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Sales Tacks Dayan Yehoshua Grunwald March 4, 2021 Q  Can one sell chametz over the phone or online? A Contemporary poskim permit a person to appoint a rav to sell his chametz over the phone. (See Mechiras Chametz Kehilchaso 17:11.) This verbal…

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Meal Ticket HaRav Chaim Weg February 25, 2021 Q  I am strict not to eat on Purim morning before fulfilling the mitzvah of mishlo’ach manos (see Kovetz Halachos 17:1 and Mo’adim Uzmanim 2:186). This Purim, I plan to attend a…

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Constructive Criticism Dayan Yehoshua Grunwald February 18, 2021 Q  My window shades fell down on Shabbos. Would I have been permitted to rehang them? A One of the 39 melachos of Shabbos is boneh (building). In addition to new construction, the melacha includes repairing or…

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Contract of Horseless Carriage Dayan Yehoshua Grunwald February 11, 2021 Q  If I pass a man struggling to start his car in his driveway in the morning, am I obligated to assist him? A There is a mitzvah in the…

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A Point of Order Dayan Yosef Greenwald February 4, 2021   Q  On the 15th of Shevat, I made a borei pri ha’eitz and then a shehecheyanu on a new fruit. Was this the correct sequence? A The Shulchan Aruch…

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The Lost Ledger Harav Chaim Weg January 28, 2021   Q  My local grocery extends credit to their regular customers, and I take advantage of this from time to time. Whenever I have extra cash, I pay down my debt.…

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Seizure Salad Dayan Daniel Dombroff January 21, 2021 Q In my yeshiva, lunch is served after Mincha. My Shemoneh Esrei tends to run long, and some of the lunch items are often gone by the time I arrive. May I…

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Knot Allowed Dayan Yehoshua Grunwald January 14, 2021 Q Last Shabbos night, while trying to untie my shoes, I mistakenly knotted them (an X over an X). Not knowing whether I was allowed to untie them, I slept in my…

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Bee, My Guest December 31, 2020 Q:  A bee entered my home on Shabbos and my children were terrified. Would we have been permitted to trap or swat it? A:  One of the 39 prohibited melachos of Shabbos is tzod…

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