רשאי להתפלל בחדר המיועד לתפילה לכל הדתות אם אין שם צלמים עניית אמן בגילוי הראש Hi Rabbi, I forgot to say havdalah before I ate is it okay to do it now? Hi Rabbi, does stoneware need to be dipped (crockpot)? Hi Rabbi, can lucite be used for meat and dairy? Hi Rabbi, do I need to dip a blender? Thanks. Hi Rabbi, do prunes need to be checked? Hi Rabbi, I bought these beans (first time buying this company) and when I opened it I saw it says ham flavor but there’s a kashrut on it. Is it ok to use? Does parboiled rice need hekhsher? (during the year, not pesach necessarily) Can I put up chulent 5 minutes before Shabbat? Kvod Harav, is one allowed to play with Legos on Shabbat? Hi Rabbi, in a big resort with acres of property can I go for a walk with the carriage on Shabbat? Kavod harav, am I allowed to benefit (selling) from neveala meat, treafa and hazier? If I have a toaster oven that had non kosher pizza heated inside but covered completely in foil, and was also used to reheat certain meats, can I use this same toaster oven to heat up my parve bread? Is the toaster oven kosher If someone throws out furniture but it’s in good usable condition, is it ok to take it? Kavod harav how do we make a bracha by the brit in front of the baby when he’s unclothed? Is there a issue with giving money to a mosque or church for their building maintenance as a house of worship? Kavod Harav can a אשת כהן מעוברת enter a cemetery if we can take away the safek by doing a sonogram knowing that for sure it’s a boy and then there is only one safek נפל Hi Rav, is there an issue cutting your nails on your hands and feet in one shot? I’m told it’s best to cut each part on different days. Is this true? Kevod Harav What is the din by a non Jew salting the tefillin straps? Who allows and who prohibits it? Kavod harav can a person WORK In a wine store and sell as a cashier NOT OWN THE WINE? (Not kosher, and the owner of the wine is a goy.) Kvod Harav If one took off his tallith katan for more 15 min but less than 30 min, does he have to say a brecha to put it on? Kavod harav is a שוחט allowed to slaughter an animal in front of another animal that is waiting to be slaughtered? Good evening Rabbi, Is it possible for one to set a condition in advanced where saying a bracha on a food item (for example, Shehakol on water) once would cover all items that fall under that bracha for every meal /sitting (for example, you want to eat chicken that you didn’t think of having when having the water)? Or must one have have this “covering all food items of the bracha” kavana separately each time for each individual sitting/meal? Are we allowed to take something to the tailor on a Friday even though it may cause the goy to work on Shabbat? Hi Rabbi I just bought chicken liver, it says it needs to be salted and broiled. What’s the right way of koshering it please? Kevod harav, does plastic Tupperware require tevilla? Kavod harav can I answer amen to the bracha that is said by the person who is getting an alliha and doesn’t repeat the words after the bal kore? If my 4 year old son decides to play with the timer on Shabbat and now the lights are on in my bedroom and I can’t sleep. What are my options? Can I call a goy or it’s not allowed? Thanks. Kavod HaRav, if one gets into their parent’s car and hears them listening to secular music, can one ask them to turn it off or is it not Kibud Av Ve’Em? Shalom Rabbi Tahan, is a three year old boy allowed to wear tzitzit if he hasn’t been potty trained yet? Do you do afrashat challoh on 14 cups flour? Kvod Harav can one eat a salad where the onions were cut with a dairy knife, and the lemon with a meat one? I started cooking milk in a meat pot that I didn’t use for a week. It wasn’t even hot when I stopped it, maybe 30 seconds later. Do I have to throw the milk or kosher the pot? Kvod Harav, can we buy things from a store that doesn’t charge sales tax, is it considered lifnei iver? By mistake my husband warmed up a blintz with meat in a milk toaster, is it ok to use the toaster? The blintz was parve, dry without foil, and the meat was wrapped in foil. Hi Rabbi, do metal sink holders (strainers that stop pieces from going down the drain) need to be dipped in a Mikvah, since I’ll be washing it with my sponge? What pasuks in tehillim are best to read for the sick? I have a shaila, I’m hosting dinner tonight but we haven’t toiveled all our bowls yet, and we don’t have enough plastic ones. Can I use them anyway or I am not allowed? Kevod Harav, what does one do if after coming out of the bathroom he needs to go again within 72 minutes of the first time, but he didn’t say Asher Yatzar for the first time. Can he still say it? Kevod HaRav, I pray in a minyan for Minha and we almost never have a shomer Shabbat minyan. I’m Sephardic and the nearest Sephardic shul, other than mine, is a half hour walk. Should I go to the ashkenazi ones, the other Sephardic one, or can I stay? Kevod Harav, is it bedievad to have tefillin made from בהמות דקות? Also is it bedievad to have tefillin made form parts not one whole part? Shalom Rabbi Tahan, for a family that keeps chalav israel, does baby formula have to be chalav israel as well? Shalom Rabbi Tahan, is a three year old boy allowed to wear tzitzit if he hasn’t been potty trained yet? Do frozen edamame beans (both in shell and without) need a hechsher? Shalom Rav a mom gave birth to twins, one passed away one day after. Do they do sheva, levayah? What’s the halacha in a case like this? Hi Rabbi, when’s the latest to read Minha? Hi Rabbi I have a bottle with a metal ball inside used for mixing drinks, does the ball need to be Tovel’d? Kavod HaRav, can one give/sell non-Kemach Yashan products to a jew? Must one be standing up when saying the bracha of Asher Yatzar? If one switched talit katan mid-day lmaase do we need to make a bracha on the new one? Is one allowed to have his tefilin straps dangling on the floor? Kavod harav is it Halacha to say the yehi ratzon before learning? If some who previously rented a bed in my Dira left a lot of things, and went back to America, and it’s been sitting around for the past 2 years. Everyone are scared to touch the items because it’s not theirs, but they are rotting and taking up lots of space. Is the Baal hadira authorized to throw out the items? (Not all the items are rotting some of them are still in good condition) Do we make a blessing on dipping a glass? Kavod harav is shenaim mikra considerd learning? Kvod harav, for the first year of marriage is it permitted to have guests? Kavod harav if my wife put on make up on Shabbat can I look at her in the face or can I not benefit from this issur? Are we strict these days to wash our hands before eating a fruit or vegetable that is wet? If we don’t dry it? Kevod harav, according to the opinion that you can not read targum of torah at night. Can one read it before praying arvit and doing havdalah , even though it is passed shekia? Kavod HaRav, according to sefaradim, can one eat fish caviar with butter? In