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Dry Cleaning Shop Open During the 9 Days

Dry Cleaning Shop Open During the 9 Days Question: Can a Jewish owned dry cleaner shop which serves mostly the local Jewish community and has some customers that are not Jewish keep open from Rosh Chodesh Av onwards?.Is he halachically obligated to shut during those days or is it simply praiseworthy to do so? Many thanks Answer: Assuming he himself is not doing the cleaning, rather non Jewish workers do the ...

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Shaving During the Three Weeks

Shaving During the Three Weeks Question: Hi, Shaving during three weeks question: I have an August internship at an accountancy firm in London. I also have no idea at present whether they will want me clean shaven or not, but I would like to find out the halachic perspective first such that I have no not to ask them should the halachic answer be no. In essence, does a paid internship qualify for Rav Moshe's ...

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Humming During Birkat Kohanim

Humming During Birkat Kohanim Question: Shalom Ha'Rav, I would like to understand why the humming of the kohanim during birkat kohanim is not considered an interruption of the blessing. I understand the purpose is to allow the congregation to say the prayer regarding dreams but the humming usually goes on much longer than the actual blessing. If it is an interruption should I still answer amen at the conclu ...

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Various Questions

Various Questions Question: I have 4 sheilos I would like to ask the Rov. The first question is, should a person learn yiddish so he should be able to access more Torah in the future or should he just sit and learn Torah right now? The vast majority of Torah is now available in Hebrew or English. Unless you have a specific Yeshiva or Shiur in mind for which Yiddish is necessary, you don't have to invest you ...

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Chazan Mistakenly Started Kaddish

Chazan Mistakenly Started Kaddish Question: Hello What is the din if the Chazan erroneously assumes tachanun is omitted and starts saying Kaddish when in reality tachanun is to be said. If he started - does one interrupt a started Kaddish? Is there a point in which one does not interrupt it anymore but he continues and finishes Kaddish If yes, is one `mashlim` tachanun later or is tachanun lost? And if one ...

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Following Sefer Torah

Following Sefer Torah Question: Is there basis to follow a sefer torah when being brought to the bima and when being brought back? Answer: Yes, this is brought by the Rama to O:C 149, that when the Sefer Torah passes by someone, they should follow until it reaches it's destination. This is brought by the Mishna Brura ibid. s"k 7. It seems that this refers only to someone who the Torah passes by him in close ...

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Keeping 1 or 2 days of Yom Tov in Eretz Yisrael

Question: I'm from chutz laaretz and spend 2 out of 3 of the Regalim in Israel (Sukkos and Shavuos). Do I keep 2 days yom tov or 1? Does it make a difference if I own a flat? This is quite urgent as it affects the upcoming yom tov! Many thanks Answer: You should keep 2 days of Yom Tov, as your status is that of a "ben chutz laaretz". The criteria for keeping one day of Yom Tov as a ben Eretz Yisrael, is not ...

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Tearing Kriya at Makom HaMikdash

Question: Is viewing the makom Hamikdash via a web cam, video, or photograph the same as being there? If one went to the Kosel on erev R"Chodesh Nissan and reissed kriya and then, on 18 Nissan he sees a YouTube clip on Arutz 7 about the kohanim doing birkas kohanim. Does this extend the date of his previous visit to 18 Nissan so that if he goes again personally on 10 Iyar he does not need to reis or is the ...

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Walking Under the Awning of a Church

Question: Is one allowed to walk under the awning of a Church? Is there any reason when walking on a sidewalk near a Church to cross to the other side of the street? Thank you Answer: It is permissible to walk under the awning of a Church. There is a prohibition from entering into the actual building and even in to the courtyard of a Church. Bit outside under the awning is permissible. If one is stopped and ...

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Tefillah on Shabbos

Question: Why do we say Elokai Nitzor at the end of all Shabbos tefillos if we are not allowed to ask for personal bakashos on shabbos and elokai is a tefillah for personal requests? Answer: This question was asked by the Or Zarua [one of the Rishonim]. In his sefer Or Zarua Vol. 2 Siman 89, in the halachos of Motzai Shabbos he explains that this is permitted because it is a regular part of the davening, so ...

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