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sefirat haomer customs

Question: Dear Rabbi! In our city like in most cities here in Russia we have a big Chabad community and small our Lituanian one. Which custom of mourning we have to accept at sefirat haomer period: a custom of Arizal or Rama? And if Rama's - which of them? Our Rabbi live in Eretz Israel and have Israeli custom. What about music listening? Answer: Your community is not bound by the practice of the other [Cha ...

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food in bathroom, shmone esrei, wind storms etc.

Question: 1. Can one bring food into a bathroom? If not, what about a sucking candy? Ideally one should not bring food into a bathroom, including sucking a candy. This is due to the question of ruach raah that is in these places. After the fact or in a case of need one may be lenient to consider our bathrooms as clean and free of this concern.  2. Can one walk passed someone says shemoa esrei is order to ki ...

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Using others Wi-Fi connection

Question: May one use his Neighbors Wi-Fi connection: 1. If it is unprotected (with no password)? 2. If it is protected (with a password)? Answer: One may not use another's wifi connection without his permission, whether it is secured or not. Today it is left unprotected only as an oversight or someone who is not informed how to properly protect his connection. Even with permission it is questionable if thi ...

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siyum without speaking

siyum without speaking Question: Can one make a siyum if some (or all) parts of the masechta were learned only by reading with the eyes, without verbalizing or hearing from someone else? In the future, should one verbalize the entire Gemara, or is it ok l'chatchila to learn mentally as long as one understands what he is reading? Please provide sources. Thank you. Answer: Learning by reading [without verbali ...

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Tuition breaks and Tzedaka

Tuition breaks and Tzedaka Question: If one send his children to a yeshiva where they charge a very high tuition for attending but are are very lenient with breaks to those who need if one takes a tuition brake is it permitted for him to give any charity to other places because if charity is only given on net profit technically he has no net profit if he cant afford the full tuition bill and therefore perha ...

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Travelling through dark time zones

Travelling through dark time zones Question: An individual is travelling from NY at 1 am arriving in Hong Kong on Monday Morning. Whilst travelling it is night all the way through. When does one on tefilin and daven shacharis? Many thanks. Answer: If it in fact remains completely dark throughout the flight, this would be considered a continuation of the night he left in NY. As such he would not daven Shachr ...

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Interfaith Prayer Room

Interfaith Prayer Room Question: When I go to England in the airport I need a place to daven. They offer to pray in a interfaith room. There is no idols in the room. Can I pray there? Answer: While this room does not have the kedusha of a Bais Haknesses, it would be permitted to pray in such a room, as it is not specifically for idol worship and there is no symbolism or other indication of any religion. ...

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Mincha / Mariv Questions (siman 235)

Question: Two questions re people who daven Mincha followed by Mariv as it is widespread in many Kehillos Kedoshos in Europe (and as was the established Minhag) before Nacht (after Plag) 1. The main reason quoted in the MB why there is no issue of tarte de`sassre is because of the great tircha to gather men later again - what if there is anyway a Mariv bizmanoi does the kulloh still apply? Or since men are ...

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Bracha of Meshane Haberios

Bracha of Meshane Haberios Question: What is the Rovs opinion with regards to the Berocho of Meshane Haberios generally and more specifically regarding animals - a. Does one say it only on Elephants and Monkeys or other exotix / wild creations, too? b. Can one still say it nowadays or perhaps since we see more commonly pictures of animals may be the excitement is not as great and therefore one should avoid ...

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Kriyas Shema During White Nights

Kriyas Shema During White Nights Question: Shalom! In time of white nights in St. Petersburg when to recite kriyas shma? Gra, 72 min or chatzos? Answer: Waiting 72 minutes which is the shiur of Tzeis Hakochavim according to the stringent view of Rabbeinu Tam would be sufficient to fulfill the mitzvah Kriyas Shema. Being that we do not have the indicator of Tzeis Hakochavim - the emergence of three stars, we ...

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