Ask the Rabbi

Q: Is one permitted to ride in an airplane on Shabbos?
A: Yes, as long as your seat belt remains fastened. Then it is considered as if you are wearing the plane.

Q: On Sukkos, is one allowed to use hoshanas if he knows they have been stolen?
A: What's the matter, you never heard of a Hoshana Robber?

Q: Does the Talmudic tractate Bubbe Metzia refer to a young bubbe or to an old bubbe?
A: A young bubbe. If she were an old bubbe, she wouldn't be a metzia.

Q: Are women in shul allowed to be given hagbah?
A: Only those willing to take the Law into their own hands.

Q: According to halacha, is smoking permissible, even if it endangers your health?
A: Yes, as long as you sell your lungs to a non-Jew.

Next week, the Rabbi will deal with whether you are allowed to launder money on Chol HaMoed.

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