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Question No. 2122
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 30 Sep 2014
The Question The 15 orders of the Passover Seder are: Kaddesh. Urechatz. Karpas. Yachatz. Maggid. Rachtzah. Motzi. Matzah. Maror. Korech. Shulchan Orech. Tzafun. Barech. Hallel. Nirtzah. How far back in time can one trace these specific 15 orders? Did these 15 orders exist before the destruction of the Second Temple? If not, is there any record of the order of the Passover meal before the current Seder became institutionalized? Thanks. —Anonymous, Falmouth, USA
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Question No. 2095
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 11 Jan 2014
The Question My wife cooks on Pesach with a lot of matzah meal. A box of 'Shmurah matzah meal' is double the price of '18-minute matzah meal'. It's quite a stress on top of an already strained budget. Must we use the 'shmurah matzah meal' in our cooking? Is there a difference between the seder meals and the meals during the rest of Pesach? Thanks. —Scott, Passaic, NJ
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Question No. 2058
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 5 Aug 2013
The Question Yom Kippur creates a tremendous amount of stress (more than the rest of the year) which make my current medical conditions, i.e. high blood pressure, frequent chest pains, strong stomach pains, some fatigue, faint dangerous. I believe that my health issues need special attention. —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 2044
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 11 Apr 2013
The Question Kavod HaRav, I have a big problem fasting, if I don't eat every 3 hours I get very weak, I also have an emotional need to eat, I work looking after babies at least 6 and this is very difficult as one needs lots of patience and to physically feel good in order to work well, Yom Kippur and Tish A Bav I am at home so not as problematic, Do I have to fast minor fasts when I work as I get very stressed out when I know one is coming up, I feel guilty not fasting with Klal Yisrael but I lack the enery when I am working. Please help. -Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 1905
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 22 Aug 2011
The Question Lekavod HaRav shalom ubracha! You pasken that katanim do not need to fast in chinuch for Tisha B'Av before they come of age. You have said this is at least in part because we must have bitachon that Hashem will rebuild the Beis HaMikdash before the katan becomes a gadol, and so causing the katan to fast would reflect that we are not sure Hashem will rebuild the Beis HaMikdash by the time the katan becomes a gadol. Yet you have also paskened that a katan may not eat meat during the nine days. Why is there a difference between fasting on Tisha B'Av, which a katan does not need to do, and the minhag to not eat meat during the nine days, which a katan must keep? —Yitzchok Shuster, Forest Hills, New York, USA
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Question No. 1862
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 19 Mar 2011
The Question L'chvod HaRav, This being my first year in mesivta, I was very shocked when i walked into the beis medrash to find it decorated with huge beer advertisements, cigarette ads, a traffic light hanging from the ceiling, and even a full size stuffed zebra. When I complained to my friends about it, they said i should "let go" and "every yeshiva does it," and "its purim, its okay to have a little fun" Isn't "u'mikdoshi tirou" more important than the trend of making a bizayon of everything holy on purim? Should I be more open-minded about this? I don't see any reason why it's mutar, and I don't think purim is a time to let Hashem's name be disgraced. What is the Rav's opinion on this? —L. Goldman, PA
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Question No. 1806
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 21 Nov 2010
The Question Can one use a tankless water heater on Yom Tov?The unit has no pilot.Procedure is thus:turn on the faucet, water flows in the pipes to the heater. Influx of cold water activates the electronic ignition to ignite the gas which heats the water.There is a 4-6 second delay in receiving the hot water at the tap.Would this be mutar as indirect, since I do not light the igniter-I cause the water to flow which lights the igniter which ignites the gas which heats the water-and therefore allowed on Yom Tov for hot water usage? —Anonymous, Woodmere, New York
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Question No. 1772
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 2 Sep 2010
The Question Can you discuss the issue of showering on yomim tovim that fall out on weekdays? Especially this year when there will be many three-day yomim tovim, I would like to review the halachos of when and how its permissible to shower, i.e. in preparing for shabbos during yom tov. —HaLevi, NY
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Question No. 1717
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 16 Feb 2010
The Question I am leaving for an out of town seder on the afternoon of the evening one does B'dikat chometz (3/28 Sunday). I am returning after the seders so the house will be kasher l'pesach. If one is not at home that evening (3/28) how and when is the formal b'dikat chometz the night before and burning the morning after (on 3/29 if one is not at home then? —Jonathan Slavin, Newton, MA
