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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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Fasting for Diabetic

Fasting for Diabetic Question: Shalom, Rabbi! Am am a diabetic type 1, but now need no insulin or any drugs. Only very strict diet. I have to eat less but often. My blood sugar in normal level. Have I fast 17 tamuz, 9 av or Yk in my situation? Answer: It would depend on your ability to fast. If fasting will make you ill or endanger your health in any way you would not be obligated to fast on 17 Tammuz any y ...

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Yom Tov Sheni – Shu”t Minchas Asher

Yom Tov Sheni - Shu"t Minchas Asher Question: Hi, I was reading through one of the fantastic Teshuvos regarding Melacha on Yom Tov Sheini (in Minchas Asher volume 1, Siman 11, part 3). The Teshuva specifically dealt with asking one who lives in Israel to do Melacha for one who lives in Chutza La'aretz on Yom Tov Sheini. At the end of the Teshuva you stated that in Igros Moshe Orach Chaim 3:71 Rav Moshe conc ...

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Shnayim Mikra for International Traveller

Question: Shalom, I plan to travel Tues night from NY to EY. With regards to shanyim mikra, must i learn bamidbar until my flight and then start nasso once i land? Or can i start nasso earlier in the week? Also can i conclude bamidbar once i'm in EY, or would that not be considered "with the tzibbur"? Thank you very much Answer: It would seem that ideally you should in fact learn Bamidbar while still in NY ...

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Beans and Peas – Kitniyos

Question: I need to know whether beans and sweet peas are part considered kitniyus. they truly just vegetables, not grown with wheat, and not made into flour . thank you! Answer: Yes, both of these are considered kitniyos. Sources: Kitniyos is a general term which includes grains that grow in the proximity of chometz grains and select grains that can be cooked and baked in a fashion similar to chometz grain ...

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Bedikas Chometz

Question: What exactly is the idea of bediaks chometz nowadays as we know we certainty that there is no chometz left in the house by then? Is the house not classified as a mokom she`eyn machnissin boi chometz? How can one make a Berochoh? Many thanks! Answer: This issue is addressed by the Shaarei Teshuva 433:2. He explains that based on our earlier days [and weeks!] of cleaning, on the night of bedikas cha ...

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Aveilah Giving Mishloach Manos

Question: Every year, my wife bakes cookies for M"M and the whole neighborhood is very excited to receive them (they are extraordinary). This year, she is in aveilus for her father z"l. It seems from the hilchos aveilus seforim that an avel CAN give M'M, although others should not give him/her. Still, there is reference to the avel NOT giving "devarim shel simcha," such as wine, but this seems to apply only ...

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Smoking Marijuana on Yom Tov

Question: Shalom alecha Rav, The Rav has stated clearly that smoking tobacco is an issur gamor, regardless of whether or not it is permitted to smoke on Yom Tov. However, a question arises about smoking marijuana, which shares neither the risk of addiction nor the health risks as tobacco. On the contrary, there are over 1 million patients in the United States who have been prescribed marijuana for a variety ...

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Early Yom Tov Sheni

Question: This year, here in St. Petersburg (Russia) Shavuot falls on June. At this time there night comes very late. June 3, at the end of the 1st day of Shavuot: shkiya - 23:10, zeiss (Gaon) - 0:12, tzet Yom tov - 1:57. How and when can we arrange an evening meal in the second Yom Tov of Shavuot? When we can light the candles? When daven Maariv? Thank You! Migdal Ohr Community, S.-Petersburg Answer: Consi ...

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Inviting Non-Frum Jews to Yuntif Meals

Question: The Mishna Berurah (512:2) says that both the issur min hatorah to cook for a non-jew on yuntif and the issur m'derabanan to invite a non-Jew to a yuntif meal lest you cook for him on yuntif apply to those who are mechalelei Shabbos in public. Is this to say that one cannot invite a non-frum relative or friend to a yuntif meal in today's day and age? Are there any lenient considerations? Thank you ...

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