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Your Question:  Are you allowed to have a cleaning lady come to your house and clean after chatzos on tisha bav?

Rav Moncharsch Answers:  Not only may you have a cleaning lady come after chatzos, but many have the minhag to clean the house even by themselves. The Arizal explained the minhag is to demonstrate our deep-seated faith that Moshiach and the geula are on their way.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Ya'aleh V'Yavo Or Ritzei For Seuda Shlishis Shabbos Erev Rosh Chodesh?

Question: Is it necassary to finish Sholosh Seudos before Shekiah on erev rosh chodesh?

Answer from Rav Peretz Moncharsh:  It is not necessary to finish the entire meal before shkiya, but if one eats bread after sunset there is a dilemma whether to say Retzai or Ya'aleh v'Yavo, so it best to at least finish the challa before shkiya

Fri, 22 May 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Halacha Answer Of the Week: Esrogim From Eretz Yisroel

Question: I'm buying esrogim this year from Eretz Yisroel that are otzar beis din and others that rely on a heter from Rav Moshe that they can be sold if its specified that you pay for the lulav, so you aren't buying sheviis produce. In both cases, what are the inyanim by disposal of the esrog?

Answer by Rav Peretz Moncharsh: In both cases the esrog has Kedushas Shviis and must be returned to Eretz Yisroel for biyur before Tu B'Shvat. Also, care must be taken not to damage the esrog in any way.

Sun, 12 Oct 2008 03:00:00 +0000

There are many products on the market to day made specifically to alleviate hunger and weakness on a Taanis, marketed under names such as Tzom Kal, Kalei Tzom, and Peleh Tzom.  Some are liquid and some are tablets.  This year since Erev Tisha B’Av is on Shabbos and there is an issur to take medicine on Shabbos, one reader asked the following question.
Question: Is one allowed to take Tzom Kal this year since it is on shabbos?

Answer by Rav Peretz Moncharsh: The tablets may not be swallowed on Shabbos, however the liquid form may be mixed into a food or drink and consumed on Shabbos. Preferably, it should be mixed before Shabbos. Additionally, it is better if one begins taking it before Shabbos begins, because then there is more reason to be lenient to continue further doses on Shabbos.

Important note.  The Internet does not replace a local Rov and a personal relationship.  There may be specific minhagim especially when it comes to matters of Halacha that are not unanimous to all.  One should consult their local Rov on all matters of halacha.

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 03:00:00 +0000

Question: Quick question. A computer I need for business will be significantly cheaper on Sunday (at Staples) and if I wait until after Tisha B’Av it will be a few hundred dollars more. Do I need to wait? I will be more than happy not to open it and use it until after Tisha B’Av. If it is permissible, will there be (C"VS) any danger to my business if I do purchase it? Thank you!

Answer Rav Peretz Moncharsh - The Halacha is that you may go ahead and buy it. However, R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zatzal once pointed out when asked a similar question that no one would ever ask such a question when sitting Shiva for a parent, which in Halacha would be equivalent. Putting it in that perspective really illustrates that we don't truly feel the mourning the way we should. I'm not advising you to wait on the computer, just pointing out that we all need a little introspection regarding our attitude towards the Churban.

Sun, 03 Aug 2008 03:00:00 +0000
Halacha Question of The Week - Toveling A Water Cooler?

Question Submitted by anonymous: Do you need to tovel a water cooler?

Answer by Rav Peretz Moncharsh: An interesting question. Obviously it would be prohibitively difficult to toivel and the minhag is certainly not to, but is there justification for such a hanhaga?

Assuming the receptacle inside is made of metal one would have to rely on a combination of factors to permit the water cooler. First of all it is not used as a utensil at a meal (kli seuda), and as a means of preparation it is only obligated in tevila M'D'Rabanan. Furthermore, since it only works when plugged into an electrical outlet, R' Shlomo Zalman Aurbach zatzal considers it to be mechubar l'karka (connected to the ground) and not mekabel tumah. However, if it has a mechanical faucet as opposed to an electronic one this may not be true.

Thu, 26 Jun 2008 03:00:00 +0000
Halacha Question of the Week: Why Not Count Two Days Sefira Each Night, Sfeika DiYoma? Submitted by Baruch Question: Out of israel we keep 2 days of Yom Tov but we still count sefira like Eretz Yisroel.  Why?  Even if today it is not a safek just a minhag, then how did they count when it was a sofek? thanks a lot... baruch

Answer by Rav Peretz Moncharsh:  The Rishonim address the first issue of why today we don't count two days each day, and they answer that since Sefiras HaOmer is only D'Rabbanan nowadays, it would be inappropriate to be machmir on counting Sefira in a way that would lead to the disrespect of Shavuos. Since we would end up counting the 49th day in doubt on the first and primary day of Shavuos, it would lead to reduce the dignity of the day.  Alternatively, there are Acharonim who answer that counting by definition requires a specific and accurate reckoning, which cannot be reconciled with counting two times each day.

