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Birkas Hatorah on Shavuos Morning

Question: How should one who stays up the whole on Shavuos conduct himself in the morning with regards to Birkas Hatorah? Answer: The minhag accepted by many is too hear the birkas hatorah from one who slept and is obligated according to all opinions. In fact one may make the brachos himself, even if he did not sleep. If one had slept during the day of Erev Shavuos certainly he could make the brachos himsel ...

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Kriyas Shema and Tefilla

Question: 1. The MB in siman 67 sk 3 paskens that besides the obligation to recite Shma there is also a chiyuv to remember Yetzias Mitzrayim which applies specifically after Nacht. How do people, who daven Mincha followed immediately by Mariv (as was the minhag in countless kehilos throughout Europe for centuries) fulfill this obligation? (It is evident from the MB that one does NOT fulfill this obligation ...

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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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Chia Seeds

Question: I read the Rav's teshuva on Quinoa being considered kitniyos on Pesach. What does the Rav hold about Chia Seeds? Answer: Quinoa has traditionally and is still currently used as a staple type food, similar to rice and corn. It is eaten not only as a topping or additive but also as a dish by itself. Chia seeds however have are not used as such. Rather they are generally used a topping or additive, m ...

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Soft Matzot for Ashkenazi

Question: An Ashkenazi is spending Seder night by a Sephardi who is accustomed to eat soft matzot made under strict hashgacha. Is the ashkenazi guest permitted to fulfill his obligation by partaking of the soft matzot or does he need to bring his own matzot to the seder? Answer: It is clear from the Gemara and Rishonim in a number of places that in the times of Chazal the Matzah was more similar to a pita l ...

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Ashkenazi Guests at a Sephardi Host on Pesach

Question: In the opinion of Maran shlita, is an Ashkenazi guest at a Sephardi household permitted to eat food which does not contain kitnios but was cooked in pots and other vessels in which kitnios have been cooked or served? With many thanks. Answer: Aמ Ashkenazi may eat non kitniyos foods in a Sefardi household, even if the food was prepared in a pot which has been used for kitniyos. מקורות וביאורים: קי" ...

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Lighting Addintional Ner for Shamash

Question: The Remo 673 seems to hold (see M'B s`k 19) that ideally one should davka use the shamesh for lighting the menorah, and not an additional candle. How do we fulfill this nowadays with our oil menorahs, when we light with a candle and light an additional oil shamesh ? Answer: While the Rama recommends not lighting an additional light at all, the purpose of this is to create a היכר as to which night ...

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Nuts on Rosh Hashana

Question: Hello, Several questions regarding the Minhag to refrain from eating nuts 1. Does is start R``Ch Elul or Rosh Hashono 2. Which types of nuts are included 3. Whats the din if its processed eg cereal or bread spreads? Many thanks and kesiva vechasimah tovah Answer: 1. The minhag only pertains to Rosh Hashana. 2. The minhag is commonly accepted to include all types of nuts, including pistachios, waln ...

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Tefilla for Government

Question: Kvod HoRav Shlite, It is clear from different psukim, from the mishna in oves, from gemores, from rishonim and acharonim amongst them gedole haposkim (chatam sofer, aruch hashulchan...) that a tfille for the prayer for the welfare of the government is to be said. Why do not we follow we this old tradition nowadays? Would it be proper to reintroduce it? Answer: While it is certainly fitting to pray ...

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Music During Bein Hametzorim

Question: Regarding the Minhag of refraining from listening to music during the `three weeks` A person who wishes to purchase a music cd l`zorech after 9 b`av, but to help him choose the right cd he would like to listen for just a minute to the music - is that permitted or not? The question is based on the fact that this is lichora not mesameach as he will have no great joy and pleasure from this short list ...

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