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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - mikvah immersion
Submitted by mally berger  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I would like to know how early I can take a bath before i go to the mikvah. I have a early chasuna and have appt 11 pm at the mikvah. I would like to take a bath now in the afternoon. please advise
Answer: You may take a bath in the afternoon, as you will shower and comb your hair again immediately before the Tevila.
posted:2013-06-23 12:33:19  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Non-Kosher Supermarket
Submitted by Shmuel Dorr  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Shalom, haRav, Because I live in New Hampshire, I have to shop in non-kosher supermarkets. My question regards the issue of buying kosher fish from a display counter that also contains treifah foods. I noticed some fillets that were advertised as being tilapia, but had no skin on them. However, the man who runs the counter is recognized by his colleagues as being an expert in the field of identifying seafood, even when it is a complete fillet. Am I allowed to trust this man, and in a more general sense, what are the halakhot regarding purchasing fish in a non-kosher supermarket?
Answer:  

First of all, the name "tilapia" is often used to refer no numerous species of fish, not all of which are Kosher.

Secondly, we generally do not trust a gentile to make this identification; especially when he stands to gain by declaring it a potentially more expensive variety.

Furthermore, even if we were certain that this fish was Kosher, the knife used to cut it was very likely used previously to cut non-Kosher fish.

Generally speaking, Kosher fish should only be purchased with some skin attached to enable the identification of scales unless it is in a sealed container with a reliable Hashgacha. Additionally, it should be insured that the knife was scrubbed well with soap and water prior to cutting the fish. If the fish was already cut, the entire surface should be scraped off and washed well.

An additional issue that has arisen in recent years is that many otherwise Kosher species of fish may be infested with parasites that entail the prohibition against consuming bugs. There are various lists detailing which species from which countries are and are not problematic.

posted:2013-06-14 19:26:43  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pareve Food-Basari Pot
Submitted by Shmuel Dorr  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Shalom, I am wondering if pareve food cooked in a basari pot may be eaten with chalavi food. Does it make a difference if sharp vegetables or spices were added to the pareve food? Additionally, is it considered bishul to add spices to a hamin on Shabbat?
Answer:  

If the pot had been used for meat within the 24 hours prior to cooking the pareve food, the pareve food should not be eaten together with dairy. However, it may be eaten immediately before or after and may be placed on a dairy plate.

If the pot had not been used for meat within 24 hours prior to cooking a non-spicy pareve food, the pareve food may be eaten together with dairy. However, if the pareve food was spicy, it may not.

posted:2013-06-14 18:25:39  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - swimming pool on shabbos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Is one allowed to walk in or jump into a swimming pool on shabbos if they do not use a towel to dry off?
Answer: No. The Rabbanan forbade swimming on Shabbos out of concern one would make a flotation device, even when there is no issue regarding drying the hair.
posted:2013-06-09 21:13:51  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Unwanted gifts/presents
Submitted by Sergei Osankin  Answered by Rav Yehonoson Hool
Question: Shalom, Please, imagine the situation: someone after having consumed a great amount of alcohol - so being more or less incapacitated - decides to give his friend - who is also under the influence of alcohol - a present and his friend accepts a present and goes home. Next day, while sober from the alcohol, a giver of the present regrets having given a present but doesn't know what to do? What is the view of Halacha on this? Is the giver of the present in question allowed to ask for it to be returned? Or does Halacha view such a present as a vow which must be kept and so it is impossible to ask for the present back? Please, note, the present was given while under the influence of alcohol and so seriously incapacitated. Thank you.
Answer: A person is responsible for actions even when drunk, and any transactions that he makes are valid. However, if he is so drunk that he is unaware of what he is doing, his transactions, gifts etc. are void. (Shulchan Aruch, 232:22)
posted:2013-05-21 04:31:10  (1) comment   email to a friend


