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Question No. 258
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question Are we allowed to go to the gym during the 9 days? Joseph, United States
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Question No. 218
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question Are you permitted to cook from fresh produce, ie vegetables on yom tov? If it is not permitted, how do I go about preparing food for Yom Tov during or before, in terms of keeping the food warm? Michelle, London
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Question No. 201
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question Why is it that with regards to keeping 1 or 2 days Yom Tov, it depends on where the person lives and not on where he is celebrating Yom Tov. I.e. everyone in Israel would keep one day no matter where he usually lives, and vice versa? Y. Gershon, Manchester, UK
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Question No. 193
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question Approximately 2000 years ago was Passover eaten at the home on the evening of the 14th, and then the temple service was conducted on the evening of the 15th? Please advise. William Sanford, USA
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Question No. 189
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question We will be having company for Pesach. They will be staying in an uninhabited apartment, owned by neighbors, that is used throughout the year for guests. They will be eating all their meals by us and will not need to cook there, but I assume they will want to use the refrigerator there. What is our responsibility in regards to cleaning and doing a bedika in this apartment. Thank you. David, Pennsylvania
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Question No. 188
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question Could the Rav please discuss the issue of one-day yom Tov in chul. Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook (as quoted in Am KeLavi) states conditions which would allow someone to keep one day yom tov in chul. However, he says, even for a mitzvah and in private, one is not allowed to do melacha on the 2nd day. In other words, on the 2nd day, derabbanan mitzvot (tefilla) are kept as in israel and d'orita mitzvot are kept as in chul. I have spoken with several rabbanim on this issue and they all told me, in agreement with Rav Tzvi Yehuda, that there is no halachic permission to do melacha on the second day. However, recently, I found certain Rabbanim who feel that in chul, it is okay to do melacha on the second day. I believe this is based on a RaMA. When I asked the other Rabbanim about this, they said that this is an opinion which we do not hold by. Rav Leff, I realize you may not agree with the idea of keeping "one-day" in any way at all in chul, and I would be interested in your opinion about an Israeli keeping one-day in chul in general. But I would also like you to relate to this issue of keeping "one-day" as opposed to the so-called "1 1/2 day". Is there really any halachic basis to keep a literal one-dayand do melacha on the second day of yom tov in chul? Thank you. David, Pennsylvania response
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Question No. 172
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question Why does it seem that on simchas torah halochos and mihagim we follow seem to be slackened? For example clapping to the tunes, boys under bar mitzvah. being called to the torah, etc.? Thank you Chaim Jacobs, Moshav Mattityahu
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Question No. 159
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question Some communities have established a communal system of mishloach manot. It works like this: Each family receives a list of all of the families in the community, and checks off which families they would like to give to. They then give a donation to tzedaka (according to the number of families they have chosen). On Purim each family receives one big basket, with a list of all the families that chose to send to them. I have heard that one has not fulfilled the mitzvah by particpating in this arrangement. Is this correct? Thank you Daniel, Givat Shmuel
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Question No. 140
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question Is there a relationship or connection between parshat beshalach and tu beshvat Thank you. David, Pennsylvania
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Question No. 132
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question Does a shofar have to be taken from an animal which was slaughtered according to the laws of shechitah? Thank you. Daniel, upstate new york  
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Question No. 123
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question The Rav mentioned in the minhagei chanukah shiur that one can't make a seven branched menorah. Does that mean there are halachic issues with the organization which is making vessels for the Bet HaMikdash, including a menorah, which is on display in the Cardo if I remember correctly? Brian, Boca Raton, FL
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Question No. 103
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question I want to know what brief, special, deep meaning the month of Kislev has, also the sixth day of Chanukah. Shawn Driscoll, Missouri, USA
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Question No. 52
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Which is the first "holy day" menioned in the torah reading for Sukkot? Whitney or Vered, Nashville, TN
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Question No. 47
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question What are the halachic issues if my succah has three perfect walls but the last wall is a fence that is above ten tefachim, however the top of the fence is less than the height of the other three walls creating a gap between the schach and the top of the fence? (Can I cover the gap w/ cloth, or can it be open?) Ruben, Toronto, Canada
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Question No. 46
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question My sha'aloh concerns a peron who is hard of hearnig and uses a hearing aid to assist him. The hearing aid enables the person to hear normally: Can this person be the ba'al tokeah (i.e blow the shofar on Rosh Hashono) to be motzei the tzibbur? Is there any requirement for him to remove his hearing aid when he blows. David Rosenthal, London, UK
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Question No. 45
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Every book I have seen shows the Shofar being blown at the end of N'ila....before Maariv. Is it permissible to blow at the end of Maariv instead of Ne'ila ? Eliezer ben Zvi Ha Levi, Connecticut
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Question No. 29
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Mid 2002
The Question I heard in one of your shiurim on Tisha B'av (by the way, thank you for providing your shiurim for us in chutz l'aaretz to hear). You spoke about listening to music made up of Jewish words sung to African tribal beats being so far away from anything Jewish, and should be avoided like the plague (or something like it). What about somebody like myself, growing up secular, very much into music (rock, pop, r&b, motown, etc.). When I was getting into Yiddishkeit, I listened alot to music from Shlock Rock, and some similar bands, because I stopped listening to alot of stuff I used to, this filled a gap, I liked the way it sounded, and I liked the messages the songs taught, and I felt it was positive for me. In a way, it was part of what brought me closer to Torah Judaism. How do we know what authentic Jewish music is? If I don't like the "frum" stuff (MBD, Fried, Mendi, M endy, chazzanut,)does that make me less Jewish/Frum, etc.? Should I train myself to like them? If I like music with a(n African) beat, does it mean I'm way off track? Thank you.
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Question No. 1
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted Mid 2002
The Question If Shavuos is the time we received the Torah, why don't we start reading it then? Why, instead, do we start reading the Torah on Simchas Torah/Shmini Atzeres? Anonymous
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