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Halacha - wrap
Submitted by jmh  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I must confess that I have never seen a "wrap", but my understanding is that it consists of a thin, not sweet dough baked in an oven wrapped around a not sweet filling, similar to the aish tanur/lafa here in Eretz Yisroel. Since the base is regular bread dough, and the filling is a main course and added after the baking, and the final product is more of a meal than a snack or treat, I don't see any reason it should not be hamotzi. Please let me know if I am not understanding the situation accurately.
posted:2009-08-24 15:02:15  (1) comment   email to a friend


Halacha - Gluten-free bread
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Usually if there is a mezonos component, it is automatically assumed to be the primary ingredient, even if it is the minority. However rice is an exception to this rule since it is not one of the 5 grains. Therefore if the flour is more than 50% rice it would be mezonos and borei nefashos and if the potato and tapioca together are more than 50% it would be shehakol. In this case the appearance is irrelevant.
posted:2009-08-23 04:05:17  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Brocho
Submitted by dovid  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If someone drinks no wine at kiddush, he must make a beracha of borei pri hagafen when he drinks wine later even after hamotzi, as wine is not covered by the beracha on the bread.
posted:2009-08-10 16:14:26  (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 - Hearts of Palm
Submitted by Chana  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Ha'adama. Even though the palm is a tree, since the heart is not the primary fruit of the tree it does not retain the beracha of Ha'etz
posted:2009-06-18 14:53:37  (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


Halacha - your psak on sugar crisp
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

First of all I neither wrote this psak nor did I see it before you brought it to my attention. However Reb Moshe does not write that it should not be eaten outside of a bread meal, rather he acknowledges that Sugar Crisps is the type of food that people typically do not eat with bread and seems to accept this situation as a given. He does seem to hold that mezonos is not the correct beracha, and one is only yotzai because mezonos is also an all-inclusive beracha similar to shehakol. In my humble opinion anyone who says mezonos on rice should also say mezonos on Sugar Crisps for reasons too involved to explain in this forum, but I certainly agree with you that ideally it should be covered by making berachos on other foods that are more certain.

posted:2009-03-22 13:48:33  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - lightening without thunder
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Yes, you should say a beracha on the lightning by itself if you are certain that they come from rainclouds. Generally two separate berachos are said on thunder and lightning, but many wait to say the beracha on lightning out of concern it may by "heat lightning" and not true lightning.

posted:2009-03-19 07:28:38  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

There is a huge machlokes in the Poskim regarding exactly this issue if grape juice only maintains its special status as a liquid or even when hardened. Therefore, it would be ideal to make borei pri hagafen on liquid grape juice and shehakol on something else before eating the ices. In the likelihood that this is not practical, one should say shehakol.

posted:2009-03-01 11:18:28  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Beracha on Instant Mashed Potatoes
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Instant mashed potatoes are shehakol because no pieces are visible and most potatoes are not mashed.

posted:2009-01-22 13:30:59  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Bracha on Sufganiyot
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 168:13 writes that the Halacha is like the opinion that hamotzi only applies to baked products, however he brings a second opinion of Rabbeinu Tam who holds that anything that is a thick dough and not a thin batter is hamotzi even boiled or fried. Shulchan Aruch concludes that one who has Yiras Shomayim will satisfy both opinions by only eating it during a meal.

Our doughnuts are even more problematic, since they are eaten as a desert they would not be included in the hamotzi and it would not even help to make hamotzi first. Therefore, other more creative solutions are required. Therefore anyone G-d fearing should only eat sufganiyot as part of a bread meal, and should either make a beracha of mezonos on something else before he washes with explicit intention to exempt the doughnut, or at the end of the meal before eating the sufganiya he should make a mezonos on something that certainly requires a beracha during a meal such as Bisli.

While this is only a chumra, it is one endorsed by the Shulchan Aruch.

posted:2008-12-24 18:46:21  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Niagra Falls
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: While the Gemorra only mentions saying a beracha on seeing the 4 rivers mentioned in Parshas Bereishis, the Poskim write that one would say a beracha on any equally large and impressive river such as the Rhine, Volga or Danube. While the Niagara River is probably not as large as these, the impact of the Falls presumably makes it a scene appropriate to mention our awe of Hashem's creation. However, one would have to know with certainty that the course of the Niagara River has never been altered by human hands upstream from the Falls.
posted:2008-12-08 17:13:44  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - me'ah brachot
Submitted by Steven Oppenheimer, DMD  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Thank you for your educated question and for pointing out numerous sources. Halichos Shlomo in footnote 43 makes 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. Even this, the Tur and Bach hold only applies to a beracha that is specifically instituted for a public gathering and does not include 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 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. Therefore it still seems to me that even without the issue of hearing over the telephone, there is little benefit regarding mea berachos in instituting the practice of listening to others make a beracha on the food they eat, which is even worse than Birchos HaShachar. However, there may be other considerations to continue the practice since it encourages the women to say the berachos out loud and pronounce them clearly. Also, since women usually do not daven three times a day they have no other method of accomplishing the 100. In any event I see no harm in the practice, and it is certainly commendable that they want to use the telephone, which can often be a tool for lashon hara etc to do mitzvos.

posted:2008-12-04 21:45:11  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

If someone doesn't know the Halacha it is not considered a safek berachos and he must ask someone who does know, he may not even say shehakol in doubt. Safek berachos applies either when there is an unresolved machlokes in the Poskim or where the facts of the issue are unknown. Therefore, while one should be machmir l'chatchila, it is accepted that the shiur k'zayis in Halacha is like R' Chaim Naeh. With mezonos it is more complicated because many Poskim require a k'zayis of flour, not cake. But if you don't know exactly how much you ate, you would not say a beracha acharona.

posted:2008-12-03 03:10:26  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - me'ah berachot over the telephone
Submitted by Steven Oppenheimer, DMD  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I don't understand how this would help fulfill mea berachos. The obligation is to say 100 berachos, not to hear and answer amen. The issue of being yotzei over the telephone is irrelevant, and in any event I would agree with you that it doesn't work.
posted:2008-12-02 20:18:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


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