other words, do fish eggs also have the status of “fish”? Is saying tehilim between Aliyot on Shabbat considered talking in the shul? Is it a hillul Hashem if a Jew wearing a kippa does not stand for the national anthem? Does a person make a new beracha if he takes off tefillin/ talit to use the restroom? Is it mutar to eat a meat burger with fake/tofu cheese? The problem otherwise is marit eyin? Kavod harav is it considered a head covering if just 1 not 2 like the velvet kamikas? If one accidentally spills boiling hot water on their skin on Shabbat, can they use cream or medication? Does a person have to give maaser on unemployment checks from the government? When one performs a Misva liluy nishmat for someone else, does the person give away his zechut? Kavod harav do I have check a suit for shatnez even though it says 100% cotton or polyester, and no wool? Wouldn’t we say suffick deorita lechumira? Kavod HaRav, can one pray in a minyan where there are exactly 10 people and not all are answering ברוך הוא וברוך שמו and אמן and they have been asked to answer multiple times but still don’t? Is there a Passuk that you are supposed to say when you pass a shul? Hi Rabbi, is there an ענין not to cut a babies nails until they’re 40 days old? Can a man do netilat yadaim wearing a ring? Does it matter if they sometimes briefly (few seconds) take it off or move it around out of habit Kavod harav can one play the lottery (scratch offs only)? Hello rav, is hazara on what you already learned considered learning? If a person is under a lot of stress and is listening to kosher music is that considered bitul Torah? The Leviim used to sing songs at the holy bet hamikdash and they were the teachers of klal Yisroel. So if they would take time to sing instead of learning what does that show? Also it was an important aspect of the avodah in the bet hamikdash. Also Dovid Hamelech used to sing.. Whats the Ravs take on this? Kavod harav, do I need to make a beracha on medicine if it’s in liquid form? Hi is it ok to buy loose roasted peanuts in the shell in any fruit store, or it needs a kosher symbol? Can I heat up a pareve muffin that was cooked in a dairy oven in a meat oven? Would I need to cover it? Is triangle K reliable for ocean spray cranberry juice? Hi rabbi, is breast milk parve? Do I wash the bottles in the meat or dairy sink? Rav, accidentally I melted butter in a meat pan. What should be done? Hi rabbi, I found a bug in my cooked pasta. What do I do? Shalom Rav, cutlery and crockery that wasn’t used in 7 years can it be considered pareve? Hi Rabbi if someone used a meat fork by mistake to eat cold yogurt what can I do with the fork? Can I still keep it? Is one allowed to make tehina on Shabbat (from the paste, its a thick paste, you add water/lemon/spices and it becomes more liquidy when you mix it)? If not, does it become assur to eat if someone violated the issur? If someone has a very minute taste of meat (just for seasoning purposes) can they eat dairy ? Kavod harav if someone goes to another person house and he knows they have glatt kosher meat (not Bet Yosef). If this person goes there and eats the meat not to embarrass him does the HOST who HOSTED THE MEAL get the avera?? Kavod HaRav what’s the significance of the Torah telling us the whole background about who the kings were and how they went to war? Hi rabbi if i boiled onion and garlic in a dairy pot together does it make it dairy, because I remember learning that onion and garlic becomes what you cook it in a meat or dairy pot, so I wanted to know if the soup is considered dairy now? Hi Kvod Harav can one who is in the first year of Aveilut for a parent go out to eat dinner with a few couples for his friend birthday? (No music) Rabbi my son fried chicken cutlets in a dairy pot which was used last week, what should I do? Kvod harav can one listen to Jewish music in the morning before saying brachot? Kvod Harav during kedusha, should one raise his heel 3 times for every time he says kadosh or one time for every time he says Kadosh? Kavod HaRav, if one was debating to eat either mezonot bread or hamotzi bread and decides to eat mezonot bread and says a bracha, then while eating mezonot bread he decides he wants hamotzi bread now, is it considered a bracha levatala on what he said on mezonot because he could’ve covered it with hamotzi from the start? If someone near you is praying so loud during amida and moving around a lot and you can’t focus are you allowed to move to another spot? Shalom kavod Rav if my friend at work laid out 9.71 for lunch one day, can I give him back $10 and tell him keep the change as a matana/ or tell him put it in tzedaka, or is this a problem of ribit? Rabbi, what’s the halacha on lighting Shabbat candles at home and then taking a short drive to a guests house? What’s the Halacha with sippy cups for toddlers/kids? Can I put milk into it and child can still use it when eating fleishigs (to drink large drink)…? If above is “no”- then can child use same sippy cup by both milchig and fleishig meal to drink something parve? Shalom Rabbi Tahan, if I am fleshik, and I want to eat a meal cooked with dairy equipment, all parve ingredients but onions is one of the ingredients. Is the meal considered milkchik? Would I be allowed to eat it? Shalom Rabbi Tahan, is a woman allowed to double knot her tichel, belt or shabbat shoes for a child on Shabbat to hold better? And does it have to be taken apart before Shabbat is over, because sometimes it stays until motzei Shabbat? Are you allowed to file nails on rosh chosesh? Is the OK hechsher reliable for an askenazi for meat? (In Brooklyn) kavod haRav is this granola bar Mezonot/Al Hamichya or Adama/Borei Nefashot or mezonot/borei nefashot? Where does it say in Torah Sh’Bichtav that we must refer to the Rabbanim, other than ‘lo taturu’, the karaim don’t listen to Torah Sh’Baal peh. Where in Torah sh’bichtav does it say we must? If one finds a $20 bill on the floor in a bathroom that belongs to a community center, what are they supposed to do with the money? Hi rabbi do I need to dip glass candle holders in a mikvah if eventually I’ll be washing them in dishwasher with other dishes? Is Starbucks strawberry green tea Kosher? Do we make bracha achrona on a cup of water? If a person made shechakol on pasta does he have to say mezonot also? Is there a teshuva from Reb Moshe that if married women have their hair uncovered it’s not considered erva because it’s common nowadays? Is there a way to make a Brocha in front of an erva i.e. eyes closed head turned? Kavod harav is mix seating mutar if there might be a chance that 1 woman might come dressed not tzniut, there’s a doubt, can a person attend such things? Kavod harav if one has an immodest picture or a tv and watches immodest things and that person wants to make a bracha on the mezuzah is it levatala because it says guard your eyes in the parchment of the mezuzah, so it’s contradicting itself? /Does a garage door need a mezuza Kavod harav is Shema