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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - Mug that changes colour on Shabbat
Submitted by Ahuva  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It should not be used hot on Shabbos.
posted:2009-09-02 13:44:57  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - shechita
Submitted by shlomo zalman  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I doubt if the health department would allow meat to be sold if the animal had tranquilizers in its bloodstream. However in Halacha the issue is similar to stunning an animal, which the Poskim forbid. Since the animal is currently unconscious and unable to walk, we are concerned that it may have become a traifa.
posted:2009-09-01 18:42:11  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - negel vasser
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: According to most opinions one must also wash after biting the nails, however one who is lenient does have sources to rely on.
posted:2009-08-30 14:54:18  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - kinetic watch
Submitted by ilan flax  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: While a mechanical self-winding watch may be worn on Shabbos or Yom Tov as long as it has not stopped running, even though the spring will be tightened. However the same does not apply to a "kinetic" watch where the movement of the wrist generates electricity that recharges the watch's battery and may not be worn at all on Shabbos or Yom Tov.
posted:2009-08-30 13:26:29  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kesuvah for a non-virgin
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is a universal minhag to read the kesuba under the chuppa, its omission would be an obvious and glaring indication to all present that something is unusual. However since we certainly don't want to publicly embarrass the kallah, the Poskim discuss two options. Some permit writing the kesuba as if she were a virgin as long as the chassan knows the truth. Others say that two kesubos should be prepared, a standard but not valid one to be read under the chuppa, and a second accurate one to be given privately. You should speak to your Rav and to the mesader kiddushin to make the necessary arrangements.
posted:2009-08-28 01:33:46  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - wrap
Submitted by jmh  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I must confess that I have never seen a "wrap", but my understanding is that it consists of a thin, not sweet dough baked in an oven wrapped around a not sweet filling, similar to the aish tanur/lafa here in Eretz Yisroel. Since the base is regular bread dough, and the filling is a main course and added after the baking, and the final product is more of a meal than a snack or treat, I don't see any reason it should not be hamotzi. Please let me know if I am not understanding the situation accurately.
posted:2009-08-24 15:02:15  (1) comment   email to a friend


Halacha - tefillin
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The Aruch HaShulchan writes that since the kesher has a letter from Hashem's name in it, it should not be placed underneath the ma'avarta of the tefillin.
posted:2009-08-23 16:16:49  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Going to the mikve on the 8th day
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: She should go the the mikva at the regular time on the night following the 7th day, even though her husband will not return until the next day.
posted:2009-08-23 04:08:29  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Gluten-free bread
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Usually if there is a mezonos component, it is automatically assumed to be the primary ingredient, even if it is the minority. However rice is an exception to this rule since it is not one of the 5 grains. Therefore if the flour is more than 50% rice it would be mezonos and borei nefashos and if the potato and tapioca together are more than 50% it would be shehakol. In this case the appearance is irrelevant.
posted:2009-08-23 04:05:17  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

Even though Reb Moshe Feinstein zatzal wrote that one may kasher and use a stainless dishwasher if you replace the racks, for practical reasons it should not be done. First of all, the tracks for the racks usually have plastic parts that cannot be kashered. Secondly, particles of food can easily become trapped between the runners and the walls of the dishwasher, and hagala does not help unless all the mamshus is completely removed. Finally, the drain filter and pipes where the dirty water exits the dishwasher are full of residue, and on most models cannot be thoroughly cleaned. When running the unit, it is very likely that hot water could back up from the drain into the chamber and render all the dishes and silverware treif.

I would suggest you tell your wife that you asked a Rav who said that Halacha does not permit using the dishwasher, and it is not just a chumra.

posted:2009-08-20 04:49:10  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - yechud
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: There is an issue of yichud even with an older woman and the regular precautions must be taken. Depending on the circumstances it may be sufficient to leave the front door open or to ask a neighbor to drop in at random intervals.
posted:2009-08-18 04:04:02  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Mincha-B'yechidus
Submitted by Daniel Cohen  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is important to daven with a minyan and there is no reason not to daven mincha after plag, so it would be much more advisable to wait and daven with a minyan unless there are specific circumstances preventing it.
posted:2009-08-13 13:23:58  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - "Break-Apart Ices"
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes, it is permitted because one may tear on Shabbos to access food and you are not creating a kli because the empty tube will be disposed immediately on finishing the ices and not reused.
posted:2009-08-12 17:01:26  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shabbos
Submitted by Tzvi Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It would not be allowed, because one also may not prepare on one Shabbos for the following Shabbos.
posted:2009-08-10 16:23:52  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Brocho
Submitted by dovid  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If someone drinks no wine at kiddush, he must make a beracha of borei pri hagafen when he drinks wine later even after hamotzi, as wine is not covered by the beracha on the bread.
posted:2009-08-10 16:14:26  (2) comments   email to a friend


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