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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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Ashkenazi Guests at a Sephardi Host on Pesach

Question: In the opinion of Maran shlita, is an Ashkenazi guest at a Sephardi household permitted to eat food which does not contain kitnios but was cooked in pots and other vessels in which kitnios have been cooked or served? With many thanks. Answer: Aמ Ashkenazi may eat non kitniyos foods in a Sefardi household, even if the food was prepared in a pot which has been used for kitniyos. מקורות וביאורים: קי" ...

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Purim in Givaat Masua

Question: What is the din regarding of date of Purim for the kium of mitzvos in the shchuna Givaat Masua in Yerushalaim? Thank you. Answer: Givaat Masua is connected to the Malcha Mall and surrounding area, and is part of the greater Yerushalayim area. As such Purim should be celebrated along with the rest of Yerushalayim on the 15th of Adar. ...

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Between Aninus and Aveilus

Question: Yaakov heard that his brother, who lived in a different city, was niftar. Being there were other relatives dealing with the funeral and burial arrangements, it seemed Yaakov was not considered and onen. Thus, he davened and fulfilled mitzvos, etc. Question: Yaakov wanted to take a haircut before flying out to the funeral of his brother. Is he permitted to do so? Answer: One who is in a different c ...

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