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Showering the Night Before a Taanis
Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - guests in 9 days
Submitted by netanel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: can you invite guests on shabbos chazon
Answer: Yes. It is not equivalent to regular Aveilus.
posted:2011-08-03 10:20:26  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - 3 weeks
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: What are the laws about buying things (clothes, etc) during the 3 weeks. Is there any distinction between buying and wearing? What about if something is on an amazing sale does that make a difference or is it not in the spirit of the 3 weeks?

The Mishna Berura writes that any new clothing that does not require a bracha of Shehechiyanu may be purchased and worn during the three weeks. Today this includes the vast majority of purchases.  During the nine days, even these should be avoided.

An item that does require Shehechiyanu should be avoided the entire Three Weeks. However, if it is marked down significantly it may be purchased on condition that it needs alterations or is not fully paid for, so Shehechiyanu will not be recited.

posted:2011-07-19 12:19:58  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - havdala in shmone esrei
Submitted by Adam  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Hi My friend asked me an interesting question: If one accidentally begins the bracha of attah chonen on a yom tov that falls on Saturday night, I believe he must complete the bracha. But what should he do about havdala? Should he say attah chonantanu there or wait and say vatodienu or maybe he should say vatodienu in attah chonen? I realize this is not a common problem but I thought it was an interesting problem nevertheless. Does the rav have any ideas?

The Shmiras Shabbos K'Hilchaso is in doubt how to behave in your situation and is unsure if Ata Chonantanu should be recited or not. However, The Piskei Teshuvos quotes the Matas Yado and Over Orach that it should not be said, as the proper expression for Yom Tov is Bein Kodesh l'Kodesh and not Bein Kodesh l'Chol. Additionally, v'Todeainu should not be recited in Ata Chonen, rather in its proper location in the Tefila of Yom Tov.

posted:2011-07-17 21:36:33  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Tznius at Beach
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Is it allowed for a woman to remove socks/tights when at the beach while wearing a long skirt?
Answer: If it is a separate women's beach, she may remove her stockings. However, if there are men present, she should not swim even fully dressed.
posted:2011-07-11 16:03:06  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Supermarket Trolleys
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Shalom, I was just wondering if one goes into a supermarket to shop (in Israel if that makes a difference)and sees that the trolley supposedly provided for customers to use has the name of a different supermarket on it, is it mutar to use it? I am assuming it didn't get there with permission of the shop that owns it... Thank-you!
Answer: If the cart is "stolen," it may not be used. However, it is questionable if you should suspect this happened when it is possible that one store purchased old carts from a second. Additionally, it may be that both stores are owned by the same corporation and share assets. Furthermore, it is possible that there is an understanding, verbal or tacit, among the store owners to share carts.

The bottom line is, I just do not know enough about the circumstances to give a definitive answer regarding an admittedly suspicious situation.

posted:2011-07-10 15:52:26  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Yahareg ve al yaavor
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Just wondering what the din is if a person (lo alenu!) is told either you kill this one Jew OR we will kill TWO (or more) Jews How would that change if it were talking about akum..?
Answer: The Rambam in Yesodei HaTorah 5:5 writes that if Goyim demand that the Jews hand over a single individual to be killed or they will destroy the entire city, the individual may not be handed over even if everyone will be killed. In your case as well, it seems that we may not actively cause the death of an individual to preserve the lives of a numerically larger number.
posted:2011-07-10 15:47:24  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Shaver
Submitted by Akiva  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Hi rabbi I want to buy a electric shaver that isn't a 3 head rotary. How do you If it is kosher or not? Thanks
Answer: The foil shavers such as Braun and Remington are generally even less problematic than the rotary heads as they do not contain blades sharp enough to cut on their own. I have seen the issue raised that the foil screen itself may be sharp enough to cut hairs and act like a razor, which would be problematic. However, I have tried it on an older model of the Braun and it did not cut hairs, but it is worthwhile to test a newer model as well.

