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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 - 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 - 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


Halacha - Fast of first Born - Pesach
Submitted by AVRAHAM YACOV S  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It's not necessary for him to fast or attend a siyum.
posted:2008-04-15 21:44:53  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Horowitz Margareten Egg Matzah
Submitted by Michael Feiner  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I'm sorry to be the one to inform you that egg matzo is not acceptable for Ashkenazim, except for young children, elderly or ill people. Otherwise only matzo made from flour and water may be used. This should be stated clearly on the box. The reason being that the sugar in fruit juice causes the fermentation to happen faster and we cannot rely on 18 minutes.
posted:2008-04-15 14:14:47  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Taanis Bechorim
Submitted by Ariel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It seems from Mishna Berura that in his days people still fasted, because he discusses the halachos of 10 bechorim reading vyechal from a Sefer Torah and saying aneinu in chazoras hashatz. Presumably since it is from the more lenient fast days and comes at a very difficult season, the accepted custom came to rely on a siyum. A similar transformation came over the minhag to fast on a yahrtzeit which later became to make a siyum and l'chaim. Today we are often left only with the l'chaim.
posted:2008-04-15 12:41:55  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pesach- drugs
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: They are fine.
posted:2008-04-15 12:34:28  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: They should not be used. Since they are made from baked matzo they are included in the halacha of not eating matzo on erev Pesach.
posted:2008-04-15 10:29:32  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - pesach
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yes, challah may be eaten on Shabbos. However, one should only keep for Shabbos the minimal amount of challah that one expects to eat at the Shabbos meal, and whatever is left over should be broken into small pieces and flushed down the toilet.
posted:2008-04-15 09:40:40  (0) comments   email to a friend


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 - 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


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