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Order of Priority in Prayer (Part I)

Dear Rabbi Simon I have a question: I often find myself in the middle of Aleinu when the Kaddish starts. What is the best course of action in order to respect my obligations both to Kaddish and Aleinu? Do I stop Aleinu momentarily and follow Kaddish to then return to Aleinu? With thanks, Brett Dear […]

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Gifts on Yomtov?

Dear Rabbi, Is there a problem with taking a gift, say a bottle of wine, to someone on Yomtov? Thanks, Laura Dear Laura, Although there are those who are more stringent, it is allowed, as the wine (for example) is intended for use on Yomtov. This does not necessarily mean that the recipient must use […]

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Fasting on Yom Kippur

Dear Rabbi Simon, Under what circumstances is a pregnant woman permitted to drink or eat during the fast of Yom Kippur? My wife is in her first trimester and has been having dry heaves/nausea over the last few days and I was wondering what kind of latitude we had under her circumstances. Thanks, Michael Dear […]

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A Jewish Burial?

Dear Rabbi Simon, I have befriended and regularly visit an elderly woman (she is in her 90s). She is totally irreligious and was married to a non-Jewish man who died many years ago. She has no children. Her only remaining family is her niece (on her husband’s side) who isn’t Jewish. As she is inexorably […]

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Forgiveness

Dear Rabbi Simon, Unfortunately a friend and I have fallen out over a disagreement. The person concerned has apologised and I wanted to understand what, halachically, my correct response should be. Yes I accept his apology and have told him so. However, I feel reluctant about returning to the level of close friendship we had […]

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Mikvah Immersion

Dear Rabbi Simon, My wife Sarah is both a full time mother and facing medical challenges at the moment. This leaves her very tired and emotionally drained by the end of the day. She also has a phobia of going under water. Consequently, she finds the monthly mikva trip very difficult, and this month impossible […]

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Taking Medication?

Dear Rabbi, Am I allowed to take “natural” sleep supplements , etc, containing stearic acids? Lauren Dear Lauren, If you find the supplements useful, you may take them. Stearic acids may or may not come from an animal source, but they are likely nullified in the tablet (the amount in each table in negligible), and […]

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Inviting Guests who may Drive on Shabbos

Dear Rabbi, We have a question regarding the issues involved when inviting non-shomer Shabbos Jews to our home for Shabbos night. We would like to branch out a bit and invite non-frum Jews to our Friday nights. However, the issue of said Jews driving to our homes now figures more prominently in our minds than […]

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Soul Mates?

Dear Rabbi, I would like to ask a question relating to one’s zivug / bashert. I have heard different things about this (not from rabbis). One is that there are 9 potential soul mates for each of us. I have also heard 3? I have also heard that someone does not become your bashert until […]

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Working on Tisha B’Av?

Dear Rabbi Simon, I’m supposed to be working on Sunday the 9th of Av. It is easy work to fast on, and I will be on my own in the office. Is it allowed to work on that day? Dear Friend, Working on 9 Av is not highly recommended, but in order to avoid financial […]

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