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Halacha
Submitted by Avi Shlomo  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Though the yeast itself is a microorganism which is not chometz, the medium on which it grows is often chometz. Since it is inevitable that some of the medium is mixed in with the yeast itself, the yeast should be destroyed before Pesach.
posted:2008-04-18 15:04:10  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If the sink was only used to wash hands with cold water, then no kashering is necessary.
posted:2008-04-18 12:12:03  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Coffee beans on Pesach
Submitted by Daniel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Coffee beans are not real beans (legumes) but the sead of a fruit. Futhermore, it is generally accepted that kitniyos does not apply to anything that grows on a tree even if it grows in a pod. Therefore, the dietary staples of chocolate and coffee are permitted on Pesach.
posted:2008-04-17 20:39:45  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - pesach
Submitted by itamar shaked  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes. Thursday evening one should hide 10 pieces of chometz before the bedika.
posted:2008-04-17 20:27:36  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Mikva for a Divorcee
Submitted by Zechariah  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Definitely not.
posted:2008-04-17 15:52:29  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Bedikas Chometz
Submitted by Chaim  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: One should wait for tzeis, but it is not necessary to wait for Rabbeinu Tam.
posted:2008-04-17 15:09:58  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Yizkor
Submitted by Nosson Dayog  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The prohibition of mourning only covers demonstrations of grief and saddness, however, Yizkor is not meant to be sad and is not a manifestation of mourning.
posted:2008-04-17 14:54:56  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - chometz
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If he sold his chometz effective before the time of bedikas chometz, it is certainly not necessary. If the sale was effective only from the standard time, then there is a machlokes and the minhag is also to be lenient. However, one should not try to get out of the mitzva of bedika and if he will not have hs own private room at his destination to do a bedika on, he should not sell one room and do bedika on it.
posted:2008-04-17 14:26:13  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - pesach
Submitted by Howard Brodie  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: One may and should leave over for Shabbos a minimal amount of bread that he will be able to finish consuming at the Shabbos meals. The crumbs should be cleaned immediately following hamotzi, and one must finish eating the bread in the morning before the latest time for eating chometz, which will require one to daven early Shabbos morning.
posted:2008-04-17 13:10:32  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Candlelights and Seder
Submitted by Shlomo  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Better not to say Shehechiyanu at candlelighting and only say it at the seder.
posted:2008-04-17 10:28:44  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - baking matzah
Submitted by shulamit  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

It is customary not to bake matzos on Pesach because whenever one bakes matzos there is always some dough that falls on the floor or sticks to the implements or otherwise doesn't make it into the oven within 18 minutes and becomes chometz. On Pesach there is the issue of not being allowed to own chometz and bitul does not help. While there are wys of getting around these problems and before matzos were commercially mass produced many people did bake matzos at home on Pesach, today it is generally not done.

posted:2008-04-17 04:24:30  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - heating soup on chag
Submitted by elyssa  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

On Yom Tov itself there is no need for for a blech, the soup may be placed directly on an open flame. On Yom Tov there is no problem placing cold soup from the fridge or even raw soup on a lit burner, however the soup should not be left over Shabbos on an uncovered flame.

A new fire may not be lit on Yom Tov so you may not strike a match on turn on a burner that has automatic electric ignition, but if you have a pilot ligth or light the burner manually you may turn on the gas knob and light the fire from an existing flame such as a candle lit from the same 24 hour candle you used to light your Yom Tov candles.

posted:2008-04-16 22:26:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - shalosh ha'regalim
Submitted by Ekka  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Generally speaking the important deciding factor is: are you still a "chutznik" or are you "Israeli". This has nothing to do with your citizenship, but is more a state of mind have you commited to stay or not. Therefore, a student in a one year program is usually considered to still be a "chutznik" and keep two days even if you have plans to make aliya at some time in the future, because now you are still a "chutznik. Most Rabbis would apply this even to someone who happens to be in Israel, but there are some who hold that is suficient to be present for all 3 chagim like your Rabbi. Someone who has more concrete, immediate plans to make aliya might keep one day even if they happen to find themselves in chutz l'aretz. Some Rabbis tell anyone who is supported by parents in chutz l'aretz to keep 2 days beause they cannot decide absolutely to stay in Israel if their funding was cut off.

The bottom line is that the halacha depends very much on each individual's personal situation, and if you already have a Rabbi who knows you you should ask him.

posted:2008-04-16 22:09:49  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - dental work
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If you can remove it yourself easily and can tolerate boiling water than it should be kashered through hagola. If it might be damaged by boiling water I addressed that in a question regarding a child's bite-plate. If it cannot be removed, it is the same as fillings which I also addressed in an earlier question. Pardin my brevity, but I just had a baby boy today.
posted:2008-04-16 22:07:05  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - pesach - vitamins
Submitted by B  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

No. One cannot rely on the pharmacy to tell you that there is no chometz in the vitamins and while it is important to take prenatal vitamins, but most of the nutrients can be recieved from diet and missing one week of suplements will not harm the mother or baby in any way. Also, today there are many vitamins with a hechsher, and I would assume it is possible to find even Kosher for Pesach.

Regarding Tums; you would have to check if it has a reliable hechsher for Pesach, and if not it should not be taken.

posted:2008-04-16 17:12:52  (0) comments   email to a friend


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