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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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Leaning on the walls of the kosel

Leaning on the walls of the kosel Question: Is it permissible to lean on the walls of the Kosel? Answer: The Kosel is a wall of the Har Habayis and not of the Beis Hamikdash itself. The kedusha of Har Habayis makes it forbidden to treat the wall in a disrespectful way and possibly prohibited from benefiting from. Leaning on the wall for davening would be permitted. Leaning for other purposes is questionable ...

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Completing Minyan with Minor

Question: Dear Rabbi! We here have minyan only on shabos. When someone leaves the minyan is not at all. The second synagogue is far away and people even on Shabbat pray without a minyan. Whether it is possible in such a situation to attach the child to the minyan? What is the Rav's opinion? Answer: An effort should be made to have a miyan of adults. If sometimes there are only 9 adults, a katan may be used ...

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Kedusha of Ezras Nashim

Question: Shalom, I learn in a Yeshiva where there is a large Beis medrash, with 2 floors. The second floor is in the same room, and it is like a balcony. Both floors are used the whole week for learning, davening, and shiurim to the whole yeshiva. On shabbosos, for davening, the second floor turns into a women's section. One Rabbi said that because of this, the 2nd floor has less kedusha, even the whole we ...

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Cutting through photographs

Question: Sholom, My wife has a hakpodoh not cut through photos of people. I searched but could not find any mekoir for this. Is this a genuine hakpodoh or a minhag beto`us and should it be continued or not? The Rovs opinion and insight would be very much appreciated. Many thanks Answer: There is no early source for this practice. However there are different approaches to the concept of "ayin hara", some di ...

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Psak Halacha

Question: Shalom le Kvod Harav I have some questions about the rules of the Psak Halacha. Every person who learns Gmara with Rishonim and then Tur,Beit Yosef,Darkei Moishe and Shulchan Aruch with Poskim sees that there are different opinions on one topic.For example we have Psak of Mechaber and Ramo who contradicts him and then Taz disagrees with Ramo and Shach has his own opinion,and then Pri Megodim paske ...

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Selichos, Arba Minim

Question: May I know the Gaavad' s opinion in the following: 1.a. If otherwise really difficult, is it permissible to say Selichos before Chatzois by night? b. And what about a women who wishes to say Selichos and this will the only way she could say it? 2. Dirt which is not flesh of the Esrog but has firmly become embedded on the skin (either due to the heat or transport etc.) and it is difficult or imposs ...

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Bracha on wraps

Bracha on wraps Question: Lekavod harav Iv'e been given different answers on whether to wash for wraps or not In the past i was always told if i'm kovea suedah then i should wash however it was recently brought to my attention that its only to hold the food in place What does the Rav hold on this Thank you Answer: Wraps are eaten in place of bread and Pita to make a sandwich type food. This is commonly eate ...

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Following Ones Main Rabbi

Following Ones Main Rabbi Question: Shalom, Lets say ones main Posek holds that one must wear the murex techeiles on his tzitzis. Would one be obligated to follow his main posek in that area, when the persons other Rebbeim don't wear it, and one read many of the teshuvos on both sides and thinks for sure that there is not reason to wear (the one is just a yeshiva bochur and not a talmid chacham). Could it l ...

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Partially Nursing Mother on Tisha Bav Nidche

Partially Nursing Mother on Tisha Bav Nidche Question: Dear Rav, does a partially nursing mother of a 1 year old baby required to fast this tisha bav nidche? Thank you. Answer: Partially nursing is still considered nursing. This fast has the status of other fast days when a nursing women is exempt from fasting, assuming the fasting is difficult for her and/or it causes her extreme weakness. Sources: Mishna ...

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