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Section: Questions   Category: Miscellaneous
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Miscellaneous - Ebay Bidding
Submitted by Rachel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Is it permitted to place a bid on ebay for an auction that will end on Shabbos (ebay automatically bids up on your behalf if you entered a higher amount) if you bid before Shabbos and pay after Shabbos? Thank you.
Answer: Yes, it is permitted.
posted:2011-05-27 02:10:54  (0) comments   email to a friend

Miscellaneous - massage
Submitted by Yisroel Moses  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: is it muter for a man to get a massage from a femail massuer, if yes why is there no problem of negiah and if no why is there no problem of yichud
Answer: It is definitely NOT permitted.
posted:2011-01-11 08:22:09  (0) comments   email to a friend

Miscellaneous - pregnancy and cemetaries
Submitted by ayelet a  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: It is my sisters late husbands yotsite tomorrow. he passed away 4 years ago. the family goes to his gravesite and then after to her home every year. this year i am 6 months pregnant and was wondering if i shopuld not go to the cemetary part. please let me know.
Answer: There are different minhagim regarding a pregnant woman entering a cemetery, some are very stringent and consider it a physical and spiritual danger to the mother and child while others are much less concerned and would allow attendance for shalom bayis. As a Litvak I would suggest that if it is important for you to attend you may rely on the lenient opinions, but if you would rather not go you can always excuse yourself as being obviously expecting. Just keep in mind that if you opt out and later do enter a cemetery during this or future pregnancies that your sister may challenge the lack of consistency.
posted:2010-09-04 18:13:44  (0) comments   email to a friend

Miscellaneous - shabbos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: what mitzvos fall under the category of zechiras shabbos?
Answer: Generally all of the Mitzvos Asei relating to Shabbos fall under the category of Zachor es yom HaShabbos l'Kadsho. Specifically Kiddush is part of zechiras Shabbos min HaTorah as well as preparing for Shabbos during the week.
posted:2010-08-03 14:36:19  (0) comments   email to a friend

Miscellaneous - Medical Cannabis
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: If I am living in a state where medical cannabis is legal, and a doctor recommends it, does Jewish law prevent me from smoking it?
Answer: Jewish Law requires one to preserve his health and not do anything that could endanger it. I am not a doctor and can not give you medical advise, but if reliable medical research has determined that smoking cannabis will not harm your health it is not forbidden.
posted:2010-08-01 19:06:45  (0) comments   email to a friend

Miscellaneous - Davening at Kotel for 40 Days
Submitted by Moshe Mordechai and Nessa Zahava Zakuto  Answered by Revach Editor
Question: Dear Rabbis, AMUS"H If someone wants to intensively pray for individuals to find their Zivug, and that person lives in Jerusalem and wants to pray at the Kotel, we heard that there's an Inyan to do it for 40 days straight. Does it matter if all those times are all during either daylight or nighttime hours, or can it be done with a mixture of both methods, e.g. going every other day arriving an hour before Shkia and staying until an hour after Tait Hacochavim? If it is inappropriate to repeatedly use the afternoon/evening methodology, if a time comes when I will need to be away from Jerusalem for a day, is it better to request that someone else substitute for me on the day I will miss, or would it be acceptable to use the afternoon/evening choice. Thanks for your considering this question. Have a Shavuah Tov and a Gut Winter. May we all be Zocheh to greet the Meshiach in our days in Yerushalaim Habenuyiah. Respectfully, Moshe Mordechai and Nessa Zahava Zakuto
Answer: Sholom Uvracha,

It has been circulating recently that Rav Elyashiv dismissed the whole notion of davening 40 days at the Kosel, saying that every Tefila at the Kosel is important.  Although one can never know if these reports are true, certainly it is a mistake to think that there is a magic formula to have your tefilos answered.  Everybody's tefilos are different and so are the problems they are davening to have resolved.  No one other than Hashem can know what it will take to have your tefilos answered, so you just need to keep on praying.  Rest assure that not a single heartfelt Tefila goes to waste whether we see the outcome or not.  Chazal tell us that Moshe Rabbeinu needed 515 tefilos to go into Eretz Yisroel, and we know how powerful each word of his tefila was from the famous 5 word Tefila he uttered on behalf of his sister.

