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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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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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