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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 ....


Posted 5/20/2016 12:00 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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 ....


Posted 5/16/2016 1:20 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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 ....


Posted 5/13/2016 2:17 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1055 Split The Waters
Q. At the hotel we were Pesach they placed a high and proper mechitza separating the very large swimming pool into separate areas for men and women. Yet the mechitza didn't reach into the water itself just to the surface of the water, is that a probl ....


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Expand Article # 1054 Don’t Sweat The Matza-Ball Stuff
Q. We spent Pesach by the coast and the humidity was very high. We are always very makpid and careful on gebrochts, but because of the high humidity the shemura matza became soft and lost its crispiness. The matzos were not wet at all, just like so ....


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Expand Article # 1053 Fell Asleep While Counting Slip
Q. I was falling asleep two nights ago and in the last minute, I remembered that I didn't count sefira yet. I was so tired that I counted right there, and fell asleep. Next night I remembered what happened and I'm sure that I counted, but I can't re ....


Posted 5/9/2016 1:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1052 Stick And Bake
Q. 3- (See prior questions - If I don't have a Shlisel Chala) Can I just buy a regular chalah and stick a knife into it, then introduce the key and the re-bake on a fire the opened incision, as we do with a shemura matza that is slightly cracked a ....


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Expand Article # 1051 Keybread Shortcuts
Q 2. (See prior question) If I don't bake the shlisel chalah this year, do I have to be “matir neder” since we have kept this minhag so many years?

A. Although in principle one should always keep the minhogim and traditions of his ....


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Expand Article # 1050 The Key To the Shlisel
Q. We have a minhag in our family that we bake a chalah for the Shabbos after Pesach and we place a key inside that chalah, (shilsel chalah) This year due to a simcha my wife will be travelling and not with the family. A number of questions.


Posted 5/6/2016 3:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1049 Illuminating Seder
Q. Kavod Harav

I will be conducting the seder in the house of a non-religious Jew (both nights). The problem is that they will be turning on the lights during Shabbos, and certainly during Yom Tov. (For example, on Saturday afternoon/ ....


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Expand Article # 1048 Watch Out!
Q. I tend to walk along the area of Bathurst & Lawrence a lot. I find the boys from the Yeshiva at Bathurst and Lawrence especially when the weather is nice, zoom down and I mean zoom down the sidewalk on their bikes. I have witnessed them ac ....


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Expand Article # 1047 Mix and Watch
Q. During the year, can you use just one of the four burners of a glass top stove for milchig and the others for fleishig?
Can you use them at the same time?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that it is certainly ....


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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 ....


Posted 4/15/2016 5:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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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