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Pesach, Tefila

Question: 1. Can we use paper dishes or cups on Pessach? What about coating or glue that could be in it? When possible they should be bought with Pesach certification, when this is not possible they may be used. The coating and glue is not known to contain chametz in these products, and even if it did, it would likely be unedible. 2. If we have only one minyan that davens after zman tfila have we to daven i ...

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Minyan and Down Syndrome

Question: Do autistic men or men with down syndrome count for a minyan with regard to Tefilla or Zimun. Regarding Zimun is there any distinction between 3 or 10? Answer: There is a wide range within these conditions, from very severe dysfunction to very highly functioning relative to the illness. If he displays basic understanding and communicates with others, and he participates in the davening on a basic ...

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Avoda Zara

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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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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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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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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Ashkenazi shatz in a sfardi kahal

Question: לכבוד מורינו הרב שליט"א Minha is organized everyday, even though it is not קבוע, meaning that people just happen to be near the beis knesset and they organize a minyan. Infortunatly, there is no halachic authority in the beis knesset. However, the majority of the usual kahal is sfardi. I am ashkenazi and I am often asked to be the shaliach tzibur. But when the kdusha starts, the tzibur starts sing ...

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Chinuch for Tefilloh

Question: Yilmedenu Rabbeinu, We would like to know the Rov`s opinion on the following important matter: I was wondering what the mitzvas Chinuch is for Tefilloh for boys who are higiu leChinuch. On the one hand, we obviously must be mechanech them Tefilloh and this is certainly part of our general obligation. On the other hand, we find that it is "time consuming" and on the cost of the learning. If we were ...

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Pictures in Siddurim

Question: In shulchan aruch siman 90 seif 23 the remo says that one should not print Pictures in siddurim This is undisputed and MB together with all acharaonim dont question this I have noticed however that many publications seem to be lenient in this matter For instance Children siddurim have often many pictures on its pages as well as Benchers and more. Even adults siddurim a times have pictures, such as ...

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Pet Dogs

Question: Likovod HaRav Shlit"a', Does the Rav allow Jews to own dogs as pets? Does he allow Jews to own pets at all, if there is no pressing need for them (i.e. they are not needed for protection or to serve as a seeing-eye dog, etc.)? Thank You, Answer: There is certainly no prohibition in owning a pet dog. Even if it is not for one of the reasons you mentioned but only for pleasure and recreation, it wou ...

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