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Halacha - Studying
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Studying secular subjects should not be done on Shabbos or Yom Tov, especially as preparation for a test that will follow.
posted:2011-10-11 23:46:48  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - buying house on chol hamoed
Submitted by obik  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Shulchan Aruch in OC 539:12 singles out purchasing a house as more stringent during Chol HaMoed, as it is generally public knowledge.

Even for regular items, if they are not specifically required for Yom Tov and Chol HaMoed itself, a significant loss is necessary to permit. If the financial risk is minimal as you imply, it is difficult to allow this case. Preventing hard feelings is a very worthy cause, but I don't see that it justifies purchasing a house Chol HaMoed.

Of course, if there is any risk that the delay could lead to the deal falling through or concrete financial hardship due to the other side's intransigence, there are significant grounds to be lenient.

posted:2011-10-11 16:54:49  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Tevilas
Submitted by Tony  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is only necessary to toivel equipment that is used either for the preparation or serving of food.
posted:2011-10-10 05:34:03  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - brocha on raw batter
Submitted by Aharon Subar  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: both are Shehakol and Borei Nefashos.
posted:2011-10-03 23:10:17  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - davening towards south
Submitted by ken dravich  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: For the Inyan of turning South to become wise, it is only necessary and recommended to turn very slightly towards the South. this should not be uncomfortable.
posted:2011-09-07 05:58:40  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Crushed Matza as Pas
Submitted by Adam  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:  

Technically, it should be adequate, as the entire purpose of the Eiruv is that all of the residents have a joint interest in one of the houses, and this should be accomplished by placing an item that they all own jointly in one of the residences.

However, it is not so simple. Since it used to be customary for each member of the Eiruv to contribute part of the required amount of bread needed, Chazal were concerned that it could lead to strife if an individual gave a mere piece of bread. Therefore, the Mishna in Eiruvin the bottom of 80b requires each family to contribute a complete loaf, and a large slice or chunk of bread is not acceptable. This Halacha is brought in Shulchan Aruch OC 366:6.

In the following Seif, the Shulchan Aruch qualifies this restriction that it only applies when the original formula of each individual contributing is being followed. In the more common practice today that one individual grants ownership to all the participants, the concern of strife is irrelevant and the Takana is not binding.

posted:2011-09-02 14:39:15  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

The Shulchan Aruch writes in OC 366:2 that the Eiruv must be placed in an area that is livable and not in a hut smaller that 4 amos by 4 amos, so your concern would appear to be justified.

However, the Biur Halacha there quotes the Tosfos Shabbos that a small room that opens into a larger room is acceptable, as we view the Eiruv as if it is located in the larger, livable location. This would include a closet, and it would seem to be, in fact, an acceptable option.

Nevertheless, the Biur Halacha concludes that he is not convinced by the logic of the Tosafos Shabbos, and he remains without a decisive conclusion. Certainly, it would be preferable to be Machmir.

posted:2011-08-31 16:27:11  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kiddush Shabbos Day
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:  

This Halacha will depend on whether we are discussing the Friday night Kiddush or the one on Shabbos morning.

Friday night, the only acceptable alternative to wine or grape juice is to make Kiddush on the Challos themselves. Even this is only permitted according to the Rema if there is no wine available in the entire city, an unlikely prospect.

On Shabbos morning, it is better to use beer or whiskey than it is to use Challa; however, if neither those nor wine or grape juice are available, Kiddush may be recited on Challa. Soda and juice primarily from concentrate are not acceptable alternatives.

The implication of your question was that you are not referring to a family who has no alternative for Kiddush, rather the situation was a social Kiddush in Shul in the morning. Presuming there is no great need to make a Kiddush in Shul after Davening, if wine, grape juice or other similar liquids are unavailable, it would be better to forgo the Kiddush altogether than to rely on less than ideal arrangements.

posted:2011-08-31 10:30:21  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - tevilas keilim
Submitted by Chesky  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:  

No, it is neither a utensil for preparing food not one for serving and eating it.

posted:2011-08-28 21:59:59  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Mezuza for Non Jews
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Not only are you allowed to remove the mezuza, but it should be removed if Jews no longer live there. Of course, you should first get permission from the current owner.
posted:2011-08-28 11:52:48  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - eruv
Submitted by AA  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:  

You are 100% correct. The strings and the ownership are two independent issues, and one does not impact upon the second.

