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Question: Can a young girl wear earings that look like stars? They are manufactured by the thousands by a company in China, are not used anywhere in the world today for idolatrous worship, and made as a trinket to be discarded after use. Thank you for your time. Answer: The earings may be worn. In our times when the stars are not commonly worshipped and it is being worn in a way that is clearly for jewelry, ...

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Grama on Yom Tov

Question: Hello, I have heard from Rav Weiss on many occasions how the grama gadgets are asur to use on Shabbos, because they violate meleches machsheves, since you clearly want the act to be done. What is the Rovs opinion when it comes to doing these things on Yom Tov? (Some sources to consider - Shulchan Aruch 514,3 and MB 25 and Shaar Hatzion 31. Also Shulchan Aruch 507,4 and 511,1 and MB 1) Also would a ...

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Ivf and gender selection

Question:Would there be any halachic/ethical issues with one who is performing IVF due to infertility to request a specific gender?I’ve heard that R SZ Auerbach thought it to be unethical for a couple to undergo IVF specifically to have a specific gender, however what would be with one who is anyway undergoing IVF?(We currently have 2 girls BH and would like to be mekayem Pru Urvu.) Answer: While it would n ...

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Self Sacrifice – יהרג ואל יעבור

Question: I understand that one must- under specific circumstances- give his/her own life rather then transgress.Is this only in a case where one has an ultimatum do or die (get killed)? what if one is faced with the option do or kill yourself? Answer: One must give up their life rather than transgress the sins of idol worship, adultery [and various other forbidden relations] and murder. Taking one's own li ...

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Entering reform temple

Question: My wife's family from the USA are planning a Bat Mitzvah for their oldest daughter in Israel. They have rented the premises at Beit Shmuel which is the world headquarters for Reform . The family is observant - i.e. American modern chareidim. The kashrus could be reliable because they have external supervision. So the question is not about kashrus. The question is: are we allowed to go to such a pl ...

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Emunah and mistaken beleifs

Question:Shalom k’vod harav. How should we relate to someone with the following beliefs?: a) The mabul was a local flood, and did not extend outside of a limited area in the Middle Eastb) The “shishim ribo” the Torah refers to at yetzias mitzrayim is a metaphorical number and the actual number of those who left Egypt was far smaller. Can this person serve as a witness? Is his wine yayin nesech? Answer: A pe ...

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Tzedakah

Question: Is one obligated to give tzedakah if he cannot afford to pay tuition? If one cannot afford to tuition is it like a debt, meaning if he won the lottery he would be require to pay now on? If one cannot afford tuition would he be allowed to take his family on vacation, if most people would consider that excess? Please provide any sources possible. Thank you. Answer: Even one who is struggling financi ...

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Taking Medicins on Shabbos – The Ktzos Hashulchon

Question: Sholom, I wanted to know the Rov`s opinion on the Kzos Hashulchon (Chelek 7 Siman 133) re the Issur of taking Refuoh on Shabbos. Whilst of course his source is the Tosfos in Beitzoh and the Remo in 339, it seems to be against the opnion of Rambam (Mamrim 2,2) Also, as R Sh Zalman sz`l in Shsh`k seems to not hold of this understanding, and R Moshe Feinstein sz`l (Igros Chelek 2 Orch siman 106) is c ...

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Bracha on a Gift – Megillas Ester

Question: My mother-in-law is giving me a gift of a beautiful Megillas Esther. Should I make the bracha of Shehechyanu since I have no plans to lain it in public and, so, no one else but i will have hana'ah from it? Or should I say Hatov v'Hameitiv, since she will have hana'ah from giving it to me? Answer: In fact it is questionable if a bracha should be made at all. The Magen Avraham 223:5 rules that upon ...

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Kabbolas Taanis Yochid

Question: There is an obligation to be mekabel taanis yochid before shkia of the fast day 1. Is it meakev? In other words if one wished to fast that particular day (eg Shovevim or as a Teshuvah etc.) but forgot to be mekabel the taanis - should he still fast or does he need to postpone it? Is there any point saying it after nacht? 2. Whilst virtually all the Siddurim print (and printed) the nusach of "Bli n ...

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