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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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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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