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Halacha - Shaving when 33 Omer on Sunday
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: One should only shave Friday morning after sunrise.
posted:2013-04-25 17:53:38  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - sefira
Submitted by Freda Wilner  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: There is no problem wearing new clothes any time during sefira.
posted:2010-04-12 23:29:07  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Music during the Omer
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The Gemorra relates that 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva died during the period of time between Pesach and Shavuos, so in commemoration we observe some of the Halachos of mourning.
posted:2010-04-07 13:54:37  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

One may attend the gym class even if music will be playing because there is no issur to hear music incidentally.

posted:2009-04-26 07:01:36  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

If the Yeshiva has a defined minhag, that would be considered minhag hamakom and has precedence over your father's minhag.

posted:2009-04-02 18:36:16  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - sfiras haomer
Submitted by baruch  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Rishonim address the first issue of why today we don't count two days each day, and they answer that since Sefiras HaOmer is only D'Rabbanan today it would be inappropriate to be machmir on counting Sefira in a way that would lead to the disrespect of Shavuos. Since we would end up counting the 49th day in doubt on the first and primary day of Shavuos, it would lead to reduce the dignity of the day. Alternatively, there are Acharonim who answer that counting by definition requires a specific and accurate reckoning, which cannot be reconciled with counting two times each day.

Regarding what was done when there was a true safek, it is impossible to know with certainty. However, according to the second reason mentioned previously the Dvar Avraham writes that they did not count at all until the messengers from Beis Din arrived to repot which day had been proclaimed Rosh Chodesh Nissan. This seems improbable because it would mean that the Amoraim in Bavel didn't count the first days of Sefiras HaOmer, and we find no mention of such a shocking fact in the Gemara. Another possibility proposed is that they in fact counted two days out of doubt (some say with and some say without a beracha), and that when they heard the accurate date they either switched to count the single accurate date or continued to count two. Alternatively, they may have only counted presuming that Rosh Chodesh was the 30th of Adar as it was most years and in our current calendar, and if neccessary adjusted their count when the heard what the Sanhedrin decided. It should be pointed out that when the Beis HaMikdash stood Sefiras HaOmer was D'Oraisa and there more reason to have counted two days.

posted:2008-05-28 15:01:42  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Sefira/Lag B'omer
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

An Ashkenazi may cut his hair from the beginning of the morning of Lag B'Omer based on the concept that keeping part of a day is like keeping the entire day. The same would seem to apply to listening to music and I found no source for the common practice of tuning on the music already on the night of Lag B'Omer.

posted:2008-05-23 08:48:16  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Lag Baomer
Submitted by chaim  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The only difference would relate to Sefardim who generally would not get haircuts at all on Lag B'Omer and would wait until the 34th, but this year they may cut their hair on Lag B'Omer l'kavod Shabbos. Otherwise everything is the same.
posted:2008-05-22 10:08:06  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Laws of Sefira
Submitted by Marc  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: In halacha there would be no problem.
posted:2008-05-15 01:31:13  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Sefira mistake
Submitted by amir  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes, you may continue to count with a beracha because the number of days is the important part of sefira.
posted:2008-05-13 15:40:23  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - sfira
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Even young children should not listen to music during Sefiras HaOmer except under specific situations.
posted:2008-05-06 20:12:54  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Sefirah
Submitted by ruth  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes. A woman who is married or of marrigable age may shave her legs during sefira.
posted:2008-05-05 16:43:13  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - sefiras haomer/clothes
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: First of all, the Mishna Berura permits wearing new clothing and saying shehechiyanu even during Sefiras HaOmer. However, as you mentioned, many have the minhag not to. This minhag is specifically to avoid saying "v'higiyanu lazman hazah" since sefira is a time of troubles, and not an issue with the wearing of new clothes per se. Therefore, one who has this minhag could buy and wear new clothing during sefira if it is the type of clothing that does not require a shehechiyanu, but could not wear new clothing that was purchased before sefira.
posted:2008-05-05 09:55:04  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - changing sefira minhag
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

First of all, I wouldn't recommend watching movies the whole year and certainly not during Sefiras HaOmer.

However, from your question I presume that in the past you kept the second part of Sefira, and just because one happened to listen to music during Sefira is not grounds to change ones minhag. Changing minhagim is not a simple matter and should not be done lightly. I know there is a common misconception that R' Moshe Feinstein zatzal permited one to change which part of Sefira he observes at whim, but a careful reading of the teshuva makes it clear that he never allowed any such thing.

posted:2008-05-01 10:01:29  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - sefiras haomer
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If there is only a doubt whether a mistake was made then one would continue counting with a beracha, because some opinions hold that one may continue counting with a beracha even if he missed a day conpletely. However, if he certainly made a mistake one day, then he does not continue counting with a beracha even if on subsequent days he counted correctly.
posted:2008-04-30 17:22:16  (0) comments   email to a friend


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