considered teffila? Can I answer amen, and or yehe sheme raba, to kadish during kriat shema, what about saying kedusha during shema? Shavua tov, Does the issur of brothers and sisters kissing each other apply today? Why is it מעשה טפשים? Do we treat it like real Halacha? How much wine do I need to drink by havdalah? Can I just sip? Can a Sefaradi use a soap bar on Shabbat? If I am in shul (on Shabbat) and food gets on my clothes can I tap my shirt with water? Kavod harav is it mutar nowadays to look in a mirror on Shabbat (because you might use it to do something to your hair/fix something) if so source please? Do any poskim address the question of whether single people can be involved in making shidduchim? It seems to be not tznius to me. Kavod harav saying the mi sheberach in between alliot is a problem because it’s assur to speak in between alliot? Kavod harav, if I read Shema deorita morning and night without taamim am I yotse lechathilla? Can we use scissors on Shabbat to cut food packages? Is it OK to get a haircut on sunday, because when Lag Baomer falls on Sunday you can get a haircut on Friday because it’s not nice to Shabbat? Kavod HaRav, if i say mezonot on one thing and then I want something else that is mezonot a couple of minutes later but I didn’t have it in mind from the first mezonot, do I say mezonot again on this second item? Good evening and Chodesh tov Rabbi, If one drinks a drink with a hamotsie meal and then says Birkat hamazon, if he wants to continue drinking the same drink after he finishes bentching, does he say a shehakol? Rav, if a man puts himself in a situation of sinning bemezid, and then walks away from the sin at the last moment. Does he have to do Teshuva for putting himself in a sinful situation? Kvod Harav, if a safaradi doesn’t put talit gadol in general does he say a bracha on talit katan in the morning? Can I shave today for kvod Shabbat, because you can’t shave on Rosh Chodesh? Can one say lashon hara about a goy? Can we shake hand or hug on 9th of av? Kavod harav is one allowed to move after amida and just walk before the shaliah tzibur starts the shemono esri? Kvod harav, If a person went to the bathroom and didn’t say beracha and went to the bathroom again. Does he say Asher yatzar twice? Is one allowed to shake an avels hand or hug him? Kavod Harav, if one is stringent on chalav yisrael and he needs to use a diet food program to loose weight however the diet food program only gives oud food and not chalav yisrael can one be lenient only for the time he is on this program to eat oud nutrients bars, etc.? Rav Tahan Shlita, What’s the best way to toivel a microwave? Do we eat fish on seudat mafseket? Do I need to repeat the amida if I don’t remember if I said המלך הקדוש? can someone do Selichot after netz? When’s earliest I can light (erev yom kippur)? Kavod harav:Can u wear a pair of shoes it has leather just for design (nike-logo)? Is one supposed to pray mincha early today (erev yom kippur)? How much should one give if he is making Kaparot with money. Can the money be given to a shul or does it have to be given to someone who studies Torah? Rabbi is it proper to take those supplements that help you fast before kippur begins? Can one ask anything he wants on kippur not like rosh hashana? Is the any kashrut issue with licking the adhesive part of an envelope? Nursing women must fast if baby is 5 months? Is using a suppository for Tylenol if I have a headache on yom kippur ok? Can one use a glass bowl for both meat and milk (assuming it was washed between milk and meat) שלום כבוד הרב. האם אפשר להשתמש בפלטה ביום כיפור כדי לחמם אוכל לילדים? לפי הספרדים… Better to go to the mikva before or after minha (erev yom kippur)? If one drinks hot tea fast enough cedei shetiat reviit does he say beracha achrona Rabbi do we have to pray mincha before seuda mafseket (yom kippur)? Should children who are eating hear kidush (yom kippur)/ Is it okay to wear silver cufflinks (yom kippur)? is a slice of bread a Kazayit Can one wear lace does on shabbos because he’s tying a knot? If one still Did not say Hataras nedarim can he still say it today (erev yom kippur)? If my wife is staying by her parents house for yom Kippur…does she light a candle with a beracha even though her mom will light the candle also? Is it ok for a man to wear a wedding band on Yom Kippur? Hi rabbi my wife is 6 months pregnant do I do capparot on the baby also? Am i able to wash out a retainer w water tom morn? Also can i use mouthwash (yom kippur)? Kavod haRav do women make shehechiyanu when lighting tonite If they wont be in shul to shehecheyanu (yom kippur)? Does one make a bracha when smelling snuff? can i wear suede shoes (yom kippur)? If a man lights, is t similar to Shabbat. That I have in mind not to take on fast yet and still do melachas (yom kippur)? Hi Rabbi can I drink fresh squeezed orange juice that was bought from non kosher restaurant Kevood HaRav Whatvis the latest one can say Shahrit NY time? Do you need to eat with a kipa on, or can you make the bracha with a kipa on and then take it off? Can one clean his shoes on shabbat with a baby wipe? Kvod harav, Can a father bless his son in law on Shabbat or before Yom Kippur Shalom Rav, based on the concept of Ikar and Tofel, can one say a bracha of mezonot on cookies and cover tea as well if he’s only drinking the tea to enhance his cookie appetite? Has one fulfilled saying a beracha if he mouths the words instead of saying it. Or does he need to include his voice? Can one use maser money to purchase a zechut (ex Neilah or an aliyah) on yom tov? shalom harav if someone buy a suit and it says 100% wool should be checked for shatnez? Does one need to buy daled minim or can he use someone else’s? Rabbi- if one eats a meal in his parents house does he need to say the paragraph for a guest during birkat hamazon Good morning Kevod Ha Rav, can someone give kapparah money to kiruv [instead], if he at first had in mind to give it to a shul? Can I use any type of string to tie down the schach? Are plastic zip ties ok? How long do I have to wait to eat meat after eating aged Parmesan? Am I allowed to shower hot water soap and shampoo, Ashkenazi? Can you please answer for a taanis in general? Is one allowed to get a temporary tattoo? Hi my minhag is not to wear tefilin during minha of a fast- do I need to if im praying with rov wearing tefilin? Kvod harav, is it ok to eat before maariv after the fast? If you own residential property in Israel but live in the US year round, are you exempt from keeping the second day of Yom Tov outside of Israel? Can a a Sephardic Jew daven Ashkenaz Nusach if he finds it easier to follow? Does one say shehechiyanu on pomelo fruit if he didn’t have it all year round ? Rabbi till what time one could still eat Seuda reviiit? Is it okay to use moutwash on this fast (10 Tevet)? If i drank some water early morning after alos shud i still continue fasting? Does one need to tovel a keurig Can one get a haircut tomorrow (10 Tevet)? Are you