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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: ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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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Expand Article # 1151 Seller Beware
Q. On a related matter, is it permissible for a mocher seforim to sell Mezzuzot to non-Jews who are trying to live as Bnai Noach?
Thank you,

A. See question above (1150). Remah (Y.D. 291: 2) rules that one should not sell a mezuz ....


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Expand Article # 1150 Best Keep Secret
Bs"d
Q. I have been asked by a number of Bnai Noach if it is permissible for them to put up a Mezzuza on their front door. If there is a nafka mina between the front door which is public and inside of the apartment or house, which is private, ....


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Expand Article # 1149 Don't Chicken Out
Q. Someone that suffers from hormonal imbalance and was instructed by doctors to maintain a diet of protein and vegetables to avoid significant symptoms of weakness, fatigue, depression and anxiety. As fish is also rejected, can one eat chicken d ....


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Expand Article # 1148 Call It a Night?
Q. When I daven maariv after plag and say ya'ale veyavo for Rosh Chodesh Av, can I still eat meat and take a shower before the shekia?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit”a opinion is that when one davens maariv after plag he is considered ....


Posted 8/14/2016 11:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1147 Clothes Make The Day?
Q. On this year that Tisha BeAv is on motzei Shabbat, can one continue to wear for Maariv and Eicha the Shabbat clothes? What if one usually keeps Rabbenu Tam’s time?

A. Remoh (O.H. 553: 2) rules that when T’Beav falls on Motzei Sha ....


Posted 8/12/2016 3:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1146 Not So Fast
Q. When a meuberos (pregnant woman) or menikes (nursing) or a stam choleh (ill) who start to not feel well on the fast of Tisha BeAv, do they need to start shiurim (small amounts) if Tisha BeAv is a) not nidcheh (postponed day of fast) b) nidcheh ....


Posted 8/12/2016 3:22 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1145 Test The Waters
Can I water my lawn during the nine days?

Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 551: 2) prohibits to plant a "netia shel simcha" (planting done for aesthetic or joyous purposes). However, Mishna Berura (ibid. 13) permits the necessary maintenance of wha ....


Posted 8/10/2016 1:54 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1144 No Swim Nor Shower
Q. Can one attend a bridal shower (for a non-frum soon-to-be relative) during the 9 days?

A. In principle, one may make and attend a vort or a shiduchim ceremony even during the Nine Days, if done without a Seudah (banquet), music and ....


Posted 8/7/2016 11:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1143 Drop Unliked Flies
Q. Re- last question. If the glass with a mixture of vinegar or wine and a little liquid detergent, was placed before Shabbos and it was effective in attracting a number of flies. Can you now move it on Shabbos, or is it muktzah?

A. If ....


Posted 8/7/2016 11:10 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1142 What's The Catch?
Q. Can one place on Shabbos a glass with a mixture of vinegar or wine and a little liquid detergent, to attract and trap little very bothersome fruit flies?

A. Mishna Berura (316:18) rules that it is forbidden to set a trap (as a mo ....


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Expand Article # 1141 Ask Him When He Comes?
Q. How can Eliyahu Hanavi be present at every bris, even a malach can’t be in two places at the same time?

A. Od Yosef Chai (Pinchas) quotes from the Idra Rabba (at the end) that Eliahi Hanavi apologized to Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai ....


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Expand Article # 1140 All Hands Off Deck
Q. If we already removed the old paint and cleaned a cottage deck before the 3 weeks began, can it be finished, to avoid making it all dirty and having to start all over again?

A. See question 321 in this forum in regards to repa ....


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