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Halacha - Pesach
Submitted by Daniel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If the Jews who run the canteen own the inventory then you may not by any true chometz product from them until it can be assumed that the majority of that specific item in the canteen was not owned by Jews during Pesach. Other items in the store such as drinks and potato chips may be purchased even if they are not Kosher for Pesach. If the inventory is owned by a non-Jew and the Jewish managers are hired workers, all the food is permitted in ant event.
posted:2010-04-07 07:13:58  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Halacha vs. civil authority
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

First of all you should call your lawyer and ask him what your legal options are. In the USA Federal law requires courts to make reasonable accommodation for ones religious beliefs, and delaying a phone call a day or two should be considered "reasonable accommodation". Also, you should contact Agudath Israel or the OU, as these and similar organizations have extensive experience dealing with situations where demands of the courts conflict with religion. However it may be difficult to reach them on such short notice on Sunday erev Yom Tov.

If all else fails, you may ask a non-Jew to place the call on your behalf on Yom Tov, hopefully this will satisfy the Court's demands.

posted:2010-04-02 12:54:44  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

According to Rabbi Bess of LA's list Nyquil Children's Cold/Cough and Nyquil Liquid Multi-Symptom Cold & Flu Relief (Original, Cherry) are acceptable for use on Pesach.

posted:2010-03-28 14:05:17  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Water filters
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes. Even if there is a possibility the carbon originated from burnt chometz it is currently inedible to a dog and loses its chometz status.
posted:2010-03-25 18:23:57  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Broadway Shows
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The obvious issues would be hearing a woman sing and seeing inappropriately dressed women, and even gazing intently at a fully clad woman is forbidden. Even if you would find an Broadway show with an all-male cast, there is a more subtle issue of exposure to lifestyles incompatible with a Torah outlook on life.
posted:2010-03-22 19:27:07  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - canine burial
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your pet and I understand the dilemma you face. It's true that Judaism forbids cremation of human remains. however the primary reason for this is because it demonstrated a lack of belief in the ultimate resurrection. Since even a very loyal animal that has completely fulfilled its purpose in this world is not destined to be resurrected, there is no problem cremating it. Furthermore, cremation is considered disrespectful to the human body which was created in "G-d's image", but this reason too does not apply to man's best friend.
posted:2010-03-21 19:20:19  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

First of all Reb Moshe never permitted a davar hamaamid added by a goy, because davar hamaamid is not batel. What he did allow was allowing a goy in his factory to add an insignificant amount of non-Kosher ingredient which is batel l'Halacha, where the only issue is ein mevatlin issur l'chatchila which does not apply to a goy. Even regarding this Reb Moshe himself wrote that while it is permitted according to Halacha, it is not proper to do (mechuar hadavar).

To the best of my knowledge all reputable hechsherim will only certify a product where all its ingredients are Kosher and will not rely on this kula of Reb Moshe by itself; certainly this is the OU's position. However under certain circumstances the will use Reb Moshe's heter as a mitigating circumstance, such as if the method used to kasher the machinery is questionable and subject to a machlokes, if the factory is non-Jewish owned and at least 24 hours have elapsed since the equipment was last used for non-Kosher products they may at times rely on this questionable process where they would not allow a Jew to rely on it.

posted:2010-03-17 05:40:58  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Mikvaot
Submitted by Adi Salama  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Not necessarily. For example, a lake filled primarily with rainwater with an outlet is flowing non-spring water and is pasul because of zochalim. The Halachos of mikvaos are very complicated and it is advisable to only use a mikva under reliable supervision.
posted:2010-03-16 20:36:37  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Bedikat Hametz
Submitted by Adi Salama  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: He should do bedika on the car at the appropriate time, wherever he is located. On the house he has no choice but to wait until he arrives, but if he will not arrive until after the proper time one should do the bedika without a beracha before departing.
posted:2010-03-16 16:08:09  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Krias Shema
Submitted by Yosef Gavriel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Sitting.
posted:2010-03-16 01:46:54  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pesach Tapioca
Submitted by meir  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

According to the dictionary Tapioca is a starch extracted from the root of the cassava plant. Therefore it should be permitted even for Ashkenazim and not be considered kitniyos. However it would certainly require a reliable Pesach hashgacha.

posted:2010-03-11 01:07:22  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pesach
Submitted by Tzvi Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes, because they are really selling the chometz in the apartment and not the apartment itself.
posted:2010-03-04 20:37:15  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - learning in college
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: That is largely a personal question. The actual knowledge itself is permitted, but you have to be honest with yourself regarding what thoughts learning this material may cause you.
posted:2010-02-23 14:16:23  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Perutah
Submitted by Tzvi Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: To the best of my knowledge it was an oral psak and is not printed in Igros Moshe.
posted:2010-02-22 13:47:22  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - egg donation
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: This is a serious and complicated issue. I have consulted with Rabbonim older and more experienced than myself, and it seems there is no simple formula whether the Jewish status of the child follows the birth mother or the genetic mother. Each individual must present his specific case to one of the Gedolei HaPoskim for a ruling specific to his circumstances.
posted:2010-02-17 05:11:03  (0) comments   email to a friend


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