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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?
Answer:

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?
Answer:

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



Halacha - tefilin
Submitted by yossi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I won't be getting tefilin till after chatzos should I daven before chatzos without tefilin? [I would appreciate if you answer with mekoros]
Answer:

The Mishna Berura 25§14 writes that even though the Gemara calls someone who Davens without Tefilin מעיד עדות שקר...read more

posted:2013-11-22 04:13  (0) comments   email to a friend



Halacha - Spices
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Do spices need a kosher sign? I got the one that the store packages? It's use to sparkle on top to enhanced flavor of food.
Answer:

Generally, all food products, including spices, should be certified. The intricacies of modern food production can create unimaginable issues with seemingly innocuous ingredients. Nevertheless,...read more

posted:2013-11-20 14:53  (0) comments   email to a friend



Halacha - Shabbat
Submitted by Sholom Cohn  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: On Shabbat, Is it permissible to place book page markers which are small plastic pieces with mild adhesive tape on the back which are used to place by important information when reading, so as not to forget about minor detail that I read about. Self-stick notes adhere securely and remove cleanly. They are like post it notes but they are made out of plastic and are Not made to write on If yes, can they remain permanently or do I have to take them off after shabbat. Please explain as much you can. Thank you. For clarification, this is what I am talking about: http://www.amazon.com/Post--Assorted-Colors-Arrows-683-VAD1/dp/B000MK4RAM/ref=sr_1_1?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1384473954&sr=1-1 http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/452409/Post-it-Flags-1-x-1/
Answer:

Using these adhesive book marks on Shabbos would be questionable. On the one hand, since the adhesive is relatively weak and not designed to remain permanently and their normal usage is to...read more

posted:2013-11-14 19:24  (0) comments   email to a friend



Halacha - kosher not mevushal wine
Submitted by renee reinharz  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Why did a rav that I know say it was problematic to use non-mevushal kosher wine, even with family at home? I received several bottles with fine hechshers and I'd like to know the problem before parting with them. Also, does that mean I shouldn't give this wine as a gift to a fellow Jew? Thank you for your time
Answer:

I'm afraid that it is difficult for me explain, you should ask the Rav who said it. If the wines truly have a fine Hechsher and will be consumed in a controlled environment, I see no problem...read more

posted:2013-11-14 16:38  (0) comments   email to a friend



Halacha - Tefillin
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: If one was an oneis and could not daven tefilas shacharis, and thus will daven an additional shmoneh esrei at mincha as a tashlumin: should he wait to put on tefillin at that make-up shacharis shmoneh esrei, or should he put on tefillin as early in the day as possible? Thank you
Answer: It is better to put on the Tefilling immediately, as soon as possible. There is also an Inyan to wear them for Shmoneh Esrei, and he can put them on a second time if he wishes.
posted:2013-11-05 09:32  (0) comments   email to a friend



Halacha - Mezuzah Folding
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I had my mezuzos checked by a sofer, and when he was done he gave them over to a bochur to roll them unsupervised. I noticed that as the bochur was rolling them he was initially folding the klaf - i guess to make it easier to roll. I wanted to know if there is anything wrong with that. Thank you.
Answer: If they are folding it at a point which has writing, there is risk it could crack the letters rendering them invalid. If it was folded on the empty margin, this is a common practice and perfectly...read more
posted:2013-10-31 11:56  (0) comments   email to a friend


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