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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - Maror - Horseradish or Romaine Lettuce?
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Either Romain lettuce or horseraddish are acceptable. Romain lettuce tends to be infested with bugs, and is is a serious aveira to eat a bug. Therefore, one should buy bug free lettuce or be prepared to invest serious time in washing and checking each leaf under a bright light. Horseraddish is difficult to eat the required amount of at least 17cc (.6 oz), unless you have a high tolerence for sharp foods.
posted:2008-04-14 19:16:27  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Passover foods - Quinoa
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I assume you are refering to Quinoa which is Kosher for Pesach if it has a reliable certification to insure that it has not been processed on the same equipment as grain.
posted:2008-04-14 16:52:52  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pots From Last Pesach
Submitted by Benny M.  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The pot should be kashered l'chatchila.
posted:2008-04-14 15:37:14  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - kitniyos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Kitniyos literally are legumes (peas, beans, etc.), and the halacha includes seeds (sunflower, poppy sesame) and other seeds that grow in a pod (mustard, etc.) rice and corn. Though they are not chometz, but they either can be made into bread or cereal like grain or the were frequently mixed with grains. Therefore, about 600 years ago most of European Jewry accepted on themseves to avoid all these foods on Pesach.
posted:2008-04-14 15:02:04  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pesach - Tequila
Submitted by joe  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: There is one brand of tequila, Casa Vieja, that is certified OUP. A tequila that is not certified Kosher for Pesach could contain chometz.
posted:2008-04-14 11:55:48  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - peanuts on peasach
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Peanuts are generally considered kitniyos because they are really a legume (bean) noit a nut. However, some Poskim are of the opinion that since peanuts are native to the American continent and were not included in the original chumra of kitniyos that was taken on in the 1300's, that they are permitted. Furthermore, there is a difference of opinion among the Poskim if oil derived from kitniyos is included in the minhag. Due to the combination of these two factors, some permit peanut oil for Pesach. However, the mainstream Ashkenazi minhag is not to use peanut oil.
posted:2008-04-14 11:42:26  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pesach - Reclining at Seder
Submitted by Mordechai  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The Gemorah relates that under such circumstances they would lean on their neighbor. Of course, you would want to ask permission from the person sitting next to you first. Alternatively, one could turn his chair sideways  and lean on the back of the chair.
posted:2008-04-14 10:13:15  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pesach String Beans
Submitted by CECELIA  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: String beans are kitniyos and Askenazim (Jews of European descent) do not eat them on Pesach.
posted:2008-04-14 09:16:01  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pesach - Microwave
Submitted by Gila  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: While some Poskim permit kashering a microwave oven for Pesach, I would not.
posted:2008-04-14 08:57:14  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Lighting Memorial Candles on Pesach
Submitted by Rebecca  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The Yizkor memorial candle is traditionally lit before the last day of Yom Tov, April 25th this year. However, it is advisable to light a candle this Friday that will burn more than 24 hours, in order to light from it the Yom Tov candles at the conclusion of Shabbos before the seder.
posted:2008-04-14 08:55:06  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - seder: Recovering Aloholic and 4 Kosos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

I'm not an expert in the field, but I remember reading a story from R' Twersky (who is) which implied that a recovering alchaholic wiuld not have a problem with grape juice. He relates that a Cathilic priest who was a recovering alchoholic asked how he could continue performing his religious duties without drinking wine. R' Twersky replied the for Jews grape juice is an acceptable substitute for wine. The priest referred the issue to his superior and eventually recieved an answer from the Vatican that if its good enough for the Jews its good enough for them.

But if grape juice is an issue, then there is a concept of chamar medina which can be used in place of wine. R' Moshe Feinstein zatzal defines chamar medina as a liquid that people dring even when they are not thirsty and is not just flavored water. Coke and instant coffee are considered flavored water, but brewed coffee and beer (not an option on Pesach) are generally regarded as chamar medina. It should be emphasised that chamar medina should be relied on only under extreme circumstances, which would include a recovering alchoholic.

posted:2008-04-14 08:47:10  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pesach - Plastic Wrap
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: No. All plasticware is acceptable without any hechsher.
posted:2008-04-14 06:59:56  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pesach - Vitamins
Submitted by sharon kay  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Generaly speaking only Kosher for Pesach vitamins may be taken on Pesach. However, if you suffer from a serious condition that can only be treated efficiently with not Kosher for Pesach vitamins then they would be considered like medicine that is permitted.
posted:2008-04-14 06:36:53  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Mezuzah - All Doors?
Submitted by Paul Ilie  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: One is obligated to attach a mezzuza to all the doors that are in the house, with the exception of bathroom doors and the like. The source for this is the Gemorra Menachos 34A and it is also brought in the Rambam Hilchos Mezuza 6:10 and Shulchan Aruch YD 284:16. I did not find it written explicitly if it is Rabbinic or Min HaTorah, but it seems to me that it is D'Oraisa based on the pasuk "You should write them on the doors (plural) of your house (singular)".
posted:2008-04-14 05:42:15  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Passover wine - Mevushal?
Submitted by S.R. Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Mevushal wine means that the wine has been cooked, according to R' Moshe Feinstein ztz"l above 180F. Pasturization usually achieves this, so today that almost all wines and grape juices are pasturized they all have the status of mevushal according to R' Moshe and most US hashgachos.

Since the bishul process degrades the quality and flavor of the wine, it renders it unfit to be brought as a korban on the mizbeach and also makes it unlikely that an idol worshipper would pour it as a libation to his diety. Therefore, the issur of yayin akum does not apply to wine that is mevushal. However for this same reason, it is preferable to use non-mevushal wine for the 4 cups and some say also for kiddush. Today pasturization is done in a way that does not significantly affect the flavor of the wine, and many Kosher mevushal wines have won awards at international contests. Based on this R' Elyashiv shlita rules that pasturization does not render a wine mevushal. But as I mentioned previously most hechsherim in the US rely on R' Moshe.

posted:2008-04-14 00:25:41  (0) comments   email to a friend


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