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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Beracha on Hearing Aids

    I am excited to be getting hearing aids, which will improve my quality of life greatly, so that it deserves a Shehecheyanu. Considering that my family will find it easier to speak to me, should I recite Hatov V’hameitiv?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Shvat 18 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Bikur Cholim by Electronic Means

    Does one fulfill the mitzva of bikur cholim by “visiting” a sick person by electronic means?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Shvat 1 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Hagomel for One Who Became Bar Mitzva after Flight

    Our family will be going to Israel for our son’s bar mitzva. We will arrive a few hours before he becomes halachically bar mitzva, and the next morning, he will get his aliya. Should he recite Hagomel after his aliya?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tevet 24 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Giving Away Orla Fruit

    I have a tree in its second year, so that its fruit is orla. Can I suggest to my non-Jewish worker to take it?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tevet 17 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Men Lighting Early in Yerushalayim

    Should single men in Yerushalayim light 40 minutes before sunset like women do?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tevet 9 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    A Harmless Lie?

    Kids in camp often ask counselors when color war will be, and they often respond that they don’t know, when they actually do. Does this violate the prohibition of lying?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tevet 3 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Women Doing Work on Chanuka

    Is the minhag of some women to curtail work on Chanuka binding? When exactly does it apply, and what type of work is included?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Kislev 27 5782
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    Parashat Hashavua

    May a Tzaddik Request Tranquility?

    Could it be wrong for a tzaddik to ask for tranquility and must he suffice only with reward in the World to Come?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Kislev 17 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Challenge with Monetary Prize

    As fun motivation, several friends are pooling 180 NIS each, which we will give to the one who raises the most money for our shul. Is this forbidden gambling?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Kislev 17 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Taking Medicine to Facilitate Mitzvot

    Last Friday, I developed minor nasal issues, resembling my allergies. I figured that if I take my allergy medicine and wake up symptom-free, I can assume it was allergies. Was I permitted to take it (nasal spray) on Shabbat?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | KIslev 10 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    V’ten Tal U’matar for those Returning Abroad in the Fall

    I am in my second year in Israel but have to go back permanently soon, before Dec 4. I started saying “v’ten tal u’matar” on 7 [Mar]Cheshvan. Should I have? Should I stop now, when I get back to chutz la’aretz, or not at all?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Kislev 4 5782
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    Toldot

    Change in Human Initiative Pattern

    One of the major themes in Sefer Bereishit is the contrasts between each of the righteous patriarchs and matriarchs. Let us focus on the nature of the struggles to emerge safely as a pillar of the Chosen Nation.

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Cheshvan 25 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Tevila of Something that Turns into a “Meal Utensil”

    I received an ornamental honey dispenser and glass plate. I want to use the plate every Shabbat to hold challa rolls for lechem mishneh. Does it require tevilat keilim, assuming that it was made by a non-Jew(ish company)?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Cheshvan 25 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    When to Attend a Levaya

    It is difficult for me to know when to attend a levaya (lit., accompanying the deceased) of people I know but am not close with. Can you give me guidelines?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Cheshvan18 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Is a Difficult to Remove Residue a Chatzitza?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Cheshvan 11 5782
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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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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    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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    Parashat Hashavua

    Hashem, Our Protector

    Parashat Ha’azinu comes out a couple of days before Sukkot, and it is instructive to look for themes that are common to the two.

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tishrei 8 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    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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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    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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