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Halacha - Asher Yatzar
Submitted by rivka  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Ideally, it should be said immediately. If one forgot, it may be said as long as one does not have a new urge to use the facilities.
posted:2011-03-25 14:28:19  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - wine after bentching
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: One may bench on wine even when eating alone, but there is no obligation to do so. The common minhag is to bench on wine when there are 10 men or 3 on Shabbos and Yom Tov.
posted:2011-03-08 12:45:34  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - blessings
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: First mezonos, then shehakol.
posted:2011-02-28 11:32:30  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Is matza always 'hamotzi' or sometimes 'mezonot"?
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is true that some Sefardi Rabbis consider matza to be mezonot except on Pesach, based on the opinion brought in Shulchan Aruch OC 168 that pas ha'baah b'kisnin is dry thin crackers. However, since matza is always eaten as a meal and not a dessert or snack this minority opinion is very difficult to understand. Therefore, if a Sefardi has the custom to say mezonot, there is a source and I would not insist he change his minhag, but otherwise I would advise Ashkenazim and Sefardim that the proper beracha is hamotzi.
posted:2011-02-24 13:15:28  (1) comment   email to a friend


Halacha - bananas
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The banana plant is not a tree botanically nor halachically. According to Halacha a tree needs a woody trunk and for the fruit to develop of perennial branches that protrude from a trunk. Bananas do not meet these qualifications.
posted:2011-02-17 12:11:14  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Bracha - Corn, Soy Shnitzel
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Shehakol nihiyeh bi'dvaro.
posted:2011-01-25 10:52:11  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Birchas HaTorah
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: One may not learn Mesilas Yesharim before reciting Birchas HaTorah even if you would skip the pesukim. It would not be relevant to say Birchas HaTorah "on" Mesilas Yesharim, since the minhag is to say Yivarechecha and Eilu Devarim after the berachos.
posted:2011-01-05 04:30:21  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Sufagnaiot B'toch Haseuda
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I good point. However the logic of the Chaye Adam is that explicit intention on the donut is equivalent to saying hamotzi directly on the donut. This works because if one said hamotzi on something that is mezonos he is yotzei b'dieved. I prefer to suggest a solution that works l'chatchila when available. 
posted:2010-11-28 17:46:48  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Chanukah Sufganiyot
Submitted by Yehoshua  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The same issue applies to any fried donut and is not exclusive to the jelly filled ones. The primary issue is the proper beracha on fried or boiled dough products.

Actually Rav Bentzion Abba Shaul proposed that jelly donuts should be less problematic because they are filled and might qualify as pas haba'ah b'kisnin, which is mezonos up until a certain quantity. Even though the donuts are only filled after the frying process, but they are intended to be filled from the beginning. He does not pasken this way l'maaseh, but proposes it as in interesting idea.

posted:2010-11-27 22:13:40  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - birkat hamazon
Submitted by sarah  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: In the last one, provided you ate at least a k'zayis of bread there.
posted:2010-07-25 18:37:49  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Bracha for bANANAS
Submitted by BatMordecai  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Ha'Adama. Even though they seem to grow on a tree, Halacha does NOT consider the plant to be a tree because it does not have a woody trunk, the trunk dies down each year and only bears fruit once, and because the fruit grow from the trunk and not the branches. Furthermore, scientifically the banana is also not a true tree but largest herbaceous flowering plant.

posted:2010-04-24 21:09:30  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - BIRKAT HAMAZON
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The answer would depend on what was consumed at the meal. Non-bread food made from the 5 grains would require al hamichya, wine would add al hagefen and fruit from the 7 species of Eretz Yisrael would add al ha'etz. Additionally, borei nefashos would inevitably be necessary.
posted:2010-02-05 16:05:30  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Elochi Neshma
Submitted by Pinchas  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: No, you should ask someone elso to be motzi you.
posted:2009-12-03 10:17:55  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Lifnai-Iver
Submitted by Tzvi Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: You are correct to point out that it is an issue. The ideal solution would be to offer to wait to continue the conversation while the other person says Birchos haTorah.
posted:2009-11-09 20:45:47  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - meah brachot
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Generally speaking one may only count berachos he says himself, however there are circumstances where one may be lenient. Even this, the Tur and Bach hold, only applies to a beracha that is specifically instituted for a public gathering and does not include, for example, Birchos HaShachar. See also Mishna Berura 46:14 where it is clear he only relies on listening under circumstances where there is no other way of reaching the total of 100. The Pri Megadim he quotes is also only referring to the shaas hadchak of a fast day where we lose out on the berachos of eating and it is difficult to reach the total. Harav Sholom Zalman Auerbach is quoted in Halichos Shlomo in footnote 43 as making it clear that hearing is only a possibility if you are fulfilling your obligation, not just listening to someone else make their own personal beracha.
posted:2009-09-17 12:12:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


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