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Showering the Night Before a Taanis
Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - nail polish
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Is one allowed to wear dark nail polish?
Answer: There is no specific Halacha regarding nail polish and its colors. However, the basic premise of Tznius is to avoid anything which draws undue attention. Therefore, a color of nailpolish which draws attention to the wearer would not be allowed.
posted:2013-04-14 20:51:39  (2) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - hatmana
Submitted by Huvs  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: My crockpot has a low setting and a keep warm setting. The low setting is too high (boils too vigorously) and the keep warm is too low (doesn't boil at all). However when I put a dishtowel on top of the crockpot cover I get just the right simmering point. From what I read I'm not allowed to do that but I'm wondering if there is a heter or a suggestion that would allow me to make my cholent worry-free.

You are correct that this is a potentially problematic arrangement. However, there are two possible solutions. First, the prohibition of Hatmana I sonly relevant when the entire pot is covered, if you could only place the towel over most of the lid leaving a portion of it exposed, it would be permitted. Alternatively, Hatmana is only an issue when the insulation is in direct contact with the pot. If you could use something to prop up the towel so it is not laying flat on the lid and there is a gap of air between them, this too would be acceptable.

posted:2013-04-12 04:12:44  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Women Running
Submitted by rachel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Is a woman allowed to run outside in public for excercise if she is dressed tzniusly?
Answer: No, the act of running in public draws excessive attention, which is intrinsically not Tznius.
posted:2013-04-09 11:54:32  (2) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Stam Yayin
Submitted by Arye Cope  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: While in a hotel on Pesach, my non menushal wine, that had been opened and used, but now had the cork on, was moved about 10cm across the table by the non jewish waiter. He was trying to tidy up and moved it in front of me. Can the wine be now drunk, if not, can it be given to a non jew as a gift? Thank you for your time.
Answer: You may still drink the wine. Since the wine was not moved with the intent of trying to move the wine but rather for the use of the place it occupied, it is not considered moving the wine and the wine is therefore permitted.
posted:2013-03-29 12:09:36  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Siyum of Firstborn
Submitted by Jeff Corbett  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I missed attending a siyum this morning. Is there such a thing to download and listen to shiurm of a mecechta (perhaps whichever is the shortest one) and then on completion, THAT is my siyum and I can go and grab something to eat/drink?


I see no difference in learning a Mesechta whether you learned it yourself aside a Sefer or listened to Shiurim. In fact, most participants in the Daf Yomi Sium HaShas listened to a Daf Yomi Shiur. There is also no reason to distinguish between a Shiur delivered in person and one recorded online.

However, the shortest Mesechta is Horiyos at 12 Blatt. Since the average Daf Yomi Shiur covers a Daf in around 3/4 of an hour, finishing it in one day would take 9 hours. I don't know if this is a practical solution for your dilemma.

posted:2013-03-25 09:29:59  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Keeping a Pareve kettle on a hot plate on Shabbat
Submitted by Kayla  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Can you keep a kettle of water on a blech With meat food? Does the water become meat? Can the water be used with dairy like putting Milk in your coffee after it has been on blech With meat things? Also can you use same Blech for dairy things.
Answer: It is not advisable to keep a kettle on the Blech with meat if you intend to utilize the water with Pareve and certainly dairy. It is inevitable that food will splatter or spill, which could easily render the kettle Fleishig.
posted:2013-03-04 19:30:27  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - tevilas kelim
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: regarding wine and grape juice commonly sold in Eretz Israel with mehadrin hechsherim: if I want to reuse the bottles, do they need tevilas kelim? and what about commonly sold coffee bottles, such as elite and nescafe?
Answer: First or all, many of the bottles ar elocally made by a Jewish owned factory, amd obviously do not require Tevila. Even when not, it is a Machlokes similar to foil pans. My opinion is that since they are intended for a single use, even if you reuse them they do not require Tevila.
posted:2013-02-23 13:02:18  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - fasting
Submitted by hannah  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: if travelling on trans atlantic flight on tanis esther do have to fast till night fall in the place of arrival or can we break the fast on the time of where we departed thank you

When one travels on a plane, the relevant time for all time-bound Halachos is your current location. Therefore, both for Davening and fasting, you should calculate whether it is night on the land directly underneath you, and that is the determining factor.

posted:2013-02-19 10:18:17  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Banana during a bread meal
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Do we make a Bracha on a banana during a bread meal?

Yes, a banana is considered more similar to a desert than to a side dish, and is not covered by the Beracha of HaMotzi. Consequently, it requires it own Beracha even during a bread meal.

posted:2013-02-13 03:11:54  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Lapels as corners for tzitzit
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: If my suit jacket's single rear central vent is slit most of the way up and I'm going to put tzitzis on it, do I need to round off the lapels? Do they count as corners? If yes, which of the 6 corners on the jacket are considered farthest apart: the front bottom two, the back bottom two, or the lapels? Also, does the fact that the front bottom two aren't such sharp corners matter? Thanks :)

The Beis Yosef and Darkei Moshe cite numerous reasons to justify the common custom of not tying Tzitzis on an outer garment despite having 4 corners. Some of those rationalizations are relevant our jackets as well. Therefore, there is ample support for not looking unusual and wearing Tzitzis on your jacket.

Generally, short jacket never is split the majority, but this could be an issue with a frock/kapota, although they are custom made for frum Jews and always shave a rounded corner. The issue is most relevant for coats.

If the front bottom corners are rounded as common on a single-breasted jacket, there is no requirement for Tzitzis at all. If they are basically square like a double-breasted one, they would count as square, as even a Tallis does not have perfectly sharp corners like Tefillin do.

