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Question No. 737
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 25 Mar 2005
The Question I am having a difficult time understanding Perek Ches of the Megilla. The Events of Perek Ches The whole purpose of the fast was to ensure the success of Esther’s plea to Achashverosh to rescind Haman’s decree (8:5). But Achashverosh said that he can’t (8:8). The only positive outcome of Esther’s mission was that Achashverosh permitted Mordechai to issue a decree permitting the Jews to organize and defend themselves and kill anyone who would seek to harm them on the following 13th of Adar (8:10-12). As a result of issuing this decree Mordechai left the King’s presence dressed in royal attire and “Layehudim hawy’saw orah, v’simcha, v’sason vikar.” (8:15-16). My Questions Since Achashverosh could not rescind Haman’s decree, wasn’t the whole fast and Esther’s putting her life on the line all for naught? The Jews were a nonviolent minority who would still have to defend themselves against a war-minded, aggressive majority. Why was there celebration at being granted the right to defend themselves? Would the Jews of the Warsaw ghetto celebrated if Hitler granted them the right to defend themselves against the mighty Nazis who were coming to liquidate the ghetto? Did the Jews of the Warsaw ghetto do something “unJewish” by defending themselves without being granted the right to do so? (rhetorical question) What would the Jews of Shushan have done if not granted the right to defend themselves – sit passively in their homes waiting to be slaughtered? Please enlighten me. Thank you. Chag Sameach. -Ira Buckman
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Question No. 729
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 18 Mar 2005
The Question WHICH is the Torah-inspired date for Pesach? People are celebrating Purim when others are starting Passover....which is correct? —Carol Druckman, Chehalis, WA
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Question No. 678
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 23 Jan 2005
The Question 1.who are the parents of baba sali? 2.how long did baba sali live? 3.which jews was baba sali a leader of? 4.tell me the place and time period baba sali lived in. 5.what was baba sali known for? 6.relate me 3 stories that show baba sali's greatness. 7.who was baba sali's wife?what was her greatness?how did she help him become the leader of the jewish people? —Anonymous, new york
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Question No. 653
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 8 Jan 2005
The Question If there was an etrog that has two pitomim and one stem, would it be kosher, and if it was, would it be OK if one of the pitomim fell off. —Shoshana Bernstein, Hashmonaim
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Question No. 551
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 28 Nov 2004
The Question What am I to do about eating matzah on Pesach if I cannot eat any of the 5 grains because of allergies? —Anonymous, New Jersey
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Question No. 539
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 23 Nov 2004
The Question Is it permissible to form chilled matzoh ball batter on Yontif? Is it a melacha to handle this batter? Anonymous, Efrat, Israel
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Question No. 537
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 23 Nov 2004
The Question What is the Makor for the Simanim on Rosh Hashanah? Yehoshua Gold, New Jersey
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Question No. 482
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 27 Aug 2004
The Question I see this done all the time. Posters claim that all the Gedolim of today have forbidden smoking yet people do so. Also I have seen posters that all of today's Rabbinic authorities forbid it today on Yom Tov as opposed to past psakim which allowed it. What has changed? and Is there any heter b'zman ha'zeh currently to allow smoking on Yom Tov? Thank you for your time. Tal Zwecker, Ramat Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 455
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question I am reading up on Tu B'av and I am not understanding why the ladies had to go out to the fields the way they did, I cant find any mekor on the reason for it and I wonder if you can help me. Tzvi Burstein, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 431
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 23 Apr 2004
The Question For those who are machmir not to rely on the sale of chometz for chometz gamur, what exactly falls into the category of chometz gamur? For example are foods like ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise or sauces that list wheat in the ingredients included in this category? T. Nathan, New York
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Question No. 430
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 23 Apr 2004
The Question Assuming that the duty free shops in Ben Gurion Airport are owned by a Jew, is one allowed to purchase whiskey from the stores, as there may be a CHASHASH that the produce was not sold for Pesach. If so, does one have to wait for the stores to replenish their stocks before buying? Thanks. Raphy Garson, Har Nof, Jerusalem
