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Halacha - kashrut
Submitted by Dorothy  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Assuming some of the other items in the dishwasher were dirty from fleishigs, the residue made your formerly pareve pot fleishig. The pot may be kashered, but is it practically complicated to kasher a large pot and you should ask a local Rav to assist you.
posted:2010-05-02 19:57:10  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shluach Heken
Submitted by Goldy  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The best staring point would be to photograph it and find out which species it is. However, shiluach haken may not be relevant if you did not already have intent not to acquire the nest, because the Mitzva only applies to owner-less eggs.
posted:2010-04-27 17:06:14  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Lying
Submitted by BatMordecai  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: There are some isolated situations where lying is permitted, such as Rashi points out in Parshas Vayeira that Hashem told Avraham that Sarah said "she" was old when in fact she said that Avraham was old. The details of this Halacha are beyond the scope of this site, but an excellent work on this topic is "Priceless Integrity" written by Rabbi Daniel Travis and printed by Targum Press.
posted:2010-04-24 21:11:01  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Bracha for bANANAS
Submitted by BatMordecai  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Ha'Adama. Even though they seem to grow on a tree, Halacha does NOT consider the plant to be a tree because it does not have a woody trunk, the trunk dies down each year and only bears fruit once, and because the fruit grow from the trunk and not the branches. Furthermore, scientifically the banana is also not a true tree but largest herbaceous flowering plant.

posted:2010-04-24 21:09:30  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

Once you have found blood one time it is more important to make the 3 checks, however if you find blood 3 times in a row it is a very serious problem in Halacha and you may need to get divorced on the assumption that you will always see.

SO MAKE SURE TO CONTACT A RAV WITH ALL THE RELEVANT DETAILS ASAP.

posted:2010-04-23 15:03:56  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - bracha on tzitzit
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Mishna Berura writes that one only makes separate berachos if there is a complete interuption between the talis katan and gadol. Just walking to shul would not meet that criteria.
posted:2010-04-16 09:11:43  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

As you mentioned the Halachos are very complex, so I will be a little vague in my answers for the sake of brevity.

1) It is a machlokes, but generally accepted as something that must be done when one is obligated according to Halacha.

2) If giving ma'aser would prevent one from paying a loan he owes, the loan has priority.

3) Someone who cannot afford basic necessities may be exempt from the mitzva of Ma'aser Kesafim.

In all these issues your Rav must be consulted regarding specific Halacha l'Maaseh.

posted:2010-04-16 08:29:19  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - sefira
Submitted by Freda Wilner  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: There is no problem wearing new clothes any time during sefira.
posted:2010-04-12 23:29:07  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - vitamin supplements
Submitted by aliza  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Generally speaking vitamins should be Kosher even when swallowed. If they are required to treat a serious condition there may be grounds to be lenient and a Rav should be consulted regarding the specific condition and treatment.

posted:2010-04-12 23:17:29  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kashrut
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Presumably the knife was cold so it is not necessary to do more than wash it well.
posted:2010-04-08 23:15:14  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Nida
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Generally speaking 7 clean days is sufficient except when there is a miscarriage of a female fetus more than 40 days past conception when a minimum of 14 days is required before going to the mikva and the 7 clean days can not start until the 8th day following termination of the pregnancy. 8 full weeks is 56 days, however the doctors count from the beginning of the last period which is at least 12 days earlier. So if not more than 40 days passed between the last time you went to the mikva and the termination of the ectopic pregnancy you certainly may start counting the 7 clean days as soon as possible. If more than 40 days passed there are other factors that must be taken into consideration such as the stage of development the fetus had reached, however more than 14 days is certainly not needed. Furthermore, if the ectopic pregnancy was removed through the abdominal wall there is certainly no need to wait more than 7 clean days, because Halacha does not consider a cesarean to be a birth. However if the pregnancy was terminated by methotrexate and the fetus was expelled in the normal manner, what I wrote previously applies.
posted:2010-04-08 23:14:18  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - shabbos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: A monitor should not be used on Shabbos.
posted:2010-04-08 10:06:19  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - beis yosef comment
Submitted by Ian  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is from the Bedek HaBayis, which is later additions the Beis Yosef himself wrote after the first printing of his commentary on the Tur.
posted:2010-04-07 23:39:51  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Music during the Omer
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The Gemorra relates that 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva died during the period of time between Pesach and Shavuos, so in commemoration we observe some of the Halachos of mourning.
posted:2010-04-07 13:54:37  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Talis Gadol
Submitted by Naftali  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The Torah only requires wearing tzitzis on the occasion that one happens to be wearing a four-cornered garment, however it is commendable to go out of ones way to wear one and make ones self obligated in the mitzva, and in fact one who does not may be punished under certain circumstances. Wearing a talis during davening is purely an minhag, though a universally accepted one for married men. Wearing one before the chasuna is another step n the original minhag, but certainly not a requirement of Halacha. Therefore, if your Rav paskened that in your situation you should not wear a talis, there is no need to do anything at all.
posted:2010-04-07 12:45:54  (0) comments   email to a friend


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