So, if your double-breasted coat has a large slit and square corners and you feel that you want to be Machmir and not rely upon any of the Beis Yosef and Darkei Moshe's justifications; the appropriate place to tie the Tzitzis would be the 4 bottom corners and not the lapels. However, I don't suggest doing this. As my Rosh Yeshiva once said, "There is an Inyan to be normal".

As a side point, I have seen some long jackets in Yerusholaim where the lapels are rounded, presumable to avoid any question of having four square corners.

posted:2013-02-09 22:44:37  (2) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - copying copyrights
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: can i copy something that has the copyright symbol

If it is owned and produced by Jews, no you may not; though some are lenient. The main issue is whether Halacha recognizes ownership of intangible and intellectual property.

Even if the owner is not Jewish, there are serious concerns of Dina d'Malchusa and Chilul Hashem, and it is certainly not advisable.

posted:2013-01-22 17:53:10  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - "Patur" vs. "Mutar" in Talmud and Mishneh Torah re "giluach b'misparayim"
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Thank you for taking my question. I understand that one is "patur" from "malkus" for eating less than a "kezayis" of pork, but it is still "assur" to eat less than a "kezayis" of pork. The Talmud in Makkos says that one is "patur" for "giluach b'misparayim". Also the Rambam in Hilchos Avoda Zara near the beginning of chapter 12 only says that one is "patur" for "giluach b'misparayim", but he doesn't say it is "mutar". However, Rav Yosef Karo in the Shulchan Aruch says that it is "mutar" to do "giluach b'misparayim (even like a razor)". How did Rav Karo get from "patur" which is the language of Makkos and the Mishneh Torah to "mutar"? And where did he get the concept of "misparayim k'ain ta'ar" which I don't see in Makkos or in the Mishneh Torah? Thank you for your time and consideration.

You make a good point. The Rambam Avoda Zara 12:7 states "One is only Chayav if he shaves his beard with a razor; consequently, if one shaved with a scissors he is Patur". The general implication of such an expression would denote something that is forbidden.

In fact, the Kesef Mishna there notes this point but seems to consider it inconceivable that this was truly the Rambam's intent. Rather, he explains that this phraseology was used merely as a continuation of the language of the Mishna quoted previously that one is only Chayav on shaving with a razor, and he continued to use the same expression even though it is imprecise. Note that in the Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 181:10 he uses the more precise term of "Muttar" (the Kesef Mishna was written by Rav Yosef Karo who also authored the Shulchan Aruch).

Also, the Gemara never actually says that a scissors is Pattur. What the Gemara Makkos 21a says is, "I might have thought that one who cuts his beard with a scissors is Chayav, had not the Torah written Lo Tashchis".

While one might question how the Kesef Mishna was so certain that the Rambam's intent was not consistent with his syntax; in fact, the previous Halacha in the Rambam makes this explanation an imperative. As in 12:6 he writes that it is Muttar to cut the Peyos with a scissors, and they are significantly more stringent than the beard. Most Poskim disagree with this Rambam and forbid cutting the Peyos completely with a scissors, it is inconceivable that the Rambam would permit Peyos while forbidding the beard.

While the Sefer HaChinuch 252 does understand the Rambam he way you cited him, he does not address the apparent contradiction to the previous Halacha. For more sources, see Darkei Teshuva 181§17 who quotes a number of Seforim who rule stringently on trimming the beard with a scissors; possibly some of them understand the Rambam this way. Also, look in the Mafteach of the Frankel Rambam on Avoda Zara 12:7 where he lists numerous Poskim who address this issue.

posted:2013-01-13 18:19:00  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - yomtov israel vs chutz
Submitted by lombard  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: We recently made Aliya,,however we're back in Australia for a few months visiting my daughters who are having babies. we still have our house in Australia. question is. Do we have one or two nights seder in Australia and do we keep 7 or 8 days

Assuming that when you made Aliya it was based upon a decision to remain in Israel long-term and your current visit back to Australia is merely a temporary visit to help for the births, you remain Halachically Israeli. Therefore, you would technically keep just one Seder and 7 days of Yom Tov totally. However, the Halacha is that one may not deviate from the local practice either, so you should sit through and participate in the second Seder as well, though not recite any of the Berachos. Furthermore, you may not do any forbidden Melachos on the second days of Yom Tov, whether in public or in private.

posted:2013-01-08 04:25:22  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Raisin Infestation
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I called the Eidah and they said the raisins were checked. Do they rely on some sort of Rov or do they check every raisin? If they rely on Rov does that mean there still may be problems in some raisins or does the nature of infestation mean that the whole batch is definitely bug free?

I do not have any inside information on this specific subject, but I think it is safe to assume that they do not inspect each individual raisin separately. Presumably, based on the methods of cleaning them and perhaps checking a sample, they fell confident that the statistical probability of discovering a bug is below the Halachic threshold. They cannot guarantee you will never find a single bug, but they are stating that there is no obligation to suspect they are present. They have become Halachically equivalent to say carrots, which while on occasion do have worms, need not be checked.

posted:2012-12-21 00:46:21  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Bugs in canned food
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Here in Israel, 95% of the canned corn and canned beans in tomato sauce have a note near the mehedrin hechsher that you still need to check them. I'd like to understand the process of checking the two of them. Do I need to go through the corn 1 by 1? Check the water it's packed in? And what about the beans in tomato sauce? How can I check them? Thank you for being there. I really enjoy your site and try to read from it as often as possible. Tzku l'mitzvas! BEWILDERED
Answer: I've noticed this too. A simple glance at the contents to insure they are not noticably infested is sufficient.
posted:2012-12-19 03:32:41  (0) comments   email to a friend

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