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Halacha - mechiras chametz
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
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Answer:  

He did the right thing, because if he would have sold the chametz through a Rav on the West Coast he would have had a much bigger problem. Since the chametz would have become assur before the sale took effect, the sale would not have been valid according to many opinions and he would have been considered to own the chametz the entire Pesach. While ideally he should have stipulated that he did not want to reacquire the chametz before Pesach ended in the Pacific time zone, the Rav could not transfer ownership to him when it was to his detriment, and he did not possess the chametz until Pesach ended where he was located at the time. Therefore, there is no problem for him to use the chametz now.

posted:2009-04-20 17:24:46  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Flour Grinded after Pesach
Submitted by Rivka Rochel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
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Answer:

They are concerned that the mechiras chametz may not have been valid for various reasons. This is a chumra and depends upon your minhag, because today many precautions are taken to insure the legitimacy of the sale.

One certainly must sell whiskey for Pesach, as it is chometz and may not be used after Pesach if it was not sold.

posted:2009-04-20 09:51:18  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kitniyot Ashkenaz Sephardi
Submitted by Jarrod Williams  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
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Answer:

It is very considerate of them to inconvenience themselves to accommodate you and I understand your wish to minimize the imposition. However, you may not eat kitniyos on Pesach even in the house on one who does, although you need not be concerned if they use the same utensils. Minhagim follow the person and not the house, the exception being if one permanently moves to a new community with different minhagim.

posted:2009-04-12 03:05:25  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kitniyos accident
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
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Answer:

According to Halacha kitniyos is much more lenient than chometz and is batel if it is the minority of the mixture, which is obviously the case here. While the minhag is to be machmir and use separate utensils for kitniyos even when it is permitted such as a baby's formula, under cases of significant loss one may rely on the basic Halacha that it is permitted.

This applies if the soy oil was certified Kosher for Pesach by a reliably Sefardi hechsher to insure that it contains nothing other than soy oil, however if it had no Pesach hashgacha it is not permitted to eat on Pesach. I have heard from a Sefardi Rav active in kashrus that even today it is very common to find kernels of wheat mixed in with soybeans, and soy oil is likely to be chometz and not just kitniyos.

posted:2009-04-06 18:15:49  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pickled Meats
Submitted by chaim  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
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Answer:

I'm not familiar with the details of the pickling process, but the more ingredients and additives you include the kashrus issues expand exponentially. Spices, like all products, should only be used with a reliable hechsher.

posted:2009-04-06 11:26:16  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kashering clothes for Pessach
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
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Answer:

While it is common to have many additional chumros for Pesach, as a good rule of thumb of you don't know anyone else who does something it is a good idea to ask. In Halacha it is sufficient to just brush the clothes well to assume that no crumbs remain, and then there is no need to be concerned that crumbs will fall into the food. Even though it is praiseworthy to take extra measures to avoid even a slight chance of even a crumb of chometz, certainly washing with detergent or dry cleaning would nullify any chometz that might remain and come in contact with the food. It would be unfortunate to miss out in the Mitzva and experience of having guests for the Seder to be machmir and worry about crumbs on the guests clothing.

posted:2009-04-02 13:42:59  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - chometz
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
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Answer:

If it contains alcohol it may be chometz, but in its current state it is certainly not fitting for a dog to eat. Therefore, according to the letter of the law it may be used, but the minhag is not to use liquids containing alcohol without Pesach approval.

posted:2009-03-31 23:43:03  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - self-clean oven
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
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Answer:

While it is preferable to cover the door with foil since it does not get quite as hot as the rest of the oven, it is not required according to Halacha. The door certainly gets hotter during the self-clean cycle then it ever would during baking chometz, and this is sufficient according to many Poskim. Additionally the oven door should be cleaned with some form of cleanser. However, if you don't cover the oven door, it is advised to be careful not to touch Pesach food directly to the hot oven door, but if it made contact by mistake it may still be eaten.

posted:2009-03-19 05:48:08  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Cottonseed oil on Pesach
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
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Answer:

Your observation is very astute that cottonseed oil is generally considered kitniyos by Israeli Poskim but not by American Poskim. The issue basically is that the Israeli Rabbbonim say that cottonseed essentially resembles flaxseed and other seeds that are considered kitniyos, while the American Poskim hold that since the seeds are inedible (as you mentioned) the concerns of the original chumra do not apply. On very simplistic terms the issue is if you follow the reason and logic behind the chumra or the words of the Achronim literally.

Since the issue is more a machlokes in Halacha than differing minhagim, you may follow your Posek even if he permitts cottonseed oil and you live in Israel.

posted:2008-04-22 05:05:47  (0) comments   email to a friend


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 - 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 - 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


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