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Bal Tosif

Question: According to the Ravyah (quoted by the Mordechai) who is concerned for bal tosif if one sits in the sukkah on Shmini Atzeres with kavana for the mitzvah, how can we blow shofar on the second day of Rosh Hashana, as we have kavana for the mitzvah, which is evident by the fact that we make a bracha. Answer: In general the second day of Yom Tov which was established because of skfeika dyoma does not ...

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Chol Hamoed

Question: A faulty oven was delivered to us and we asked for refund and collection. The (Non jewish) vendors have arranged for this but they have scheduled it for Chol Hamoed. Is it permitted to allow for the collection to take place from our home or does it need to be postponed. Thanks Answer: It would have been permissible for them to come pick up the faulty oven. This does not constitute making a purchas ...

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Eating Disorder and Fasting

Question: A woman with a history of anorexia says that fasting on Yom Kippur can bring on a set of consecutive days of fasting that is very detrimental to her health. What should she do for fast days? Thank you. Answer: She needs to be professionally assessed by her doctor and then in consultation with a Rav determine if fasting poses a risk of relapse as you describe. If there is a fair chance it could cau ...

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Tankless Water Heater on Yom Tov

Question: שלום וברכה, What does the Rav say about using a tankless hot water heater on Yom Tov? Our house has one installed and we have not used the hot water on Yom Tov. Thank you so much Answer: Since in such systems opening the hot water immediately and directly ignites the fire to heat the water, this may not be used on Yom Tov. It is prohibited to start a new fire on Yom Tov. ...

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Chol Hamoed, Esrog

Chol Hamoed, Esrog Question: Sholom 1. Until what age is a child considered a kotton which one is allowed to wash for during Chol Hamoed? There is little discussion in the Poiskim about this. 2. An Esrog which teh Pittom fell off during Chol Hamed - is this called a Chissaron ha`nikkar which the MB say one should avoid or can one be machshir le`brocho? 3. The brown discolouration which develop n the Esrg - ...

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Lulav Queries

Lulav Queries Question: Is there a chissaron in Hiddur with regards to a Lulav: 1. If the tiyomes is totally joint but has Kore on top between the tiomes (not covering it) 2. If one tiyomes is slightly higher than the other - and from how much is it considered a chissaron in hiddur I would be extremely grateful to know the Rov`s opinion in this Many thanks Answer: 1 Some kore in between will not disqualify ...

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Customs of Rosh Chodesh

Customs of Rosh Chodesh Question: 1. My wife gave my 5 yr old a hair cut last night Motzel Shabbos, the second night of Rosh Chodesh. She's been trying to have him get one for a while now and he finally acquiesced last night. I realized that perhaps it should not have been done Rosh Chodesh (besides for being Motzei Shabbos). How bad is that and is there anything to be concerned about? 2. This idea of not d ...

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Lifnei iver with Yom Tov replacement at work

Lifnei iver with Yom Tov replacement at work Question: My friend's wife had the following dilemma this past shavuos. She obviously couldn't be in the office over yomtov so she set up an automatic response on her email that I'll be out of the office, please contact Jackie. The problem is that Jackie is Jewish (non observant). Is this a problem of lifnei iver? Thanks! Answer: This situation should certainly b ...

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Shavuos in St. Petersberg

Question: Shalom, Rabbi! You answered about early 2nd day of Shavuot in St. Petersburg. What about this year that Shavuot is Motzei Shabbos? Is it possible to make kiddush and yom tov meal before Shabbos end? It is all at time of White Nights. Thank You. Answer: Yes, this leniency would apply this year as well. However. no melacha may be done until Chatzos [cooking, lighting candles] as with regard to Bibli ...

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St. Petersberg White Night Zmanim

Question: 1.During White Nights here in St. Petersburg we end Shabbat at midnight (2:00). This is also the time of alot ashahar. Accordingly, there is no opportunity to say a blessing on the candle and eat Seudat melawe malka. Question: Is it possible to rely on the opinion of rabbi Ovadiya Yoseph that alot ashahar is 72 dakot zmaniet before dawn, and accordingly there is a certain night after Chatzot for B ...

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