aloud to carry a vase of flowers and move it to a different location? Say from the dining room table to a coffee table? Is one allowed to fly within USA this Sunday (fast day 10 tevet). Are women who are breastfeeding exempt from the fast on Sunday (10 Tevet)? Can I eat cake and coffee before shacrit on shabbat morning since we finish late? In terms of privacy, if someone sent a message to the wrong person, are you permitted to read it? Rabbi is it a problem to put baby food under the baby carriage while the baby sleeps there b,c it’s technically a bed? Can one carry a bus card on shabbos (with eruv) to use after shabbos? can we count maaser towards to Yeshiva.. boys and girls? If I had accidentally used a dairy spoon in hot Meat food how do I kosher it? Can you carry apartment keys with you regularly in your pocket on Shabbat, as long as there is an Eruv? Are dogs hallachickly muter if it’s a service dog E.g. A therapy dog (Sephardi) Rabbi is this teffilin kosher Is it kosher to be a professional food critic? Seems like lashon harah even if the owner agrees to having it reviewed no? How much can a Sukkah wall move to make it pasul? Does one make another bracha if he changed his tzitzis in middle of the day i.e. Erev shabbos? If one had an accident on the same English day as a previous accident can he make a seudat hoda for both or should he make two seudot on the different hebrew dates? Rav is there any truth/source to the concept that bad things happen in sets of 3? And that if 2 bad things happen you break a match to take place of the 3rd? Hello Rabbi what is the significance of spending more on an etrog that is nearly flawless from imperfections and marks? Hi rabbi if my chicken sauce got on my fish sushi can I still eat it? Kvod harav, according to the Torah how old is earth, and is there an opinion that we only count from the creation of Adam, but before that the earth existed? Was everything created at once, is everything the same age? Also are there any books on this(english) Can I throw away esrogim from last year from isreal? It was “shmita” Kavod HaRav, where does one do birkat hamazon if he did hamotzi in the sukkah but was forced inside due to rain? If all i have on me is the kapparot money i used can i use that cash and then give the tzedaka later Shalom Rav, I watched your video on non jew cooking food. Is it good enough that the Jew started the fire and that’s it? He didn’t touch the food or stir it afterwards If one is to rely on the halacha that if I say pri haetz on an apple and throughout the whole day I can rely on this bracha to eat any pri haetz, do I have to have specific intent when I make the bracha for that to be valid? Rabbi, could you please comment on the type of rope one is allowed to use to tighten the schach abit? Twine rope good? Hi can i buy a lulav etrog for someone and give it as a gift? Is there a chazakah that yemenite etrogim arent grafted Are you allowed to work on hol hamoed? Rabbi if I send someone a food basket and it arrives on Shabbat or summit can they open the box? kvod harav,Is one chayav to sleep in a sukkah outside israel But when you eat the crust won’t it inevitably have a small bit of the cheese attached to it? If so, can you then make a separate beracha on the cheese? Are you allowed to tie the schach to wood beams with plastic ties in order that it does not move with strong wind? In Israel: If I found a shopping cart (not near the store) that had a stack of shopping bags from a nearby supermarket that someone obviously took from the store, am I required to return them to the store or can I keep them? If someone ate a kabetza of bread and then threw up a big amount do they say birkat hamazon? Shavua Tov rabbi If there are a few windows in a room can one close up completely some of them? Or one must leave a hole ? Kvod harav, I heard havdalah in a shul but all I heard was him speaking I couldn’t understand what he was saying, but I still still say amen to it, am i yotze Can one seal a door completely with Sheetrock? Also if a person leaves a small hole where the window used to be , can it be covered up inside the house with cement? Kevod HaRav can I jew who is not shomer shabbat say kiddush for other Jews? Will the other Jews be yotse? Can someone with a paper towel before Chag and wrap it around their lulav? And remove it and replace it during chag Is this kosher? If I had a salad with mostly ha’adema and some raisins, what is the bracha rishona and the bracha achrona? According to chabad, if you are in Isreal for the year, do you hold 1 or 2 days or Yom tov? Does a pop up sukkah need to be tied down to something solid? In a sukkah How much gap is allowed from the ground to the wall, i.e. A canvas sukkah where the canvass doesn’t touch the ground but there is a gap between the bottom of the canvass to the ground—how much gap is allowed? hi rabbi shavua tov..what is the halacha on inviting non jews to eat a meal in a succah on chag? shalom if someone moves to a new apartment that has a dishwasher was used by a goy can a jew use it after moving in? Am I allowed to throw this out in the garbage^^ ? Regarding the walls of the sukka, if one string to the next string is more than three tefachim, is the suka still kosher? Do women also have the obligation to only eat mezonot over two ounces in the succah? Can one move around cell phone on shabbos/chag if its being used as alarm clock?. Its on airplane mode so no signals are being triggered. If a family is sleeping over someone’s house the second night of succot are they allowed to pack this Monday afternoon and walk to the other persons house with the luggage? Kvod harav, if I bring a bed in the sukkah to sleep there one night am I allowed to take it out for the next night because the table needs to go in because there isn’t enough room for both shalom if we are invited to family members house and they do not take their dishes to mikveh are we allowed to eat there ? Can you have medicine on Yom tov? And can you post the proper procedure for setting up the arba minim – – is it hadasot to right of lulav, aravim to the left? Are men and women allowed to cut their hair during Chol Hamoed? Must the lulav with hadas and etrog be tied together before yom tov starts? Can we cut nails on chol hamoed? If one writes a chiddush and then realized it’s mistaken can he erase it? Is one allowed to get hana’ah from the smell of bacon/other assur foods? Can a man eat fruits and vegetables outside of the sukkah? Can one eat sushi outside sukkah? Can rice be eaten outside sukkah? Is it permissible to smoke in the Sukkah? Kvod harav, is there an obligation on Chol Hamoed like yom tov to have meat and wine? Or Is there any obligation to eat more than usual and have pleasure through eating? If we don’t have sukka and we walk distance of 12 min to to sit in the shul’s sukka, can we carry the food in the pot? Assuming it’s impossible to carry it in the serving bowl or dish Is there a neshama yesera on chag or only shabbos? And what