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Halacha - Long Shemoneh Esrei
Submitted by Fishel H  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Of course ideally you should try to find a minyan that davens at your deliberate pace so you can say the entire davening with the minyan and with kavana. Alternatively you could come early enough to get a head start so they will just catch up to you at Shmoneh Esrei. But life isn't always ideal. Certainly you don't need to feel guilty, because if you cannot answer Kedusha you can still listen quietly and you fulfil your obligation as a "shomea k'oneh".

The preferable thing to do under your circumstances would be to skip non-obligatory parts of davening such as korbanos, and even parts of Pesukei d'Zimra may be made up after davening. You should also limit your kavanos to basic understanding of the words you are saying. However, you should not rush davening to the point where you will stumble on the words or not be aware of what you are saying; that would not be a worthwhile tradeoff considering that you always have the option of listening to Kedusha.

posted:2008-04-08 15:05:59  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Countertops on Pesach
Submitted by hesh  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Strictly speaking either kashering or covering the countertop should be sufficient, however many people do both.

The reasoning for this is that kashering alone is problematic l'halacha for many reasons. First of all, the countertop must be spotlessly clean including the seam where it meets the wall. Secondly, some opinions hold that pouring hot water is only suficient to remove the flavor inparted by liquid chometz but not by a solid. Futhermore, many are of the opinion that the flow of water must strike directly on each inch of the dry surface, which is nearly impossible. It should also be pointed out that kashering can be dangerous and many people suffer burns each year while preparing for Pesach.

Covering alone presents practical issues. If one uses a thin cover such as contact paper it is very likely to tear over the course of Pesach allowing ones Pesach food to come into contact with the chomitzdig counter.  Therefore, it may have become a common practice to both kasher and cover, so that the imperfect kashering will at least serve as a backup to the flimsy covering.

However, the bast solution is to use a strong thick cover such as linoleum, and then no kashering would be requred.

posted:2008-04-08 12:21:22  (2) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Kashering Your Mouth?
Submitted by YW  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

There once was a Rav who was giving a shiur about preparations for Pesach and was asked this question repeatadly. Finally in exasperation he told the questioner to either gargle with boiling water for 5 minutes or to put his head in the microwave in high for 3 minutes.

But seriously, you are asking an excellent question because fillings should be no different than any other metal utensil that we would not use on Pesach without a proper hagola which is of course impossible. However before you run to your local dentist to replace your fillings you should be aware that the Poskim advise that it is sufficient to refrain from eating hot chometz for 24 hours before Pesach begins and to brush and clean the teeth very well imediately before Pesach. Even though we are usually machmir on eino ben yomo on Pesach, but here there are other considerations that can be relyed on.

posted:2008-04-08 10:20:40  (0) comments   email to a friend

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