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Tallis by Mincha on Shabbos

Tallis by Mincha on Shabbos Question: What is the mekor / reason for the universal minhag that an oileh la`Torah on Shabbos Minchah keeps the Talis on till after Kedushoh? And does this minhag also apply on Taanessim? Many thanks and kind regards, Answer: In fact this is not  universal minhag, rather minhag of shuls which follow German/Yekkish customs. The source is unclear, more than just that - minhag. So ...

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Accepting Shabbat with Community

Accepting Shabbat with Community Question: Shalom Rabbi! Here in St. Petersburg during the summer the day is very long. We have two minyanim in the city: a big one (big chabad shul) and our a small one. The big shul accepts shabbat early and we accept later. The question is when we have no minyan on shabbat are we obliged to accept shabbat as big shul or we can accept it as usual. Can we accept later than u ...

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Preventing Chilul Shabbat

Preventing Chilul Shabbat Question: Hello Rav, I have a question my father needs to fly to Israel to take care of urgent business and he needs to be in Israel by Sunday. He asked me to book a ticket for him for Saturday and the cheapest flight is 480 dollars but is leaving 1130 am. My father is not observant and he asked to book that ticket for him. I told him I can't and I convinced him to fly on the elal ...

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Hot Mikvah on Shabbos

Question: I try to go to the mikvah every day before davening, would i be allowed to go into a hot mikvah on shabbos? Answer: Yes, one may rely on the lenient opinions and the widespread custom of Chasidim and others to be tovel in a hot mikvah on Shabbos. This is based on the rationale that tevila for a mitzvah was not included in the prohibition of bathing on Shabbos [the opinion of the Korban Nesanel]. O ...

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Walking Dog on Shabbos

Walking Dog on Shabbos Question: Is one allowed to walk a dog on shabbos, with a leash? if we go with the opinion that a dog is muktzeh, how can one "steer" a dog on shabbos? Answer: Even if we assume that a pet dog is muktzeh on Shabbos it would still be permissible to attach a leash and take him for a walk. When attaching the leash the dog should not be  intentionally moved or touched. Incidental touching ...

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Sephardim Carrying in Eruv

Question: In general, can a Sephardi carry within an eruv which relies on tzurat hapetach? Although it's mentioned in some poskim that it's best to avoid carrying, can a doctor going to visit a patient on shabbat rely on the Eruv? What is the Rav's view on this? Answer: A properly constructed Eruv which makes use of Tzuras Hapesach may be used by Sefardim and Ashkenazim alike. In an area when there is quest ...

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Tums on Shabbos

Question: Is one allowed to take tums chewable tablets on Shabbat/Yom Tov? Answer: Tums are not actually a medicine, but rather a calcium supplement. When being used to maintain calcium intake and levels, i.e. as a nutritional supplement they may be taken on Shabbos. When they are being taken to treat various ailments such as indigestion and heartburn, it would depend on the severity of the condition. If on ...

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Maid Filled Urn on Shabbos

Maid Filled Urn on Shabbos Question: I noticed on shabbos that a maid in my house added water to the urn so it would be full. I then asked her how she filled it and she told me that she took water from the insta-hot spout on my sink and added that into the urn. It is my understanding that if she put in cold water into the urn all the water would be assur to drink on shabbos. Is the din any different with ho ...

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Melting Cheese on Shabbos

Melting Cheese on Shabbos Question: Is one permitted to melt cheese on shabbos on a blech? Answer: There are a number of problems with melting cheese on a blech on Shabbos [while the first 2 may be avoidable, it would seem the third problem will always apply and hence prohibit melting cheese on Shabbos]: Cooking:   it must be verified if the cheese was actually fully cooked in the production process. If not ...

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Hashem’s Name in Zemiros Shabbos

Hashem's Name in Zemiros Shabbos Question: Is it proper to say they Shem HaShem when singing Zemiros, or should "HaShem" be said instead? Answer: Whenever reciting a full pasuk, in Torah study, or Zemiros Shabbos, Hashem's name may be recited. However many have the custom to say "Hashem" in place of the name of Hashem. In many instances this is recommendable, being that in the middle of Zemiros Shabbos many ...

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