is the second sign on chol hamoed since we don’t wear tefillin. (In reference to shabbos,Brit,tefillin) Are pregnant women allowed to go to zoos/petting zoos? Is a sephardic women is required to eat more than kabesa of bread in sucka? How about ashkenazic women? Is one allowed to keep an appointment for the dentist on chol hamoed? Kavod harav does organic wild rice with ou require bedikat tolaim Rabbi, is there a problem on Shabbat/Yom Tov to use Whipped Cream from a spray can How much mezonot u need to eat to say leshev basucka? Rabbi whats the status of a sukkah that the skach is tied down with zip ties but the skach would not fall off even without the zip ties? Kevod Harav can someone sign off on a car that was already agreed upon 3 months ago on chol hamoed (he has no other car)? Is it allowed to have a rear view mirror replaced on hol hamoed .. It may require a small amount of skilled labor Is one allowed to use a etrog as bisamim for Shabbat sukot? If I’m sick in bed with fever etc, can someone else light for me? If one tasted a meat dish then spit it out are they co sidered meat? Rabbi is it true that rav Moshe Feinstein says that its asur for a man who has the mind to learn well,to go and work? If pots and plates and utensils and ceramic cups were put away for a year can they be changed from meat to dairy or dairy to meat? Is one allowed to give non kosher wine to a goy as a gift? Can I put cream cheese on bread that was served at a meat meal? Is it okay to have the shamash lower than the other candles? If someone misses myzmanim, like today was 10:27, but they are in the middle of prayer when it passes but did not start shemone esre, do they say the shemone esre or do they wait and pray mincha twice If a shadchan gets compensation for making a shiduch does he lose some of her reward in olam Haba? Does a Rebbi get reward for teaching Torah if he is getting a salary? What is the beracha on fish sticks? what’s the beracha on ice cream sandwich does birhat hamazon cover liquids that a person drinks during the meal? If a non food decoration (for example paper decoratiion hanging) fell from the roof of Sukkah on Yom tov or Shabbat, can you re attach it? If I want to drink do I have to go in the sukka Do I need someone to watch me every second of the way a week Before my wedding ? Can I give in shirts to be cleaned on Chol Hamoed to be ready after Yom Tov if I will have no shirts to wear otherwise? Can a jew who has non jewish wife be invited in the sukka? Is there any problem with exchanging a pair of shoes for a different size during chol hamoed(the originals were purchased a month ago) Rabbi, can I get a hair cut on chol hamoed? Are 9 and 10 year olds allowed to draw on chol hamoed? Is there any problem with shopping during Chol hamoed, assuming there is a very big sale? When you don’t see your bride for a week before wedding can you text her for anything important?! Or is any communication prohibited shalom if we are invited to family members house and they do not take their dishes to mikveh are we allowed to eat there ? someone says that Torah`s laws are stupid and mitzvot are shtujot and similar. Are people who are listening to this obligated to do keriyah? Why is buying new clothes for chol hamoed allowed but laundry is not recommended? By accident I said Hamozi on a small morsel of bread before I made it to the sukkah. Can I still say L’shev basukka? Can I sign a lease for an apartment on chol hamoed if there is a great chance that it will not be available if I wait until after Chag? Do sefaradim Put on tefilin on chol hamoed? If one forgot to shake the lulav and etrog can they shake at night (Sephardi) can kids play with playdoe? Is frozen meat considered muktse? Can kids play with Legos on Shabbat Hi rabbi when boiling water to cook does one have to used filtered water or can it be regular water from the sink ? Are these kosher lechatchilah? They may not be fit for eating Can we fill donuts with jelly on Shabbat Can one use scented candles for hanuka? If I won’t be home until 8 and so I cannot light menorah until then, am I allowed to eat before lighting? I have to work tonight starting at 11pm. Can I go home, light menorah at 8pm, stay home for a half hour, blow out the menorah, and go to work. Or should I light at work? (Ashkenaz Menhagim) if i ate meat and then want to eat dairy. Can I eat dairy within the 6th hour like 5 and a half hours? or the entire 6 hours half to finish Rabbi, i just ordered lunch from a restaurant. They sent me bread on the side. I am not interested in eating this bread. What is the proper way to dispose of this according to the halaca and kaballah? I read the mishna berura today in siman 179. Hilchot perurei hapat. Still unclear what i should do, i can leave it in the pantry maybe a goy will take it or throw out , or wrap it in a bag and put in garbage Can one ever be Chayav for giving bad advice that indirectly leads to a loss? For example one tell his friend to take the Turnpike and he gets stuck in traffic and misses a meeting How bout if one lit the Shamash by accident out of the correct order Can I wear the shoes off someone who passed away? Hi rabbi, I bought a suit from mens wearhouse and they(goi employee) told me that all of their suits are shaatnez free do I still have to check it? Regarding shatnez- is it just a prohibition for clothing or materials in general? Can I still light? Got caught up all day & just got home (1 am) Do you need to check a tie bar 100% wool tie for Shaatnez Do I need to check a garment for Shaatnez if I know that someone else checked the exact same item and it was Shaatnez-free? Kvod harav, what’s this law for Sfardim, Am I not allowed to go out to eat if a goy puts meat on the grill although a jew turned it on? if a person buys a new silver menorah in the middle of Chanukah. Does he say Shechyanu and If so when does he say it? After the first 2 blessings? Do you pay maaser on a cash gift received? If I cut an onion for latkas with a fleischig knife, can I still fry them in a milchig pan and eat them with milchig sour cream? Hello rav, I’ve seen many places where it says that it’s a segula to say certain perakim of tehillim after the Hanukkah candle lighting. Does doing this segula conflict with עניין of not reading tehillim at night? If it does which is better to follow, refraining from tehillim at night or saying the segula Whats the latest one can light lechatchilah What’s the mekor for wearing a kippah and r sephardim exempt from wearing one Can you ask rabbi tahan, can bread that was heated on a blech with foil underneath it with meat food be eaten with dairy? Kevod Harav, could one bake bread in a meat oven for the entire Shabbat and more? Is it like mixing bread with milk that is not allowed? why did the chashmonim get wiped out? Can I say Hallel if I’m praying by myself? If someone forgot to do Al hannisim does he need to repeat shemone esre I’m sorry if this was asked already , if I am a guest at someone’s house ( not a