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Expand Article # 899 Deliver us From Deliveries
Q. I ordered last week from Amazon.com an item and they emailed me that the delivery will be on Monday. I forgot then that this is the first day of Yom Tov. Taking in account that the item by now on motze Shabbos is already in the way and some typ ....


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Expand Article # 898 Raising the Roof?
Q. If a Goy builds my suka and also puts the schach as instructed by me. Do I have to lift the schach a tefach or 3 to make it kosher lechatchila?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 635: 1) permits a Suka that was made by a Gentile as long ....


Posted 10/4/2015 4:15 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 897 Global Working
Q. Our Currency Exchange company employs an Israeli resident living in Israel. Can he on the second day Yom Tov contact our non-Jewish clients in Canada? If yes, is he also allowed to contact them when Yom Tov has ended in his location, but here it ....


Posted 10/2/2015 3:58 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 896 Fast Decorating Tips
Q. If I already have some schach on top of the suka, but not all of it has been placed, can I already start hanging decorations that are not kosher for schach (plastic flowers and paper chains)

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opin ....


Posted 10/1/2015 4:04 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 895 Pop-Up Shaileh
Q. If you travel Chol-Hamoed and take with you a pop-up suka, that has a floor area of about one square meter, can two or more people stand there or sit on stools at the same time and eat?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion i ....


Posted 10/1/2015 3:46 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 894 Sukos Meshulash?
Q. Can you make a triangular suka? (using two standing house porch walls at 90°, you place a third closing both, creating a right triangle)

A. Afarkasta De'Aniya (O.H. 2: 98) mentions that in principle there is no Halachik proble ....


Posted 9/27/2015 5:49 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 893 Location, Location Location
Q. Do I have to be careful each year to place the same wooden planks in my suka, in the same original position, so that the plank that was in the mizrach last year will remain there, as it was done in the mishkan?

A. Kaf Hachaim ( ....


Posted 9/27/2015 5:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 892 All On Your Knees?
Q. Do women also kneel on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipur?

A. Rivevos Efraim (3: 421: 2) quotes different opinions of contemporary Poskim, such as Responsa Shavit who maintains that women would do so in some congregations such as Frankf ....


Posted 9/26/2015 10:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 891 Women's Rites
Q. Do women answer Baruch Shem Kevod on Yom Kipur loud as men do? Do they also have to stand during the repetition of Shmone Ezreh?


A. Poskim disagree if women should say Boruch Shem aloud or not. Yeshuos Yaakov (619:2, Gu ....


Posted 9/26/2015 10:33 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 890 Freedom Waters?
Q. Can a parolee who wears a waterproof ankle monitor immerse in a mikva Erev Yom Kipur or is it a chatzitza? If permitted, would the same apply to a woman's tevlila?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that if the tether's ....


Posted 9/22/2015 3:44 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 889 Fell Fast But No Fast
Dear Rabbi Bartfeld,
Q. After davening I put my tefillin into its bag and into a larger bag.
While walking out of shul - my tefillin bag fell out of the larger bag and onto the floor.
Do I need to fast.  If so is that to ....


Posted 9/22/2015 3:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 888 When Life Gives You Lemons, Does It Make You Fleishig?
Q. If I use a fleishig spoon to juice a lemon is the lemon fleshig?

A. Most Poskim agree that lemons are considered a dovor chorif or foods with a sharp taste. (Shulchan Aruch Y.D. 96: 4 et. al.) However, Shach (96: 20) mentions th ....


Posted 9/22/2015 3:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #887 A Toast To Muffins
Q. English muffins are typically eaten after toasting them, does toasting make them pas Yisroel?

A. Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 112: 12) quotes two opinions whether bread that was fully baked and is then further baked or toasted to impro ....


Posted 9/22/2015 3:37 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 886 Away in the Milky Way
Q. According to the OU web site the heter for baking bread which contains milk is that the milk is nullified. May one eat them with meat?
English muffins are typically eaten after toasting them, does toasting make them pas Yisroel?



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Expand Article # 885 All Wrapped Up and Somewhere To Go
Q. If after putting on tallis and teffilin, I realize that there won't be enough men for a minyan, if I remove my tallis and teffilin, drive to another shul, and put them on again, am I required to make a new brachah on both the tallis and teffil ....


Posted 9/18/2015 4:58 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 884 Hashem Wants, You Too?
Q. Does saying Im Yirtzeh Hashem (G-d willing) qualify as saying B'li Neder (no promise made)?

A. The two terms express different ideas. It is common to find in the responsa and rabbinic literature both phrases used together (see Sd ....


Posted 9/18/2015 4:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 883 What's in a Name
Q. Subsequent to my Zaidy’s recent successful eye operation, he has developed a renewed interest in praying to Hashem. Upon viewing the siddur for the first time in many years, he asked me why the most important word pronounced is rarely printed. ....


Posted 9/18/2015 4:16 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 882 Two Sides of the Cohen
Q. What does a Cohen do when he needs to visit a sick relative in the hospital or a spouse? Does it matter what kind of hospital it is. Can you provide considerations for sick kids, mount sinai, baycrest, and toronto general?
Thank you.


Posted 9/18/2015 4:15 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 881 Never Say Neder II
Q. What if I forgot to say beli neder when donating for a mi sheberach or telling that I will do any mitzva, does (Kol Nidre or Hatoras Nedorim declaration of annulment) help?


A. It is always better to say b'li neder. Howev ....


Posted 9/18/2015 4:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 880 Never Say Neder
Q. I have often wondered if we make hatarath nedarim on erev Rosh Hashana, why do we recite Kol Nidre? Do any of the two declarations actually work?

A. The source for the Kol Nidei declaration is the Mishna in Nedarim (23a-b) “If o ....


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