What is more important is to know that a tefila should come from deep within, to be most effective.  You should have complete belief that only Hashem can solve all of your problems and you need to believe that he is listening to every word and loves to hear your voice.  Once you do that you are already on the right track, so don't give up no matter how long it takes.

The whole idea of 40 days is that 40 days is the amount of time for the formation of a child in the womb.  It takes 40 days to recreate yourself.  We find this theme continually throughout the Torah starting with the 40 days of the Mabul as well as the 40 years of wandering in the desert. (See also Noam Elimelech - Tzetel Katan) If you work on yourself and daven from the depths of your heart for forty consecutive days, you will surely be a better person than the you were when you began.  The deep bitachon that will mark the change, will surely spread to other areas of your life making you more complete and make your life more satisfying, and probably resolve many problems on their own.  Surely this also make a strong impression on Hashem when considering your specific requests.

So in short we are not aware of a "40 days at the Kosel rule book".  But don't underestimate the power of even a single tefila at this Holy site or anywhere in the world when a Jew raises his eyes and heart heavenward to his Merciful Father.

May the Shadchan on High match up all the single people in Klal Yisroel speedily, and end their loneliness and suffering.  And may they all build beautiful Yiddishe homes that bring Him great nachas.
posted:2010-02-09 03:36:51  (0) comments   email to a friend

Miscellaneous - Israelis in Chutz Laaretz for Chag
Submitted by Effy Stern  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Hi, I will be in the US for Passover, and I wanted to know, if it is permissible for me to fly back to Israel on the 2nd day of the end of the chag (which for me, as an Israeli, is not considered chag) is that okay?
Answer: No. When you are located in Chutz l'Aretz you may not do anything on their Yom Tov that they are not permitted to do.
posted:2010-02-08 02:52:23  (0) comments   email to a friend

Miscellaneous - looking for answers
Submitted by Steven Gonzalez  Answered by Revach Editor
Question: QUESTION: 1) Describe how you first became a member of your religion? 2) When you think of God what usually comes to mind? 3) On what basis does God forgive somebody? 4) How have your religious views changed over the years? 5) Do you believe all religions have a purpose? 6) What are your religious goals?
Answer: 1.  I was born to a Jewish mother.
2.  The one and only the creator and sustainer of the universe and everything in it every single second.
3.  Pure mercy.  Forgiveness is not logical.  A person should cease to exist the moment he violates the will of his Creator and the One sustaining him every second.  To sin requires power of which God is granting every moment.  It is mind boggling that we have the power to sin!!
4.  If a day goes by in which a person's belief does not grow, he has not lived that day.  Rabbi Saadia Gaon a tenth century Rabbi repented bitter tears every day, that based on his new understanding of God, his service from the day before was inadequate.
5.  Maimonidies says that Monotheistic religions are better placed to understand God when he reveals himself to the world.  Believing in one God is required by every human being.  That means that this must be easy to achieve if one's eyes are even slightly open and he searches for the truth.
6.   To understand with honesty and clarity what God demands of me each moment of my life and to want to run do it.
posted:2010-02-05 21:45:34  (0) comments   email to a friend

Miscellaneous - Jewish People And Earth
Submitted by Miriam Langdon  Answered by Revach Editor
Question: My children were asked to find out why the jewish people can be compared to earth/soil. I wondered if you had any ideas.

There are many explantions.  One nice one I heard, is that the sand no matter how much you trounce upon it, nothing happens to it.  It remains the same and can never be destroyed.  Many nations have tried to stamp us out but to their dismay all the stomping and kicking does not ultimately help.

If you here anything else nice, please share it with us!

posted:2010-02-04 13:38:07  (0) comments   email to a friend

Miscellaneous - Messiah
Submitted by Ben Vick  Answered by Revach Editor
Question: Does the Orthodox Jew still look for the Messiah? How does the Orthodox Jew differ from a Conservative and Modern Jew?
Answer: Sholom Ben,

Absolutely.  The Orthodox Jew prays for the arrival of Moshiach at least three times a day.  In fact one of the first questions the Heavenly court asks every Jew after their death is did you anxiously await the redemption that will come about by the arrival of Moshiach.

To answer you other question, Orthodox Jews are bound by tradition and don't omit any parts of the tradition as time goes by.  Nothing becomes irrelevant as Torah, both the written law and even oral tradition are timeless.  