relative ) how am I counted in their lighting? ( ashkenaz girl) thank you If the chanukah candle turns off should one relight it If I go to someone’s house at the time of lighting can I eat with them before I light my own menorah Can I keep food in a work refrigerator if there are goyim there. In this case it’s in Tupperware and kept in a plastic bag Would putting finger in ear or nose render it impure and need netila before davening or making brachot? If someone is wearing gloves when going to graveyard does he need to do netila before leaving Can one go to the graveyard on Hanuka if it’s someone’s yherzeit why don’t Sefardim not have the minhag of Yihud room after hupa? Is it better to go learn with my chavruta or stay home and learn next to the menorah !? Do you need to give maaser from gift money? Can one daven in the same clothing that they slept in? does everyone make the blessing on Hallel or just answer Amen to the Hazan and continue with Hallel? I don’t understand ,it its very frustrating this question… Everyone does something else in shul…no idea what to do Can you make a Shiva call for a work friend during Hanukkah? If in my father’s home (in which I reside), my father designates my younger sister to light the chanukiah throughout the 8 days*, am I yotse the mitswah with that lighting? If one forgot all hanisim and hallel and only remembers after they finish davening, can they still say either? What if it is still before chatzos, can they say hallel? Do you say gomel for flying to Florida? If someone prayed amidah and he realized by chazaras hashas that he forgot to say al hanissim what should he do? can we do laundry today? If I am leaving to my parents house now (1pm) and will return late at night like midnight tonight…can I still light the candles? Going because there is a sheva berachot there? If one lit the hannukah candles improperly on the first night, should they say shehechiyanu on the second night? Is there an opinion that says we shouldn’t learn Torah the night of xmas eve bc of tumah? Is one obligated to stand up and recite kedusha with every minyan around him (Kotel) if he’s either busy learning or reciting tehillim? If one in finished his amida and there is someone still in middle of his amida behind him, Im under the impression that we wait for them to finish before stepping back. So before we say the final yehihu leratzon before stepping back we pause there and wait. What can we say while we stand there and wait? For example, now is chanuka, can we say hallel with the minyan and then step back whenever he finishes his amida behind me (even if we are in middle of hallel)? If you’re going a far distance but plan to be back within 36 hours, do you still say hagomel? Shouldnt dunkin donuts baked goods such as donuts and cookies all be kosher? Its all pat paltar. If They have a “kosher certification” why is it any worse than getting from any goy baker? I understand one should not be able to get a toasted egg and cheese from dunkin, but at the end of the day whY shouldnt a donut from a kosher certified dunkin donuts not be kosher? Regarding פירסומי ניסא. If I’m alone in an apartment -do I need to bring someone in – how old do they have to be – how long do they have to stay? Can a Jew go to the Pantheon? It used to be a church until 1792 when it was changed into a mausoleum (burial building for people)? If someone looks through someone else is phone with out permission is that considered stealing? Hi Rabbi does child toothpaste need hechsher? Does listerine spray need a marking ? What is the significance of having the nails brought up to the flame during havdala? If one is coming home late from work should he instruct his wife to light at the best time Kavod haRav If there is a bush of aravot growing from the sidewalk in front of a house in a jewish area but clearly on city property can one take a few stems without asking? Can u have a worker do some renovations in ur house on chol hamoed? Can one eat bread outside the sukkah, if it’s raining and he can’t go in the sukkah? Can one use their ma’aser money to payoff loans—meaning they want to pay more than the monthly payment in order that it gets paid off faster? Can one make a bracha on the lulav if the aravos are not kosher today? Kvod harav if it stopping raining but in the sukkah the stone floor is wet and there is a puddle am I patur? Kevod harav is a man patur to sleep in sukkah if its scheduled to rain at night? Or he must stay in sukkah until it rains? Can you use glass keilim before its toiveld? When washing for bread does a person need to use a vessel that has handles? Can you mash potatoes on Shabbat Can we hire a non Jewish waitress for the sukka this Sunday night (shemini atzeret)? does it make a difference whether it’s sukkot or shemini atzeret? Can one put clothes in a dryer on chol Hamoed? Kvod harav it says there is a 35% chance of rain during kidush tonight, Should I still make kiddush in the sukkah? am i allowed to shave for kevod shabbat? (sephardi) Is Pat Yisrael Halacha or Humra? Kevod Harav may one put bread on a hot plate to make it to toast on Shabbat? Thank you for your time answering all these questions! Rabbi, If it’s cold and drizzling, does one still have to do hamotzi in the sukkah tonight? What if family finds it uncomfortable, but ba’al habayit who is making kiddush is comfortable, can he stay in the house to do hamotzi? Shavua tov! Is Poland spring water free of copepods and good to drink? Do we have to sit in the succot for the last two days of chag? Kavod Harav, I have a few pieces of mail which I would like to sort out but not necessary needed to be done before the end of chag. Is it a problem of borer on chol hamoed? If a girl wants to lock her self in a room can that save her from having yichud with another man in the house? Rabbi why do we hit the aravot today on the ground Rabbi is a person allowed to drink non mevushal wine? Should jews take ayin hara seriously? Can u explain the concept from a torah standpt Kvod harav. Theres a tradition to put the lulav/hadasim/aravot in an entryway in the house,which one would suffice? Can women touch the Sefer Torah when it’s going around the shul on the way to the bima before hagbah? Can you invite a non shomer Shabbat Jew for a Shabbat meal, knowing they will be mehalel Shabbat driving in car to come? Can an Avel shower on erev shabbat? Can someone turn on the tv before Shabbat an watch it during Shabbat? Is one allowed to eat golden raisins? Does one need to toivel ceramic ? Can people make requests on Shabbat or just give thanks to HaShem? Can one say hashems name if they’re practicing songs or prayers? Rabbi is one allowed to repeat kiddush for someone that cannot read for himself? Are we allowed to shave under our face meaning by the neck area with a razor? Kvod harav, If I’m not able to daven with a minyan, which is at 9:20 in my area, I daven in my house At 9:20, And shkiah for me is at 6, and I don’t want to wait until 9:20 to eat a bread meal because I