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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Breaking a Plate with a Religious Text

    A friend made an artistic plate to break at my daughter’s engagement party. The pasuk, “ahavat olam tavi lahem” (bring them eternal love) is written on it. May we break such a plate?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Cheshvan 4 5782
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    A Renter Having a Zecher L’churban

    The house I am renting does not have an unpainted segment of wall as a zecher lachurban (a remembrance that the Beit Hamikdash has been destroyed). Should I make one?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tishrei 28 5782
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    Chalaka (Upsherin) on Chol Hamo’ed

    Our grandson was born on Chol Hamo’ed Sukkot. The other set of grandparents live in chutz la’aretz and will be visiting for Sukkot, without time for a chalaka before or after chag. May we do the hair cutting on Chol Hamo’ed?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tishrei 8 5782
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    Measuring the Amount One Can Eat/Drink

    I will need to drink on Yom Kippur in shiurim (small amounts at a time to lower the violation). Should I prepare the portions of liquid beforehand in order to not have to measure on Yom Kippur?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tishrei 6 5782
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    Children Hearing Shofar Blowing

    Must children hear shofar blowing, at what age, when, and how many?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Elul 24 5781
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    Buying Land for Shemitta

    A group provides the opportunity to buy agricultural land in Israel for the Shemitta year. Is that worthwhile?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Elul 16 5781
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    Air Conditioner Drain Pipe during Shemitta

    In preparation for the upcoming Shemitta year, should I reroute my air conditioner drain pipe so that it does not drip in an area around vegetation?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Elul 9 5781
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    Moving a Tzedaka Box on Shabbat

    A gabbai, found on Shabbat morning that the tzedaka box was on the bima, where it would get in the way and/or get knocked off during laining. Is it permitted to move the tzedaka box in that situation?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Elul 2 5781
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    Playing Darts on Shabbat

    Can we play darts on Shabbat? The darts are classic ones that pierce the board’s surface; the board hangs loosely from a nail in the wall; in between uses, the darts often stay on the boar

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Av 23 5781
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    Changes in Tefilla for those Visiting Israel?

    I hope to visit Israel this summer. Should I say “morid hatal” in Shemoneh Esrei like Israelis, and should I continue to say Baruch Hashem L’olam at Ma’ariv?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Av 18 5781
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    Homeopathic Remedies on Shabbat

    Is it permitted to ingest homeopathic remedies on Shabbat?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Av 11 5781
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    The Transition From Shabbat Into Tisha B’Av

    Could you please explain how to handle the transition from Shabbat into Tisha B’Av (when it falls on Motzaei Shabbat) regarding se’uda shlishit, Havdala, and changing clothes?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Av 5 5781
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    Learning in a Cemetery

    I work in a cemetery on upkeep in the area of the graves. May I listen to Torah shiurim with earphones on site?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tammuz 24 5781
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    When to Top the Bagel?

    I said Hamotzi on a bagel, and after taking a bite, put on cream cheese and lox. A friend corrected me, claiming that Halacha requires that the first bite should be done when it is in its optimal form, so that after the beracha, one should cut open the bagel, put on the toppings, and then eat. Could that be?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tammuz 18 5781
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    How Many Challot to Take Home?

    My neighbor works in a bakery, and when they have a lot of unsold challot. He encourages people at Maariv of Shabbat to come take as many as possible. I took what I thought I might use but not what I knew would go straight into the freezer because I thought it was hachana (preparation for after Shabbat). Is that correct?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tammuz 10 5781
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    Birkat Kohanim by Non-Kohanim

    Is it clear that a non-kohen may bless his children or others with the blessings of Birkat Kohanim ?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tammuz 3 5781
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    The Logic Behind Marit Ayin

    I don’t see consistency in how marit ayin is applied. There are cases that are forbidden where the likelihood of mistake seems remote, while cases I view as more problematic are permitted. Can you explain why that is?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Sivan 27 5781
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    Adding Salt to Hot Food on Shabbat

    If I cook with less salt, may people add salt to their soup or cholent on Shabbat?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Iyar 28 5781
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    Giving Ma’aser Years Later

    Over the years, I have received cash gifts for birthdays, bar mitzva, etc. and never gave ma’aser kesafim (=mk) from them. I would like to do so now but do not remember the exact amounts I received. What should I do?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Iyar 21 5781
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    “Hineni Muchan U’mezuman” before Sefirat Ha’omer

    I am not consistent about saying “Hineni Muchan U’mezuman” before Sefirat Ha’Omer. Should I decide one way or the other, and which way is better?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Iyar 15 5781
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