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Halacha - manicure during 3 weeks
Submitted by T  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

One may even cut finger and toe nails during the 9 days when done l'kavod Shabbos. However, it seems to me that doing something extravagant would be inappropriate, and to many people this would include a manicure.

posted:2009-07-17 08:43:10  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Tvilas Keylim
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes you may, but you should tell them it has already been toiveled so they will not do it again with a beracha.
posted:2009-07-17 00:16:33  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

It is not necessary to have intention to acquire the talis, because it already belongs to the entire community. However the minhag is not to say a beracha, especially when only putting on the talis to receive an aliya or to duchen. Therefore, the Poskim recommend one be mafkir his portion in the talis to avoid the obligation to say a beracha.

posted:2009-07-13 19:16:04  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - biscotti
Submitted by barney  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Biscotti, otherwise know as mandelbroit, requires challa to be taken if one makes sufficient quantity.
posted:2009-07-12 16:52:19  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Corn Bread
Submitted by Pinchas  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I did not write that corn bread is HaMotzi, a different member of the team entered this Halacha from Rav Bodner's sefer. However you certainly are correct that it is referring to a situation containing wheat flour. If the corn bread contains only corn flour it is Shehakol, and the same would apply if it contains a minority of rice flour.
posted:2009-07-12 10:04:36  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Torah in the bathroom
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: One should refrain from even thinking about the Torah when in the bathroom.
posted:2009-07-09 15:12:12  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Talis for Kiddush?
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

There is reason in Halacha to cover the head for kiddush out of respect for the beracha, however a hat would certainly suffice.

Halacha does not require one to wear a talis for kiddush, but some Chassidim have such a minhag. The is a Pesikta that writes one should fulfil "zachor es Yom HaShabbos l'kadsho" through "atifa" which usually refers to the talis. This pasuk is the same one used to derive the obligation for kiddush. Therefore the Minchas Eluzur of Munkatch wore his talis for kiddush in the morning, but the Rebbes of Satmar and Sanz did not. Since this is an issue of minhag, one should follow the custom of his father.

posted:2009-07-09 14:49:32  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - gym in 3 weeks, maaser
Submitted by bluma adler  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

1) One may attend gym classes in the 3 weeks even if there will be background music, because one is listening to the music for rhythm not for enjoyment.

2) If you will certainly remember to take off terumos and ma'aseros you may buy vegetables regardless of their hechsher or lack. However fruits present an additional problem of orlah, and unless you know which species have a negligible percent of young trees planted commercially you should avoid buying fruit without a reliable hechsher.

posted:2009-07-09 11:20:44  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - "Lo sachmod" on asking for a trade back?
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Yehonoson Hool
Question:
Answer: Brief parameters of Lo sachmod - You shall not covet.
One who desires another person's belongings and makes plans to obtain them, transgresses the commandment of Lo Sisaveh (Devorim 5:18). If one merely desires something but makes no plans to obtain it, the Shulchan Aruch rules that one does not violate this prohibition. If the person takes action and pressures the owner to give him or sell to him the item, and succeeds, then he has transgressed Lo Sachmod (shemos 20:14).

If one desires an item it is permitted to approach the owner to ask him if he would like to sell it. The prohibition applies only when one pesters him and pressures him until he agrees to sell it or give it. Persuading him via others, such as getting a friend, associate or influential person to persuade him to give it away or sell it is also forbidden.
posted:2009-07-09 10:29:59  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - antibiotic on a fast
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: An antibiotic, which could lead to a potentially dangerous relapse of resistant infection by missing a day, may certainly be taken on a taanis. One may also use a small amount of water, if necessary, but it is preferable to add a little lemon juice or vinegar to render the water unpalatable.
posted:2009-07-08 18:39:59  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - ribis
Submitted by Barney  Answered by Rav Yehonoson Hool
Question:
Answer: In general, one is permitted to accept such "benefits" from someone to whom you lent money if three conditions are fulfilled: It is something small, it is not done in a particularly public manner, and he would have given it to you anyway even if you hadn't lent him the money. (And obviously, assuming he doesn't say that he's giving it you because you lent him money.)

If you're the type of friend/communal member etc who would have gone anyway to the bris even if you hadn't lent him any money, you may still do so.
posted:2009-07-08 10:45:54  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shaver Blades
Submitted by Tzvi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If the blade does not come in contact with the skin there is no problem even if it is a razor blade. I would guess that he was referring to lift-and-cut shavers where there is a risk that the blade will touch the skin, and in fact would be problematic if the blade is sharp.
posted:2009-07-06 15:33:58  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - 2 days yom tov
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Even though for certain Halachos we consider the two days of Rosh HaShana to be one long day, in this aspect it is similar to all other 2 day Yamim Tovim that one may not begin any preparations until nightfall. If Shabbos follows Yom Tov and an eruv tavshilin was made, one may prepare for Shabbos while it is still Yom Tov.
posted:2009-07-06 09:54:59  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Tznius
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: According to the minimal requirements of Halacha it is not necessary to cover ones self other than when removing the underwear. However Shulchan Aruch writes that it is an worthy midas chassidus to always be covered as one would in presence of a king. Mishna Berura explains that one should not even remove the socks and be barefoot if this is not the common manner of dress in his location.
posted:2009-07-04 18:34:30  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Gift for Aveil
Submitted by Yosef  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The Divrei Malkiel writes that one may give mishloach manos to the Rav on Purim even when he is an aveil because it is considered paying an obligation and not a gift. Since it is generally accepted that parents are expected to give the ganenet an end of the year gift, the same Halacha would apply and it is permitted even without any explicit specification.
posted:2009-07-04 16:06:00  (0) comments   email to a friend


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