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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - Aliyot
Submitted by Ivor Lewis  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

In a shul where the aliyos are sold, none of this list applies. Furthermore, this affects only regular members of the shul.

Briefly the order is: 1) a chasan at his aufruf. 2) a bar mitzva boy for his first aliya. 3) one who's wife gave birth and has come to shul for the first time. 4) a chasan during sheva berachos. 5) a yahrtzeit (shocking no? most people think a yahrtzeit comes first). 6) the father, mohel and sandak of a baby who is having a bris. 7) a father who is naming a baby girl.

There are many other details, but this is a general outline.

posted:2008-04-16 13:37:05  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Second wife
Submitted by Uzi Ran  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

No, it is forbidden according to halacha to take more than one wife, except with a heter meah rabbanim. First of all, according to my information Rabbeinu Gershom passed away in 1040, so not necessarily have 1000 years passed since the enactment of the gezeira. Secondly, it has been accepted unanimously by all Ashkenazi communities to follow the cherem indefinitely.

Anyways, would you really want more than one wife???

posted:2008-04-16 02:42:17  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Fast of first Born - Pesach
Submitted by AVRAHAM YACOV S  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It's not necessary for him to fast or attend a siyum.
posted:2008-04-15 21:44:53  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Epipen
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Such a condition is clearly a sakana that would permit one to carry on Shabbos. However the halacha is that one must do everything possible to minimize the need to be mechalal Shabbos when possible. Therefore, she should not go anywhere that does not have an eiruv on Shabbos, but if she does, she must carry the epipen with her.
posted:2008-04-15 19:10:26  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Eruv
Submitted by Benzion  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Your son-in-law should ask his Rav if he does not carry because of a concern that the eiruv is not valid l'halacha, in which case your daughter would certainly have to abide by his psak. However, if it is a chumra there is a concept of a man accepting a chumra on himself but not necessarily requiring his wife to follow suit. But I must emphasise that this is a sheila for your son-in-law to ask his Rav.
posted:2008-04-15 16:03:05  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

A shoteh is not a medical condition and is neither dependent on nor limited to specific illnesses, and I am not a mental health professional who can make specific diagnosis. The main point is that we are dealing with someone unable to be held responsible for his actions. The Gemorrah gives examples of behavior that would be typical of someone who is a shoteh: one who walks alone at night, one who sleeps in a cemetary and one who tears his clothing. Many schizophrenics and manic-depressives (bi-polar) would not express such extreme symptoms, while they may be likely in people suffering Down's syndrom or autism.

If the person alternates between being classified a shoteh and not, then when he is not in controll he is a shoteh and when he has controll of himself he is not.

Any determination l'maaseh must be made by a very qualified Rav in consultation with a mental health professional familiar with the patient in question.

posted:2008-04-15 15:01:33  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - niddah
Submitted by yerachmiel schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Not unless she sees blood. However, with a virgin we assume that there was blood that went unnoticed.
posted:2008-04-15 14:56:54  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Horowitz Margareten Egg Matzah
Submitted by Michael Feiner  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I'm sorry to be the one to inform you that egg matzo is not acceptable for Ashkenazim, except for young children, elderly or ill people. Otherwise only matzo made from flour and water may be used. This should be stated clearly on the box. The reason being that the sugar in fruit juice causes the fermentation to happen faster and we cannot rely on 18 minutes.
posted:2008-04-15 14:14:47  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

If an eid was truly passul than they must make a new chasuna. One certainly may not rely on the other guests, because many of them are related to the chassan or kallah or each other and would invalidate the entire kiddushin if they were counted as eidim.

However, the halachos of who is passul to be an eid are very complicated any any practical application should be asked to an experienced Dayan (which I am not) who is familiar with the particulars of the case.

posted:2008-04-15 13:05:44  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - basar bholov
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: A young child should wait between meat and milk the amount of time he would usually wait between meals. Meaning, if he usually eats lunch at 1 and supper at 6, he may have milk for supper even if he had meat for lunch but he should not have milchig candy in mid-afternoon. However, ther are grounds to say that chinuch is not required on any halacha that is a machlokes and one could be lenient after only one hour as long as the child ate and drank in between. This opinion may be relied on under difficult circumstances.
posted:2008-04-15 12:50:01  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Taanis Bechorim
Submitted by Ariel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It seems from Mishna Berura that in his days people still fasted, because he discusses the halachos of 10 bechorim reading vyechal from a Sefer Torah and saying aneinu in chazoras hashatz. Presumably since it is from the more lenient fast days and comes at a very difficult season, the accepted custom came to rely on a siyum. A similar transformation came over the minhag to fast on a yahrtzeit which later became to make a siyum and l'chaim. Today we are often left only with the l'chaim.
posted:2008-04-15 12:41:55  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pesach- drugs
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: They are fine.
posted:2008-04-15 12:34:28  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: They should not be used. Since they are made from baked matzo they are included in the halacha of not eating matzo on erev Pesach.
posted:2008-04-15 10:29:32  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - pesach
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes, challah may be eaten on Shabbos. However, one should only keep for Shabbos the minimal amount of challah that one expects to eat at the Shabbos meal, and whatever is left over should be broken into small pieces and flushed down the toilet.
posted:2008-04-15 09:40:40  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Collecting Bad Debts
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Generally speaking as long as one did not say explicitly that he forgives a debt the money is still owed and certainly may be accepted. However since 2000-2001 was Shmitta, Rosh HaShana of 2001 eliminated the debt if no pruzbol was made. Therefore, you would have to tell the borrower that he need not pay back, and only if he continues to insist on paying may you accept the money.
posted:2008-04-14 19:23:45  (0) comments   email to a friend


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