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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - Sukkah
Submitted by AA  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

As long as at least one of the half-walls is not shorter then 7 tefachim (approximately 22-28 inches) the sukka is kosher and needs no further adjustment. If both the half-walls are shorter then a tzuras hapesach is necessary.

posted:2010-09-19 18:52:08  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Yom Kippur
Submitted by Yehuda  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The general rule of thumb for Yom Kippur is that one may only eat if there is risk to life and not just for discomfort, even if it is extreme. So chest and stomach pains alone would generally not justify eating on Yom Kippur. However hypertension is a potentially dangerous condition, and one should consult their physician regarding the potential risk of not eating for one day.

However here there is an additional, mitigating factor that we are not discussing eating per se, rather swallowing pills which are not considered equivalent to eating food for the Halachos of Yom Kippur, and therefore there is room to be lenient. There remains the issue of washing down the pills which should not be done with water, but with a diluted solution of lemon juice or vinegar etc which would not be considered edible under normal circumstances.

posted:2010-09-13 15:14:23  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - kashrut
Submitted by Anna  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Cheese is significantly more problematic than milk, because for cheese all Poskim agree that Chazal enacted a strict, absolute requirement for direct Jewish supervision since rennet from the stomach of a nevaila, an animal that was not slaughtered according to halacha, was typically used to congeal the milk into its solid state of cheese.

Even when it is known with certainty that no problematic ingredients are present, it is universally accepted that a Jew must be present. In addition to watching the process, the Shach and other Achronim require a Jew to actively and physically participate in adding the enzymes to the milk. Most mehadrin hechsherim follow this opinion. The halacha for the milk base is identical for cheese as it is for liquid milk, and one who relies on Reb Moshe's heter for Cholov Stam may use cheese derived from Cholov Stam, provided the cheese-making process was directly under Jewish inspection.

posted:2010-09-05 10:27:15  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Basar ve Halav
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It would not be assur as hana'ah, since you are not deriving any pleasure from the actual basar b'chalav itself. However it is not very appropriate.
posted:2010-08-09 17:44:18  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - printing the shem havayah
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is permitted לכתחילה to write Hashem's name for Divrei Torah under circumstances where it is not likely to be disgraced. It is a machlokes whether the page may be erased, and in my opinion it is generally accepted to be permitted because one is not erasing physical words, just interrupting the flow of electrons and preventing the words from being formed in the future. However, since some Poskim are machmir regarding erasing Hashem's name on a computer screen and it is easily avoidable by using a kinuyi, it would be preferable to be machmir in the future. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
posted:2010-08-09 14:46:13  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - writing out shem shmayim
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is permitted לכתחילה to write Hashem's name for Divrei Torah under circumstances where it is not likely to be disgraced. However, since some Poskim are machmir regarding erasing Hashem's name on a computer screen and it is easily avoidable by using a kinuyi, it would be preferable to be machmir in the future. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
posted:2010-08-06 02:05:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kashrut
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Assuming the pizza was hot at the time, the knife needs hagala, immersion in boiling water. I have detailed the procedure in other places, but if you have never done it before you may be best off asking for assistance from someone more experienced.
posted:2010-08-03 19:59:08  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Regarding erasing the screen there is a machlokes
Submitted by Ben-Zion Pessy Blum  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I would personally consider it מותר לכתחילה, but there are certainly grounds for one who wants to be machmir.
posted:2010-08-01 15:34:50  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - birkat hamazon
Submitted by sarah  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: In the last one, provided you ate at least a k'zayis of bread there.
posted:2010-07-25 18:37:49  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - 9 days
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes. It is more similar to minor home repairs which are permitted then to cutting hair which is not.
posted:2010-07-25 01:52:44  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - ger and tevillas kelim
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The keilim certainly need tevila as they were owned by a non-Jew (the Ger pre-geirus). Regarding neemanus, if he is certain that he kept all the Halachos of Kashrus properly, he may certainly rely on himself to continue using his keilim. The problem would only be if others could eat at his house.
posted:2010-06-17 15:54:09  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Chametz vs. Seor
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Chometz is any product containing fermented grain from the 5 species (wheat, oat, barley, rye, spelt).

Seor is not prevalent today, but is often translated as sourdough. Before the days of commercial, packaged yeast people would leave a quantity of dough to super-ferment and use a small piece of this dough as the starter culture for each new batch of baked goods. This barely edible medium for the yeast is called seor.

posted:2010-06-08 12:16:13  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - worms in Fish
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The hechsher on the fish may not be taking responsibility for worms and it may be difficult to check yourself. Each Kashrus organization has a different policy, and you need to either familiarize yourself with them or peruse a list as to which fish are never problematic. If you have specific questions, I can try to be of assistance.
posted:2010-06-05 22:51:59  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shaking hands with a woman
Submitted by Adi Salama  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: While technically a professional handshake is not affectionate and should be permitted at least miDeoraisa, HaRav Moshe Feinstein zatzal writes that a man should not trust himself to control his passion completely as a single affectionate thought would render the handshake assur min HaTorah. An issur d'Oraisa is not pushed off for risk of public embarrassment, however in most situations a polite explanation of Halacha is sufficient to diffuse the problem. Logically an elderly woman should be less of an issue, but a distant relative is actually more strict in certain Halachos. as she is likely to be "libo gas ba" for Hilchos Yichud.
posted:2010-05-16 14:58:37  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Cooking Milchig and Fleishig in the same oven
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If the oven is "self-cleaning", it is enough to run the self-clean cycle. If not, the oven should be cleaned well and heated to the highest temperature for around an hour.
posted:2010-05-03 17:34:58  (0) comments   email to a friend


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