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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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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 - pesach: Kitniyos - Chia Linaza Kinoa
Submitted by itamar shaked  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
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 - Shabbos Erev Pesach - Neurotic Mother, Messy Kid
Submitted by Devoiree  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

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
Question:
Answer: Alfalfa is kitniyos, chestnuts no problem.
posted:2008-04-13 09:17:34  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Hot Pesach Pot Fell on Clean Floor
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
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
Question:
Answer:

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
Question:
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 - Kashering ovens and burners.
Submitted by LH  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

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 - Countertops on Pesach
Submitted by hesh  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Strictly speaking either kashering or covering the countertop should be sufficient, however many people do both.

The reasoning for this is that kashering alone is problematic l'halacha for many reasons. First of all, the countertop must be spotlessly clean including the seam where it meets the wall. Secondly, some opinions hold that pouring hot water is only suficient to remove the flavor inparted by liquid chometz but not by a solid. Futhermore, many are of the opinion that the flow of water must strike directly on each inch of the dry surface, which is nearly impossible. It should also be pointed out that kashering can be dangerous and many people suffer burns each year while preparing for Pesach.

Covering alone presents practical issues. If one uses a thin cover such as contact paper it is very likely to tear over the course of Pesach allowing ones Pesach food to come into contact with the chomitzdig counter.  Therefore, it may have become a common practice to both kasher and cover, so that the imperfect kashering will at least serve as a backup to the flimsy covering.

However, the bast solution is to use a strong thick cover such as linoleum, and then no kashering would be requred.

posted:2008-04-08 12:21:22  (2) comments   email to a friend


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