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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - tefilah - maariv
Submitted by Matis G  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Alos HaShachar.
posted:2009-08-09 03:29:55  (1) comment   email to a friend


Halacha - Basar B'Chalav
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: While there is no obligation in Halacha to have separate counter-tops, and in previous generations few frum Jews had this luxury, it is highly recommended for practical considerations if you want to facilitate keeping a kosher kitchen. Firstly it is not uncommon to place a hot pot or pan on the counter, and there is reason to be concerned that one may place a hot milchig utensil in the same place that a hot fleishig container was previously situated creating problems of bliyos, absorbed taste. Even if you are careful to use a trivet, if hot food would fall on the counter it is possible it could fall in the place that previously made contact with hot food from the opposing side. Additionally and most importantly, most people do not keep there counters spotlessly clean and even cold foods could come in contact with residue of old milchig or fleishig remnants.
posted:2009-08-07 03:18:03  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Synagogue on toilet's place
Submitted by Avraham  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes it is permitted. However the Piskei Teshuvos writes that the flooring should be replaced and the walls re-plastered and in general there should be no visible remnant of the location's ignoble past.
posted:2009-08-04 06:20:42  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - tisha bav
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: One could also nurse laying in bed or sitting on a low stool. If there is no other comfortable option, you may sit on a chair, preferably a low one.
posted:2009-07-29 03:13:54  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Yistabach
Submitted by Tzvi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is better to say Yishtabach first and then learn while waiting for Borchu. If you do that Mishna Berura 53:10 writes you may wait even half an hour. However the Chazan must say Kaddish immediately following Borchu, so he should wait before Yishtabach. He would be allowed to wait up to the amount of time necessary to daven the entire Pesukei d'Zimra from Boruch SheAmar to Yishtabach.
posted:2009-07-28 08:20:06  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Seudat mafseket - 9th AV
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: First eat a meal with or without washing. Then say the appropriate beracha achrona and take a little break. Then wash for bread with ashes and egg on the floor.
posted:2009-07-27 16:53:22  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Crocks on Tisha beAv
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Yes,  although some say it is preferrable to be machmir.

posted:2009-07-27 11:03:28  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - hilchos 9 days
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

First of all, the only problem in general is to purchase items that make a person excited to own them, so while a Chosson Shas may be a problem, most seforim would not. Additionally, it is permitted to buy things that would cause a loss if one were to wait, and what could be a bigger loss then not having necessary seforim to learn from.

posted:2009-07-23 20:15:04  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - 9 days and a new clothing gift
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: No. One may not give an article of clothing as a gift during the 9 days just like one may not buy it.
posted:2009-07-23 16:07:11  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - shopping on the 9 days
Submitted by Barney  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: One may not purchase clothing for children even if they will not know about it during the 9 days unless they have nothing else to wear. Also, if it would cause significant financial hardship to wait, such as missing a once-a-year sale, it may be allowed.
posted:2009-07-21 19:51:22  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Using Sun/Lunar computer generated predictions
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Generally speaking it is forbidden to rely on any means of divining and controlling the future by supernatural means; Astrology would certainly qualify. While pru u'revu is a very important mitzvah, the ends do NOT justify the means. Additionally, I am very skeptical about the reliability of a method that predicts the sex of a fetus based on the birthdays of the parents.

However I did find a many websites that can calculate the days most likely to conceive a boy based on the based on a certain degree of medical theory regarding the proximity to ovulation. While their method is by no means fool-proof, it at most increases the odds of having a boy and that by a modest percent, if your brother is willing to give it a try there would be no issues in Halacha.

posted:2009-07-20 14:25:08  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Maternity Clothes and the Nine Days
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Halacha is that one may not purchase nor wear new clothes during the 9 days unless it would cause financial loss or one has nothing else to wear. Therefore, if a pregnant woman's figure would change suddenly and dramatically rendering all her existing clothes unwearable she would be allowed to buy new ones. However, since the change is usually gradual she should anticipate and buy the clothes in advance.

One may not purchase used clothing only if it gives him great pleasure and is a source of excitement, otherwise it is permitted.

posted:2009-07-20 12:45:09  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Halachas of mourning a parent
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

I'm sorry but one may not send a greeting card or present to someone who is within the year after the passing of a parent. Additionally, they would not participate in a social gathering such as a birthday party. However you certainly should let your friend know that you are thinking of them and did not forget about their momentous occasion.

posted:2009-07-19 11:44:32  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

First of all with fruits there is an additional problem of orla besides the issue of teruma and maaser, and you should not purchase fruits without a reliable hechsher unless you know which species are likely to be orla and which are not.

For vegetables the procedure is to first get hold of a peruta chamura, a coin that has been specially designated for the purpose. There is an organization that takes care of this, but I don't have their contact info handy. You must separate at least 1% of the produce and say the formula usually printed in the back of the siddur. It is important to understand what you are saying, read through it before you actually are separating terumos and maaser and ask someone to help you if any of the concepts are unfamiliar. The produce you separated should be double-wrapped, and then it may be disposed.

posted:2009-07-18 15:36:17  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shabbos Clock/Timer
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Reb Shlomo Zalman Auerbach allowed one to change the setting on a Shabbos clock to keep an appliance that is currently off from turning on, because it does not cause a fire to be extinguished just never to light. However many Poskim disagree. Additionally, Reb Moshe Feinstein was concerned that moving the pins is muktza. So while there are grounds to be lenient, it is advisable not to.

However a couple of side points. Where to you keep your cholent overnight if the platta is off? Also, what are you putting on the platta when it comes on in the morning and how? Wet, cold foods may not be placed on the platta at all, and even dry foods may only be placed on an intervening pan according to most opinions.

posted:2009-07-18 15:34:13  (0) comments   email to a friend


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