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Halacha - pesach: Kitniyos - Chia Linaza Kinoa
Submitted by itamar shaked  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: I'm sorry that i'm not familiar with Chia Linaza, but Kinoa is not kitniyos and may be eaten on Pesach even by Ashkenazim.
posted:2008-04-13 16:35:54  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - etrog liqueur
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: One may not make liqueur from an esrog that has kedushas shvi'is because it is not the common use of an esrog. If one did make the liqueur already he must keep in mind the zman habiur. However, most esrogim availible now started growing before Rosh HaShana and do not have kedushas shvi'is.
posted:2008-04-13 09:30:53  (2) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Shabbos Erev Pesach - Neurotic Mother, Messy Kid
Submitted by Devoiree  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Maybe it would help to make him his own bite-sized challah so he can pop the whole thing in his mouth at once. Even if it is smaller than a kzayis, but for a nine year old it would be suficient. Alternatively, he could be given a piece of egg matzo. Even though we don't eat it on Pesach the crumbs he creates would not be an issue. Also, you can make hamotzi outside in your yard or porch and brush him off before reentering the house for the rest of the Shabbos meal.

A Kosher and happy Pesach for the whole family.

posted:2008-04-13 09:19:57  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Pesach: Kitniyos - Alfalfa Chestnuts
Submitted by chaim  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: Alfalfa is kitniyos, chestnuts no problem.
posted:2008-04-13 09:17:34  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Toivel Hot water Urn
Submitted by Frumie  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: It is true that disassembling and reassembling an integral part of the urn obviates the need for hagala, however this only applies if the work done is maaseh uman, something that could only be done by a professional not an average person. Furthermore, it must also be a part that when disassembled renders the urn unusable. However if the urn is electric but not electronic, then it should be safe to imerse in the mikva as long as you wait a couple of days to dry completely before plugging it in (I don't take responsibility for this idea, but I have done it myself without any ill effects). However, if it is one of the new electronic urns it shouldn't be imersed at all and is very problematic.
posted:2008-04-13 09:13:48  (2) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Hot Pesach Pot Fell on Clean Floor
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: The pans should be rinsed in a non-Pesach sink (i.e. bathtub) and then may be used without hagala.
posted:2008-04-13 09:06:45  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Kasher My Kiddush Cup
Submitted by Leonard Stern  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Yes, but. The rule is that to kasher a utensil it must be spotlessly clean. So, if the goblet has filigree or other intricate design ot may not be kashered. Also, if the stem is a separate piece that is screwed on, not soldered, it also may not be kashered.

If the goblet can be thoroughly cleaned, then after it has been cleaned you should wait 24 hours after its last contact with any hot food or liquid. Then you should boil a large pot of water until it reaches a rolling boil. Then the goblet may be imersed and should be left in the water until it returns to a rolling boil. The goblet should be removed and rinsed in cold water. All this should not be done on erev Pesach (not relevant this year).

posted:2008-04-13 07:02:07  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - hot water heater kosher for pesah?
Submitted by Jane  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: I'm sorry but there is an issue of splatters on the urn even when it was never filled with anything other than water, and even kashering the Shabbos kettle is problematic. Therefore, it is recommended to buy a separate one for Pesach.
posted:2008-04-13 05:59:37  (2) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Brachas
Submitted by LH  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: I would recommend "The Laws if B'rachos" printed by Artscroll. It is a comprehensive work with over 400 pages and should cover any questions you have. Despite its length, it is clear and easy to understand and should not be too intimidating.
posted:2008-04-11 07:37:59  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Kashering ovens and burners.
Submitted by LH  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

If you are refering to the round burners that the flame comes out from, it is satisfactory to clean them well and turn on the burner to the highest setting for 5-10 minutes. If you mean the the grate on which the pot rests, they should be replaced with a separate Pesach set or at least covered with heavy duty alumunium foil.

If you have a self cleaning oven, then you may rely on placing either of the above inside for a full self-clean cycle, but a regular oven is not suficient.

posted:2008-04-11 07:34:36  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Dental Bi-Plate for Pesach?
Submitted by Simcha  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Don't worry about asking, the Gemorra says "ain habayshan lomed", one who is too embarrassed to ask won't learn.

While many opinions hold that in this case as well it is sufficient to clean thoroughly and wait 24 hours, here it is more realistic to be machmir. So, preferably the bite-plate should have boiling water poured over it as irui kli rishon, but if there is risk that this will also damage the equipment one may rely on soaking in hot water.

posted:2008-04-11 04:47:37  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - batim scandal
Submitted by Chaim  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

I'm not at all familiar with this story, but I would recommend calling HaRav Friedlander (English speaking) at 02 571-3289. He is one of the preeminent experts in STaM today.

I have no specifec expertise in the subject, but Piskei Teshuvos 32:60 brings opinions that it would depend if the added material was in the bayis or the titura.

posted:2008-04-11 04:27:17  (1) comment   email to a friend

Halacha - Website on Shabbat
Submitted by Yosef  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

If it is purely a Torah website like Revach, than there is no more problem than making any machine that the buyer may possibly use on Shabbos. Since the site runs without any imput from its creator it is not the responsibility of the manufacturer if a melacha is done on Shabbos.

However a Jewish website that also offers items for sale would not conduct sales on Shabbos because it is forbidden to derive benefit from commerce that was conducted on Shabbos, even if no aveirah was committed by the seller.

posted:2008-04-10 09:15:36  (3) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - ReAllocating Tzedoka money
Submitted by Yeruchom Weiss  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Most Poskim hold that until the money reaches the hand of the recipient or the gabbai tzedaka one may change his mind as where to give his donation. However, there are opinions that just the thought of commiting to give tzedaka to a specific cause is binding and would require hataras nedarim to divert the funds even to another worthy cause.

The sefer Tzedaka U'Mishpat writes that it makes no difference whether one has spoken out loud his intentions or not, and even if he told the prospective beneficiary he may still change his mind according to the more lenient opinion. Of course, under these circumstances there is the the additional factor of bein adam l'chaveiro to take into account.

posted:2008-04-09 14:33:52  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Bedika on Pesach Cabinets
Submitted by Zvi L  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

When one cleans a cabinet before the 14th of Nissan it does not need another bedika because now it has the status of a place where chametz hes not been brought. This actually raises an issue the Poskim discuss of after we spend weeks scouring our house for Pesach why do we need to do any bedikas chametz at all on the night of the 14th? Some are of the opinion that under these circumstances the hiding of 10 pieces of chametz is essential to enable one to make a beracha, because otherwise the entire house would have the status of a place where chametz is not brought and making a beracha on its bedika would be a beracha l'vatala.

posted:2008-04-09 10:48:09  (3) comments   email to a friend

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