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Halacha - guests in 9 days
Submitted by netanel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes. It is not equivalent to regular Aveilus.
posted:2011-08-03 10:20:26  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - 3 weeks
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Mishna Berura writes that any new clothing that does not require a bracha of Shehechiyanu may be purchased and worn during the three weeks. Today this includes the vast majority of purchases.  During the nine days, even these should be avoided.

An item that does require Shehechiyanu should be avoided the entire Three Weeks. However, if it is marked down significantly it may be purchased on condition that it needs alterations or is not fully paid for, so Shehechiyanu will not be recited.

posted:2011-07-19 12:19:58  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - havdala in shmone esrei
Submitted by Adam  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Shmiras Shabbos K'Hilchaso is in doubt how to behave in your situation and is unsure if Ata Chonantanu should be recited or not. However, The Piskei Teshuvos quotes the Matas Yado and Over Orach that it should not be said, as the proper expression for Yom Tov is Bein Kodesh l'Kodesh and not Bein Kodesh l'Chol. Additionally, v'Todeainu should not be recited in Ata Chonen, rather in its proper location in the Tefila of Yom Tov.

posted:2011-07-17 21:36:33  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Tznius at Beach
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If it is a separate women's beach, she may remove her stockings. However, if there are men present, she should not swim even fully dressed.
posted:2011-07-11 16:03:06  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Supermarket Trolleys
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If the cart is "stolen," it may not be used. However, it is questionable if you should suspect this happened when it is possible that one store purchased old carts from a second. Additionally, it may be that both stores are owned by the same corporation and share assets. Furthermore, it is possible that there is an understanding, verbal or tacit, among the store owners to share carts.

The bottom line is, I just do not know enough about the circumstances to give a definitive answer regarding an admittedly suspicious situation.

posted:2011-07-10 15:52:26  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Yahareg ve al yaavor
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The Rambam in Yesodei HaTorah 5:5 writes that if Goyim demand that the Jews hand over a single individual to be killed or they will destroy the entire city, the individual may not be handed over even if everyone will be killed. In your case as well, it seems that we may not actively cause the death of an individual to preserve the lives of a numerically larger number.
posted:2011-07-10 15:47:24  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shaver
Submitted by Akiva  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The foil shavers such as Braun and Remington are generally even less problematic than the rotary heads as they do not contain blades sharp enough to cut on their own. I have seen the issue raised that the foil screen itself may be sharp enough to cut hairs and act like a razor, which would be problematic. However, I have tried it on an older model of the Braun and it did not cut hairs, but it is worthwhile to test a newer model as well.

Ideally, you should show the specific model to a competent Rav.

posted:2011-06-26 18:02:55  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Negelwasser
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Ideally, not more than 6 feet.
posted:2011-06-22 19:04:29  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Bracha Achrona
Submitted by David  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: You should repeat the entire beracha only mentioning the fruit, as the mezonos is already taken care of.
posted:2011-06-22 05:18:35  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - what do we mean by "bathroom"?
Submitted by renee  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The "bathroom" that requires washing is the room containing the toilet.
posted:2011-06-17 11:20:24  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Yom Tov
Submitted by Jacklebo94122  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

No. Garbage is Muktza, and once it has been removed from your living area and put down, it may no longer be moved.

Yes, a hot shower may be taken on Yom Tov.

posted:2011-06-12 18:01:19  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - shaving
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: As far as I can tell, the trimmer is built similarly to a hair cutting machine with a stationary lower blade and a vibrating upper one. This will not give an extremely close shave, but it is Halachically acceptable to nearly all Poskim. The main concern is to be careful not to hold the trimmer at an angle where the moving blade comes in direct contact with the skin, where it could potentially cut the hair flush without the aid of a scissor action.
posted:2011-05-19 20:04:08  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - cooking on a stove that a non jew turned on
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: On Shabbos, certainly not. Regarding Bishul Akum, a Jew may place a pot on a fire the non-Jew previously ignited, but not prior to the ignition.
posted:2011-05-10 19:40:08  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Hamozi or Mezonoth
Submitted by Eliyahu  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Since the crackers are the same recepie as the bread only toasted, and both are clearly not sweet but eaten for a meal, the appropriate Bracha on both would be haMotzi even for a Sefardi.
posted:2011-05-10 09:57:12  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Uncooked Challah Dough
Submitted by Devorah  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Challa must be taken, as the obligation starts from the kneading and not the baking. The proper beracha is Shehakol.
posted:2011-04-29 18:02:15  (0) comments   email to a friend


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