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Patronizing Store with Cashier Thief

Patronizing Store with Cashier Thief Question: I buy a lot of things from a store in my neighborhood- I recently noticed that cashier is pocketing the $ I give him without putting it in the cash register. Am I allowed to buy from this store (please note that I am not comfortable telling the manager as I could be putting me and my family in danger-- it also would be extremely inconvenient to shop somewhere e ...

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Post-It Notes on Shabbos

Post-It Notes on Shabbos Question: May one put on or remove post-it notes [that are stuck on to paper] on Shabbat? Answer: Yes, they may be used as they are non permanent and clearly designed to come on and off. Hence there would be no problem of the melacha of sewing [tofer]. There are those who are stringent unless it will be taken off within a day. Sources: See Shu”t Minchas Asher Vol. 2:39, Nishmas Shab ...

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Netilas Yadayim from Bottle

Netilas Yadayim from Bottle Question: Is it better to wash Netilas Yadayim from a bottle using less water, or from the tap using more water? Thanks, Answer: It would be preferable to wash from a bottle rather than the tap. While ideally one should wash from a regular cup where the water flows freely, washing from a bottle provides enough uninterrupted flow that makes the Netila valid. Washing from the tap h ...

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Humming During Birkat Kohanim

Humming During Birkat Kohanim Question: Shalom Ha'Rav, I would like to understand why the humming of the kohanim during birkat kohanim is not considered an interruption of the blessing. I understand the purpose is to allow the congregation to say the prayer regarding dreams but the humming usually goes on much longer than the actual blessing. If it is an interruption should I still answer amen at the conclu ...

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Nasogastric Feeding and Kashrut

Nasogastric Feeding and Kashrut Question: לכבוד הרבנים ומרן הגאב׳ד שליט׳א A patient who is being fed through a nasogastric (NG) tube: does he need to check as to whether the feed contains only kosher ingredients or not? Most are milk based Many Thanks Answer: No, this form of ingesting is not considered eating according to halacha and there is no kashrus concern. Sources: See Shu"t Tzitz Eliezer 14:70, Maha ...

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Various Questions

Various Questions Question: I have 4 sheilos I would like to ask the Rov. The first question is, should a person learn yiddish so he should be able to access more Torah in the future or should he just sit and learn Torah right now? The vast majority of Torah is now available in Hebrew or English. Unless you have a specific Yeshiva or Shiur in mind for which Yiddish is necessary, you don't have to invest you ...

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Yaale Vyavo Before Sunset on Rosh Chodesh

Yaale Vyavo Before Sunset on Rosh Chodesh Question: Dear Rabbi! We have a question about a meal on eve of Rosh Chodesh. If one davens maariv and then has a meal before sunset does he recite yale veyavo in birkat hamazon? Answer: Yes, you would say Yaale Vyavo in Birkat Hamazon. Sources: See Mishna Brura at end of Siman 424 in the name of the Magen Avraham 419. ...

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Bracha on Mitzvas Maakeh

Bracha on Mitzvas Maakeh Question: I am an investor in apartment buildings and we are currently in the process of renovating a building. As part of the renovation we will be converting a roof area to a roof top deck for tenants to use. Currently there is a fence around the area but we will be removing and replacing the current fence as part of the renovation. A non jewish company has been contracted to the ...

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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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Liability of Messenger for Purchase

Liability of Messenger for Purchase Question: I was asked if I can buy a expensive item for my friend and to lay out the money. I bought it and a אונס happened on the way back. I told him he has to pay because I was a shomer chinum– he claims that he was never Koneh it and he is very sorry but it is my loss (Chutzpah!!)– who is right?? Answer: He certainly did acquire the object. He appointed you a messenge ...

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