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Halacha - yomtov israel vs chutz
Submitted by lombard  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Assuming that when you made Aliya it was based upon a decision to remain in Israel long-term and your current visit back to Australia is merely a temporary visit to help for the births, you remain Halachically Israeli. Therefore, you would technically keep just one Seder and 7 days of Yom Tov totally. However, the Halacha is that one may not deviate from the local practice either, so you should sit through and participate in the second Seder as well, though not recite any of the Berachos. Furthermore, you may not do any forbidden Melachos on the second days of Yom Tov, whether in public or in private.

posted:2013-01-08 04:25:22  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Cooking on Yom Tov
Submitted by Ronald  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Your conscientiousness is praiseworthy. However, despite your sensitivity, there are no grounds in Halacha to insist on differentiating between Shabbos and Yom Tov. If for practical reasons you choose not to cook on Yom Tov, this is perfectly acceptable. In fact, while prior to the days of refrigeration the only way to have fresh food on the second day of Yom Tov was to cook on the Chag, today many families find it adds to the Simchas Yom Tov of the wife to not have to spend hours of her Yom Tov slaving in a hot kitchen.

If, nevertheless, you wish to find a way of distinguishing between Shabbos and Yom Tov, a solution can be found with an electric hot plate. On Yom Tov you can place food directly from the fridge on this warmer, while on Shabbos it would not be done.

posted:2012-10-03 12:11:38  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Guests
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

First of all, regarding Jewish but irreligious guests, the Chazon Ish defined those who are forbidden to cook for in a manner that excludes most non observant Jews today. Only someone aware of the Halacha and its reasoning who rebels against it nonetheless is equated to a non-Jew.

However, regarding an actual Goy there is no difference between a meal and desert. Furthermore, the Mishna Berura writes that the act of inviting is forbidden by Rabbinic decree, and even if all of the food it already prepared it remains forbidden even though there is little risk that you will actually cook more food subsequently.

posted:2012-09-28 08:59:18  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - electronic cigarettes
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

No. First of all, we do not turn on any electric devices on Shabbos or Yom Tov. Secondly, they contain an electric heating element to vaporize the liquid. Turning this on is equivalent to lighting a fire, which is forbidden on Yom Tov. Furthermore, the act or cooking/burning the solution is essentially similar to the burning of tobacco in a traditional cigarette, which is forbidden on Yom Tov by the majority of Poskim.

posted:2012-08-30 05:41:45  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Garbage Removal before Yom tov
Submitted by Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Putting the garbage out Erev Yom Tov is not a problem. You do not need to concern yourself with the possibility that that the non-Jewish sanitation workers will choose to ship the refuse outside of the techum to avoid having an abundance of garbage at hand.

However, the garbage cans are a basis for a Muktza Machmas Gufo during Bein HaShemashos and remain muktza the second day as well. A Muktza Machmas Gufo may not be moved to prevent its getting damaged.

posted:2011-10-19 04:31:37  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Wine and Meat on Chol HaMoed
Submitted by Adam  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: A Revi'is of wine and k'zayis of meat. Grape juice is not sufficient, since it is not alcoholic it does not generate Simcha. Night is fine, although some authorities question if there is an obligation the first night.
posted:2011-10-16 12:03:50  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Yom Tov
Submitted by Jacklebo94122  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

No. Garbage is Muktza, and once it has been removed from your living area and put down, it may no longer be moved.

Yes, a hot shower may be taken on Yom Tov.

posted:2011-06-12 18:01:19  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Eiruv Tavshilin
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Agreed, a beracha should not be said.
posted:2011-01-05 00:24:57  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Halacha vs. civil authority
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

First of all you should call your lawyer and ask him what your legal options are. In the USA Federal law requires courts to make reasonable accommodation for ones religious beliefs, and delaying a phone call a day or two should be considered "reasonable accommodation". Also, you should contact Agudath Israel or the OU, as these and similar organizations have extensive experience dealing with situations where demands of the courts conflict with religion. However it may be difficult to reach them on such short notice on Sunday erev Yom Tov.

