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Expand Article # 1139 A Shot Across The Bow
Q. Why is it that we do not bow down to the ground in prayer anymore these days except on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? When did this practice stop? Does it have anything to do with not seeming like Muslims who still continue this practice?A. Th ....


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Expand Article #1138 Hashem Knows
Q. If someone suffers, our sages say that Hashem suffers with him, as it says; I’m with him in his trouble. Is it then correct to say that a person should avoid suffering so Hashem will not suffer too? Or should one feel good, be happy and enjoy pl ....


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Expand Article # 1137 Spot The Difference?
Q. Do the very common brown spots on the yolk of organic eggs make them not kosher?

A. Organic eggs have restrictions in the way their mother-chickens are grown and fed. Egg-laying chickens cannot be raised with antibiotics or growth ....


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Expand Article # 1136 Hair Raising Shayla
Q. Can a woman remove facial hair during the 3 weeks?

A. Pri Megodim (551: 3) rules that the prohibition of cutting ones hair applies equally to women as men.
However, in regards to a woman removing facial hair, Nitey Gavri ....


Posted 8/2/2016 11:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1135 Much Ado About a Seadoo
Dear Rabbi
Q, Can I buy a seadoo during three weeks, since it is available now at a discounted price and just give a deposit? I will not be having any intention to acquire the machine, until delivery after the 3 weeks, but still legally, i ....


Posted 8/2/2016 10:45 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1134 A Blessing in Disguise?
Q. If one said Kiddush on wine before a Seudah (Shabbos/Yom Tov), does one say Shahakol on ice cream if it is served as dessert (for those who are accustomed to make a bracha on ice cream during a meal)?

A. Poskim disagree, some (Vezos ....


Posted 8/2/2016 10:31 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1133 Now, It's a More “Safer Torah”
Q. We had an unusual shayla in our minyan this last Monday. We took out one of the various Sifre-Torah rolled to Parshat Pinchas and the baal koreh noticed that someone, probably out of simple ignorance, had corrected the Vav-Ketia on the word sh ....


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Expand Article # 1132 Daven Maven
Daven Maven

Q1. The baal tefillah this morning at my minyan has a habit of 'eating his words' . This means, among other things, that his brachas often leave out words so that it becomes "Baruch ... Hashem ...nuMelech...olam". (I have a r ....


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Expand Article # 1131 Time Lag Plag
Q. A woman whose husband made “early Shabbos” may not do any Melacha after the time that her husband was Mekabel Shabbos. [This is unlike the opinion of the Gaon Rav Feinstein zatzal, but this is the ruling of many poskim, including the Shevet HaLev ....


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Expand Article # 1130 First In
Q. Two individuals face each other at a bathroom door, one leaving the bathroom and one entering, who has din kadima and goes first?

A. An entrance to a public bathroom, public bath, steam bath or similar, does not necessitate or i ....


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Expand Article # 1129 In and Out
Q. When two individuals meet, one exiting a shul or a beis hamedresh and the other about to enter, who has din kadima and goes first?

A. Rema Mipano (Teshuvos 83) rules in regards to two individuals, one who is given an aliya to read ....


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Expand Article # 1128 Bimatapping On Shabbos
Q. Can a gabai leave on a recording device on Shabbos by the bima, so there will be a record of the donations given, when the people are not aware they are being recorded? Why is this any different than the security video recorders installed now at ....


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Expand Article # 1127 Double Talk?
Q. Why do we prohibit using a microphone on Shabbos, and we permit speaking to a person wearing a hearing aid?

A. Igrois Moishe (O.H. 4: 85) explains that microphones became prohibited by most Poskim because they involve “hashmoas kol ....


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Expand Article # 1126 Turn a Deaf's Ear
Q. Can a person who needs a hearing aid, adjust the volume on Shabbos? With a shinui?

A. Igrois Moishe (O.H. 4: 85 – see last question) permits the use of a hearing aid, since in reality the melocho is not done by the hard of hear ....


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Expand Article # 1125 I See the Light
Q. Regarding many areas in hilchos Shabbos there is a difference if the melocha is from the Torah or derabanan: amira lakum, maseh Shabbos etc. What is the status of electricity regarding such issues?

A. When electricity is use ....


Posted 7/22/2016 2:22 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1124 Hotel Or Notel
Q. Can I be a partner in a non-kosher hotel?

A. Poskim maintain that one should not enter into a business venture with a Gentile that commercializes with non kosher products (Maharam Shik 136, Rama M’Pano 30, Darchei Teshuva 117: 17 e ....


Posted 7/21/2016 11:40 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1123 Corner the Market
Q. The fact that a non kosher product is sold mostly to non-Jews does that permit marketing it?

A. The prohibition to commercialize with non kosher products applies even when you sell the items only to Gentiles. This is obvious, s ....


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Expand Article # 1122 Out of Touch
Q. The fact that I just will do office work, and will not come in physical contact with the product itself, does that permit importing and distributing non kosher foods?

A. Gilyon Maharsho (Y.D. 117: 1) rules that one may not give mone ....


Posted 7/19/2016 3:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1121 Not Kosher For Nosher
Q. Hi Rabbi,
Is there a problem in importing a diet product that some of the ingredients are not kosher?

A. Mishna (Sheviis 7: 3), Rambam (Macholos Assuros 8: 18), Tur and Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 117), rule that there is a prohibitio ....


Posted 7/19/2016 3:24 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1120 It’s Complicated
Q. I heard its a sin from a Jew to tell on another Jew. Is this right? What if a Jew commits a serious crime to another Jew?. Regardless, of religion, its moral and ethical to report any crime to the police no matter the nature of it or if its fro ....


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