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You sure you want to open up this can of worms? :-) Here's the situation. There is no explicit mention of any such concept in the Torah, Talmud, or adressed by the Rambam, the Rosh, the Tur, or the Shulchan Aruch. The first time this really became an issue when during WWII when yeshiva students (notably those from Mir and Chachmei Lublin) relocated from ...


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According to many opinions, as recorded in answers to "Praying on an airplane", one should remain in one's seat for prayers while on a commercial flight. Presumably, according to them, one's orientation would remain aligned with the direction of the seat the whole time, regardless of the bearing to Jerusalem. This indicates that according to these opinions, ...


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This was already discussed in שולחן ערוך אבן העזר ד סעיף יד האשה שהיה בעלה במדינת הים ושהה שם יותר מי"ב חדש וילדה אחר י"ב חדש, הולד ממזר, שאין הולד שוהה במעי אמו יותר מי"ב חדש. ויש מי שאומר שאינו בחזקת ממזר. וכיון דפלוגתא הוא, הוי ספק ממזר: הגה: אבל תוך י"ב חדש אין לחוש, דאמרינן דאשתהי כל כך במעי אמו (מהרי"ק). דוקא שלא ראו בה דבר מכוער, אבל אם ...


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Mishna Berura 94:10 says that is one is in middle of Tefila and was made aware that he is facing the wrong direction he may not move his feet, he should move his face to face Mizrach. If that is not possible then he should have in mind "Mechaven Libo" the holy of holies "Kodesh Hakodoshim".


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Here is a posting giving the reason that the Rebbe stated. Why didn't the Rebbe ever visit Israel? by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg [It is important to note that since the Rebbe took leadership of the Chabad movement in 1951, he never took a day off, and never traveled outside of New York.] There are several possible reasons for why the Rebbe never ...


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See the Mishna in Chagigah (Perek 1 - Chapter 1) : פרק א - משנה א הַכֹּל חַיָּבִין בָּרְאִיָּה, חוּץ מֵחֵרֵשׁ, שׁוֹטֶה וְקָטָן, וְטֻמְטוּם, וְאַנְדְּרוֹגִינוֹס, וְנָשִׁים, וַעֲבָדִים שֶׁאֵינָם מְשֻׁחְרָרִים, הַחִגֵּר, וְהַסּוּמָא, וְהַחוֹלֶה, וְהַזָּקֵן, וּמִי שֶׁאֵינוֹ יָכוֹל לַעֲלוֹת בְּרַגְלָיו. אֵיזֶהוּ קָטָן, כֹּל שֶׁאֵינוֹ יָכוֹל לִרְכּוֹב ...


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R. Moshe Feinstein points out a fundamental difference between flying and driving. Flying is inherently dangerous. This is because man cannot survive in the air without the protection of the airplane. Therefore, because it is possible for the airplane's protection to fail it is considered a "dangerous situation". This is likened to the Talmud's case of ...


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Masechet Menachos 29b states that Moshe Rabeinu was allowed to sit in the bais medrash of Rabbi Akivah, but could not follow the learning there. They told that when Moses went above to receive the Torah, he found the Holy One, blessed be He, sitting and attaching crowns to the letters. (Of course, G‑d doesn’t sit, neither does He need to use cut and paste ...


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According to Rabbi Shlomo Fisher on ohr.edu, someone flying is exempt from lighting, because the rule is one candle per household ("נר איש וביתו;" Shabbos 21b); and if there's no one at home then there is no obligation to light.


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In his own words (on video) here in Hebrew with English subtitles (the second half of the video). He states two reasons. 1) Lack of solid Halachic authority to return if he did go to visit, and decreased influence over American Jews and newly arriving Jewish immigrants to America if he stayed in Israel permanently. 2) Concern about sending a message to ...


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בס"ד Ownership In regards to whether you have ownwership with a rental. The entirety of the hotel belongs to the owner of the hotel, including the rooms that we, the guests are renting from the owner, so when I carry around the hotel I am carrying within the property of that owner. The room I rent in the hotel is not my property unless it is a long ...


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Daf Al Hadaf brings this question from Kovetz Bais Hillel He brings a few answers, two of them are below. Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach answers that when Jews went to Jerusalem for Succos they were still wearing summer clothing and were unprepared for rain. However when they went for Pesach they wore winter clothing and were able to travel even in the rain. ...


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From http://ravbaruch.com/AskTheRabbi.asp?QID=92#_ftn2: Reportedly, Rav S. Z. Auerbach z’’l and Rav Moshe Feinstein z’’l ruled that if one experiences two sunrises on the same day of the week, one is obligated in only one tefilloh. The time cycle for tefilloh is once a day, regardless of how many nightfall’s and sunrises there are on that day. Since they ...


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Per Rabbi Chaim Ehrman from the Chicago Community Kollel based on a Maharsham there are Poskim that say that since Hachnosas Orchim is a Mitzva therefore one may accept payment for one staying over Shabbos. However Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch in Teshuvos V'hanhogos 2:197 disagrees and says that one does not do the Mitzva of Hachnosas Orchim when paid. Does a ...


