Three NEW Sefarim for Pesach

1.    Rav Aviner's Commentary on Haggadah  translated into English

2.    New HEBREW Commentary on the Haggadah of Mordechai Tzion
Le-Shanah Ha-Zot Bi-Yerushalayim
Includes Eretz Yisrael in the Haggadah, Q&A of Gedolei Yisrael (Rav Aviner, Rav Nevenzal, Rav Kanievski & others) & practices of Rav Aviner on Pesach
3.    Shu"t Ha-Kol Beseder - HEBREW -
Piskei Halachot of Rav Aviner for Pesach

Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #327

Hashem Loves Us
Q: Does Hashem love us despite the fact that we do all sorts of things against His will?
A: Yes, since we are his children.

Ma'aser for Food for a Family with a New Baby
Q: Is it permissible for use Ma'aser to buy food for a family with a new baby?
A: If they are poor.  Ma'aser is for the poor. 

Debt at Kiosk that Closed Down
Q: I had a debt at a Kiosk that closed down and I haven't been able to locate the owner.  What should I do?
A: Try your hardest to find him.  If it is impossible, give the money to a Tzedakah that benefits the most amount of Jews.  For example, an organization that helps Tzahal soldiers, because we all benefit from Tzahal.

The Letter Shin of Tefillin
Q: Why does the letter Shin have three heads on the right-hand side of the head Tefillin and four heads on the left side (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 32:42)?
A: Some explain that the three heads correspond to the three Forefathers and the four heads correspond to the four Foremothers (Eliyahu Rabba ibid. #65).

Selling Weapons
Q: Is it permissible for the State of Israel to sell weapons to another country?
A: If they are not murderers (Rambam, Hilchot Avodah Zarah 9:8,  Hilchot Rotzeach U-Shemirat Nefesh 12:13.  And see a discussion of this entire subject in the book "Kol Yehudah" of Ha-Rav Yehudah Gershuni p. 172).

Visiting Arabs who are Ill
Q: Our youth group is going to the hospital to hand out candy to the sick.  What should we do about the Arab patients?
A: Give to them as well.  Our Rabbis taught: "We sustain the non-Jewish poor with the Jewish poor, visit the non-Jewish sick with the Jewish sick" (Gittin 61a.  Rama, Yoreh Deah 251:1).

Eliyahu's Chair
Q: Is it permissible to sit on Eliyahu's Chair just to sit down?
A: Yes.

Student who Disturbs All the Time
Q: I am a teacher and there is a student who constantly disturbs the class.  What should I do?
A: It seems that something in his life is bothering him.  Have a personal conversation with him.

Tevilah For a Nutcracker
Q: Does a nutcracker require immersion in a Mikveh before use?
A: Yes.  In the book "Tevilat Kelim" of Ha-Rav Tzvi Cohain, p. 197.

Mishneh Torah of the Rambam
Q: How many chapters are in the Rambam's Mishneh Torah?
A: 1000.
Q: How many letters and Teshuvot did the Rambam write?
A: I have heard 3000.

Should I Marry
Q: My father passed away.  My mother is alone and said that if I get married she will be even more alone.  Perhaps I shouldn't get married?

A: You should certainly get married.  1. It is a great Mitzvah.  2. This is what will bring her joy: to see you married and to have grandchildren.  3. You should continue to be as close as possible with her after you are married, obviously in cooperation with your wife.

Ha-Rav Shlomo Aviner's Commentary on Haggadah Now in English!

Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim
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Ha-Rav Shlomo Aviner Shlit"a

Rosh Yeshiva of Ateret Yerushalayim in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem. Rav of Beit El & one of the leading Rabbis of Religious-Zionism today.  One of the most prominent students of Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook, who followed directly in the footsteps of his father, Rav Kook.  Author of more than 150 Hebrew books filled with love of Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael & Torat Yisrael, tolerance & love to all Jews, guidance for harmony within the Jewish family, dedication to the State of Israel & Tzahal, and facing the most pressing questions of the day.   

