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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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Women as Synagogue Presidents / Board Members

Question: Can a synagogue appoint women as its president or have one sit on its board of committee? With many thanks. Answer: There is no prohibition for a woman to fill one of these positions. However care must be taken to maintain both guidelines of tznius [often a president needs to address the congregation at shul, for a woman to do this would be a breach of traditional synagogue conduct]  and the tradi ...

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Minhagim of ellul-signing off emails

Question: לכבוד מרן שליט׳א Does the minhag of signing letters off with כתיבה וחתימה טובה during the month of ellul apply to emails as well? Many thanks Answer: Presumably it would, as after all this is the modern form of letter sending, and there is no reson to believe it is only standard mail. However it would depend on the nature of the email. When one is writing a formal email similar to a letter it woul ...

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Talking while in the bathroom

Question: Is one permitted to talk on the phone while in the bathroom (with someone else who does not know the caller is in the bathroom)? Answer: One who enters a bathroom to relieve himself may not talk unless it is extenuating circumstances. When he is relieving himself even that is forbidden, see Shulchan Aruch O:C 3:1 and the Mishna Brura there. This would apply to talking on the phone as well. ...

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