go to sleep by 10-11 right after, so what should I do? (Sfardim) Hi Rabbi do sefaradim need to wait 6 hours after eating Parmesan cheese? What are the direction for lighting the menorah next Ereb shobbos ?! How long must the candles last until ?! Is one allowed to put out the chanukah candles after 30 min because they are leaving the house unattended and they rather be safe If there’s a porch in an apt what side does mezuzah go on? If a Sephardi davens in a Ashkenazi Shacharit minyan on a Monday or Thursday (longer tachnun), what should he do for tachnun? Is there a problem with waiting until 7:30 pm to light the candles first night even though Shabbat gets out around 5:30 Are we allowed to wear a solar powered watch on shabbat and yom tov? Kavod haRav does carolina plain white basmati rice need hashgacha or checking (says from Pakistan) Is there any opinion that holds that one is allowed to place fully cooked food on the blech on Shabbat and pick it up then put it back the next day? e.x- on kiddush night I removed the fully cooked dish from the blech and placed it in the fridge, then during the day I take it out of the fridge and put the dish back on the blech to warm it up (but it’s fully cooked), because I read Rav moshe doesn’t allow For salad greens that have an ORC kosher symbol and say triple washed, do they need to be checked and washed? What is the Sephardic opinion on washing them? Are you allowed to walk in a non Jewish cemetery. What beracha should a sefardi make for an egg chala roll (bread)? I think Ashkenazim make mezonot but what do sefardim make on egg chala? Kvod harav, If my local mens mikva said on a paper 3$ per use, do I still have to pay for that or is it suggested since it’s for a mikva because I’m only 16 and I don’t have an income Kevod harav is one allowed to move a muktseh item on shabbat if it’s moved by two people? Do you say sheheiyanu on a nice netilat yadayim cup? Hi what beracha does a sefardi say on ONE slice of pizza? I’m Ashkenazi I’m going to my grandmother’s grave for hakamas matzeiva. Its being at one. Am I allowed to eat a regular breakfast? Is there kibud av ve’em when it comes to grandparents? Are you allowed to wear women’s clothing for purim as a costume? If someone misses shaharit and its 1 pm and he needs to pray double mincha can he wait till mincha ketana to pray and put on tefillin or he must pray as soon as possible mincha gedola ? If frozen chicken fell into cold milk is it a problem to drink the milk? It’s definitely batel beshishim. If it’s mutar is there a chumra not to eat it? Is one allowed to crack an egg and use part of it like the white and put the yolk back in the shell and store it overnight? Does one have to “earn” a black hat in the Sephardic community? Does wearing a black hat mean you have certain expectations or requirements If one were to go to sleep planning to wake up in the middle of the night to learn for a little but then go back to sleep do they say shema twice and birkas hashachar twice? Rabbi whats the halacha regarding walking with/carrying a baby on shabbat who can walk but can not walk the entire distance? Kvod harav, what is your stance regarding handing out candy on Halloween? We live in a community where 50% of the ppl are non Jewish and even those who are Jewish (secular) celebrate this day… Should we sit at home with the lights out and ignore the repeated doorbell rings… Or hand out candy so that others wouldn’t give ayin harah?? What should we tell kids (all under 9 yrs old) Why don’t we make the blessing of shechehiyanu on one’s birthday because its once a year like all our holidays and we make the blessing then so why not now? When called to the Torah for an Aliya do Sephardim use mothers name or fathers name? If I have a salad with avocado in it, am I allowed to take a piece of avocado and make haetz? Or is that beracha she’ena tzricha? My sister in law got mugged by a whole gang of criminals in a parking lot. Whoever was in parking lot was beat up but she wasn’t. She was only pat down and robbed. People have died in that parking lot by similar gang situations. Does she have to say hagomel? Shalom rabbi, for women that work as a hospital nurse or doctor, if they are required to wear pants scrubs while working is it allowed? If not, what is the halacha if she cannot find a solution Kvod harav if one is not able to immerse, how can one use 9 kabin, does he just pour it over his head? And does the water have to cover his entire body? I just had a mezonot dinner. But haven’t yet davenned arvit. Do I said al ha michya with Rosh Hodesh insertion? Can there be more than 2 witnesses during a transaction marriage for example I bought kosher iced tea in a glass bottle with a metel cap. Once I finish it, do I need to toivel before refilling with new tea or water? They say u can’t open an umbrella indoors cuz it will rain under ur chupa can u do It if ur married already ? If you eat at restaurant or shul or anywhere that isn’t someone’s house do you add the part for guests during birchat hamazon? I forgot yalah veyavo by shacris (rosh chodesh) what sld I do now? Kavod harav can one cut nails on rosh chodesh? Are animals Muktzeh on Shabbat? Shalom kvod harav. If someone doesn’t want a certain action of theirs to become a neder, is it enough to just have in mind “bli neder” or the like, or does it have to be verbally stated? TIA Can a Jew attend a Christian wedding? (between two Christians) What does a girl in seminary in israel to about Chanukah lighting? Does one need to kashrut an oven that was turned on by a non jew who baked kosher food? When a wife lights for Shabbat, is it officially Shabbat for the husband, or does he have 18 minutes from the time she lights? Hi rabbi since we are not allowed to torture animals wouldn’t most eggs be not kosher since the chickens are kept in extremely small cages that are cruel to them Hi for sefardim….do we need to say hamatzi on croutons? What beracha are croutons? if a openly gay Jew wants to join your kehilla. is the Rav of the shul obligated to kick him out? accepting him is a a problem since his lifestyle is against the Torah Rav do you approve of the shobbos belt inorder to hold a key? If yes what is the proper way to use it ? It you remove cholent from the slow cooker on Shabbat day, can you place it back on since the cholent is already cooked? By mistake I used a dairy spoon to mix hot pareve pasta in a fleishig pot. Can I still use the pasta and is the pot and spoon still kosher? Kevod harav if one does a humra 3 times without saying bli neder it already becomes a neder correct? In regards to habitual activity possibly constituting an implicit neder- can’t we just make a declaration that for anything we do we don’t intend it to be a neder? Scenario: Im at a Beth Tfiloh’s kids house, he says they keep strict kosher, I asked about triangle-k, he says they only buy triangle-k vegetables. Can I eat the cake that has been cooked in his oven? Or should I be weary because he doesn’t seem