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Halacha - Homosex
Submitted by Schneider Tzvi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The Shulchan Aruch writes that it is assur and the Rambam writes that one who does so would be liable to receive lashes.
posted:2008-12-04 16:24:15  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - bachur shaving
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

There are opinions in Halacha that all electric shavers are forbidden. While powder would be allowed, there are inyanim in Kabbala to have a beard. However in non-Chassidishe circles it is generally accepted to shave in Halacha and Hashkafa. My Rosh Yeshiva, HaRav Shmuel Kaminetzky shlita, would tell bachurim to shave unless their family's minhag was not to.

posted:2008-12-03 03:04:06  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - thilim at night
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The main issue of learning mikra at night is studying Chumash, and many Poskim permit reciting Tehillim because it is supplications. In this case it is not clear since you are studying it might not have the leniency of Tehillim, on the other hand if the intention is only to learn the language it might not be considered learning Torah at all.

posted:2008-12-02 15:03:40  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Privacy
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I assume you mean is your question posted for the public to see. The answer is that if you request privacy it will not be posted. Also if we decide the issue is private we may choose not to post it. In any event your name is only listed if you choose that option.
posted:2008-11-30 12:47:53  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - shaving
Submitted by sam  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Mishna Berura writes that according to R' Yehuda HaChossid that one should not shave on Rosh Chodesh, this applies even on Erev Shabbos. Not all people follow R' Yehuda HaChossid, so it depends on your minhag. Rav Shmuel Kaminetzky shlita said that if a two day Rosh Chodesh falls on Thursday and Friday, one may shave on Erev Shabbos to avoid entering Shabbos looking unkempt.

posted:2008-11-28 12:34:27  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - talking in mirchatz
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Mishna Berura writes that one may not talk in a bathroom for reasons of tzniyus, therefore if one is in the bathroom for reasons other than to relieve himself (for example to brush his teeth) he may talk. The Arizal adds an additional reason, that it is dangerous to talk in the bathroom because of sheidim. HaRav Ovadia Yosef in Yabia Omer 8:1 based on the Mor U'Ketzia writes that today since sheidim are not found, it is permitted to talk even in the bathroom (when there is no tzniyus issue).

A merchatz is discussed in Shulchan Aruch OC 85, where it says one may not say divrei Torah or Hashem's name in a merchatz. Apparently other, mundane speech is permitted. Presumably there is neither an issue of tzniyus nor sheidim in a mikva or bathhouse.

posted:2008-11-21 12:46:07  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - baal keri
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

A man becomes a baal keri when zera leaves his body, either during tashmish or otherwise. Hashchosas zera is the very serious issur of causing the release of zera not during tashmish. Chimum and touching can stimulate the eiver to become more likely to cause inadvertent hashchosas zera.

posted:2008-11-09 17:43:27  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Borocho on rainbow
Submitted by Simcha  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The rainbow is a reminder that the world is wicked enough to deserve another flood, and Hashem is only sparing us because of the bris He made with Noach. Therefore, pointing out to someone how evil our generation is, is considered Lashon HaRa.
posted:2008-11-03 22:04:57  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

Once a Jew always a Jew, and the person is still Jewish. Therefore if he chooses to return he need not convert and if a woman converted her children are still Jewish. However, a meshumad, apostate, has certain specific Halachos such as not counting towards a minyan, etc.

posted:2008-10-29 08:21:02  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

To the best of knowledge all American Poskim throughout the generations have considered it an obligation to vote in US elections. This is both to perform one's civic duty for a Medina Shel Chessed and also to influence politicians to support the issues that are important to our community if they want our vote.

posted:2008-10-27 15:14:45  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Jewish Wedding In Israel
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

There is no reason according to Halacha that a civil marriage performed outside of Israel should impede one from having a valid Jewish wedding in Israel. However, I am not familiar with the vagaries of the bureaucratic process to know if practically speaking there could be any complications.

posted:2008-10-27 08:47:07  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kol Isha
Submitted by Chaim Shmuel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Your question seems to be based on the assumption that it is permitted to listen to a female choir. However, this assumption is not accurate and even many women singing together may not be listened to. Therefore, it would not be of any benefit to combine multiple tracks of the woman singing.

posted:2008-10-13 15:10:44  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Motzei yom kippur
Submitted by simcha  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: No, they are permitted
posted:2008-10-10 03:35:01  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Tattoo's
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

While it is forbidden according to Halacha to create a tattoo, one who already has one is still a full-fledged Jew and lives and passes on like anyone else. However to avoid embarrassment, many look into the option of having the tattoo removed.

posted:2008-10-05 18:54:05  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Information - shiduchim
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Cherem of Rabbeinu Gershom forbids reading other people's mail in addition to its more famous prohibition against polygamy. Email should be no different than the snail variety, and be absolutely forbidden.

posted:2008-10-04 16:35:46  (0) comments   email to a friend


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