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Kol Ishah by Zemiros Shabbos

Kol Ishah by Zemiros Shabbos Question: Are brothers, husbands and guests allowed to listen and sing along the Shabbos Zemiros with Women? Answer: Within the family [blood relatives] there is more room for leniency. With guests and other non relatives, women should not sing in their presence and one should try to avoid hearing such singing as well. In extenuating circumstances, one would not be obligated to ...

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Answering amen too early

Answering amen too early Question: If one answers אמן to a ברכה before the המברך has finished, is the listener יוציא? For example, by קידוש, if the listener answers an אמן חטופה, is he יוציא? He heard the ברכה, but he talked,answered אמן, at the end before it was finished. It's certainly not לכתחלה, but is it מעכב? Answer: Yes, he is yotzei. As long as he heard the entire bracha and even the last word, just ...

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Burial of stillborn baby

Burial of stillborn baby Question: What is the halakhic source of some chevra kadisha to not allow parents to attend the burial of a stillborn baby or to know the place of burial Answer: There is no actual prohibition in attending the funeral. As with many practices of the chevra kadisha, this is minhag passed on through the generations. Many of them have their source in kabbala. Perhaps this minhag is conn ...

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Men looking in mirrors

Men looking in mirrors Question: Is a man allowed to look in a mirror, what about a tefillin mirror? Answer: In our day and age when looking in the mirror has become common practice for men and woman alike there is no prohibition for a man to look in a mirror. Sources:  See Rema, Yoreh De’ah 156:2 that in places where men look in the mirror, it is permitted to do so. ...

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Zman Krias Shema for Children

Question: In UK, most schools daven shacharis throughout summer months after Sof Zman Hence, a question regardim siman 70 Do we pasken like RT or Rashi? I have personally never herad of boys reciting Shma before coming to school. What is peshat in the universally accepted minhag? (And may be one can ask - why are there no machmirim?) Additionally, regarding the berochos, why is there no concern of assi lemi ...

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Shaving a Unibrow

Question: Is it permissible for a man to shave his unibrow, or is it lo silbash? I've seen it quoted in the name of R' Shlomo Zalman who permitted this for a boy who is in shidduchim. Perhaps it should be no problem as a woman only waxes or laser removes those hairs, not with an electric shaver. Thank you, Answer: If the purpose of trimming eyebrows is to avoid embarrassment, it is permitted to do so. If th ...

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Zika Virus Advice

Zika Virus Advice Question: Hi I would like to know the psak for my patients regarding the WHO advice for a period of abstinence of 6 months between couples if one of them has returned from a place with active zika virus. Please see the link below for the WHO advice sheet and the studies they have based their advice on. Would it be possible to have the psak in loshon kodesh. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstre ...

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How To Tuck In Tzitzis

How To Tuck In Tzitzis Question: For someone who "goes among the gentiles" and wants to NOT wear his tzitzis out, where is he supposed to put them? It seems that leaving them hang inside one's pants would be a bizayon and we no longer make "pockets" on the corners that the MB mentions. Answer: According to the opinion that the tzitzis strings must be worn on the outside, it is degrading to the mitzvah to we ...

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Netilas Yadayim from Bottle

Netilas Yadayim from Bottle Question: Is it better to wash Netilas Yadayim from a bottle using less water, or from the tap using more water? Thanks, Answer: It would be preferable to wash from a bottle rather than the tap. While ideally one should wash from a regular cup where the water flows freely, washing from a bottle provides enough uninterrupted flow that makes the Netila valid. Washing from the tap h ...

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Yaale Vyavo Before Sunset on Rosh Chodesh

Yaale Vyavo Before Sunset on Rosh Chodesh Question: Dear Rabbi! We have a question about a meal on eve of Rosh Chodesh. If one davens maariv and then has a meal before sunset does he recite yale veyavo in birkat hamazon? Answer: Yes, you would say Yaale Vyavo in Birkat Hamazon. Sources: See Mishna Brura at end of Siman 424 in the name of the Magen Avraham 419. ...

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