Halacha - Grill
Submitted by simi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Do I need to toivel grates for a grill before using for the first time?
Answer: Yes, since the food is cooked directly on the grate it is equivalent to a pot.
posted:2013-05-12 18:03:40  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Bracha
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: What Bracha do you make on garlik knots?
Answer: According to Wikipedia they are typically made from pizza dough flavored with garlic and other spices. Accordingly, they would always be Hamotzi, even when eaten in small quantities.
posted:2013-05-10 17:43:43  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - nail extensions
Submitted by Simi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: hi. My nails broke and i went to a nail salon to fix it. They added an extention. When i asked how i can remove it they said its permenant and will only grow out. Had i known this before, i dont know if i would do it. What should i do regarding mikveh?
Answer: Though you are right for attempting to avoid the issue when possible, you may go to the Mikva with them on. Since they are relatively permanent in nature and you want them to remain as long as they are needed, the nails are not a Chatzitza.
posted:2013-05-07 14:51:48  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - double ovens
Submitted by Simi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I have a double oven stove. 1. i'm not sure if there are vents between the ovens, can i bake dairy in one and meat in the other, if the food i'm baking is covered? 2. Theres a vent of each oven coming out in back of the stove, next to the burners, can i bake something dairy while i cook meat on the stove?
Answer:   1) To the best of my knowledge, double ovens sold in the USA generally do not vent into each other and are not a problem. If both of the foods are covered, it is certainly permitted. 2) It's ok. By the time the vapors from the oven reach the stovetop they are so dissipated as not to be problematic.
posted:2013-05-03 08:30:34  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - negiah
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: what exactly are the halachos of negiah with regards to a woman's brothers?
Answer: Technically, innocent contact is generally permitted. However, in today's reality it should be minimized, especially among teenagers.
posted:2013-05-02 16:05:08  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kashering a stove
Submitted by Simi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I bought a house from a non jew and they left an electronic stove (with glass top), how can it be koshered?
Answer:

If by a "glass top" you mean that the elements are covered by a smooth sheet of glass such as the Corning Top, most Poskim hold that it cannot be Kashered and must be replaced. However, if you merely mean that the enamel coating on the surface under the grates is glass but the food and pots do not come into direct contact with it, it is irrelevant. Ideally the grates should be replaced or blow-torched, but strictly speaking as long as they were thoroughly cleaned with a caustic cleaner it is sufficient.

posted:2013-05-02 15:13:05  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - double oven
Submitted by Simi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Hi. I have 1 stove that has 2 ovens (its not a wall oven, its a free standing double oven stove) 1. may i use one oven for dairy and one for meat? 2. if i bake something parve (like potatoe kugel or cake), can i transfer from one oven to the other? 3. How can i use the stove for dairy and meat?
Answer:

1) It depends whether they vent into each other, but generally it is permitted.

2) Yes, as long as the bottom of the pan is clean.

3) As long as the grates are clean from any residue, it is not a problem.

posted:2013-05-02 15:10:14  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - nidda
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: is there any problem of a nidda being in contact with a father of brother etc?
Answer:

No, there is no difference in her conduct with other relatives between when she is a Nidda and when she is not.

I assume you meant "a father or a brother", as an uncle is always forbidden to touch.

posted:2013-04-28 02:46:46  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - new clothing -- shehecheyanu?
Submitted by CSY  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: what is the halacha? when is one required to make a shehecheyanu on new clothing?
Answer: If it is an article of clothing that is not purchased frequently and makes you excited to buy, you should recite Shehechiyanu. Technically, if it is wearable at purchase without alterations, the Beracha should be said immediately upon buying it. However, the Minhag is to always wait until the first time wearing it.
posted:2013-04-28 02:43:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shaving when 33 Omer on Sunday
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Hi This year when Lag Bo'omer is on Sunday and it is permitted to shave on Erev Shabbos, does this extend back to Thursday night after nightfall?
Answer: One should only shave Friday morning after sunrise.
posted:2013-04-25 17:53:38  (0) comments   email to a friend


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