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Chanuka – Menorah for Traveler

Question: I am staying in a hotel for one night of Chanuka, and leaving the following day. I will be travelling and not arrive home until the following morning. Where should I light neiros Chanuka for that night? Could I make a shliach to light in my house? Answer: If you are still in the hotel by ‘plag hamincha’ [approx. 3:30 during Chanuka] you can light in your hotel room. Since you have been staying the ...

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Chanuka – Lighting Menorah at Children’s Home

Question: During Chanuka I often go to visit my married children for hadlakas neiros. If I am there from the zman [shkiyah] until around 10 – 11 at night and I am eating dinner there, when and where should I light neiros Chanuka? Could I light by my children’s house? Is it preferable to make a shliach to light in my house, or could I light when I return home at about 11:30 at night [only my wife and I live ...

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Preparing from one day of yom tov to the next

Question: Is there a heiter - and if yes what - to take out Chlaos from the freezer on the first day Yomtov l`zorech the second day. The question is based on the fact that if taken out before Yomtov it would not be fresh and if taken out after Nacht it would be frozen for still very long? Answer: Preparing from one day of yom tov to the next is prohibited, see סימן תק"ג והפוסקים שם. this includes even seemi ...

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Lolav-Shiur of a Heimnek

Question:  What is the shiur of a heimnek. I.e when a lulav has a genuine Heimnek and the tiomes has a `V` shape - from which size is it a psul? A Mashehu? 2 milimetres? More? MANY THANKS ANG GUT YOMTOV!! Answer:  There seems to be machlokes amongst the achronim if hemnek is any slight visible seperation between the 2 leaves, that being the implication if the Chaye Adam. The Maharsham holds there must be a ...

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Shower on YomTov

Question: Can we allow a shower on Yom Tov, especially in Chu"l where Yom Tov is 2 days, and especially when Shabbos falls after two days of Yom Tov, such as on Rosh Ha-Shana next year? Answer: It is permitted to take a cold shower on YomTov (see Shulchan Aruch 326:1). Under extenuating circumstances (such as three days of Yom Tov/Shabbos in the summer, which can happen for Rosh Hashanah, or two days for th ...

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Hirhur Bdivri Torah

Question: I learn Daf Yomi on my own, listening to recorded shiurim. Much of the time I do not verbalize the words of the Gemara, and only listen to the shiur. I was told this does not qualify to make a siyum during the nine days. Answer: Learning from either a live or a recorded shiur certainly qualifies to make a siyum, and is a fulfillment of Mitzvas Talmud Torah. מקורות:     ידוע מה שנחלקו המחבר והגר"א ...

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Taste the meat foods on erev Shabbos Chazon

Question: I work as a chef in a summer camp, and need to prepare the food for shabbos chazon. May I taste the meat foods on erev shabbos? Answer: Food may be tasted to ensure quality and taste. The food being tasted does not have to be spit out. מקורות:    מנהג בני אשכנז לא לאכול בשר ולשתות יין כל תשעת הימים מר"ח אב, כמבואר בש"ע ופוסקים סי' תקנ"א סעי ט'. ולטעום המאכל בערב שבת עי' אור לציון ח"ג סי' כו' אות ד ...

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Sale during the nine days

Question: May clothing which is on sale at a very discounted price be purchased during the nine days? Does it matter that it won’t be delivered until after Tisha B’Av? Answer: It is questionable if clothing may be purchased because of a sale during the nine days. If it will not be delivered until after Tisha B’Av one may certainly be lenient. Otherwise one should refrain, unless it involves significant loss ...

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Siyum

Question: During the nine days we are making a seuda for the shloshim of our grandfather. The grandchildren finished a masechta together, by each one learning a part of the masechta. Being that no one person finished by himself, is this considered a siyum to permit eating meat during the nine days? Answer: While certainly being a commendable practice and great mitzvah, a siyum which creates a seudas mitzvah ...

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Repainting old furniture

Question: I was told that painting a house should not be done during the nine days. Does the same apply to repainting old furniture? Answer: It would seem that painting furniture is not included in the prohibition of “binyan shel simcha”, and thus would be permitted during the nine days. Never the less, in the absence of a specific need, it would be commendable to refrain from beautifying one’s home during ...

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