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Halacha - waxing hair on Tisha b'Av
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: May a male put wax in his hair on 9 Av?
Answer: No, he may not.
posted:2015-07-25 14:57  (0) comments   email to a friend

Hashkafa - quote
Submitted by Alisa Avruch  Answered by
Question: I once read a quote from a gadol: "A person could keep the entire shulchan aruch and still not reach the Alef of avodas Hashem". Do you know who said this?

This sentiment has been achoed many times in various forms since the Ramban wrote of the concept of being a Naval B'Rishus HaTorah, an abomination of a person without violating a single...read more

posted:2015-07-16 23:29  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Kashrut
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Thank you so much for your kindness and answering my shaila. I often buy fresh fruit cut up already at the market (Gelsons, Ralphs, etc.) It is my understanding that I may buy fresh fruit cut up at any supermarket or store because we assume that the knife they use is used only for fruit. So this shaila isn't about the cut fruit, but they have a designated area in the market where they cut up fruit and so all the things that they use in this area are for fruit (and fruit juice I think). So on Friday they washed for me a bunch of organic grapes, (from a bag of organic grapes from a certain company) and they took each grape individually off the stems and washed and put them in plastic containers for me. I think they washed the grapes as a whole bunch first and then took each grape off the stem and put them in the containers. So after thinking about it I thought that I better ask a shaila because I don't know if this will be permitted. Am I permutted to eat the grapes?l Maybe I should have had them take each grape off first and individually wash each one but I didn't so maybe could there be a problem with infestation? If so do I just throw them out and do it differently next time? Thank you so much Rabbi for your help and kindness. I always want to do the right thing.
Answer: The grapes may be eaten. Grapes are generally not infested to a degree that we would assume that there are bugs, it is merely a suspicion.
posted:2015-07-13 14:05  (0) comments   email to a friend

Money Matters - Pruzbul question
Submitted by Sylvain Blumenfrucht  Answered by Rav Yehonoson Hool
Question: With Shmitta coming up I have a particular issue with my ex-employer owing me money both for unpaid wages(a breach of Dinei de Malchusei Dinei issue), unpaid commissions (a breach of contract problem) and unpaid expenses (a verbal agreement followed for 15 months by a Chazakah of payment). My question is as follows - assuming of course that it is decided/agreed/paskened that these monies are due to me, is a Pruzbul enough to cover these three issues regarding debts to me. Thank you
Answer: Unpaid loans are cancelled at the end of the Shmittah year, Unless a pruzbul is written, which is usually done shortly before the end of the Shmittah year.

The above applies mainly to loans....read more

posted:2014-08-31 02:27  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Relationships
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Is it permissible for a boy and girl (both mature and frum) to have a relationship? By "relationship" I don't mean dating or stuff like that, but I mean a "boyfriend-girlfriend" relationship. (Assuming they are both yarei Shamayim, shomer negiah, no yichud, and have kosher behavior; but they just have an emotional connection and relationship).

HaRav Moshe Feinstein has an extensive Teshuva in Igros Moshe Even HaEzer vol 4 Siman 60 where he concludes that...read more

posted:2014-07-18 19:03  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Ancestry
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: If one is raised as an Ashkenazi, and his family has been practicing ashkenazi customs for at least 4 generations does he continue to do so if he finds out that he is really of sephardic decent? Thank you.

You should continue following the customs your father and grandfather observed. The essence of a Minhag is continuing one’s parent’s practices; as no...read more

posted:2014-07-14 15:07  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - lo silbash
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Are men allowed to use "shaving cream FOR MEN"? (SPECIFICALLY MADE FOR MEN) if not because of lo silbash, why its not the norm for women to use " shaving cream FOR MEN''? (SPECIFICALLY MADE FOR MEN)
Answer: I don't see why there should be any issue of Lo Silbash on shaving cream. Obviously, the act of shaving itself for men presents its own isues.
posted:2014-07-04 16:04  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Prutah
Submitted by Israel Sh.  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: What is the value of prutah today?
Answer: I recently calculated it as being worth approximately 1.5 US cents.
posted:2014-04-04 00:03  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - candle lighting
Submitted by yehuda  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: hi we have a family simcha we will eat by tonight in boro park. it is far from out home so we would like to take a cab before shabos and light candles by our grandparents which is near the hall where the simcha will be and then eat the meal at the simcha hall and then walk all the way home. can this be done ? im asking because we will not be sleeping or eating at our grandparents house
Answer: You cannot light the Shabbos candles in a place you are neither eating nor sleeping. It would be best to light in the hall where you are eating.
posted:2014-03-28 16:48  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - knife sharpener
Submitted by steve  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: is it necessary to have separate michig and fleishig knife sharpeners?
Answer: It is highly recommended, as a knife might be sharpened when not perfectly clean and grease would accumulate on the sharpener.
posted:2014-02-02 22:43  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Checking the shechitah knife
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Shalom and thank you for taking my question. Is it required that the shochet check his knife both on the fingernail and the end of the finger on the flesh? If he only checks it on the fingernail, is the shechitah just as good?
Answer: The accepted procedure today is that Shochtim only  check a knife on their nail, and not on the flesh at all.
posted:2014-01-06 09:55  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - kaddish for two people
Submitted by Sylvain Blumenfrucht  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I not long ago undertook to say Kaddish for the full year for a cousin of mine who died childless. I also have undertaken (for many years already) to say Kaddish for grandparents and an uncle who also has no one to say Kaddish for them on their Yahrzeit. So this year I have a problem when these clash, like next Shabbes it is my late grandmother's Yahrzeit and I have the daily obligation I undertook on behalf of my cousin. Obviously on my late parents Yahrzeit where I am a Chiyuv on all acccounts I get someone else to say Kaddish for my cousin. What is the correct thing to do in the case of a clash like I have coming up next Shabbes?

The simplest solution would be to designate one Kaddish for the cousin and a different one for you grandparent.

posted:2014-01-02 03:35  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Cooking on Shabbos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Let us say that before candle-lighting on Friday afternoon, a large pot of mixed foods (meat, gravy, etc...) is sitting on top of a blech on top of a cooktop (with the burner on), with the lid of the pot inverted, so that the handle of the pot is facing into the pot. Therefore the covering of this larger pot is for all intents and purposes considered flat. Is it considered cooking (on Shabbos) if someone were to place a smaller pot (of soup) on top of this large pot after candle-lighting?
Answer: If it is hot enough to warm the small pot to the temperature of Yad Soledes Bo, around 110F/45C, it is forbidden to place a cold liquid and is considered cooking.
posted:2013-12-10 11:25  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Chanukah Gifts
Submitted by Yaakov  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Hello. What is the source for giving out Chanukah gelt or gifts? Thank You!
Answer: There doesn't seem to be any source for gifts. Nitei Gavriel quotes a number of Chassidishe Rebbes who gave Chanuka Gelt, but the Minhag is not mentioned in Bnei Yissoschar and seems to be of...read more
posted:2013-12-05 10:25  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - break in seuda
Submitted by martin  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I made ha-motzi,and in the middle of my seuda- I had to go outside my apartment. Do I need to wash again?

First of all, assuming you are Ashkenazi and had already eaten a kzayis of bread before stepping outside, you do not need to make a new Beracha when you continue your meal....read more

posted:2013-12-02 14:30  (0) comments   email to a friend

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