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Mayim Achronim Nowadays

Question: Does mayim achronim apply nowadays? Answer: Yes, according to most authorities, one should be stringent even nowadays to wash mayim achronim. Some are lenient and do not require mayim achronim. If this is one's custom it may be followed. Sources: See Shulchan Aruch O:C 181:1 that mayim achronim is obligatory. However in Seif 10, ibid. he brings the lenient opinion that it is no longer necessary. T ...

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Tefillah In Ezras Nashim

Question: Gut Voch, What is the halocho regarding a person davening in a ezrash noshim of a (regular contemporary) shul - is its considered Tefilah be`zibbur? It would seem from the M`B siman 55 s`k 58 quoting the radbaz (and Biur Halocho there) that if there is another access to mainshul than its is not called tefillah bezibbur there (which is by definition the case in an ezras noshim) (Shevet Halevi`s tes ...

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Sefiras Haomer for Children by Day

Question: A question from a teacher in a frum Primary School In a place where Nacht comes in late, and young children (8 - 10 yrs old) are sleeping already, is it advisable to count the omer in the morning in class (of course without a Beracha) or rather not. I understood that probably better not, see Ritvo Sukkah 2: re Hilany Hamalkah. And it may be compared also to the Maharil Diskin and Harav Sh Z Auerba ...

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No kavono [intent] in Avos

Question: The MB in Biur Halocho (siman 101) writes that a person who said Shmone Esrei and had no kavono [intent] in the bracha of Avos, should "save" his Shmone Esrei by listening and fulfilling his obligation with the chazoras hashatz. What is the Rav's opinion in this matter? Many thanks! Answer: If one has already completed his Shmone Esrei he does not go back. If one is in the middle of Avos he may go ...

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Hat for Tefillah – Da`as HaMB

Question: The MB in Siman 91 s`k 12 states that one must daven with a `big` hat (and not merely a Kuppel) since this is the way one would stand before`Gedoilim`. I have investigated and it is a fact that one would not approach nowadays any royal with a hat - it therefore would seem this MB is not le`dina anymore. It could well be there are additional inyonim or reasons for wearing hats which the MB does not ...

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Nusach Sefard in Ashkenaz minyan

Question: When i daven in an ashkenaz minyan, as a nusach sefard davener usually, what should I do to keep within halacha? should i daven sefard fully or ashkenaz fully? Or something else? Answer: You can daven nusach Sefarad for Shmone Esrei and other parts of Tefilla that will not be noticed by others. Kedusha must be said along with the nusach of the Tzibbur. Sources: עיין משנה ברורה סימן סח ס"ק ד, שות ו ...

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Tefila on Airplane

Question: Shalom Harav, Often on flights in and out of Israel one needs to daven. The question arises if there is a halachic consideration of davening inside the Land of Israel or not. Does zemanim, minyan etc factor at all? Kol tuv, Brichat HaTorah ve'HaMitzva Answer: The main consideration would be to make sure you are davening at the proper time of zman tefilla. Many people are unaware of this and on int ...

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Loshon Haraah Question

Question: If it is public knowledge that a person did something bad, but no one knows what was done, thereby sparking many false rumors being spread around about that person, and severely hurting his reputation, could it possibly be permissible and l'toeles, for one who has corroborated knowledge of what was done, which happens to be significantly less worse than the rumors being spread, to stop the terribl ...

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Learning Program, Ben Niddah

Question: Baruch HaShem for many years I was zoche to learn in yeshiva, and baruch HaShem I have began to work. However, I am often very sad not to be a real talmid chacham. I am wondering, when one is working and his available time for learning is significantly less, what should one focus his learn on to become an accomplished talmid chacham? Should it be mishnah with mefarshim along with Tur Beis Yosef, R ...

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Hamapil Shailoh and Bracha L’vatala

Question: If one finds himself very tired in a place which is not his bed, and is going to let his head down to most likely sleep, can he say Birchas Hamapil? If it is very possible that he will either not fall asleep or wake right up and go about with his business before actually going to sleep, is that a problem of a hefsek with the bracha? I know you are not supposed to say Hamapil before taking a nap du ...

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