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Halacha - electric rasors
Submitted by steven adler  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Yes. According to most opinions the lift-and-cut mechanism is forbidden, and the foil vibrating shavers are the least problematic.

posted:2010-12-30 09:44:13  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - I Ching
Submitted by michael golomb  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I am not personally familiar with this book, but according to what I read it seems to be a method of divining the future. The Torah absolutely forbids all forms of divination.
posted:2010-12-13 00:16:30  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Chrismas
Submitted by Ben  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I don't see any problem in Halacha, today it is more of a commercial holiday then a religious one.
posted:2010-11-24 13:25:18  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - printing the shem havayah
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is permitted לכתחילה to write Hashem's name for Divrei Torah under circumstances where it is not likely to be disgraced. It is a machlokes whether the page may be erased, and in my opinion it is generally accepted to be permitted because one is not erasing physical words, just interrupting the flow of electrons and preventing the words from being formed in the future. However, since some Poskim are machmir regarding erasing Hashem's name on a computer screen and it is easily avoidable by using a kinuyi, it would be preferable to be machmir in the future. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
posted:2010-08-09 14:46:13  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - writing out shem shmayim
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is permitted לכתחילה to write Hashem's name for Divrei Torah under circumstances where it is not likely to be disgraced. However, since some Poskim are machmir regarding erasing Hashem's name on a computer screen and it is easily avoidable by using a kinuyi, it would be preferable to be machmir in the future. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
posted:2010-08-06 02:05:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Regarding erasing the screen there is a machlokes
Submitted by Ben-Zion Pessy Blum  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I would personally consider it מותר לכתחילה, but there are certainly grounds for one who wants to be machmir.
posted:2010-08-01 15:34:50  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shaking hands with a woman
Submitted by Adi Salama  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: While technically a professional handshake is not affectionate and should be permitted at least miDeoraisa, HaRav Moshe Feinstein zatzal writes that a man should not trust himself to control his passion completely as a single affectionate thought would render the handshake assur min HaTorah. An issur d'Oraisa is not pushed off for risk of public embarrassment, however in most situations a polite explanation of Halacha is sufficient to diffuse the problem. Logically an elderly woman should be less of an issue, but a distant relative is actually more strict in certain Halachos. as she is likely to be "libo gas ba" for Hilchos Yichud.
posted:2010-05-16 14:58:37  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Lying
Submitted by BatMordecai  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: There are some isolated situations where lying is permitted, such as Rashi points out in Parshas Vayeira that Hashem told Avraham that Sarah said "she" was old when in fact she said that Avraham was old. The details of this Halacha are beyond the scope of this site, but an excellent work on this topic is "Priceless Integrity" written by Rabbi Daniel Travis and printed by Targum Press.
posted:2010-04-24 21:11:01  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - beis yosef comment
Submitted by Ian  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is from the Bedek HaBayis, which is later additions the Beis Yosef himself wrote after the first printing of his commentary on the Tur.
posted:2010-04-07 23:39:51  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - egg donation
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: This is a serious and complicated issue. I have consulted with Rabbonim older and more experienced than myself, and it seems there is no simple formula whether the Jewish status of the child follows the birth mother or the genetic mother. Each individual must present his specific case to one of the Gedolei HaPoskim for a ruling specific to his circumstances.
posted:2010-02-17 05:11:03  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Drinking from bathroom sink
Submitted by menachem  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes, but you should fill a cup from the sink and exit the bathroom before drinking.
posted:2010-02-15 15:47:37  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Zeher le Horban
Submitted by Adi Salama  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It should be one amah by one amah. It is sufficient to rely on the lenient opinion of 45 cm.
posted:2010-02-02 08:23:09  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

A peruta is a copper coin equivalent to approximately .2 grams of silver. At the current value of silver in the range of $17 per oz, a peruta would be worth $.007, less than one cent. HaRav Moshe Feinstein zatzal ruled that to be considered a peruta value an item must have purchasing power, and ruled that a nickel is the minimum that qualifies.

posted:2010-01-18 19:53:30  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kohain
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The Gemorra brings a disagreement between Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai and the Chachomim if a dead goy creates tumas ohel, the Rambam Tumas Meis 1:13 rules that it does not. While a goy does not become tamei from a meis according to the Torah, according to Rabbinic law he would become tamei from contact with a dead body, and presumably also from its ohel.
posted:2009-12-29 15:01:56  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - ebook/iphone etc
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

While there are some opinions that are strict on both issues, the prevailing opinion and common practice are to be lenient because there is no actual writing present.

posted:2009-12-23 05:47:42  (0) comments   email to a friend


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