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This is a fairly common problem in U.S. hotels. I've found that most hotels are quite happy to accommodate your religious requests if you explain things in advance. The easiest idea is to prepay your bill. This is actually quite simple in many hotels these days, as they automatically bill your credit card, anyway, and sometimes either slip a paper bill ...


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Maseches Parah 3:11 points out that the ashes of each of the parah adumah were divided into thirds. One went to the temple (the Cheil, next to the ezras nashim), another to storage in har hazeisim (Mishchah, for use by the kohanim when they became tamei). The third was divided among the 24 mishmarot for the kohanim, who lived with the levi'im in the 48 ...


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I found two anecdotes of people on Ellis Island in terms of halacha. One is from an article in the Jerusalem Post: ""Ellis Island was their first connection to the other side," said Mulfeld, 60, an Internet entrepreneur. "That's where we got our start." It was a Saturday afternoon, and Mulfeld's grandfather - who had been in America ...


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The Ramban in his commentary to Vayikra 23:24, explains that the Biblical word "Shabaton" is the Rabbinical source for forbidding business transactions on Shabbos. It implies that one should rest, by abstaining from weekday activity (commerce). Further support is taken by Chazal from Isaiah 58: 13-14. There it states that one should not pursue their needs ...


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Sh'miras Shabas K'hilchasah, chapter 66, paragraph 58 and footnote 224, discusses riding in a car on a pleasure trip on chol hamoed, as follows. Rav Sh'lomo Zalman Auerbach suggests that it may be permissible even if one can walk, because the m'lacha involved in riding in a car is hav'ara, burning [gasoline], which is permitted on chol hamoed; but he's ...


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I found this answer provided by Rabbi Baruch Rubanowitz from the Institute for Dayanim: Praying in a non-denominational room (not found) What is relevant to our discussion seems to be: Since the room has been set aside for all faiths entering such a room cannot be forbidden on the grounds that a Jew is demonstrating his belief in another religion. A cross ...


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Rav Avigdor Nevenzahl Shlit"a the former Chief Rabbi of the Old city and foremost student of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, told me that to daven in a minyan on the plane bothers people and it therefore it is better to daven in your seat.


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Often, (unless the hotel is at 100% capacity), arriving guests are given a room that was not occupied the previous night. It's highly unusual that anyone would cook food inside the carafe. Even if they did, if it hasn't been used in 24 hours, any leftover taste is considered to damage food/drink, and is thus permitted. Yoreh Deah 122 teaches the rule of "...


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I have been to many, many Pesach programs, all "Glatt Kosher" with "Top-notch Kashrus". The truth is, though, the quality of Kashrus varied greatly from program to program. From several unpleasant experiences, I have gathered some questions to ask the Mashgiach and previous attendees of the program before you sign up: Who is the Mashgiach? Can you get ...


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The criterion for beverages for havdalah (and kiddush, and the four cups at Pesach) is that they be chamer medina, a "national drink" or something you would serve guests. According to the OU: In a place where wine is not available, one may make havdalah on beer, mead, or any other beverage that is considered a local drink, excluding water. (source) See ...


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This question assumes that it's forbidden to enter certain parts of the Har Habayit nowadays, since we are all Ritually Unclean, which is how the Rambam paskens. For the record, the ראב"ד argues. (הלכות בית הבחירה פרק ו) The Talmud (שבועות יז.‏) discusses the case of a Ritually Unclean person who hovers above the floor of the Mikdash. The Gemara remains ...


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Rustybrick makes such an app for both Android and iOS. Here are the links: iOS Android Here is a description from their site: Minyan Now For iOS & Android Minyan Now lets you quickly create a minyan, a group of 10 Jewish males, where ever you may be, at any time of the day. Those who download Minyan Now will be able to request to form a ...


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If I understand your question correctly, you're asking specifically about the middle 38 years. I have a partial answer to address that time, and I can flesh this out further with times for the first and last year as well if you'd like. Har Sinai: Left on 20 Iyar, 24491 Travel to Kivros HaTa'avah: 20-22 Iyar, 24492 Kivros HaTa'avah: 22 Iyar2-21 Sivan, ...


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See here footnote 38, which discusses the OU policy about countries that at least have the regulation, even though they don't have government inspection. (Basically the OU will allow it if they find the company to be in fear of the government). This ends up including China, Poland, Lithuania, and Ukraine. However, I have heard from someone in the Kashrus ...


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Halachic authorities (e.g., the Chazon Ish and Rav Yechiel Michel Tukatzinsky) dispute where the halachic dateline resides. As such, there is a halachic uncertainty with regards to when Shabbat falls out in regions such as the Pacific Islands. Accordingly, the principle of sefeika d'orayta lchumra (biblical uncertainty is treated stringently) is applied. ...


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