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Question No. 428
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 23 Apr 2004
The Question Is one permitted to shave during the Omer period once per week just before Shabbos? Anonymous, Miami Beach, FL
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Question No. 427
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Many sefarim talk about the deep meaningful insights in the practices in the chagim apart from giving us a better understanding of Hashem and out avoda should we have thease ideas as part of our kavonoh when we perform the mitzvah? ie the four cups on pesach and the many reasons why we drink them. Thank you so much for your wonderful help. Gidon Lyons, Jerusalem
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Question No. 409
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question I understand the concept of bitul (bitul b'rov, bitul b'shishim) that exists before Pesach. With Chametz this does not exist during Pesach as chametz is oser b'mahshehu (prohibited with the smallest amount). If I have a pot which is chametzdik (used throughout the year for, say, making chicken soup). I thoroughly clean it so that there is no residue left. Now I use this pot to prepare chicken soup for Pesach. Is there anything wrong with this procedure since I can rely on bitul for any chametz that may derive from the walls of the pot (nosain tam). I have no intention of using the pot during Pesach. Dovid Travers, Melbourne, Australia
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Question No. 321
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question One area I have difficulty in explaining to the newly observant is the question "How do we explain the significance of keeping 2 days of YOM TOB in Chutz La-aretz nowadays?" They ask me "If the whole TAKANA was because of POSSIBLE MISTAKES in calculation of the calendar, nowadays we know the date!" Other than the concept that once CHAZAL make a TAKANA, "Lo Zaz Mimekomo", why keep 2 days? On a KABALSTIC level the seforim say that CHUTZ LA-ARETZ is on a lower MADREGA than Israel, and therefore in order to fulfill the YOM TOV, 2 days need to be kept. These answers for one who is MAMIN in the words of chazal and Torat Hashem are fine. They don't however appease the aforementioned group. Please help?? TIZKU LEMITZVOT Raphy Garson, Har Nof, Jerusalem
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Question No. 291
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question Why is it that some people put tefilin on on chol hamoed and some dont but on rosh chodesh when we say the shemonah esreh after hallel we take it off because its like a yom tov. Following this custom shouldn’t everyone not use tefilin on chol hamoed? Zevi, New Jersey
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Question No. 288
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question On Rosh Hashana, should a woman without a husband make a shehechayanu on the candles and then make kiddush with a shehecheyanu (she will have company, but no men)? Chaviva Goldsmith Broward City, FL
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Question No. 284
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question In your drasha for yom kippur, with the moshol of bathing the child, you do not mention a most important reason for bathing (doing teshuva):even if we leave the child dirty, we will want him to look nice at certain important milestones such as birthdays. Since we don't know when the big milestone will come, when we will hopefully be sitting with the tsaddikim in Gan Eden, how can we expect to be welcomed there looking like a dirt ball? Therefore, we should do teshuva at least every year, so that we won't be all that dirty at the appointed time. Brenda Bronner, Antwerp, Belgium
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Question No. 282
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question This is a follow up to question # 272, re: fasting on erev rosh chodesh-and having a Yom Kippur Kattan. The Rav mentioned in the answer that one should make the kabbalah bli neder, and having in mind to be mekabel the fast only for the following day specifically- otherwise one could run into problems with possibly making a neder. If I made the kabbala bli neder but neglected to have in mind that it was only for Erev Rosh Codesh Elul- do I need to a have a specific hataras nedarim for this, or will the general hataras nedarim before the Yomim Noraim be sufficient? I thank the Rav for his time and attention. Kol Tuv! Anonymous
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Question No. 272
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question If one wanted to fast on erev rosh chodesh-and have a Yom Kippur Kattan, how would one go about doing that? Does one need to have in mind, or say a 'kabbalah' during mincha of the previous day that they intend to fast the following day, I thought I had once heard something along those lines ...Also, can/does one make any adjustments in their tefillos if they are fasting on erev rosh chodesh/yom kippur kattan. I thank the Rav for his time and attention. Kol Tuv! Anonymous
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