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Halacha - wine after bentching
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: One may bench on wine even when eating alone, but there is no obligation to do so. The common minhag is to bench on wine when there are 10 men or 3 on Shabbos and Yom Tov.
posted:2011-03-08 12:45:34  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Printed Megilla
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Megilla must be read from a handwritten scroll. If one is capable of reading it oneself, that is perfectly acceptable.

posted:2011-03-06 23:21:10  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - megilat Ester by phone
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: One may not fulfill the obligation to hear Megilla over the telephone. If she returns home before daybreak, her husband should read it for her then in person.
posted:2011-03-06 23:17:25  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Dairy & Meat forks
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Presumably the food you served your young son was not scalding hot, therefore it is sufficient to clean both forks very well, preferably in a bathroom etc. sink.
posted:2011-03-04 15:33:20  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - blessings
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: First mezonos, then shehakol.
posted:2011-02-28 11:32:30  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is absolutely forbidden. The prohibition of physical contact with the opposite sex is absolute and not conditional on "something happening"
posted:2011-02-27 19:09:14  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Is matza always 'hamotzi' or sometimes 'mezonot"?
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is true that some Sefardi Rabbis consider matza to be mezonot except on Pesach, based on the opinion brought in Shulchan Aruch OC 168 that pas ha'baah b'kisnin is dry thin crackers. However, since matza is always eaten as a meal and not a dessert or snack this minority opinion is very difficult to understand. Therefore, if a Sefardi has the custom to say mezonot, there is a source and I would not insist he change his minhag, but otherwise I would advise Ashkenazim and Sefardim that the proper beracha is hamotzi.
posted:2011-02-24 13:15:28  (1) comment   email to a friend


Halacha - lifnei eever
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: There is no issue of lifnei iver since there are many Gedolei HaPoskim who permit it. There is never ma'aseh Shabbos on a safek, and a machlokes is a safek. However, when I learned in Philly, Rav Shmuel Kaminetzky shlita told bachurim that it is not appropriate and poor midos to use another bachur as your Shabbos Goy.
posted:2011-02-21 22:22:18  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - chamar medina
Submitted by AA  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

First of all, Chamar Medina is of questionable usage when wine is availible, which it nearly always is today.

Rav Moshe Feinstein zatzal defines Chamar Medina as a drink special enough that one would drink it even if not thirsty. Water cannot be Chamar Medina.

Therefore, brewed coffee would be CM but instant would likely be considered flavored water. Pure OJ is likely CM, but from concentrate is questionable. Soda is certainly not CM.

A drink that is not flavored water would certainly depend on the time and place, and the application of this Halacha could easily be different in EY and the USA.

posted:2011-02-20 18:36:43  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - tikkun Chatsos
Submitted by Naftoli  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Tikkun Chatzos is a minhag based on Kabbala, not a requirement. It was always the purveiw of a few select Tzaddikim.
posted:2011-02-20 07:42:38  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - bananas
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The banana plant is not a tree botanically nor halachically. According to Halacha a tree needs a woody trunk and for the fruit to develop of perennial branches that protrude from a trunk. Bananas do not meet these qualifications.
posted:2011-02-17 12:11:14  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - dikduk
Submitted by AA  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Thank you for the resources.

posted:2011-02-04 02:02:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Bracha - Corn, Soy Shnitzel
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Shehakol nihiyeh bi'dvaro.
posted:2011-01-25 10:52:11  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - cutting mens eyebrows..
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is permitted for a man to trim his eyebrows with a scissors.
posted:2011-01-22 22:42:37  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Yayin Nesech
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is permitted. Today (and in the times of the Gemara) that most non-Jews do not actually worship idols, stam yeinam is only forbidden to drink but not for other benefits.
posted:2011-01-20 14:45:54  (0) comments   email to a friend


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