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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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Shatnez Tailor

Question: There is a jewish tailor in my neighborhood who took a shatnez course, but is not certified, so he does not advertise about shatnez checking. There are non-frum Jews who come in to get their suits tailored and he knows that these suits have shatnez almost all the time. What he told me that he does is that he removes the shatnez from the suit and repairs it without the customer knowing, with them t ...

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Multiple questions

Question: 1) Is one allowed to listen to Jewish music in the bathroom? The words may be from tanach or Gemara. 2) the Halacha is that if one puts on 2 garments at the same time he can forget his learning. Does that apply to two outer coats that are not connected to each other? 3 if one finishes shema after the chazan says the last three words but started with the tzibbur so he didn't say kel melech neeman w ...

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Kriyas Shema and Tefilla

Question: 1. The MB in siman 67 sk 3 paskens that besides the obligation to recite Shma there is also a chiyuv to remember Yetzias Mitzrayim which applies specifically after Nacht. How do people, who daven Mincha followed immediately by Mariv (as was the minhag in countless kehilos throughout Europe for centuries) fulfill this obligation? (It is evident from the MB that one does NOT fulfill this obligation ...

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Photos on siddurim and parsha sheets

Question: Is one permitted to have siddurim or parsha sheets with pictures of individuals (rabbonim and alike) in his field of vision during davening or is it best for these to be covered whilst praying? Many thanks Answer: One may not have pictures hanging in front of him. In one's field of vision should also be avoided as this disturbs concentration. מקורות וביאורים בשלחן ערוך סימן צ סעיף כג איתא שאין לאד ...

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Hirhur Divrei Torah Lifnei Ervah

Question: I know that the Chayei Adam and others pasken that hirhur divrei Torah lifnei ervah is mutar, but would that include a bathroom, or is that a separate problem of ruach raah? Also, does the modern day idea of listening to recorded shiurim fall into the category of hirhurim? Would one be able to listen to a shiur lifnei ervah or in the bathroom, if that is any different? Kol Tuv Answer: Hirhur divre ...

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Tefilla Betzibbur

Question: Tefillah beZibbur in an ezras noshim Is tefilah in an ezras noshim considered tefillah bezibbur? It would appear from the MB siman 55 sk 58 quoting a Radbaz that it does not. (I am not referring to the Shayle if its miztareph to the minyan, as Shevet Halevy chelek 9). What is the rov`s opinion is this?   Many thanks! Answer: The Mishna Brura is speaking when one is enclosed in a separate room ...

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Not Fulfilling Shnayim Mikra

Question: Shnayim Mikro Many Yidden seem to be meikil with the obligation to say Shnayim Mikro ve`echod targum. Is there any limud zechus for this? Many thanks Answer: Igros Moshe [O"C 5:17] notes the prevalent custom to not fulfill this obligation. He admonishes this practice and proves from various sources that all are obligated in this mitzvah, including Torah Scholars who spend their days and nights in ...

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