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Halacha - Marriage
Submitted by Aninymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The Gemarra and Shulchan Aruch explicitly write that a married woman who has an affair is forbidden both to her husband and to the man she had the affair with for life.
posted:2009-12-07 15:46:00  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Profiting from non-kosher food
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: A Jew may profit from foods that are only forbidden by Rabbinic ordinance, however you must ascertain that this is the case with the specific items under consideration and that none of them may possibly be forbidden from the Torah.
posted:2009-12-07 14:20:11  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Neutering
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer 5:11 writes that castrating an animal is forbidden.
posted:2009-11-24 13:19:37  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - sleeping on side
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: On the contrary, Halacha advises that a man ONLY sleep on his side because laying on the back or stomach is likely to cause an erection.
posted:2009-11-04 15:13:03  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kaporos
Submitted by Rachmiel Winocour  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: One who did not say kaparos on Erev Yomn Kippur may still say it on Hoshana Rabba.
posted:2009-09-28 17:37:11  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - maakeh -- bracha
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If you have full ownership of the porch, it seems you would say a beracha. The Mabit asked the Beis Yosef about a situation where one person owned the house and roof where a second had rights to limited use of the roof. The Beis Yosef seemed uncertain if the ability to hang laundry was sufficient to obligate the non-owner in a maakeh, and the Poskim conclude in such a case not to say a beracha. However since you have full ownership of the roof, it would appear there should be no doubt regarding your obligation.
posted:2009-09-15 21:13:36  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Maakeh
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes you must put up a maakeh. The relevant issue is not ownership of the area, but whether a dangerous situation exists in the place you live. It is chovas ha'dar, an obligation on the person who actually dwells there and not on the technical owner, similar to mezuza.
posted:2009-09-13 22:34:52  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Question on halacha
Submitted by Maksim  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: This is a very serious question that depends on many important details and does not lend itself to a simple, impersonal answer over the net. I strongly suggest you ask a Rabbi with specific experience in the areas of conversion and personal status. Seeing that you live in Baltimore, I would suggest contacting HaRav Moshe Heinneman of the Agudah Shul.
posted:2009-09-13 21:35:07  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Using Sun/Lunar computer generated predictions
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Generally speaking it is forbidden to rely on any means of divining and controlling the future by supernatural means; Astrology would certainly qualify. While pru u'revu is a very important mitzvah, the ends do NOT justify the means. Additionally, I am very skeptical about the reliability of a method that predicts the sex of a fetus based on the birthdays of the parents.

However I did find a many websites that can calculate the days most likely to conceive a boy based on the based on a certain degree of medical theory regarding the proximity to ovulation. While their method is by no means fool-proof, it at most increases the odds of having a boy and that by a modest percent, if your brother is willing to give it a try there would be no issues in Halacha.

posted:2009-07-20 14:25:08  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shaver Blades
Submitted by Tzvi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If the blade does not come in contact with the skin there is no problem even if it is a razor blade. I would guess that he was referring to lift-and-cut shavers where there is a risk that the blade will touch the skin, and in fact would be problematic if the blade is sharp.
posted:2009-07-06 15:33:58  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Re: Washing for women and saying brachos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The eyes are not considered to have ruach ra or to be soiled, therefore there is no need to do anything to your hands after touching the eyes. However, you should be careful to wash your hands before touching the eyes to prevent them from being harmed by ruach ra or perspiration.

One may recite Shema under the covers even if not dressed tzniusly, because the sheet covering you is considered like a robe you are wearing.

Although not ideal and lacking in respect for the beracha, it is permitted for a woman to make a beracha even when minimally clothed, as we see each month when she goes to the mikva.

posted:2009-06-08 13:31:23  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Minsha Bikurim - unique cases - do they bring/recite?
Submitted by Chaim C  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The reason women do not recite when bringing bikurim is because they can not say "the land which You, Hashem have granted me" even if they own land. The Tosafos Yom Tov writes that this Halacha would even apply to Tzlofchad's daughter's because the land was divided to those who departed Mitzraim and they received their portion as an inheritance from their father and not a "grant from Hashem".

Regarding the megadeif, the Mishna says that a convert does not recite unless his mother is Jewish. Since one born to a Jewish mother is not a convert at all, this refers to one who is born Jewish to a father who converted. Since the blasphemer was born before Matan Torah when patrilineal descent was the rule, he would be similar to one today who was born to a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother and converted, and is not considered to have any relationship to either of his parents. Additionally, the Mishna Rishona brings a Tosafos in Bava Basra that even a descendant of a father who is a ger and a Jewish mother still could not recite when bringing bikurim because he has only solved one of the two issues and still has no direct inheritance in the land.

I have not seen anyone comment on the proximity of the two topics, but it seems to me that the juxtaposition of how two different groups handled their challenging family situation led to radically different outcomes. Bnos Tzlofchad who respectfully inquired about constructive options are recorded for history as the initiators of daughters inheriting, while the megadeif who planted his tent without asking and refused to accept Moshe Rabbeinu's psak is recorded in infamy as one of the first recipients of the Torah's death penalty.

posted:2009-05-31 08:18:25  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - clairvoyant
Submitted by dafna  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

I would need more details exactly what being a clairvoyant entails, but generally speaking communicating with spirits and supernatural means of determining the future are not permitted for a Jew. While she is technically permitted to continue any practice that it not classified as idolatry until she converts, the Beis Din performing the conversion is likely to look unfavorably on her continuing this profession and seriously question her commitment to Jewish values.

posted:2009-05-25 13:11:43  (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 - 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


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