Regarding what was done when there was a true safek, it is impossible to know with certainty.  However, according to the second reason mentioned previously, the Dvar Avraham writes that they did not count at all until the messengers from Beis Din arrived to report which day had been proclaimed Rosh Chodesh Nissan. This seems improbable because it would mean that the Amoraim in Bavel didn't count the first days of Sefiras HaOmer, and we find no mention of such a shocking fact in the Gemara.

Another possibility proposed is that they in fact counted two days out of doubt (some say with and some say without a beracha), and that when they heard the accurate date they either switched to count the single accurate date or continued to count two.  Alternatively, they may have only counted presuming that Rosh Chodesh was the 30th of Adar as it was most years and in our current calendar, and if necessary adjusted their count when the heard what the Sanhedrin decided. It should be pointed out that when the Beis HaMikdash stood Sefiras HaOmer was D'Oraisa and there more reason to have counted two days.

Sun, 01 Jun 2008 03:00:00 +0000
Halacha Question of The Week - Changing Sefira Minhag

Question Submitted by Anonymous: If someone watched a movie with music during the first part of sfira... is he supposed to switch over and keep the second part instead?

Answer by Rav Peretz Moncharsh: First of all, I wouldn't recommend watching movies the whole year and certainly not during Sefiras HaOmer.  However, from your question I presume that in the past you kept the second part of Sefira, and just because one happened to listen to music during Sefira is not grounds to change ones minhag. Changing minhagim is not a simple matter and should not be done lightly. I know there is a common misconception that R' Moshe Feinstein zatzal permited one to change which part of Sefira he observes at whim, but a careful reading of the teshuva makes it clear that he never allowed any such thing.

Sun, 11 May 2008 03:00:00 +0000

The following questions were submitted to AskRevach and answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh.  For more on questions and answers on all topics you can go to

Halacha Kitniyot
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Your Question: what are kitniyos, can you provide a list of what foods are in this category and or how to determine which foods fall into this category.

Revach's 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 they were frequently mixed with grains. Therefore, about 600 years ago most of Eastern European Jewry accepted on themselves to avoid all these foods on Pesach.

Halacha - peanuts on Pesach
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Your Question: are peanuts Kitniyot? and if so how come that one can find kosher for pesach peanut oil

Revach's Answer: Peanuts are generally considered kitniyos because they are really a legume (bean) not 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.

Halacha – Baby Food Kitniyos
Submitted by Yael Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Yael Asks: If you have an infant, 7 months old, are you allowed to feed it baby cereal (kitniyos) on pesach, and if yes how do you go about it.

Rav Peretz Moncharsh Answers: Yes, one may feed kitniyos products to an infant because the minhag of not eating kitniyos on Pesach was not taken on for young children or for people who are ill. However, one must be careful to ascertain that the product in question has a reliable hechsher to insure that it doesn't contain any real chometz. In Eretz Yisroel there are many hechsherim who certify products as "Kosher for Pesach for those who eat kitniyos", but in America it is harder to find.
A Sefardi Rav once told me the when he went to check a facility that produces soybean oil for Pesach he found numerous kernels of wheat mixed in with the soybeans. This would of course be forbidden even for children. So, there is still today a good reason for this minhag and a reliable hechsher is essential.

Tue, 15 Apr 2008 03:00:00 +0000
Website Running on Shabbos

Yosef Asks:  Shalom, What is the halacha regarding running a torah website all week. Must one shut it down on shabbos? thanks!

Rav Peretz Moncharsh Answers: If it is purely a Torah website like Revach, than there is no more problem than making any machine that the buyer may possibly use on Shabbos. Since the site runs without any input from its creator it is not the responsibility of the manufacturer if a melacha is done on Shabbos.

However a Jewish website that also offers items for sale would not conduct sales on Shabbos because it is forbidden to derive benefit from commerce that was conducted on Shabbos, even if no aveirah was committed by the seller.

Rav Peretz Moncharsh is the voice behind our popular Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Yomi daily audio.  American born, Rav Peretz learned in the Yeshivos of Philadelphia, South Bend, Brisk-R Dovid, Mir and Kollel La'asukei Shmaytsa.  He currently lives in Beitar and is a Moreh Horaah on both the Ashkenazi and Sefardi Batei Horaah as well as the Rosh Kollel of Kollel Shaarei Horaah.

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Fri, 11 Apr 2008 03:00:00 +0000