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Halacha - hat and jacket
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Reb Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zatzal said it is better to daven with a minyan then with a hat and jacket, and it seems to be the accepted opinion.
posted:2008-11-15 22:15:54  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

It is important to daven the Kedusha of Uva L'Tzion with the tefillin on and with a minyan, if possible. If you must leave early, should say them whenever you get a chance. The Arizal says that when the entire davening we are asking Hashem to bestow upon us his bounty, and these blessings descend during the end of davening. So it is very important to daven until the end.

According to Halacha one may change the order of Ashrei and Uva L'Tzion if there is a need to do so, as we find when the tzibbur is up to the Kedusha one should skip from the middle of Ashrei. However, one should try to avoid such a situation, because according to Kabbala it is very important never to change the order of the tefilos.

posted:2008-11-05 23:23:38  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Minyan
Submitted by Noach  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

If all ten men are in the same room they do not need to be within line of sight nor is there any restriction on their distance, however there is a minority opinion that there should not be more then 4 amos, 6 feet, between men. Though they need not hear each other, they should be able to hear the chazan, and therefore it is problematic counting a deaf person towards a minyan. Video conference would not help, because the people are not together in the same place.

posted:2008-10-30 07:16:08  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

Berachos and Shema may be recited even wearing only a nightshirt, and probably should be in your situation if you are afraid you will forget later. However, Shmona Esrei should only be said when dressed appropriately to speak to a king, and your nightshirt most likely does not qualify. According to many opinions a woman fulfils her minimal obligation of tefila with morning berachos, so you should be careful to at least say them every day. If you forget Shmona Esrei until the afternoon, you can still daven Mincha.

posted:2008-10-26 14:22:37  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kesser On Isru Chag
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: There is certainly no problem answering Kadosh Kadosh Kadosh, Baruch, or Yimloch. The remainder of Kedusha is really for the chazzan to say and the tzibbur to listen, the Poskim question the source of the minhag that people say the other words at all.
posted:2008-10-22 13:14:43  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Mashiv HaRuach 90 times
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

One who has passed the place where mashiv haruach is recited and does not remember if he said it correctly is assumed to have recited Shmona Esrei according to his habit. Chazal defined that until 30 days or 90 times one is still accustomed to saying morid hatal and until that point would have to repeat Shmona Esrei. The Rema mentions the concept of saying mashiv haruach 90 times consecutively and not over 30 days as sufficing, however there are Rishonim who disapprove. Furthermore, it is not at all certain that singing mashiv haruach will accustom one to say the appropriate words when he is davening, because presumably he does not sing Shmona Esrei. However if one had properly habituated himself to saying mashiv haruach, then a single time of saying morid hatal, whether intentional or by mistake, will not undo the chazaka that has been created to say mashiv haruach and if one is in doubt what he said he need not repeat Shmona Esrei.

posted:2008-10-22 13:12:25  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kaddish
Submitted by Reuven  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes you may.
posted:2008-09-24 08:03:15  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

Saying Selichos at 9PM is not recommended, because the first half of the night is not considered a favorable time. If you always daven Netz, you may do so even if there is no minyan. The best option would be to daven Netz without a minyan and afterwards to say Selichos with the minyan before their late Shacharis.

posted:2008-09-19 00:48:45  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - selichot
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Actually, you should always say the parts of davening that are recited out loud in the nusach of the Shul where you are, and this would include Selichos.
posted:2008-09-16 17:33:59  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Bala Keri
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is not necessary according to Halacha, but many people are careful as an added chumra.
posted:2008-09-10 23:07:25  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - counting minor boy for minyan
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

First of all, Shulchan Aruch considers using a child to be a very questionable practice, and the minhag today is universally not to rely on this opinion. However, R' Moshe Feinstein zatzal did permit counting one child, preferably 12 years old, to a minyan as long as he is holding a Sefer Torah, even if it is pasul. He only permitted this under the extreme situation where by not allowing such an arrangement would jeopardize the long term functioning of the shul, as people would stop coming if they could not rely on finding a minyan. Also, we wrote that while Borchu, Kaddish, Kedusha and Kriyas HaTorah may be performed, the Chazzan should not recite the Shmona Esrei quietly and then repeat it aloud, but rather should first say it out loud as many do for Mincha. R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zatzal did not allow a minyan of less than 10 full-fledged adults under any circumstances, but one may rely on Reb Moshe if absolutely necessary.

posted:2008-09-06 23:08:27  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - talis on head
Submitted by Meir ben baruch ACohen  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Mishna Berura writes that ideally one should cover his head with the talis from the beginning of davening until the end. One should at least wear the talis over ones head from Yishtabach until after Shmona Esrei. The absolute minimum required by halacha is to cover the head for Shmona Esrei with more than just a yarmulka, either a hat or the talis is satisfactory.

posted:2008-09-03 15:46:13  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - kadish/no chiyuv
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The basic Kaddishes recited after Yishtabach, Tachanun and U'Va L'Tzion are recited by the Chazan under all circumstances. Kaddish Yasum, such as after Aleinu, and Kaddish D'Rabannan may and should be recited as well even if no mourner is present, but the custom is that one who's both parents are still alive does not say these Kaddishes.

posted:2008-09-01 10:12:21  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - davening mincha before mincha gedola
Submitted by Yeshaya Moskowitz  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Not necessary. As long as you davened after chatzos you are yotzei b'dieved.
posted:2008-08-20 21:04:57  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - tefilas haderech
Submitted by aryeh  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If the airport is outside city limits, Tefilas HaDerech should be recited on the way to the airport. If the trip to the airport itself does not require Tefilas HaDerech, it should be recited while taxiing on the runway for takeoff but before lifting off the ground.
posted:2008-08-18 00:07:29  (0) comments   email to a friend


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