is no reason to avoid weddings on the night after the end ....


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Expand Article # 957 A Fast Wedding?
Q. Is it proper to make or attend a wedding or a sheva brachoth with music on the night prior to the fast of Asara Beteveth?

Remoh (O.H. 550: 3) advises that if there is a Chupa on Asara Beteves on Erev Shabbos, Mincha and Vaichal are ....


Posted 12/23/2015 9:50 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 956 Naso's Lift Off
Q. My son's Bar Mitzvah is this year on Sivan 7. We here in Eretz Yisroel will be leining Parashas B'haalosecha on the following Sivan 12, while those outside of Eretz Yisroel will still read Parashas Naso (because Acharon shel Pesach is on Shabbo ....


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Expand Article # 955 Repenters Repeat?
Q. A Ger that converted recently (less than thirty days) and is in doubt if he said veten tal umatar or retzeh does he have to repeat? Does it matter if he was already davening and bentching for a long time before his conversion?

< ....


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Expand Article # 954 Any Wiggle Room?
Q. There is a treatment that has 20000 medical papers looking into it that involves taking by mouth a Helminth/ worm harvested from grain beetles that calms the immune system so that tolerance is induced and the auto immune illness improves or is c ....


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Expand Article #953 Whine About It
Q. In the above case or when people who are not religious are invited to a Shabbat meal, will non-mevushal wine become prohibited?


A. Bais Yosef (Y.D. 119) quotes Rashbo's Responsa that considers the wine of one who openly de ....


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Expand Article # 952 Ess Mine Keend
Q. A family where the parents became baley teshuva and strictly keep mitzvos and maintain a kosher home, but the children (aged 18 and 20) are not frum yet. Since they use the kitchen and cook for themselves, can the parents or invited guest eat the ....


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Expand Article # 951 Date Light Saving
Q. How many years was the story of Hanuka, from the time the revolt began until the reentering into the Beth Hamikdash and the miracle of the menorah? (I keep on getting different answers)


A. The exact dates of the Chanuka histo ....


Posted 12/9/2015 12:59 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 950 Enlighten the Un-Covered
Q. Is it correct to use a commercial wick that comes covered with a wax coating even if you use olive oil, since the mitzvah is done at the moment of kindling, and you are using then wax, not oil?
If you use a decorative jar for storing the ....


Posted 12/9/2015 12:53 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 949 Light on Time
Shalom
Q. I have a chavrusa every Thursday evening at 5:30 PM.
Next week, is it better to cancel the chavrusa in order to light the menorah at the ideal zman? Rescheduling isn't possible.
Thank you


A. ....


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Expand Article # 948 Give Me a Hanuka Break
Q. I'm an ovel for my father, can I take my children (My wife is taking care of the small ones) to a Chanuka party where there will be games and activities for them?
Can I take them to a water park in Niagara during their Chanuka break?
....


Posted 12/6/2015 2:36 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 947 Invest In Your Future
Q. I'm planing to invest the capital obtained (from a property that I inherited from my parents – see last question) and live of the interests. The amount to be received monthly is small and barely covers my needs. Do I still have to give maser? < ....


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Expand Article # 946 Tight Times Tithes
Q. I have a property that I inherited from my parents, it is my sole source of financial support (I’m a single woman, non-employed by health reasons) Due to family issues I’m forced to sell this property at at a loss (less than the true value of t ....


Posted 12/6/2015 2:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 945 Give Me a Brocho
Hi Rabbi Bartfeld,
Hope all is well. A few questions:
1) What is the beracha on chocolate that has wafer in it (like Klil or Kit Kat) is it mezonos or shehakol?

A. 1) The general rule in brochos is that whenever there is an ....


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