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Halacha - Kiruv/Shabbes
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

If it is impossible for them to reach your house without driving and there is no way they could stay overnight, then inviting them is in effect asking them to drive and is forbidden. However, if they live within walking distance or are offered to come before Shabbos and stay overnight, then you are not causing them to drive even if they decline your offer.

posted:2008-12-01 08:07:01  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Havdala
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: You may eat, but you should still say a beracha on a candle provided you can find one on Motzai Shabbos. The beracha on the candle can not be said until Tuesday.
posted:2008-11-25 02:51:54  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

There are different opinions among the Poskim regarding the use of wipes on Shabbos, and it is my opinion that they should not be used as one is intentionally squeezing a liquid he needs out of a solid. The same would apply with using wet tissues, and they would be even more problematic. However, one may wet himself and then wipe with dry tissues, as then there is sufficient water on the skin that one has no need for any absorbed water that may be expelled from the tissue.

posted:2008-11-22 22:31:29  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

You are certainly yotzei the rest of havdala, but the beracha on the candle should be skipped. Havdala consists of 4 separate berachos: the wine, besamim, candle and hamavdil. The last 3 are each independent berachos and one recites as many as apply to his situation.

posted:2008-11-22 22:27:15  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - muktza
Submitted by chaim  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

No, a kli that has not been toivelled is not muktza on Shabbos because it may be immersed on Shabbos according to many opinions or alternatively given to a non-Jew.

posted:2008-11-18 20:32:13  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Public Transport on the Sabbath
Submitted by Joseph  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: One may not ride in a vehicle on Shabbos even if he is not driving it and did not need to pay to enter because the extra weight of the additional passenger causes the vehicle to burn more gas, and on Shabbos one may not cause a fire to burn even indirectly,
posted:2008-11-17 11:28:37  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Electric Blankets on Shabbos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Reb Moshe Feinstein zatzal permitted using an electric blanket on Shabbos, provided that any knobs for adjusting the temperature were covered.

posted:2008-11-17 03:35:15  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - DOGS ON SHABBAT
Submitted by MICHAEL MISSRY  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

A pet dog is muktza and may be touched but not moved except in situations of tzaar baalei chaim. The Rosh and Maharach Ohr Zarua explain that even though the primary reason Chazal declared live animals muktza, that they serve no purpose on Shabbos, would not apply to a pet, however they did not differentiate and made a blanket rule forbidding all animals.

posted:2008-11-12 12:36:26  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Men in Mikvah
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: According to Halacha one time is sufficient. However, many people have a minhag to immerse multiple times, and each person should follow his minhag. For women, the minhag of Ashkenazim is to dip two times, and some do three.
posted:2008-11-11 11:32:52  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Sleeping in Dark Room on Shabbos
Submitted by Yaakov Simon  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The heter is reasonable and based on considering extinguishing the light mavriach ari. The logic is that you are not benefiting from something created by the melacha that was done on Shabbos, but rather from the lack of light. While the melacha of turning off the light may be no less severe than kindling it, the issur of deriving enjoyment is only from a positive and concrete creation. If you still find this difficult to understand, you are certainly allowed to be machmir on yourself.

posted:2008-11-03 18:28:32  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - changing diapers on shabbos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

There is a big machlokes in the Poskim regarding the use of baby wipes on Shabbos; my personal opinion is that they should not be used, but each person should follow their own Rav. The issue is that when wiping the baby you want to squeeze out some of the solution absorbed in the wipe to aid is dissolving and removing the dirt. This is similar to squeezing juice from an orange or milking a cow which are assur mi'deoraisa because of mefarek/dash. The lenient opinions rely on a combination of factors, none of which in my opinion are sufficient when the issue is potentially an issur mi'deoraisa.

posted:2008-11-03 01:14:12  (4) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shabbos/ Muktzah
Submitted by Yaakov Y.  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

a) Shulchan Aruch OC 311:8 writes that unlike other tiltul min hatzad, one may move muktza with the foot even for the benefit of the muktza item itself. Additionally, the Biyur Halacha in the end of OC 266 writes that one may move a wallet full of money with his foot.

b) The Mishna Berura 311 sk 30 writes that tiltul b'gufo means not using ones hand, presumably even the back of the hand.

c) tiltul b'davar achair may only be done for the purpose of a non-muktza item, for example if you need the place where it is located. A spoon or broom would be equal.

A garbage can could be moved with the foot based on a) above.

posted:2008-10-31 05:15:36  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Handling mezuzah and tefillin scrolls on Shabbos and Yom Tov
Submitted by Abba Silver  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The Mishna Berura writes that one may handle a get on Shabbos and it is not muktza machmas chesaron kis since one can learn many halachos from the way it is written. Shmiras Shabbos K'Hilchaso adds that the same should apply for a mezuza etc. However, Mishna Berura concludes that if one is careful to keep the get in a safe place and not to use it for learning then it would be muktza, and a mezuza also. If the mezuza had been attached to the wall at the onset of Shabbos and only fell down on Shabbos then it is certainly muktza.
posted:2008-10-27 10:02:44  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - shabbos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes, there is no problem using a paper clip.
posted:2008-10-23 21:51:52  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shabbat
Submitted by Oleg Katsevman  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Chop-stick- no problem, just like fork or spoon. Cologne- may apply to self but not clothing. Liquid soap- most authorities permit, some recommend diluting to liquid state before Shabbos. Bar soap- should not be used. Face wash- if liquid, same as liquid soap.

posted:2008-10-23 15:43:42  (0) comments   email to a friend


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