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Chametz she’avar alav ha’Pesach

  Chametz she'avar alav ha'Pesach Question: Shalom aleichem, We have an adult son at the moment in the States, with a room in our home. We happened to be looking for something today in his clothes closet and found 3 cans of spray deodorant and a small, almost empty bottle of men’s cologne. One can of deodorant (Right Guard Sport Fresh Scent, from Canada) does not list the ingredients. One can of deodor ...

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Kiddush leil pesach

Kiddush leil pesach Question: Are there any sources for one who usually stands during kiddush to also stand for kiddush at the Seder? Or should one sit because it is the first of the daled kosos? Answer: There are some opinions that even one who stands the entire year for kiddush should sit for the daled kosos including the first one. Common custom is that those who stand should stand for this kiddush as we ...

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Seder Timing

Seder Timing Question: I've fairly recently begun to take my yiddishkeit more seriously and although my family keeps many aspects of halacha fully, there are certain issues that come up. We’ve always started our seders at a normal dinner time, something like 7 or 730pm, but I had a look at the zmanim for Ottawa (where I'll be) and tzeis is only at at 8:15 on the night of the first seder. I know I won’t be a ...

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Disposing of Chanuka Oil, Wicks After Day 8

  Disposing of Chanuka Oil, Wicks After Day 8 Question: Orach Chaim 677 says that leftover oil should be burnt. It appears that the reason is that since the oil has become huktza l'mitzvah, it has to be destroyed so that you won't come to have hana'ah from it. My situation is this: When I buy the oil initially, I stipulate that only the oil used for the mitzvah is muktzeh; any oil remaining in the bott ...

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Bracha of Sheasa Nissim for a Convert

Question: Does a ger make the bracha al ha nissim.....it speaks of avosainu yet he is not of that.....I was told he says sh'asa nissim l'yisroel. Is that correct? Thank you Answer: A convert may recite the regular bracha of שעשה נסים לאבותינו. There is one opinion to change the text as you mentioned, but the ruling follows the Mishna Brura who brings only the first opinion to recite the regular bracha. See ...

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Shaking lulav during hallel

Question: I grew up in a shul here in Canada where the entire congregation shakes the arbah minim by the first two hodus (while the chazzan does the first hodu and yomar na). I haven't found a source for this, as the mechaber (651:8) says to do only once and the rema says for all four. Even the rema who adds that the minhag is for the chazzan to shake by the first two only said so according to his minhag th ...

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Sukkah walls

Question: We have a irregularly shaped pergola/sukkah on our patio that opens right up to a small garden. The longest wall is the wall of the house - 5.5 meters. There are then two perpendicular walls, at right angles to the house, each one 1.7 meters (to the point of posts in the ground). However, the "fourth" wall consists of three sections - with posts in between. There is a 2.0 meter opening directly op ...

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Sukkot in Israel without sleeping or Sukkot in Chul

Question: We have a student who wants to go into the land of Israel on Sukkoth, but he will not be able to sleep in Sukka because he will have no own Sukka. If he does not go, he still will not sleep in the Sukka, as it is very cold at night here. What it is better for him to go or not? Trip to Sukkot to the Land of Israel can give a hizuk. Answer: It is permissible for him to go to Israel for Sukkos. In ei ...

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9 Days queries

9 Days queries Question: Gut Voch Regarding the 9 days - what is the Rovs opinion. 1. A person who has daily showers and feels very uncomfortable without, can he shower during the 9 days and if yes are there any restrictions? 2. A person who does not fit in the above criteria, would he be allowed to shower for Mitzvas Oinoh. Similar to what we find that lezoirech mitzvah rechitzah is muttor (even on 9 av it ...

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Kriyat Hatorah Mattot-Masei

Kriyat Hatorah Mattot-Masei Question: Shalom Harav, I am a madrich of an Israeli group (of Talmidei Yeshivat Har Etzion) traveling to Poland next week BH. In Eretz Yisrael the kriyah is Massei, however in chutz la'aretz they will be reading Mattot Massei. We will be davening in a shul that doesn't have a permanent minyan, and we will be making our own personal minyan there. Do we have to read both Mattot an ...

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