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Expand Article # 1171 A Good Call
Q. Can a non-Jewish caregiver taking tending an elderly patient, phone on Yom Tov the neighbouring children and signal them that the patient has awaken and they should come to eat with him. The children would not pick up the phone, just see from call ....


Posted 10/7/2016 1:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1170 Can't Wash One's Hands Of
Q. When exiting a regular W.C. (beis hakkiseh) there is no need to wash hands three times. However, when you exit a bathroom where one takes a bath you should wash hands three times. On Yom Kippur when you have to be careful not to wash unnecessar ....


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Expand Article # 1169 Beis Din Check In
Q. Is someone was forced to go to a secular court by a Psak given by a Beis Din for refusal to attend and then he changes his mind and decides to attend Beis Din. Would automatically the heter given to the other party to take him to court be nullifi ....


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Expand Article # 1167 What's Not Cooking?
Q. Is Sous-Vide (under vacuum, see above question) cooking considered cooking for bishul akum or mevushal on Shabbos purposes?
May one leave it overnight on Shabbos or is it prohibited hatmana?


A. Horav Shlomo Mille ....


Posted 9/30/2016 2:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1168 Bed and Water
Q. Should one who was recommended by a chiropractor to sleep on a water pillow or water mattress, avoid doing so, because the water would acquire a ruach ra and you would be continuously in touch with it? Can you use that water for neigl vaser?


Posted 9/30/2016 2:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1166 Nat or Not Nat?
Q. Rabbi,
Hope all is well.
As I mentioned Sous-Vide " (under vacuum) is a method of cooking in which food is sealed in airtight plastic bags then placed in a water bath for longer than normal cooking times (usually 1 to 6 hours, up to 4 ....


Posted 9/30/2016 2:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1165 Can Do Candles
Q. There are two tables in the room. I know that there were candles (and only candles) standing on one of them when Shabbos began, and the table became a bosis. However, the candles were taken away by an aino Yehudi and I don’t know which table they ....


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Expand Article # 1164 Brisker Kolel Hallel
Q. For 20 years, I have said Hallel on Rosh Chodesh without a bracha because I heard this is the way the Brisker Rav did it. Should I change my minhag?

A. Rambam (H. Chanuka 3: 7) maintains that you recite Hallel on Rosh Chodesh with ....


Posted 9/26/2016 1:59 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 1163 How-Love Yisrael?
Q. 1) Why is the shitah of the Chazon Ish not spoken of more when it comes to the issue of cholov stam? Especially in today’s times where not only is tomay milk more expensive, it’s basically impossible to find and where it is found it is quoted ....


Posted 9/26/2016 12:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1162 Love Me Love My Dog?
Q. A friend's dog died suddenly, the family was very much attached to the dog that was with them many years and feel very devastated and crushed. Is it correct to go and visit them and console them?
What does one say to them?
Is it corre ....


Posted 9/16/2016 6:03 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1161 Uncharted Waters?
Q. How many seconds does one have to drink a reviis of water to make a borei nefashos? Does it make a difference if it is soda or wine? Thank you.

A. Mishna Berura (210: 1) quotes O.H. (612: 12) that in regards to drinking a reviis ....


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Expand Article # 1160 Watch That Closed Door
Q. Is a Jewish man permitted to seclude himself with a non-Jewish woman together with a non-Jewish man, or non-religious Jewish man?

A. Shulchan Aruch (E.H. 22: 2) mentions that Shamai and Hilel prohibited seclusion with a non-Jewish ....


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Expand Article # 1159 All Rise
Q. When a Talmid Chacham or an elder is unaware of the honour given to him, (he is facing another direction) is it better to make him aware?

A. Horav Shlomo Millers Shlita opinion is that in general there is no need to make the reci ....


Posted 9/16/2016 1:34 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1158 It's An Honour
Q. Do you have to honour and stand up for an elderly Talmid Hacham that is senile or blind and is not aware of the honour you are giving him?

A. Ginas Verodim (Y.D. 4: 2),Birkey Yosef (Y,D, 244: 2), Rabi Akiva Eiger ztl (Y.D. 240: ....


Posted 9/16/2016 1:30 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1157 What's cooking?
Q. Is microwave cooking included in bishul akum?

A. Poskim debate whether cooking food in a microwave oven is included in the prohibition of Bishul Akum.
In regards to the prohibition of bishul on Shabbos, Harav Shlomo Zalman ....


Posted 9/14/2016 11:05 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1156 Don't Let Smoke Get In Your Eyes
Q. According to Rav Shlomo Miller, if a goy cooks meat... by steam or hot smoke is it bishul akum?

A. Rambam (Maachalos Asuros 17: 17) and Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 113: 13) rule that food smoked by a Gentile does not constitute bishul a ....


Posted 9/12/2016 1:44 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1155 Cutting a Covenant?
Q. Why is a covenant called “krisas bris” or “cutting off,” when what you are actually doing is creating agreement and harmony between the partners of the treaty?

A. The Gaon of Vilna (perush on Sefer Hayetzira 1: 8) questions why ....


Posted 9/2/2016 9:28 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1154 Oy Gevalt! - There Are Shooting Each Other!
Q. A recently married relative of mine wanted to know if he and his wife can shoot each other with Nerf guns when she is a niddah (my kids gave them that as a wedding present). I know in Rav Eider's book in section V B 4 he brings a machlokes betw ....


Posted 8/23/2016 9:52 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1153 Not In My Prayer-Book?
Q. The following question occurred to me last Friday night:

In the ezras nashim, there is an English siddur that I need to daven. (All the other siddurim are in Hebrew). There is a sign saying that one should not remove any sidduri ....


Posted 8/21/2016 11:24 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1152 Stam a Scam
Hi,
Q. My wife inherited an apartment in Beit Shemesh when her father was niftar. We rented out the apartment a few months ago and never received any rent from the tenants. My wife went to England to help her mother move and while there she e ....


Posted 8/19/2016 1:49 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)



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