The term modern Jew is a bit too ambiguous to address and does not have a specific meaning.  One can be Modern yet be 100% true to tradition if that is what you mean.  It is not necessarily a contradiction unless again it means tampering with tradition.

I hope this helps.
posted:2010-02-03 14:51:06  (0) comments   email to a friend

Miscellaneous - prayers at Kotel
Submitted by Sheila  Answered by Revach Editor
Question: What prayers or tehillim are said at the Kotel and at Kever Rochel?

Sholom Sheila,

Tehilim (Psalms) are always good to say.  Dovid haMelech wrote it with divine inspiration and these prayers are always answered.  Sometimes in ways we see and sometimes in ways we do not.  They never go to waste.  Of course if you do not know the meaning in Lashon Kodesh it is always nice to have an English translation so that you say it with more understanding and feeling.

Prayer from the heart is also very desirable in Hashem's eyes.  Feel free to speak to Hashem in your own language and tell him how you feel.  He is our Father in Heaven and is the only one that has ability to fulfill your wishes if He sees fit.  Relate to Him as such and he will respond in kind.

One more tip.  Hashem loves when you daven for all of His children while you are at it, so please include all Jews in your prayers as well. Also say a prayer for the redemption.  Hashem's honor should be the most important thing in your eyes so don't forget that.
Hatzlacha Rabba!

posted:2010-01-29 09:09:41  (0) comments   email to a friend

Miscellaneous - misuse of the internet
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Revach Editor
Question: Iam 17 years old and over the past 4 years i have had a really bad problem. I look at stuff on the internet that i should. lately its gotten to the point where i am doing it a few times a week. I keep trying to stop but i just can't. I'm trapped in a cycle that keeps repeating itself. Am I addicted? No matter how bad or ashamed I feel i keep on doing it again falling into yhe same circumstances. please give me some advice on how to control this , I can't stand this anymore! please give me some advice on how to make a plan to stop.

You may require professional help.  The only thing we can suggest on top of that from our vantage point is to increase your Torah study.  Maybe set aside extra time on a regular basis for learning (probably best with a chavrusa or study partner).  Raising your level of kedusha always helps, and Torah protects one from aveira.

Also Tefila.  If you daven to Hashem with all your heart to help you break the habit, surely Hashem will pity you and relieve your tendency to the point where it will be possible to fight and win the battle if you really desire.

Again, we are not professionals and may not undertand the depths of the problem that has entangled you.  But the above surely is a step in the right direction and should be done even if you ultimately receive professional help.

posted:2010-01-27 15:57:53  (0) comments   email to a friend

Miscellaneous - Six Mitzvos Temidios
Submitted by Chayim  Answered by Revach Editor
Question: Why aren't the Six "Zechiros" also considered as Mitzvos Temidios ?

Because they are not mitzvos temidious. You don't have to perpetually have them on your mind.  Once a day is sufficient.

Actually, I am not sure that all authorities require a daily remembrance. It may be only al pi kabbalah that we do it daily. Gotta research that point. Clearly zechiras amalek is done b'eztzem only once a year to satisfy the shikcha requirement of 12 months...

If you work real hard you can see a connection between the six daily remembrances to the six constant mitzvos. One or two are a stretch...

posted:2010-01-13 09:23:11  (0) comments   email to a friend

Miscellaneous - Siyum
Submitted by Simcha  Answered by Rabbi Tzvi Frank
Question: The first jahrzeit of a mispallel in our minyan is approaching and no one has prepared a siyum as we are acostumed to do. One person suggested that since he was near completing all of Tanach with Rashi and meforshim that this was a good siyum and the seuda a seudas mitzvo. He reminded us that ask Hashem in the Hadran to help us begin and be mesayim other masechtos "and seforim. ". What is the status of a siyum on Tanach
Answer: Reb Moshe Feinstein zatzal permitted a siyum on tanach be'iyun during the nine days allowing meat and wine. Chelek aleph siman 157.
posted:2009-12-03 21:02:46  (0) comments   email to a friend

Miscellaneous - Arba Minim
Submitted by Freida  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Do you know the best method for keeping Hadassim/Arovos fresh? Thank you.
Answer: In my experience what works best is to carefully remove the hadassim and aravos each day from the lulav and to gently rinse and moisten them. Then they should be replaced in the plastic bag they came in in the refrigerator.
posted:2009-10-01 08:39:50  (0) comments   email to a friend

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