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Question No. 1628
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 9 Mar 2009
The Question Why is it the widespread custom to remain fasting when reading the megillah on Purim night? Many people are hungry and feel week and have headaches, etc. at that point of time -- why force them to listen unhappily to the megillah (and deal with the pounding noise made at Haman's name) instead of letting everyone go home after Maariv to eat something and then come back to hear megillah (and enjoy the mitzvah)? —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 1537
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 6 Nov 2008
The Question L'kovud Harav. These days many organizations accept tzeddaka by credit card. I was wondering if you could do kaporas for Yom Kippur using a credit card - assuming you usually use money and not a live chicken. Afterwards, you would just charge whatever amount to the tzeddaka? —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 1477
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 14 May 2008
The Question Dear Rav Leff, May one cut one's nose hairs during Sefira? Thank you. —Anonymous, Queens, NY
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Question No. 1451
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 14 Apr 2008
The Question If the Shayish (counter top) has not been kashered with boiling water what happens to the bottom surface of linoleum that has got wet over pesach on this surface? Is there such a thing as not pouring the boiling water directly onto the chometz surface? Someone said to me that the chometz transfers directly to the kli? If this is so, what happens to dishes used with this kettle on Pesach in previous years? —Philip, Rehovot
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Question No. 1446
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 10 Apr 2008
The Question Why is it that Ashkenazim still don't eat kitniyos on Pesach? It seems like this custom is dated and doesn't apply anymore. How is eating corn on the cob going to confuse you with chometz? Is eating cholent going to confuse people? I am of the understanding that many big rabbis opposed the ban when it was put into effect. With the ban on kitniyos, people have to spend more money on matzah and specialty pesach foods. Why not just permit it? Poor people can afford rice and beans and other legumes. —Zevi, New Jersey
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Question No. 1438
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 19 Dec 2007
The Question A secular commentator recently wrote that Chanukah celebrates the "triumph of Jewish tribal backwardness"; another secular commentator recently compared the battle of the Maccabees to the contemporary Islamic jihadists who wage “holy war”. Is this a fair comparison? I ask because an Orthodox Jewish website referred to the battle of the Maccabees as a “suicide mission...They fought to the death; they were heroes and we applaud them.” As a frum Jew, I wish to understand what distinguishes Judaism and its battles from the battles of other religions or religious groups? —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 1406
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 2 Oct 2007
The Question Hello, Please can you help me distinguish between the 'Shofar Hagadol' and the 'Tekiah Gedolah'. Do they describe the great shofar blasts of Yom Kippur and Yom Teruah respectively? Is there more to distinguish them? Thank you very much for your help! —Anonymous, Hythe, UK
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Question No. 1315
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 24 Feb 2007
The Question how drunk should one get on Purim —Moshe, Maale Adumim
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Question No. 1303
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 12 Feb 2007
The Question Regarding Shushan Purim: In locations such as Lod, Ono, Gai Hacharshim (Megillah 4a), do we celebrate Purim on the 15th like Yerushalayim, or, do we celebrate on the 14th? Similarly, what is the status of places like Tzippori,Gush-Chalav, Yodfat, Gamla, Gadud, Chadid (Eruchin 32a)as well as Tiberias (Meg. 5b) Ginosar, and Hutzal (Meg. 6a)?? I have never heard of people celebrating Shushan Purim outside of Yerushalayim and Shushan, it seems from these gemoras that we do. How do we determine where these original walled cities were located and on what day do the inhabitants of these modern cities celebrate Purim? —Anonymous, New York, NY
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Question No. 1251
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 29 May 2006
The Question If one gives birth to a baby girl, is it permissible to make a Shabbos Kiddush during the Three Weeks? —Anonymous, Yerushalayim
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Question No. 1218
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 11 Mar 2006
The Question According to the opinion that Esther was married to Mordechai why was Esther even taken (a woman only taken if a besula)? Were they only at the stage of erusin and if so wouldnt the situation dictate that nissuin should take place? —Anonymous, Passaic, NJ
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