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Expand Article # 998 Do Donate
Q. Additional related question : I bought a Sefer for the women to learn during Kiddush on Shabbos... for an Aliyah for his (my father) Neshama - Is it better to donate it with a note that's it's for his Aliyah Neshama or better to loan it out to the ....


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Expand Article # 997 Clean and Clear
Q. 2 shailos on liquid soap;
1 Is it muttar to use lkiquid soap on Shabbos
2. If yes what about liquid soap that changes from a liquid to a foam
Kol Toov

A.  Remoh (O.H. 326: 10) prohibits using solid soap that dissolv ....


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Expand Article # 996 Doubtful Date of Date with Death
Q. When is the yortzait of Moishe Rabeinu and when does the Chevra Kadisha make their seuda this year with double Adar? There seems to be some incongruity within the Chevros, since some do it on the first Adar and others in the second. What is Horav ....


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Expand Article # 995 Enlightening Shabbos Lights
Q. According to Rav Sholomo Miller Shlita, can I use a fluorescent light to fulfil my obligation for Ner Shabbos, with a brocha?


A. Poskim disagree if you comply with the mitzvah of lighting Ner Shabbos using incandescent bulbs ....


Posted 2/18/2016 10:51 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 994 Shacharis Sleep?
Q. If I skip a major portion of the middle of the first brocha of kerias shema, in Sharcharis, I have I still fulfilled my obligation?


A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit"a opinion is that if you said the beginning of the brocho ....


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Expand Article # 993 You Call This Work?
Q. How come it is forbidden to work on Shabbat, but then Rabbis get paid to conduct Shabbat Services?

A. Only the thirty nine labours and their derivatives, including rabbinical injunctions, are prohibited on Shabbath. Teaching Torah, ....


Posted 2/14/2016 11:26 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 992 Don't Fire the Rabbi
Q. How come once I was at a dinner at a synagogue on Shabbat and a small fire started accidentally on the table and instead of the safe thing of putting it out, the rabbi made a poor waitress take it out on a plate (as it was burning on the plate) ....


Posted 2/11/2016 11:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 991 Raise Your Voice - Raise Your Level
Q. How come some buildings have Sabbath Elevators but then the Jewish People who don't want to wait for the elevator, ask others to push button for them? Isn't this against the laws of Sabbath? If this could be done, why have a Sabbath Elevator? I ....


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Expand Article #990 Let The Joy Begin
Q. When does the Marbim Besimcha begin, on the first or second Adar? Is it already an auspicious month for business ventures?

A. See question 472 in this forum. Poskim disagree if the increase in simcha, joy and favourable mazal, apply ....


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Expand Article # 989 Take an Oath?
Q. One of the duties of my new position as clerk to a judge in the provincial court will be to administer oaths with a bible. I was wondering whether this is permitted as it may be with a Christian bible.
Even if it will be with the Old Te ....


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Expand Article # 988 Hot Shaileh
Q. If a Jewish individual lighted a fire, and then the Gentile put the pot (with meat) on the fire. The food had NOT yet cooked one third, when the Jew turned off the fire. Then the Gentile turned the fire on and completely cooked the meat, is the ....


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Expand Article # 987 Together But Poles Apart
Q. For the purpose of Halacha, (following the above shailes on dateline, see questions above) what does someone do when he finds himself at one of the Earth Poles in regards to Shabbos and mitzvos observance? Do we follow the Geographic or the Magne ....


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Expand Article # 986 Are you Shore of This?
Q. There was mention (in a recent shiur on the Halacha dateline – see question 982 and 983) about how far according to the Chazon Ish the waters close to the shore are considered like the land. What was the final p’sak of Horav Miller Shlit”a?


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Expand Article # 985 Where is My Day of Joy?
Q. Where in the Torah does G-d command us to observe Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah as a holiday?

A. On Vayikra (Leviticus 29: 39) “But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather in the produce of the ....


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Expand Article # 984 Unborn or Stillborn Enterprise?
Q. My brother sent me this url (http://www.benpekuahmeats.com/) and asked me if I would eat from them. I replied, "Not without consulting a Rabbinic authority".

Upon analyzing the issue, I noticed that Rav Wosner and Rav Menashe Kle ....


Posted 2/2/2016 10:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #983 Can You Divide the 49 in Two?
Q. According to the Sefer Hayomam's shita, is there “nigrar” (pulling or shlepping land areas) to include Alaska west, to the rest of the American continent or do the people in west Alaska have to keep two days Shabbos?

A. See prio ....


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Expand Article # 982 Really Shabbos Today?
(In regards to the shiur that Horav Shloimo Miller Shlit”a gave recently I have some questions.)

Q. What exactly are the different opinions in regards to the dateline in Halacha and what is Horav Miller's opinion?

A. There ....


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Expand Article # 981 Lunar Learning
Q. Can Kiddush levanah be said indoors by seeing the moon through a window? Does shalom alaychem need to be said to three different people or can it be said to the same person three times? Can it be said over the phone?





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Expand Article # 980 A Kee Question
Q. I have seen it argued that the Igros Moshe's heter for cholov stam is no longer relevant, because more than one in sixty milk cows has undergone an operation that renders them treif (LDA*). What is Rav Miller shlita''s view on this issue?


Posted 1/29/2016 2:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 979 Go Lightly…
Q. Can you instruct the Goy to turn them on with a shinui such as using an unusual object to push on the switch?
If no Goy is available, and it is already bein hashmoshos, and the lights are fluorescents, can you do it yourself with a shinui?< ....


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