Ideally, you should show the specific model to a competent Rav.

posted:2011-06-26 18:02:55  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Negelwasser
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: How far away in feet (not amos) can you place the pitcher from your bed if it's inconvenient to place it near your bed because little kids might tip it over.
Answer: Ideally, not more than 6 feet.
posted:2011-06-22 19:04:29  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Bracha Achrona
Submitted by David  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Shalom Rav. I needed to make a bracha achrona on grapes and also on mezonot products but when it came to making the bracha I forgot to add the part in Me'en Shalosh about the fruits (grapes). I said al hamichya in full. Do I have to go back and repeat the entire bracha inserting the part for fruit?
Answer: You should repeat the entire beracha only mentioning the fruit, as the mezonos is already taken care of.
posted:2011-06-22 05:18:35  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - what do we mean by "bathroom"?
Submitted by renee  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: We have read many of your articles concerning the need to make netilat yadayim after being in a bathroom. Living outside of the USA, we have a bath room, a room with a closet, a shower/bath and a sink. The toilet is in a separate room. Is this the kind of room your articles refer to when the word "bathroom" is written? If not, does going into the kind of bathroom that we (and most Israeli houses) have also leave you with a Ruah Ra'a? Thank you so much for your help! Tizku l'mitzvas! Renee
Answer: The "bathroom" that requires washing is the room containing the toilet.
posted:2011-06-17 11:20:24  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Yom Tov
Submitted by Jacklebo94122  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: During yom tov, on garbage collection day, can the trash barrels be rolled out to the street out of my private domain, across a public sidewalk twelve feet. Question two: may a shower be the usual warm temperature on yom tov; and if the third day is shabboss, does that provide any additional leniency re hot water on the 2nd day of Yom Tov, got the sake of Shabbos?

No. Garbage is Muktza, and once it has been removed from your living area and put down, it may no longer be moved.

Yes, a hot shower may be taken on Yom Tov.

posted:2011-06-12 18:01:19  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - shaving
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Is the Wahl Trimmer thats provided in the 'Deluxe Chrome Pro complete haircutting kit' Model 79520-300 kosher to shave a beard ? Thanks
Answer: As far as I can tell, the trimmer is built similarly to a hair cutting machine with a stationary lower blade and a vibrating upper one. This will not give an extremely close shave, but it is Halachically acceptable to nearly all Poskim. The main concern is to be careful not to hold the trimmer at an angle where the moving blade comes in direct contact with the skin, where it could potentially cut the hair flush without the aid of a scissor action.
posted:2011-05-19 20:04:08  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - cooking on a stove that a non jew turned on
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: If a non jew turns on an electrical stove burner, is a jew aloud to use it?
Answer: On Shabbos, certainly not. Regarding Bishul Akum, a Jew may place a pot on a fire the non-Jew previously ignited, but not prior to the ignition.
posted:2011-05-10 19:40:08  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Hamozi or Mezonoth
Submitted by Eliyahu  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Shalom I am a Sephardic Jew and have a quick question and wondering if you could help me I have made bread and crackers from the same dough and wonder if I should say Hamotzi for the bread and Mezonot for the crackers? The ingredients are: flour, olive oil, sugar, oat bran, and flax seed I cook the bread and the cracker dough (in flat sheets together) After 25 minutes of cooking I take them both out leave the bread as is and the flat sheets I cut up into squares and toast them at low temperatures for over 3 hours they come out crisp are like crackers Not sure of what prayer to say when eating them Thank you so much for any help Eliyahu
Answer: Since the crackers are the same recepie as the bread only toasted, and both are clearly not sweet but eaten for a meal, the appropriate Bracha on both would be haMotzi even for a Sefardi.
posted:2011-05-10 09:57:12  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Uncooked Challah Dough
Submitted by Devorah  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: B"H My Friends and I enjoy eating uncooked challah dough....is it problematic if we take it to eat before taking 'challah' and what blessigns should we say before and after eating the raw dough....Thank you so very much.
Answer: Challa must be taken, as the obligation starts from the kneading and not the baking. The proper beracha is Shehakol.
posted:2011-04-29 18:02:15  (0) comments   email to a friend

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