If all else fails, you may ask a non-Jew to place the call on your behalf on Yom Tov, hopefully this will satisfy the Court's demands.

posted:2010-04-02 12:54:44  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Sukkot: sukka gezulah
Submitted by Tzvi Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Mishna Berura 637:9 writes that if the owner is known to not want your presence, it is wrong to say a beracha.
posted:2010-01-11 14:19:46  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - hilchot iom tov
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is a problem to derive benefit from work that a goy does for a Jew on Shabbos or Yom Tov. However, if he lit the candle for his own use, you would be allowed to use it afterwards to light your stove.
posted:2009-11-07 20:13:01  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - havdala candle on Yom Tov
Submitted by PM  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

This question brings up a number of different issues.

HaRav Elyashiv shlita is of the opinion that one may not ignite a new fire solely for the purpose of saying the beracha at Havdala on Yom Tov, since one has no intention to derive any personal benefit from its light. HaRav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zatzal was similarly doubtful about its permissibility. However this issue can easily be circumvented by using the existing Yom Tov candles for Havdala, and not lighting a new one.

The next issue is tilting the candles and holding them together , which inevitably causes more wax to melt and drip off. While the Taz 514:2 forbids one to tilt a candle on Yom Tov to make it drip because of gram kibuyi, the majority of the Achronim disagree. Additionally, the Taz himself was only referring to a situation where the expressed intent was to cause the fire to extinguish sooner, which is not the case here.

The biggest problem is separating the candles at the conclusion of Havdala. The Rema 502:2 writes that one may remove a burning stick from one side of a bonfire to place it in the fire on the other side, even though the intensity of the fire will inevitably be temporarily diminished, since the reduction of the fire is not intentional. The Mishna Berura  sk 20 adds that based on this logic one should similarly be allowed to remove the stick to light the way in the dark as a torch. So it would seem that there is no problem separating the candles after Havdala. However, the Mishna Berura adds that some Poskim disagree with the Rema's heter and forbid removing the stick, and one should be machmir for their opinion, and the Shulchan Aruch HaRav concurs with this stringency. It would appear that the same should apply to our Havdala candle, and one should be machmir, however the prevalent minhag is not to.

While it is evident that holding the candles together is permitted in Halacha and it is only a chumra to refrain, one must weigh against this the fact that using a torch or other multi-wicked flame for Havdala is only a "mitzva min hamuvchar" as the Gemarra Pesachim writes; a chumra itself.

So it seems to me that if one has a specific minhag to hold two candles together for Havdala on Yom Tov, it is permitted and not necessary to change an established and legitimate minhag. However a person who does not know of a definite family custom would be better served keeping the candles separate for the duration of Havdala.

posted:2009-09-12 19:27:58  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - 2 days yom tov
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Even though for certain Halachos we consider the two days of Rosh HaShana to be one long day, in this aspect it is similar to all other 2 day Yamim Tovim that one may not begin any preparations until nightfall. If Shabbos follows Yom Tov and an eruv tavshilin was made, one may prepare for Shabbos while it is still Yom Tov.
posted:2009-07-06 09:54:59  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Guest
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: On Shabbos or overnight there is no problem hosting a guest even if they are not Jewish, but you should be careful to put away any opened bottles of wine and observe all halachos of yichud. However, on Yom Tov one may not serve a non-Jewish guest out of concern that extra food would be prepared for them on Yom Tov, and cooking etc. on Yom Tov is only permitted for a Jew. So if you want to have this person over for a meal on Yom Tov, you would first need to clarify their status.
posted:2009-05-21 14:47:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - One day yom tov in Chul
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

On the second day of Yom Tov you may not do any melacha in public or in private, however you do need to say havdala after the first day in private. You must attend the second seder and participate in all parts of it, but without saying any of the berachos on the mitzvos of the seder. Of course you must say berachos on the foods you eat such as karpas and hamotzi.

posted:2009-03-05 09:13:40  (0) comments   email to a friend


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