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Commentary on Haggadah
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Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #326

Crossed Legs
Q: Is it permissible to sit with crossed legs in Shul?
A: No.  We should sit with an awe of holiness.  The same is true in a Beit Midrash.  And when we learn Torah it should be with fear, awe and trembling.  Berachot 20.

Bishul Akum in Tzahal
Q: If there is no military rabbi supervising the cooking on our base, what issue must one worry about regarding a non-Jewish soldier cooking?
A: For Ashkenazim, a Jew must light the fire, gas or electricity, and the non-Jew may place the pot or pan on it.  Thus it will not be considered Bishul Akum (Rama Yoreh Deah 113:7).  For Sefardim, the essence is that the Jew places the food on the fire (Shulchan Aruch ibid.).  After the fact, if there is nothing to eat, one may be lenient and eat.  A soldier has the same leniency as a servant.  Today we do not have servants as laid out by the Torah, but when there were non-Jewish servants, it was permissible for them to cook.  Non-Jewish soldiers are not servants in the legal sense, but the Rama [ibid. 4] says that our permanent workers have the same ruling as servants.  We thus have a case of a double-doubt: perhaps the Halachah follows the opinion that a Jew lighting the fire is enough, and perhaps the permanent, non-Jewish soldiers have the status of servants.  It is thus possible to be lenient (Shut Yechaveh Da'at 5:54). 

Religious Jew
Q: What is the definition of a religious Jew?
A: One who observes the Halachot written in the Shulchan Aruch.

Yitzchak Avinu Erred…
Q: I heard that while it is true that the Rabbis forbid ascending to the Temple Mount, during his time, Yitzchak Avinu erred in wanted to bless Esav.  So too the Rabbis err in this ruling.
A: You must go to Maarat Ha-Machpelah to ask forgiveness from Yitzchak Avinu and at the same from all the Rabbis of Israel.

Stop Smoking
Q: I smoke.  I am not addicted but I enjoy it and cannot stop.  What should I do?
A: Stop gradually.  Smoke one less cigarette every week.

Room for Everyone After the Resurrection of the Dead
Q: How will there be enough room in the world for all of the people after the Resurrection of the Dead?
A: Maran Ha-Rav Kook said we will also live on other planets.

What is the Source?
A: What is the source for the answer I received?
A: I apologize.  I received 400 questions a day and do not have time to note the source.  If you want, the sources can be found in my books (She'eilat Shlomo, Piskei Shlomo, etc.).

Minhag for Adopted Child
Q: I was adopted.  Do I follow the Minhag of my adopted parents or my biological parents?
A: The parents with whom you live.

Blessing on Food that Does not Taste Good
Q: I eat food for sports-related reasons which does not taste good to me.  Do I recite a blessing on it or is it a blessing in vain?
A: You should certainly recite a blessing on it, since it sustains your body.

Loving My Son
Q: How do I love my son who rebels against the Torah and against me?

A: Learn from King David.  His son, Avshalom tried to kill him, and nonetheless when he died, he cried: "My son Avshalom, my son, my son Avshalaom, if only I could die in your place Avshalom, my son, my son… my son Avshalom, Avshalom, my son, my son".  Shmuel 2 19:1-5.  The Gemara in Sotah (10b) explains that David said "my son" eight times in order to raise him from the seven lower levels of Gehinom and have him enter Gan Eden.

New HEBREW Commentary on the Haggadah of Mordechai Tzion

New HEBREW Commentary on the Haggadah of Mordechai Tzion
Le-Shanah Ha-Zot Bi-Yerushalayim

Includes Eretz Yisrael in the Haggadah

Q&A of Gedolei Yisrael (Rav Aviner, Rav Nevenzal, Rav Kanievski & others) 

& practices of Rav Aviner on Pesach