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Customs of Rosh Chodesh

Customs of Rosh Chodesh Question: 1. My wife gave my 5 yr old a hair cut last night Motzel Shabbos, the second night of Rosh Chodesh. She's been trying to have him get one for a while now and he finally acquiesced last night. I realized that perhaps it should not have been done Rosh Chodesh (besides for being Motzei Shabbos). How bad is that and is there anything to be concerned about? 2. This idea of not d ...

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Lifnei iver with Yom Tov replacement at work

Lifnei iver with Yom Tov replacement at work Question: My friend's wife had the following dilemma this past shavuos. She obviously couldn't be in the office over yomtov so she set up an automatic response on her email that I'll be out of the office, please contact Jackie. The problem is that Jackie is Jewish (non observant). Is this a problem of lifnei iver? Thanks! Answer: This situation should certainly b ...

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Shavuos in St. Petersberg

Question: Shalom, Rabbi! You answered about early 2nd day of Shavuot in St. Petersburg. What about this year that Shavuot is Motzei Shabbos? Is it possible to make kiddush and yom tov meal before Shabbos end? It is all at time of White Nights. Thank You. Answer: Yes, this leniency would apply this year as well. However. no melacha may be done until Chatzos [cooking, lighting candles] as with regard to Bibli ...

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St. Petersberg White Night Zmanim

Question: 1.During White Nights here in St. Petersburg we end Shabbat at midnight (2:00). This is also the time of alot ashahar. Accordingly, there is no opportunity to say a blessing on the candle and eat Seudat melawe malka. Question: Is it possible to rely on the opinion of rabbi Ovadiya Yoseph that alot ashahar is 72 dakot zmaniet before dawn, and accordingly there is a certain night after Chatzot for B ...

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Chametz she’avar alav ha’Pesach

  Chametz she'avar alav ha'Pesach Question: Shalom aleichem, We have an adult son at the moment in the States, with a room in our home. We happened to be looking for something today in his clothes closet and found 3 cans of spray deodorant and a small, almost empty bottle of men’s cologne. One can of deodorant (Right Guard Sport Fresh Scent, from Canada) does not list the ingredients. One can of deodor ...

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Kiddush leil pesach

Kiddush leil pesach Question: Are there any sources for one who usually stands during kiddush to also stand for kiddush at the Seder? Or should one sit because it is the first of the daled kosos? Answer: There are some opinions that even one who stands the entire year for kiddush should sit for the daled kosos including the first one. Common custom is that those who stand should stand for this kiddush as we ...

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Seder Timing

Seder Timing Question: I've fairly recently begun to take my yiddishkeit more seriously and although my family keeps many aspects of halacha fully, there are certain issues that come up. We’ve always started our seders at a normal dinner time, something like 7 or 730pm, but I had a look at the zmanim for Ottawa (where I'll be) and tzeis is only at at 8:15 on the night of the first seder. I know I won’t be a ...

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Disposing of Chanuka Oil, Wicks After Day 8

  Disposing of Chanuka Oil, Wicks After Day 8 Question: Orach Chaim 677 says that leftover oil should be burnt. It appears that the reason is that since the oil has become huktza l'mitzvah, it has to be destroyed so that you won't come to have hana'ah from it. My situation is this: When I buy the oil initially, I stipulate that only the oil used for the mitzvah is muktzeh; any oil remaining in the bott ...

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Bracha of Sheasa Nissim for a Convert

Question: Does a ger make the bracha al ha nissim.....it speaks of avosainu yet he is not of that.....I was told he says sh'asa nissim l'yisroel. Is that correct? Thank you Answer: A convert may recite the regular bracha of שעשה נסים לאבותינו. There is one opinion to change the text as you mentioned, but the ruling follows the Mishna Brura who brings only the first opinion to recite the regular bracha. See ...

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Shaking lulav during hallel

Question: I grew up in a shul here in Canada where the entire congregation shakes the arbah minim by the first two hodus (while the chazzan does the first hodu and yomar na). I haven't found a source for this, as the mechaber (651:8) says to do only once and the rema says for all four. Even the rema who adds that the minhag is for the chazzan to shake by the first two only said so according to his minhag th ...

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