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Halacha - SHABBOS CHAZON
Submitted by DAVID  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Magen Avraham 552:14 writes that one may not make a seudas mereiim, a social meal, on Shabbos that is erev Tisha b'Av. The Achronim bring the Bechor Shor who disagrees because cancelling a weekly get-together would be public mourning which is forbidden on Shabbos. The implication is that these Achronim agree with the Bechor Shor's lenient opinion, and it is not clear that the Magen Avraham would forbid this arrangement on Shabbos Chazon that is not erev Tisha b'Av.

So while your "kiddush club" seems to be permitted in Halacha, it certainly should be conducted in a non-frivolous manner befitting the time of year.

posted:2009-05-22 08:51:20  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Guest
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: On Shabbos or overnight there is no problem hosting a guest even if they are not Jewish, but you should be careful to put away any opened bottles of wine and observe all halachos of yichud. However, on Yom Tov one may not serve a non-Jewish guest out of concern that extra food would be prepared for them on Yom Tov, and cooking etc. on Yom Tov is only permitted for a Jew. So if you want to have this person over for a meal on Yom Tov, you would first need to clarify their status.
posted:2009-05-21 14:47:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shalosh Seudos Erev Rosh Chodesh
Submitted by David  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

It is not necessary to finish the entire meal before shkiya, but if one eats bread after sunset there is a dilemma whether to say Retzai or Ya'aleh v'Yavo, so it best to at least finish the challa before shkiya.

posted:2009-05-20 16:00:44  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Hopefully Kosher shaver
Submitted by David  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

As far as I can tell from the information on the website it should be OK since it does not seem to have any lift-and-cut mechanism.

posted:2009-05-19 12:11:22  (3) comments   email to a friend


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

Let's start with the practical issues, the main practical difference between a blech and a platta is that the platta is a single uniform temperature over the entire surface while a blech can have hotter and cooler spots. So a platta is more predictable, but a blech gives you more options. Regarding the cost, I don't think the difference is significant, and in any event Shabbos expenses are refunded by Hashem

Regarding the Halacha issues, raw food may certainly not be cooked on Shabbos, whether on a bleach or a platta. Food may be placed on either before Shabbos begins, because the only issue is that we are concerned if one placed raw food on a fire shortly before Shabbos that he may become impatient and stoke the flame on Shabbos. With an electric platta that has only a single, unadjustable heat setting this is not an issue, and a blech is considered an unusual manner of preparing food that would remind one not to adjust the heat. The remaining issue is, as you mentioned, reheating cold, dry precooked foods on Shabbos, where actual cooking does not apply since it is already cooked, and we have already determined that stoking the fire is also not an issue with either a platta or a blech. However there is an additional prohibition of doing an action that appears to be cooking. Since a platta is designed and suitable only for reheating and not for cooking, some Poskim permit placing cold dry precooked foods directly on a platta and consider it more lenient then a blech which is on the stovetop, which is the normal location for cooking. According to the more stringent opinion a platta is identical to a blech, but there is still a solution to place the food you want to reheat on top of an upturned empty pan. This avoids any problem of appearing to cook. It must be emphasized and made completely clear that this only helps if the food is both dry and completely cooked before Shabbos.

posted:2009-05-17 08:52:38  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Avodah Zarah Issues
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Reb Moshe Feinstein zatzal in Igros Moshe YD 1:69 discusses a similar question regarding dealing with stamps that have a cross on them and permits buying and selling them. This would seem to be the same here, provided these trinkets can be assumed to be merely decorative as in the case of the stamps.
posted:2009-05-13 15:08:10  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

The accepted Halacha is that the key must serve a functional purpose to be permitted and not just be attached or even decorative. I have seen a belt buckle where the key is attached in place of the prong that is inserted in the hole in the leather belt, and this is ideal.

A Rav would have to be very big or have very clear sources if he wants to permit something Reb Moshe forbade and none of his contemporaries disagreed. So it is unlikely, but it is possible.

posted:2009-05-11 18:35:32  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Illustrations in Jewish volumes
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: There is no problem with illustrations per se, but illustrations of humans, sun or moon may be problematic.
posted:2009-05-10 11:33:46  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - basar bchalav
Submitted by AVROHOm  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Yes, it should be kashered.

posted:2009-05-04 18:09:05  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Davening netz alone
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes, but only if you daven netz on a regular basis. Otherwise it is better to daven with a minyan.
posted:2009-05-03 03:01:32  (6) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - ovens with timers
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

There is no problem leaving the food in the oven if it is half cooked and edible, however when you open the oven door to remove the food there is a strong likelihood that the thermostat will immediately ignite the oven. Ideally the timer should be set to turn off the oven shortly before you anticipate wanting to remove the food on Shabbos. If this is not practical, you should only open the oven door when the fire is already on, and you will at worst be indirectly causing it to remain lit for longer but not igniting it on Shabbos.

posted:2009-04-29 09:41:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Help With Urn Made Fleishig
Submitted by joy  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The urn must be kashered before using for Pareve. This can be done by cleaning it thoroughly and filling it to the top with water which should be boiled over. If you don't have experience doing this it is advisable to find someone who can help you.

posted:2009-04-26 15:39:18  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

One may attend the gym class even if music will be playing because there is no issur to hear music incidentally.

posted:2009-04-26 07:01:36  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - wine & sushi
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Certainly the Kosher glass does not make the wine or juice permitted to drink. However the glass does not need to be kashered if the non-kosher liquid was cold and did not sit inside the glass more than 24 hours.

Regarding the sushi, I would be interested to hear a reason why the rice should be the ikar.

posted:2009-04-23 14:56:12  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Rosh Chodesh brachot
Submitted by Nadav  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: A beracha certainly should not be recited.
posted:2009-04-22 16:07:52  (0) comments   email to a friend


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