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Video call to the ill patient

Question:Can one fulfill the mitzvah of bikur cholim via a video call or phone call or does one have to be in the presence of the patient ? Many thanksAnswer: While this is an act of chesed to speak with and inquire over the phone or video, the actual mitzvah of Bikur Cholim is only fulfilled as it was originally commanded to us, by a visit in person.  תשובת מורנו הרב מצות ביקור חולים ע"י שיחת טלפון רב ...

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Necessary parts of the Haggadah

Necessary parts of the Haggadah Question: I recall hearing from Rav Asher Weiss a number of years ago that in addition to פסח מצה מרור there was an additional part of מגיד that he felt was integral to recite. I don't remember which part that was. In addition, if one was creating a list for a doctor or someone else who simply didn't have the time recite the entire Haggadah, what would that look like? What pa ...

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Hafrashas Challah from Mishloach Manos

Question: I make a lot of small rolls to give out for Misloach Manos, the dough had a shiur for challah, but I am distributing less than a shiur to each person I give. I will not be left with a shiur myself. Do I separate challah from the dough? Answer: Challah should be separated from the original dough, and a bracha should be made. See Piskei Challah in Kovetz Zichron Shabsai V'Aryeh pg. 31 ...

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Kesamim on Pads

Question: Is a kesem found on a "pad" considered mekabel tumah with regards to dinei niddah? Answer: A kesem does not have the status of a "beged" and is not mekabel tumah for kesamim. ...

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The Obligation to Vaccinate

Question: There has been much discussion recently about the obligation to vaccinate. What is the Rav's opinion on the matter? Answer: It is the obligation of every parent to vaccinate their children. לשאלת רבים ממורי ההוראה ומנהיגי עם האם יש חיוב על ההורים לחסן את ילדיהם בחיסונים המקובלים למנוע מחלות קשות, כי יש מחשובי הרבנים שגילו דעתם בעת האחרונה דכיון דע"י החיסון יש חשש לנזק בריאותי, לא רק שמותר להורים ל ...

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Measles Outbreak, Vaccinations And Halacha

Question: Is it considered a halachic obligation for parents to ensure that their children are vaccinated as part of their national requirements? It is important to note that failure to vaccinate a child may not only create risks for the child but, by enabling him to be the carrier and transmitter of an infectious disease may put other children at risk, including children who themselves have been vaccinated ...

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Chuppah Customs

"גם נוהגין לכסות פני הכלות הצנועות, ואינן מקפידות במה מקדש אותן" (אהע"ז רמ"א סימן ל"א ס"ב). "וי"א דחופה אינה יחוד, אלא כל שהביאה החתן לביתו לשם נשואין (כ"כ הר"ן בשי"א ריש כתובות). וי"א שהחופה היא שפורסין סודר על ראשם בשעת הברכה (הב"י הביאו). וי"א דחופת בתולה משיצאה בהינומא, ואלמנה, משנתייחדו (תוספות פ"ק דיומא). והמנהג פשוט עכשיו לקרות חופה מקום שמכניסים שם יריעה פרוסה על גבי כלונסות, ומכניסים תחתיה החתן והכ ...

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The Mitzvah of Shiluach Haken

Question: May one perform the mitzvah of Shiluach Haken on a nest which is perched on his window ledge [outside]. Answer: Yes, this would not be considered "mezuman"and the mitzvah may be performed [see end of teshuva].   הנה נחלקו האחרונים במצוה זו אם מצוה חיובית היא, וכל אימת שנקרה לפניו קן צפור חייב לשלח את האם אף שאין לו צורך כלל באפרוחים או בביצים, או מצוה קיומית היא ורק הרוצה להנות ולקחת אפרוחים ...

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Bracha of “Lehachniso” for absent father

Question: A father is unable to be physically present at the bris of his son. May he listen in and even video in via skype, and when the proper time arrives make the bracha of "lehachniso bbriso shel avraham avinu" on his own? Answer: When it is impossible for him to be present he may phone or video in and make the bracha on his own.   תשובת מורנו הרב במי שיושב לדאבון לב בבית האסורים ונולד לו בן זכר וה ...

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