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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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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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