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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - hannukka
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Channuka is not similar to Chol HaMoed and there is no restriction on doing melacha during Channuka. The exceptions would be that many do not take haircuts on any Rosh Chodesh based on Rebbi Yehuda HaChossid and women generally refrain from melacha during the first half hour following lighting the Channuka candles.
posted:2009-12-10 00:14:18  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Marriage
Submitted by Aninymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The Gemarra and Shulchan Aruch explicitly write that a married woman who has an affair is forbidden both to her husband and to the man she had the affair with for life.
posted:2009-12-07 15:46:00  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Profiting from non-kosher food
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: A Jew may profit from foods that are only forbidden by Rabbinic ordinance, however you must ascertain that this is the case with the specific items under consideration and that none of them may possibly be forbidden from the Torah.
posted:2009-12-07 14:20:11  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Lifnai Iver / Shabes
Submitted by Tzvi Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: He should be offered the option to sleep over within walking distance. Even if you know he will not accept, it is no longer your issur deoraisa of lifnei iver and is permitted for kiruv purposes.
posted:2009-12-07 13:38:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Elochi Neshma
Submitted by Pinchas  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: No, you should ask someone elso to be motzi you.
posted:2009-12-03 10:17:55  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Electricity/Shabes
Submitted by Tzvi Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If the heating element is currently on, it would be a problem of gram kibuyi, indirectly causing a fire to be extinguished.
posted:2009-11-30 14:06:53  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - niddah
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: You certainly should continue to go to the mikva; when you get your period you may not share a bed nor touch in general regardless of his medical issues. The one relevant leniency that applies is that you may attend his needs if no one else is available, but even then you should avoid direct physical contact.
posted:2009-11-26 22:59:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Neutering
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer 5:11 writes that castrating an animal is forbidden.
posted:2009-11-24 13:19:37  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Refuah
Submitted by daniel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is certainly permitted and is a long-standing custom. The Gemarra you refer to forbids whispering words of Torah as an incantation to heal, there is no problem asking that the zechus of learning Torah should be to a sick person's merit.
posted:2009-11-24 08:56:58  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Picking up food
Submitted by Tzvi Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The sefer Hashavas Aveida k'Halalcha quotes HaRav Eliyashiv shlita as saying that non-Kosher food is not automatically exempt from the obligation to return a lost object. However if there is reason to suspect the person may consume the non-kosher food, it is better to sell the item and return the money. However there are other issues involved. If the lost item can be assumed to belong to a non-Jew, for example it was found in a city that is primarily not Jewish, then there is no obligation to return it. Additionally, if the city is majority non-Jews there is no need to return even a Jew's lost object, because he assumes that it was found by a non-Jew who will not bother trying to return it so he makes it hefker immediately.

posted:2009-11-23 16:14:05  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Tevila
Submitted by Shmaya [Steve]  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Rema mentions a minhag not to go to the mikva Friday night (and Poskim add also motzai Shabbos) if she is not going to the mikva on the earliest possible date. Often women after childbirth postpone going to the mikva until they are fully healed, even if they stopped bleeding earlier. In any event, even if the woman is going to the mikva late, the Rema does not endorse this minhag and says one should go anyways, unless the city or the individual has a specific well known minhag to be machmir. The Poskim write that if one must inquire whether or not this is the minhag, it is not considered "well-known" and one should not be machmir.

So there is some basis to what you heard, but it is not the accepted practice.

posted:2009-11-20 03:10:22  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - milk after meat for ill
Submitted by shoshana  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: She need not wait 6 hours, however she must make a beracha achrona at the end of the fleishig meal and a new beracha rishona (if necessary) on the supplement. Additionally she should eat and drink a pareve food and drink in between to clean out the mouth of any fleishig residue, and I would recommend also brushing the teeth. If possible, she should wait at least one hour after the meat before eating milchigs.
posted:2009-11-18 21:49:14  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Non-jews
Submitted by Tzvi Sch  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Certainly as a general rule we do not try to persuade non-Jews to convert, and having a Jewish father would not create an exception. The only possibility I can imagine is if drawing the son closer to Judaism would make it more likely to induce the father to be chozer b'teshuva. However this seems a little too far-fetched to me.

posted:2009-11-16 20:14:42  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kiddish on Friday Night at Shul
Submitted by Ken  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The minhag to recite Kiddush in shul Friday night originated at a time when guests frequently ate and slept in shul, then it would have been necessary for an adult to make Kiddush to fulfil their obligation. However for many centuries this has not been the case, and in fact the Shulchan Aruch OC 269 recommends not saying Kiddush in shul at all since Kiddush may only be recited where a meal is being eaten. While the Mishna Berura there 4 writes that the long-standing minhag to recite Kiddush should not be abandoned, I see no problem allowing a minor to recite it.

posted:2009-11-14 20:46:54  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Yahrtzeit and semachot
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: There is a difference of opinion in the Poskim if one may attend a wedding on the yahrtzeit itself after the first year. However, even the stringent opinion only forbids on the day of the yahrtzeit and not the following night.
posted:2009-11-12 03:59:46  (0) comments   email to a friend


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