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Halacha - fasting
Submitted by hannah  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

When one travels on a plane, the relevant time for all time-bound Halachos is your current location. Therefore, both for Davening and fasting, you should calculate whether it is night on the land directly underneath you, and that is the determining factor.

posted:2013-02-19 10:18:17  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - 9th of Av
Submitted by Yankel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: No. First of all, the Mishna Berura forbids smoking at all on any fast for the reason you mention. Even though the Minhag appears to be more lenient, on Tisha b'Av there is the additional issue that many Poskim forbid smelling besamim or any pleasant fragrances, and this would include smoking as well.
posted:2012-07-29 02:17:40  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - shabbos lip gloss on Yom kippu
Submitted by Rachel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

All cosmetics are forbidden, both on Tisha b'Av and on Yom Kippur.

posted:2012-07-28 21:54:11  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Yom Kippur
Submitted by Yehuda  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

The general rule of thumb for Yom Kippur is that one may only eat if there is risk to life and not just for discomfort, even if it is extreme. So chest and stomach pains alone would generally not justify eating on Yom Kippur. However hypertension is a potentially dangerous condition, and one should consult their physician regarding the potential risk of not eating for one day.

However here there is an additional, mitigating factor that we are not discussing eating per se, rather swallowing pills which are not considered equivalent to eating food for the Halachos of Yom Kippur, and therefore there is room to be lenient. There remains the issue of washing down the pills which should not be done with water, but with a diluted solution of lemon juice or vinegar etc which would not be considered edible under normal circumstances.

posted:2010-09-13 15:14:23  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - forgot it was a fast day
Submitted by Elisha  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

First of all you must stop eating immediately. While Halacha does not require you to fast a different day as a "make up" for the fast you missed, the Magen Avraham brings a Mahril who recommends fasting a different day as a form of teshuva for forgetting. Since today most people are not strong enough to take on extra fast days, one should preferably give tzedaka instead. The recommended amount would be equal to the cost of one day's meals.

posted:2009-01-06 08:06:19  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Flying during a fast
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: I'm sorry but you will have to continue your fast until nightfall in your current location. If you land in NY while it is still day, you will have to fast 32 hours.
posted:2008-07-20 17:11:38  (0) comments   email to a friend

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