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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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Follow up on Techeiles Question

Follow up on Techeiles Question Question: The article said that the person was told he "should" continue to wear techeiles. Based on what you replied, is the word "should" supposed to be more like "could"? Also, I read an article which says: " If Someone is convinced that Murex is the correct source of techeiles, should he wear this dye on his tzitzis? Although both Rav Chaim Kanievsky and Rav Asher Weiss c ...

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Techeiles

Techeiles Question: I have seen the Rav's teshuvos about Murex techeiles, and the Rav has not been supportive. In the Mishpacha Magazine over Pesach, the Rav was quoted as permitting someone (if I recall correctly it was one of the Rav's drivers) who was wearing techeiles to continue to wear it. I was was wondering what the basis of that psak was. Some suggested it is based on "Shavyeh Nafshei" Thank you fo ...

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Is a Heter iska lechatchila?

Is a Heter iska lechatchila Question: Hi, I work as an underwriter for an Israeli fund. The find raises money from Israeli investors, and gives loans with interest to both Jews and non-Jews in the USA. As the only orthodox Jew in the fund, I have consulted with various rabbonim as to how to deal with the many Ribbis issues that arise in the course of this business. I make sure that a Heter Iska is made for ...

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Nusach Tefilla in Shul with Different Custom

Nusach Tefilla in Shul with Different Custom Question: I am Ashkenazi and have grown up davening nusach ashkenaz. The only shul within walking distance of me is a Chabad house that davens nusach ari. How should I approach davening when there - what can I daven in my own nusach and what needs to be in the nusach of the shul? In particular, with regard to the order of things, for example where "hodu" is said ...

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