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Halacha - borchu at end of davening
Submitted by Liron H  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Ideally someone should politely and respectfully let the gentleman know that Nusach Ashkenaz in Chutz L'Aretz does not say Borchu after Maariv. However until then, if at least nine people hear him recite Borchu, it is valid and you should answer. If less than nine people hear him, than the Borchu is not valid and those who do hear should not answer. It doesn't make a difference how many people are answering because we say "shomea k'oneh" one who hears is as if he has answered.

posted:2008-08-14 20:14:10  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Minyan qualifications
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If they grew up observant and rejected Judaism, they may not be counted. However, if they were raised without a proper Jewish education but they believe in Hashem, then they are considered a tinok sh'nishba, a child who was kidnapped and raised by non-Jews, and may in cases of necessity be counted, although it is preferable not to.
posted:2008-08-10 23:03:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - minyan
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Better to daven in the proper time without a minyan where you are certainly yotzei than to daven too late when you may not be fulfilling your obligation and saying a beracha l'vatala.
posted:2008-08-08 17:24:20  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

It's true if the mechitza is not "kosher", but R' Moshe Feinstein zatzal ruled that the definition of a "non-kosher" mechitza is not whether the women can be seen through the mechitza but whether it is high enough to pass a baby over, about shoulder height. According to Reb Moshe, the only need for a mechitza that prevents seeing the women would be if the Ezras Nashim is on the side of the men's section instead of the back and there are women present who are not dressed appropriately. Of course there are still many good reasons to construct a mechitza higher than the minimum height, but one need not miss davening with a minyan if Reb Moshe's conditions are met.

posted:2008-08-01 16:00:19  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - hefsek for asher yotzar
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Between Yishtabach and Borchu one may say Asher Yatzar, but after Borchu he is considered to be in the middle of Birchos Kriyas Shema and may not. However, if he suspects that he will need to relieve himself again before he finished Shmona Esrei and has the opportunity to say Asher Yatzar, then some Poskim permit him to interrupt and say the beracha since it is a passing Mitzva similar to reciting a beracha on lightning or thunder which is permitted during Birchos Kriyas Shema. After Borchu of Maariv is the same halacha as Shacharis, and he should wait until after he finishes Shmona Esrei.

posted:2008-07-23 00:04:09  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - AMIDAH AND TORAH READING
Submitted by ELY MATLOW  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

A regular Chazzan whose medical condition precludes standing may daven and say Kedusha when seated if there is no one else present who could serve as the Shliach Tzibur. However, the Baal Koreh may not read from the Torah when seated, and if he has a medical condition he may only lean on the Bimah or another person. Since the issue here is Kavod HaTzibur, there is an opinion that he may read when seated if there would be a long wait for an alternate Baal Koreh or of the only other person who could read from the Torah is expected to make many mistakes.

posted:2008-07-20 19:43:06  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Repition of shemona esrei
Submitted by Paul Sheffrin  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Generally speaking if people davened separately and want to come together for Chazoras HaShatz, the Shulchan Aruch permits this but the Radvaz does not, and the Poskim are machmir for the Radvaz. However, in your situation where all 10 men overlapped at some part of Shmona Esrei, the Poskim agree that a regular Chazoras HaShatz may be recited.

posted:2008-07-16 09:18:44  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - minyan
Submitted by ruth  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

#1- If they grew up observant and rejected Judaism, they may not be counted. However, if they were raised without a proper Jewish education but they believe in Hashem, then they are considered a tinok sh'nishba, a child who was kidnapped and raised by non-Jews, and may in cases of necessity be counted, although it is preferable not to.

#2- They may be given an aliya, however extra aliyos should be added so they do not count towards the required 7. It is even better to give them other honors such as opening the Aron HaKodesh.

#3- He may be given an aliya on the assumption that he married her out of personal attraction and not out of malicious intent to rebel against Hashem.

posted:2008-07-11 22:14:49  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Davening before early flight
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If you expect to reach the Shul in your destination before the final time for Tefilla, you should say kriyas shema in it's proper time and daven on your arrival. However if the 9:15 minyan is after zman tefilla, you should daven before your flight, especially if you can daven Shmona Esrei after netz hachama.
posted:2008-06-26 08:10:09  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Nusach HaTefila
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: There is a machlokes in the Poskim regarding this issue. R' Moshe Feinstein zatzal held that your proper nusach is what your ancestors davened, presumably Ashkenaz, and you may not change the nusach you daven for the quiet part of Shmona Esrei. However, the parts of davening that are recited out loud you should say the same as the rest of the shul you are davening with. However, the Maharshdam, Divrei Chaim, Pri HaAretz and Shaar Efraim are of the opinion that one may change his nusach completely to match his new permanent location, just as one who moves permanently from chutz l'aretz to Eretz Yisroel would be allowed to keep one day of Yom Tov.
posted:2008-06-24 03:18:00  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Saying Tanchanun when others aren't
Submitted by Aharon Subar  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: You certainly should not say tachanun inside their Shul when they are not saying. There are different opinions whether you should say it privately after davening and the minhag is not to.
posted:2008-06-02 15:28:04  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - brochos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If the airport is located outside city limits, the ideal time to say tefilas haderech is in the car on the way to the airport. If the airport is in a location where tefilas haderech is not needed, then one should recite it while taxiing on the runway before lifting off into the air.
posted:2008-05-27 11:52:06  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - yizkor
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I've never heard of such a minhag either. I also looked in the most comprehensive seforim I could find and found no mention of it.
posted:2008-05-16 19:05:14  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Morid HaTal
Submitted by YW  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If you said morid hatal 90 times over 30 days which creates a certain chazaka, then one mistake will not invalidate it. And even if one said morid hatal 90 times at once which is a mochlokes if it helps, still the vast majority of poskim including the Shulchan Aruch and Rema consider it to be a full fledged chazaka. However, this all applies to one who either davens nusach Ashkenaz or lives in Eretz Yisroel and says morid hatal, but someone who does not say morid hatal in the summer has a much bigger problem because a number of poskim say that one cannot create a chazaka not to say certain words. Therefore, it seems to me that if one said mechaye meisim ata 90 times together without the words morid hatal then there are grounds to be strict.
posted:2008-04-29 13:50:53  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Chazoras HaShatz
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes, the Magen Avraham and Mishna Berura permit reciting chazoras hashatz if a minyan is present and at least 6 men are listning and answering amen. However, since many poskim do not allow such a situation, one should only rely on this arrangement under very extreme circumstances.
posted:2008-04-27 17:12:25  (0) comments   email to a friend


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