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Halacha - Illustrations in Jewish volumes
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: There is no problem with illustrations per se, but illustrations of humans, sun or moon may be problematic.
posted:2009-05-10 11:33:46  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - women kissing in shule
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: One may not kiss ones own children in shul because ones love for their children could rival their love for Hashem. However with kissing others this is not an issue.
posted:2009-03-16 10:13:23  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Delaying a Get
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Every situation has its own details, and you should really ask the Dayanim familiar with your specific case. Generally speaking, since the mizbeach cries over each divorce we delay and try to resolve the issues as long as there is a sliver of a chance of reconciliation. Once the situation is beyond any hope, it is ona'a and lacking in v'ahavta l'rayacha k'mocha to hold someone hostage over financial and custody issues. These mitzvos apply even to ones ex and even if there are legitimate grievances.

posted:2009-03-15 12:41:33  (1) comment   email to a friend


Halacha - Torah Shebichsav at Night
Submitted by Michoel Paley  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Mishna Berura 238 writes that it is only a preference not to learn Torah SheB'Ksav at night, but it is permitted.
posted:2009-02-19 07:06:51  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shiluach HaKen
Submitted by Yosef  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: This is a significant machlokes in the Poskim. However, since we do not say a beracha on shiluach haken in any event, one should do it even if he does not want the eggs.
posted:2009-02-16 15:37:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - dikduk
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I'm afraid I don't have any specific sources, but my understanding is that the rule Moshe motzi v'Kalev machnis applies to Elokeinu also. We certainly see that the pronunciation is ke-lokeinu and lei-lokeinu in Ain Kelokeinu.
posted:2009-02-02 02:48:20  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pronounciation of Hebrew
Submitted by David  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Steipler Gaon addresses exactly this issue in his sefer Kraina d'Iggrsa. He writes that despite the issues you raise, one should not change the pronunciation from the way it has been for hundreds of years.

posted:2009-01-22 17:39:55  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

While there are many excellent seforim today that compile Halacha l'maaseh, there is nothing that can replace having a personal relationship with a Rav who is also preferably a Posek. There is no simple, standard system to determine which opinion we pasken like, if there was it would be easy to be a Posek and there would be no machlokes in Halacha.

Which seforim are the most worthwhile learning depends on ones level of proficiency in learning. Even a beginner who is learning say Kitzur Shulchan Aruch should know that it is both comprehensive and easy to understand, and 95%+ of the halachos there are accepted by most Poskim. Even the cases we don't pasken like him, he is certainly a legitimate opinion to rely on.

posted:2009-01-22 11:21:20  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - a few questions...
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

1) It is permitted to purchase and move in to a new house during the year of aveilus for a parent.

2) Yes one may hang a wet towel before Shabbos in an inconspicuous place, but not on Shabbos itself. If the towel was wet enough that one could have squeezed water out of it at the commencement of Shabbos it is muktza the entire Shabbos, otherwise it may be used.

3) It is not a problem since the sign is in a different domain because of the doorway.

4) All of them are permitted.

5) It is allowed because there is no intention to pull hairs and it is not an inevitable outcome to make it a psik raisha. However it is still not polite.

6) One should blot gently to avoid squeezing out the blood, but there is no problem of dyeing the paper because it becomes dirty and is not enhanced.
posted:2009-01-15 05:08:32  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Display of divrei kedushah
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Illuminated megillos are certainly permitted because the illustrations serve to enhance the beauty of the megilla and not the other way around. However using pesukim as a form of artwork to beautify one's house seems very questionable. Reb Moshe Feinstein zatzal in Igros Moshe YD 2:134,135 objects to the use of pesukim to enhance a commercial product, and presumably this would be no better. However I did not find anything explicit on this concept, and I am hesitant to criticize such an established practice without a clear source.

posted:2009-01-12 12:24:42  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - siman ra
Submitted by Reb Dov  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I'm not familiar with any mention of this issue in the writings of R' Yehuda HaChosid. However it certainly is a sign that you should drive carefully. Also, a collision with a dear is very dangerous and you should bench gomel.
posted:2009-01-08 16:51:21  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - throwing bread in the garbage
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The issur of bal tashchis, wasting, is especially severe regarding bread which is the staple of the human diet. Therefore, in order to prevent the bread from being ruined as a direct result of being placed in a dirty garbage can, it is wrapped.

posted:2009-01-07 06:03:20  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

First of all, you should try to figure out what causes you to have these emissions and correct the source of the problem. If possible you should always sleep on your side, not the stomach or back. If it is caused by your thoughts during the day, you should work on this aspect. If it is beyond your control you are an ones and can only daven to Hashem to protect you in the future.

While it is true that a certain degree of tuma affects the person even after immersing in the mikva until night, and this is why the first mishna in Shas says that the Kohanim who were tamei could not eat teruma until night, however this only affects teruma and korbanos. The Halacha as brought in Shulchan Aruch is that one may and must daven, say berachos and wear tefilin even if he did not go to the mikva at all, as long as he cleaned himself properly. Therefore if this happens again, you should take a shower or otherwise clean yourself well and wash your hands 3 times as you anyways would when waking up in the morning. Afterwards you have all the duties and obligations of a person who is tahor, though it is praiseworthy to go to the mikva to remove the tuma completely.

posted:2008-12-21 07:16:51  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

I was also under the impression that foil shavers were all fine, but I see that Rabbi Avrohom Blumenkrantz ZT'L writes the following in his Pesach sefer "...The new problem being discussed today is that the micro screen shields are so thin that they on their own have a cutting ability. We tested it and found out that if you bring a hair through the holes in the micro screen shield and by just moving the hair without to much pressure it could cut the hair. This is true for any brand of Micro Screen shield. It is interesting to note that Remington Dual Foil Shaver, it is advertised as such: "Microscreen CUTTING system with two ultra thin flexible foils and 112 diamond hooked Cutting edges" The problem is two-fold: 1) the outside screen can cut without the scissors action and 2) both blades are cutting and based on what we wrote above it is not good."

Assuming this is accurate, the screen itself is considered a razor and is in direct contact with the skin which is forbidden.

Regarding the irritation, on the newegg website you mentioned it says "ANY electric shaver, whether its 30 dollars or 300, will take a month to get used to. It says right in the manual when you get it not to return it for 30 days". So while I sympathize with your discomfort, hopefully it is a passing phenomenon.

posted:2008-12-15 23:50:12  (1) comment   email to a friend


Halacha - Hashem's Name on computer screens
Submitted by Daniel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The texts certainly may be read, except in an inappropriate place such as a bathroom. Regarding erasing the screen there is a machlokes. 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.
posted:2008-12-15 17:15:08  (0) comments   email to a friend


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