The strings allow the streets and other public areas in the city to be classified as a private domain as opposed to a public one; however, one may still not carry from one private domain to a second one on Shabbos. The way to resolve this issue is by placing food owned by all the residents of the Eiruv in a location inside the Eiruv, and by this means we can consider all the separate private domains to have a common interest. This common interest remains even if the string breaks.

posted:2011-08-17 16:10:54  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kiddush Shabbos morning with no Chamar Medina
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:  

This Halacha will depend on whether we are discussing the Friday night Kiddush or the one on Shabbos morning.

Friday night, the only acceptable alternative to wine or grape juice is to make Kiddush on the Challos themselves. Even this is only permitted according to the Rema if there is no wine available in the entire city, an unlikely prospect.

On Shabbos morning, it is better to use beer or whiskey than it is to use Challa; however, if neither those nor wine or grape juice are available, Kiddush may be recited on Challa. Soda and juice primarily from concentrate are not acceptable alternatives.

The implication of your question was that you are not referring to a family who has no alternative for Kiddush, rather the situation was a social Kiddush in Shul in the morning. Presuming there is no great need to make a Kiddush in Shul after Davening, if wine, grape juice or other similar liquids are unavailable, it would be better to forgo the Kiddush altogether than to rely on less than ideal arrangements.

posted:2011-08-17 10:23:10  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - milchig spoon washed together with fleishig china
Submitted by Leah  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If the milchig spoon and fleishig china were only together in cold water, they are both still Kosher and nothing needs to be thrown out or Kashered.
posted:2011-08-10 12:55:33  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Nine days
Submitted by Ronny Biderman  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: During the 9 days itself we do not use wine. Shulchan Aruch OC 551:10 quotes a Minhag that even though we do not eat meat during the 9 days; however, a food cooked with meat may be eaten without the meat, for example cholent potatoes. The Mishna Berura s.k. 63 differentiates that to add schmaltz would still be forbidden. In any event, he concludes, the Minhag today is not to eat any food cooked with meat itself, unlike the Shulchan Aruch.

Presumably, adding actual wine to a soup would be more similar to adding schmaltz than to a tavshil basar with removing the meat. However, the Be'er Hetiv 29 quotes the Taz who permits adding wine according to the Shulchan Aruch's Minhag. The Be'er Hetiv concludes that according to our more stringent Minhag this would also be forbidden. Apparently, he compares adding wine to a recipe to a tavshil basar and not to schmaltz.

Motzei Tisha b'Av we do not eat meat or drink wine, similar to the entire 9 days. However, the Biur Halacha in the beginning of 558 quotes the Maamar Mordechai to permit a tavshil basar, and seemingly agrees that to be lenient. Though one could argue that the Maamar Mordechei is following the Minhag of Shulchan Aruch to permit this the entire 9 days, the Biur Halacha does not seem to accept this. Since the Be'er Hetiv was only machmir not to rely on the Taz's permitting wine due to the Minhag and the Minhag is different Motzei Tisha b'Av than the rest of the 9 days, adding wine to the soup should be allowed.

Certainly, is the wine is less than 1/60th of the soup, or even if it is more but does not add a distinct taste of wine to the soup, it is unquestionably allowed.

posted:2011-08-09 14:29:32  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Fast Days
Submitted by sm  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The issue with chapstick would not be eating, as it is not ingested nor edible. However, there would be an issue with annointing. Presuming it is being done to avoid painfully chapped lips and not for pleasure, it would be allowed on Tisha b'Av but not on Yom Kippur.
posted:2011-08-09 13:48:03  (0) comments   email to a friend


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