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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 ....


Posted 3/29/2016 2:48 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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 ....


Posted 3/28/2016 1:03 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1026 Presents to the Not Present
Q. If I send shalach monos to someone and they were only delivered to his home when he was already in a situation of totally “ad delo yoda” and most likely was potur from mitzvos, do I comply with the mitzva?

A. Mishne Halochos (4 ....


Posted 3/23/2016 2:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1025 Future Presents
Q. I a friend that I want to send shalach monos to is going to be out of town during Purim, can I send to him the shaalch monos before Purim, before he travels and tell him to have in mind to acquire them only on Purim?

A. Beir Hei ....


Posted 3/23/2016 2:46 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1024 Dollar – Rema
Q. What is Rav Miller’s opinion in regards to the amount one should give for Matonos Laevyonim?
Is it better to be machmir and give a bigger shiur to the few or just give a peruta and give to many?
How much is a peruta these days?


Posted 3/23/2016 2:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1023 Ad DeLo Yoda – Forgot Purim
Q. Can you fix yourself things (paint and other repairs) in the house (on Purim) if it is for the need of Shabbos? Can you text and send emails on Purim?

A. Shulchan Aruch and Remo (O.H. 696:1) permit work on Purim when done for a mi ....


Posted 3/23/2016 1:59 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1022 Spread Around the Blessings
Q. Does the one getting the aliya (on Parshas Zachor) have to have in mind to be moitze (discharge the obligation of) the people with the bracha of the Torah, and tell them also to have in mind to be yotze?

A. Orchos Chaim (O.H. 140) ....


Posted 3/18/2016 6:04 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1021 What Did He Say?
Q. In shul do the rabbi or the gabay have to explain the meaning and translation of Parshas Zachor before the reading, so the attendants who don’t know the Hebrew will understand?

A. Although it is best to know the translation of t ....


Posted 3/18/2016 6:03 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1020 Remember to Get Well
Q. If someone is hospitalized, can one bring a Sefer Torah to his room so he can at least read Parshas Zachor from the Sefer. If not should he read it from a Chumash?

A. Poskim permit to bring a Sefer Torah to a hospital or jail for ....


Posted 3/18/2016 6:01 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1019 Physical or Spiritual Workout?
Q. Can one use the gym and a trainer before shacharis ?

A. Aley Siach (p. 64) writes that Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlita answered to a similar question, that it is not correct to do so. Yosef Daas (p.157) mentions different opinions.< ....


Posted 3/18/2016 4:25 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1018 Purim Hair Dressing
Q. Can you take a haircut or go to the hairdresser on Purim?

A. Divrei Malkiel (5: 237) and Pischei Sheorim (Megilla 5b) mention that although working in Purim is permitted when it is needed for the day (O.H. 696: 1), one should ....


Posted 3/17/2016 10:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1017 Singled Out?
Q. I've been told that single people's mitzvos don't count. Any validity?

A. They definitely count. There are very few mitzvos and traditions that a single individual after bar mitzvah does not have to observe and fulfil. Some of them a ....


Posted 3/16/2016 10:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1016 Grammer Manners
Q. In Keddusha deSidra, the Targum Onkelos of “Hashem reigns forever” is “Hashem, His kingdom rules forever.” Why is the verb “rules” masculine when its subject is “kingdom” is feminine?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit'a explained that whe ....


Posted 3/15/2016 10:05 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 1015 Chocolate Musings
Hi Rabbi Bartfeld,
I hope all is well.
Two questions the Rabbonim in LA wanted to know Rav Miller's position:

Q1. Liquid Chocolate (not hot) that is poured on Ice Cream and when it comes in contact with the ice cream it harde ....


Posted 3/15/2016 1:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1014 Careful - Hot Water!
Q. If you are staying Shabbos in a hotel, can you use the hot water from the cafeteria that was warmed by the dining-room attendants on Shabbos to make yourself a coffee? What about a Pesach Hotel?


A. See prior question (1012.) Ho ....


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Expand Article # 1013 A Perfect Ten
Q. In order to fulfill the mitzvah of tefilla b'tzibbur, is it necessary to have 10 men davening S"E (Shmone Ezreh), or is it enough to have six of them davening S"E while the other four are just standing around, or learning Torah, or reciting other ....


Posted 3/14/2016 2:26 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1012 Water Wonders
Q. Is there an Isur of Bishul Akum on water?
If not, if my gentile butler boils himself a kettleful of water on Shabbos, may I drink what he leaves in the kettle after he's taken whatever he needed for himself?

A. The prohibition ....


Posted 3/13/2016 1:08 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1011 The Rights of Copyrights
Q. I borrowed a cookbook from the library. Can I photocopy a recipe from it?

A. Poskim endeavour to explain and define what exactly are the Halacha rights that an author may have on the written words he has created or printed. Words ....


Posted 3/11/2016 4:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1010 The No Answer - Answer
Q. I borrowed a car and had an accident that damaged the bumper of the car to the extent that the bumper had to be replaced. The car was leased and was going to be returned just a week after when the accident happened. There was existing damage of ....


Posted 3/9/2016 11:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1009 You Buy It - You Brake It?
Q. If someone while shopping at a frum food store places items into the shopping cart provided by the store, does he acquire the items when he picks them up or when he places them in the cart?
If not and they only become his property when h ....


Posted 3/6/2016 3:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)



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