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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - Chanukah Gifts
Submitted by Yaakov  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Hello. What is the source for giving out Chanukah gelt or gifts? Thank You!
Answer: There doesn't seem to be any source for gifts. Nitei Gavriel quotes a number of Chassidishe Rebbes who gave Chanuka Gelt, but the Minhag is not mentioned in Bnei Yissoschar and seems to be of more recent origin.
posted:2013-12-05 10:25:19  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - chanukah
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: am i allowed to buy candles with maaser money?
Answer: No, maaser money may not be used to fulfil a mitzva you are obligated in.
posted:2010-12-01 17:29:56  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Chanukah lights
Submitted by Tzvi Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Lichvod ha'Rav: If nothing else available... can I turn on a light in the ceiling in my room (and fulfill the mitzvah)?
Answer: If literally nothing else is available it can't hurt, but you certainly should not say a beracha.In general an electric menora, while permitted by some authorities, is problematic for a number of reasons. It is unclear if the filament qualifies as a valid wick or if the electricity is acceptable as a fuel, additionally the spiral filament may be an avuka which is not valid for Channuka. Furthermore there is not a half hour of fuel present at the time of lighting, and it is not unanimously accepted that an incandescent bulb is a "fire". Based on all these factors, one should never make a beracha on an electric menora. However using the standard fixture in your room provides an added complication. The primary purpose of kindling lights on Channuka is pirsumei nissa, publicizing the miracle, and turning on the regular light is indistinguishable from what you would do every day and does not serve this purpose, your intentions aside.
posted:2009-12-14 14:35:12  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - lighting menorah
Submitted by Mr B  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: what is the problem of lighting menorah and then going tom shul to daven mincha evev shabbos.My friend insists I should daven mincha first and then light up but my shul we light first then go to daven mincha..what exactly is the problem
Answer: One may light before davening Mincha, but there are considerations that make it preferable to daven early. The menorah may not be lit before plag hamincha, about an hour before sunset. Also, if you light early enough to make it to shul for mincha, you must insure there is sufficient oil to burn until at least a half hour past tzeis hakochavim, totally burning approximately 2 and a half hours.
posted:2009-12-11 05:57:13  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - hannukka
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: can you take a haircut during chanuka can you do laundry during chanukka thanks
Answer: Channuka is not similar to Chol HaMoed and there is no restriction on doing melacha during Channuka. The exceptions would be that many do not take haircuts on any Rosh Chodesh based on Rebbi Yehuda HaChossid and women generally refrain from melacha during the first half hour following lighting the Channuka candles.
posted:2009-12-10 00:14:18  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Straight/Curved Menorah
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Shalom, I am a Judaica designer/maker. I have designed a Hannukah Menorah that has a slight curve along the length. It's part of the design so I don't want to straighten it unless I have to. The curve is slight so from the front it is clear that there are 8 candles. The candles are all at the same height (except the Shamash of course) Looking forward to hearing your opinion. Laura
Answer: A round menora is not permitted because from a distance the flames would all seem to be one large fire similar to a torch, and a multi-wicked fire is not valid for Chanuka lights. However, if the candles are on the same horizontal plane and only a slight curve as you describe, it is acceptable since the important consideration is seeing the separate flames which should not be compromised. However it is preferable that there should be a space of a finger's width between each flame to insure they can be distinguished individually.
posted:2009-09-06 06:50:45  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - throw away chanukah menora
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Can you throw away a chanuka menora that you wont use again. What about the glass oil holders or the metal wick holder?
Answer: They should be wrapped well to prevent soiling from other refuse in the garbage can, but they may be thrown out. Tashmishei Kedusha require geniza but not Tashmishei Mitzva. They would have the same Halacha as old tzitzis.
posted:2009-01-02 08:24:11  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Annulling a dream
Submitted by Shmuel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: What are the halachos regarding annulling a frightening dream that occurred on the last night of Chankah?
Answer:

Hatavas chalom may be performed on Chanuka just like any other day of the year. One should only fast under the circumstances mentioned in Shulchan Aruch OC 388 regarding fasting on Shabbos. If one does fast on Chanunka because of a frightening dream, he must fast another day to atone for having fasted on Chanuka, which is generally not permitted.

posted:2008-12-29 11:49:55  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - proper time to light chanuka candles
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: i see people lighting the menora at diff times what exACTLY ARE THE MINHAGIM
Answer: The Vilna Gaon and Rambam held the ideal time to light is at sunset, many Poskim hold tzeis hakochavim is the correct time. Sefardim and Chassidim wait for tzeis and daven Maariv before lighting. Many Litvaks light 20 minutes or so after sunset so that they are catching part of the half hour window like the Gaon, but the lights will certainly still be burning at tzeis.
posted:2008-12-22 21:34:58  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Chanuka
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: My wife is in the hospital and I eat and sleep with her. I work far from home. It is very hard for me to get home for chanuka lecht because my wife is waiting for me for supper, so I go directly from my office to the hospital. I can’t light the menorah in the hospital. So my question is if I can light in the office before I leave, since I eat breakfast and lunch in the office everyday
Answer: Since you are eating supper and sleeping in the hospital that is really the proper place to light, and you should try to light there even if it is only one candle for half an hour. If that is impossible, you should light n the office without a beracha. If you would also eat supper in the office you could light there with a beracha, just like a yeshiva bachur who eats in yeshiva and sleeps at home since the place one eats is more important than the place of sleeping
posted:2008-12-22 17:23:54  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - almana
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: A woman who is an almanah, but has family (her daughter and her husband) living in her house temporarily (a few months). Does she have to light for herself, or can her son in law be motzeh her?
Answer: She may be mishtatef b'pruta and be yotzei with the son-in-law
posted:2008-12-22 17:05:19  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - lighting candles away from home
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: i will be travelling from Israel to NY and will therefore be away from my home. I will be staying at a borrowed apartment by myself two of the chanuka nights. How should i act regarding candle lighting? should i be yotzeh by my wifes candle lighting and not light at all. should i be yotzeh by candle lighting in shul? should i light with or without a bracha in the apartment that i will be staying at (no one else will be there except me, no window to rishus harabim>
Answer:

If you can light in the apartment you are staying in at the proper time, you should light there with a beracha. If you will only be lighting late at night, you should light without a beracha. In any event your wife must light at home.

posted:2008-12-21 17:24:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


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