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Halacha - Drinking from bathroom sink
Submitted by menachem  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes, but you should fill a cup from the sink and exit the bathroom before drinking.
posted:2010-02-15 15:47:37  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Purim megillah
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The trop is not important, but it must be read from a kosher Megilla and not from a printed sefer.
posted:2010-02-13 21:05:30  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Tefila/Tefillin
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: 4:30 is before Alos HaShachar in most of the world most of the year and is too early to put on Tefillin or daven Shacharis. Even if you daven then you have not fulfilled your obligation and must daven again at the correct time.
posted:2010-02-12 12:22:19  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shabes
Submitted by Tzvi Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes, since they are distinctly separate there is no issue of borer. However some Poskim are machmir since they are touching.
posted:2010-02-08 14:03:36  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Eating Kosher
Submitted by Shirley  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: First of all it is important to point out that accompanying the written "scripture" is the Oral Tradition which is part of the foundation for all Jewish Law. Additionally in this case the Torah repeats the prohibition 3 times, from which the Sages explained refers to three separate prohibitions: not to cook them together, not to eat them together and not to derive any benefit from their mixture. The reference to a "kid" is explained to refer to all lactating animals, the prohibition of fowl with milk is or Rabbinic origin.
posted:2010-02-07 18:48:38  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pets & Pesach
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: No. One may NOT rely on bittul chametz when there is known chametz present. The cage should be cleaned and the chametz must be disposed of. We only rely on bittul for unknown chametz.
posted:2010-02-07 01:47:21  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - BIRKAT HAMAZON
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The answer would depend on what was consumed at the meal. Non-bread food made from the 5 grains would require al hamichya, wine would add al hagefen and fruit from the 7 species of Eretz Yisrael would add al ha'etz. Additionally, borei nefashos would inevitably be necessary.
posted:2010-02-05 16:05:30  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Zeher le Horban
Submitted by Adi Salama  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It should be one amah by one amah. It is sufficient to rely on the lenient opinion of 45 cm.
posted:2010-02-02 08:23:09  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shabbat - Borer
Submitted by Adi Salama  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Borer does not necessarily need to be visible, however borer does need to be between two distinct items and would not apply to separating say large apples from small ones. The microscopic contents of the water would be considered water as well, and based on this should not be borer. However if someone is makpid, careful not to consume the water without filtration, his strong personal preference creates a situation where the impurities are considered a separate entity and borer will apply.
posted:2010-01-23 18:03:09  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Prutah
Submitted by Tzvi Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

A peruta is a copper coin equivalent to approximately .2 grams of silver. At the current value of silver in the range of $17 per oz, a peruta would be worth $.007, less than one cent. HaRav Moshe Feinstein zatzal ruled that to be considered a peruta value an item must have purchasing power, and ruled that a nickel is the minimum that qualifies.

posted:2010-01-18 19:53:30  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - hazarat ha-shatz
Submitted by Yitzchak Sheffrin  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: There would appear to be a contradiction in Shulchan Aruch because in OC 55:6 it says that as long as 10 men are present the repetition may be started even if one is davening or sleeping, and the Mishna Berura writes that even more then one would be acceptable as long as at least a majority of 6 are answering. However in OC 124:4 Shulchan Aruch writes that if there are not 10 men listening and answering to chazoras hashatz it is close to a beracha l'vatala. The Poskim give various solutions to resolve the situation, the general consensus is to wait for 9 unless there are significant extenuating circumstances.
posted:2010-01-12 21:54:49  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Sukkot: sukka gezulah
Submitted by Tzvi Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Mishna Berura 637:9 writes that if the owner is known to not want your presence, it is wrong to say a beracha.
posted:2010-01-11 14:19:46  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Mikvah
Submitted by Anne Pinzow  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

If she is currently not married it is neither necessary nor appropriate for her to go to the mikva.

posted:2010-01-09 23:14:44  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Chanita on fruit trees
Submitted by Chaim Jacobs  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

You are correct that there are two opinions. The Rash on the Mishnayos writes that chanata is the beginning of the formation of the fruit while Tosafos and the Rambam rule that it is 1/3 of the fruit's growth. Shulchan Aruch follows the second opinion which is the accepted Halacha. In most years none of the shesek fruits reach 1/3 of their development before Tu b'Shvat and Harav Elyashiv shlita paskens that one need not suspect otherwise. However if one knows that some of the fruit on the tree reached chanata before Tu b'Shvat and others didn't and at the time of harvest they are indistinguishable there is a dilemma. the acceptable solutions are to either separate terumos and ma'aseros from each individual fruit separately or to find fruits from a different tree that has not yet had its terumos and ma'aseros taken yet and that are certainly from both years and to separate terumos and ma'aseros on the questionable tree from them.

Lemons are a separate issue and the Chazon Ish considers them to be a safek if their Halacha is similar to an esrog that follows the picking and not the chanata like most fruit.

posted:2010-01-06 10:28:16  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Blood
Submitted by Tzvi Friedman  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: As long as there is no risk of actually consuming blood, there is no issur. While we find numerous harchakos miD'Rabannan from issurim, they are practical protections from the actual issur and would not apply to a nes where the Yidden could be confident that Hashem was not creating a nes to trap them in an aveira.
posted:2010-01-04 15:46:36  (0) comments   email to a friend


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