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Halacha - DikDuk in Tefila
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

While it is commendable to pronounce the holy words of the Tefillos precisely, it is rare that confusing Mil'el and Mil'ra would change the meaning of the words, and to the best of my knowledge it does not occur anywhere in the significant parts of davening and is not something to be overly concerned about.

posted:2009-02-05 20:48:58  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - women davening
Submitted by Baruch Rabinowitz  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: 1) A woman is not obligated to hear kriyas haTorah and may daven during that time.

2) She should daven at home, because there is no obligation for her to daven with a minyan, but she certainly has the same responsibity to daven with kavana.

3) Yes she should skip parts of pesukei d'zimra, because while she is not obligated to daven Shmona Esrei with a minyan, it is more important to do so than to say all of pesukei d'zimra in order. However birkos krias shema should not be skipped.

posted:2009-01-30 01:52:14  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Women Saying Tikkun Chatzos
Submitted by Rachel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

It is wonderful that you have such feeling and sentiments, and I don't see any reason why a woman shouldn't say Tikkun Chatzos, although it certainly is not typical. It is based on Kabbalistic concepts and the text can be found in some Siddurim. If it's not in the Siddur you use regularly, ask your local Jewish bookseller. You might also find it fulfilling to read the Artscroll book on Tisha B'Av and other works that explain the concept of Galus.

posted:2009-01-28 02:30:46  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Praying After Midday
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If one did not daven Shacharis until chatzos he has no option other than to daven Mincha two times. He must still wear tefillin, and Mincha is an acceptable time to wear them.
posted:2009-01-22 13:27:11  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Dik Duk in Prayer
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

While one should be careful not to mangle the pronunciation of the words beyond recognition, it is not very important to be precise in pronouncing each word according to all the grammatical nuances. It is certainly more important to understand the basic meaning of the words, and at least as important to feel the meaning behind the text.

posted:2009-01-22 12:15:46  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

Ezra HaSofer enacted a takana than one may not learn Torah if tamei keri. The Gemora relates that the takana was too difficult to keep and was revoked. There are different minhagim regarding what people do today, I am writing the demands of Halacha and anyone whose minhag is more stringent should follow his minhag. There is a very important minhag to go to the mikva before Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur and Mishna Berura writes very strongly that one should daven on these days in tahara. Otherwise there is no obligation in Halacha for a man to go to the mikva today.

There is an alternative when a mikva is unavailable of pouring 9 kavim of water in an uninterrupted flow over the body. This can be accomplished by taking a long shower.

posted:2009-01-22 12:11:25  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Minyan with Anxiety Disorder?
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: An emotional illness is also considered to be a condition that would exempt one from davening with a minyan, if attending shul would be likely to aggravate his condition. However if davening with a minyan is not likely to have any negative effect, he certainly should daven in shul. If he would be able to handle a small minyan of 10 men but not a large shul with many dozen, then his condition would outweigh b'rov am hadras Melech.
posted:2009-01-21 15:11:43  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Avinu Malkainu
Submitted by Yossi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Elya Rabba and Mate Efraim write that one may say avinu malkeinu even without a minyan, but some seforim say the minhag is not to.

posted:2009-01-06 01:53:11  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

The original minhag of Ashkenazim was not to say morid hatal and ain k'elokeinu. In Eretz Yisrael it became the custom to say them because the Chassidim said them as part of Nusach Sfarad, and the Vilna Gaon also held of it and the non-Chassishe Ashkenazim were primarily his disciples. The Rema writes the reason not to say ain k'elokeinu/ketores was out of concern one would skip words in his haste to rush out of shul to work, which is akin to making ketores without all the ingredients which is liable death. This reasoning is not universally accepted, see Mishna Berura.

It is an old minhag not to say Birkas Kohanim in chutz l'aretz and the Poskim are troubled by the rationale. The common reason given is because it must be said joyously, and out of Eretz Yisrael people were too preoccupied with parnassa to be relaxed and happy. In Eretz Yisrael the basic Halacha is followed. While attempts were made to institute Birkas Kohanim in chutz l'aretz over the centuries, no one ever succeeded in changing the established minhag.

posted:2008-12-30 07:50:50  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - duchening with arthritis
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

If the Kohen can raise his arms to shoulder height for the duration of Birkas Kohaim he may still duchen even if he cannot separate his fingers in the traditional manner. Even if he is physically incapable of duchening, he is still a Kosher Kohein and may receive the first aliya even when other Kohanim are present.

posted:2008-12-13 20:02:10  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - shacharis be4 Netz
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

One may daven shacharis before sunrise under extenuating circumstances, and Reb Moshe Feinstein zatzal writes that one who needs to leave early to work is included. Presumably helping with the family is no less important. Reb Elyashiv shlita says that it is better to daven before netz with a minyan than to daven later without.

posted:2008-12-03 17:53:13  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

While Rav Vosner shlita writes that a Sefaradi bachur should daven in his familiar havara even when he davens for the amud in an Ashkenazi yeshiva, Reb Moshe Feinstein zatzal and the Tzitz Eliezer write that it is better to use the pronunciation of the tzibur. However, the implication is that there is no problem for him to use a different havara than what he is used to. Generally speaking, one should not change his manner of pronunciation, because each of the different minhagim was followed by numerous Gedolim and we do not know which way is correct.

posted:2008-12-03 02:54:40  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Latest time for Mincha.
Submitted by Linda Haniford  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Mishna Berura writes that one should not start Mincha if he cannot finish Shmona Esrei before shkiya. If you are running later then that it is better to wait and daven Maariv two times, or to daven right away having in mind that Shmona Esrei should count either as Mincha or Maariv, whichever is appropriate. However many have the minhag to rely on Rabbeinu Tam and recite Mincha until much later.

posted:2008-11-26 17:09:50  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Using Palm Pilots with Judaica Texts
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Generally speaking one should not hold things, especially fragile and valuable items while davening because worrying about them could easily be distracting and it is not the way one would typically converse with the King. However a sidur is an exception to this rule because it is for the purpose of davening correctly, and I see no reason to differentiate between a digital and paper version. This seems to me a beautiful example of technology being used to serve Hashem.

posted:2008-11-21 02:05:08  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Davening before Netz
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

One may daven shacharis before sunrise under extenuating circumstances, and Reb Moshe Feinstein zatzal writes that one who needs to leave early to work is included. Presumably helping with the family is no less important. Reb Elyashiv shlita says that it is better to daven before netz with a minyan than to daven later without.

posted:2008-11-17 13:42:28  (0) comments   email to a friend


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