religious? Can I manually pump CO2 gas into water on shabbat in order to make soda water? If you dip in the Mikveh Friday morning, before hatzot, can that count as dipping for Shabbat? Or should you dip after hatzot? Is it not Kibud Em to ignore your mother’s phone call, if you are on the other line? If someone buys me a meal, do i have to say the extra blessing for him in birkat hamazon? Kvod harav, 1.If ones parents gives their child money but they specify when giving “I am giving this to you for food only” does the child have to listen if he wants to give tzedakah 2.if ones parent tells him to shorten his pe’ot and facial hair does he have to listen? Kvod harav is a man allowed to have a job that he must look at immodest things? such as a plastic surgeon or a Gynecologist Cutting Trees If one is in yerushlayim. Must he go to chacham Ovadyas azkara or it is only an inyan? In Christianity they hold hands to pray can one hold the paitents hands while they do this if they request to pray with them? Rabbi do I need to take a cutting board made from bamboo to a mikveh? Can one cut just a branch off a fruit tree (to promote better health of the tree in general) Is it better to read shnayim mikra in aramaic when I don’t understand anything? Or better to say it in English? What is the correct position for someone to sleep at night; on his back, side, stomach? Is a woman allowed to wear two necklaces on Shabbos or does wearing the second one constitute as carrying? I am having a packaged delivered on shabbat by USPS that requires a signature. Is there any way I can accept the package halahicly speaking. Can I ask the goy to sign it himself? Is it better to walk a far length to a sink not in bathroom or to a close by bathroom? Kavod haRav, lechathilla should one keep water by the bed for netilat yadayim as soon as get up? Is someone allowed to take a haircut on motzai shabbat? Would it be different for a person under 13? Thank you! Kavod haRav does frozen raw ful need hashgacha? (Not product from israel) Of one is unsure of the material of his tallit is it better to attach wool or cotton tzitzit strings? Also i see some people have a minhag to put money for tzedaka before bed, would this be a good minhag or better to avoid putting tzedaka in pushka until chatzot laila or actual day time? When is the latest you can Tikkun Hatzot? Can one try on a suit after they purchased it, if they didn’t check it for shatnez yet? Should I be wearing teckelet How many blue strings should I use and how should it be tied? kavod haRav, if a clean aino ben yomo meat spoon was put into very hot coffee w/ milk, does the spoon need haagala and does the porcelain mug become taref? Can I wear techelet? what exactly is Bet Yosef meat? Is bet Yosef more stringent than glatt? Can one donate somthing to a Kollel dorm And it considered mussar money? How many olives is al haetz? Is someone is praying mincha with an Ashkenaz minyan what should he do about Vayabur in Ana? What is the beracha on pasek zman chocolate? It has a little bit of wafer inside Kavod haRav if one pours boiling water from a kli rishon into a cup with milk and hot steam rises up to the spout, can the water from the kettle still be used to heat up water that will be used with meat foods or dishes? Can Jews donate shoes? I heard there is there a kabbalistic reason not to. Does it matter if it’s the shoes of a person that is dead vs alive? Can Tzitzit strings be cut shorter (ex. When they are too long for a child)? If I eat a Twix bar- it has a cookie inside chocolate. The cookie is under kezayit and the chocolate is also under kezayit, but together it’s more than kezayit. Do I make boreh nefashot after? Can someone who is gay be chazan for davening? Hi rabbi is there tefilin on hannuka for sefaradim? Kvod harav, if one time one took out books from the bet midrash when it said don’t remove (the rational was, that the books were being taken out with the intention on returning them and taking full responsibility if anything happened, and the seforim weren’t ever seen being used as well) did an averah take place so that one must do teshuva? Can one teach Hebrew language in a reform Jewish school? Is there an inyan to be Menachem avel over the phone or is it only to go there and sit with the avel? If one walks into a minyan that is saying עלינו what should the person do? Kevod harav after someone washed 3 timed (or 4) on each hand in the morning then gets dressed and ready to wash again and say al netilat yadayim dose he need to wash again 3 times on each hand or is one time on each hand enough? Is it considered yichud to be in a room with frosted glass that is not-fully clear? What beracha for a vegetable soup? Is there a din of פנים חדשות for ladies For שבע ברכות? (For example, the friend of the kallah, a girl)? If one didn’t have time by shachrit to recite korbanot until when can/should he recite it? I have a hot water urn that I use for shabbat. The nozzle broke so I cannot dispense the water to make tea. Am I allowed to open the top lid and withdraw the hot water and then close the lid back can I do this on shabbat. Does this violate the laws of cooking? What do I do with used mezuza cases? Rabbi when I light candle for sadikim if it falls on Friday can I light it before Shabbat candles? if Hot Pizza falls on this burner is a person allowed to eat it? The burner was cold Can one cut his nails at night? Hi. Why cant one eat before havdala? if someone dies where does the shiva house have to be? What are you allowed to talk about in the Liviae of a dead person? The night of a wedding how many of the 7 Brachot are made? if one is in Israel ND got Israeli esrog frm this yr produce is there a shita to do biur on it ? if not may I discard it ? If someone buys a home from a Jewish owner and has to take off the mezuzas for renovation, can he put them back without any additional bracha or action ? Shalom Rabbi, I’m curious about what’s the closest I can get to a shower on shabbat? Can I wash with cold water? Kavod harav,i hav a landlord thts willing to pay for half of my washing machine but i meant a dryer do i hav to notify him abt it? What is the best way to get rid of old kipot? Are you allowed to have a face on a tombstone and if not what do you do if there is a face on the tombstone already? Can you look through a telescope on Chag or Shabbat? Is a cross considered an idol? Can you pray mincha on Shabbat if you didn’t have hamotsi/second seuda? Is one allowed to dry wet dishes using a towel? Is this an issue with the “Sehita-squeezing” prohibition. Does a panini press (grilled cheese machine) need to be toveled? Is there any way out of ripping shirt when one hasn’t gone to kotel in more than 30 days? (Besides borrowing shirt from someone) Can shnayim Mikra be done at night? If someone did not eat a kabetza of bread within 4 minutes, do they still need to bench? The person ate small pieces of bread every minute or so. Can one still do birkat halevana and if he can what if the moon is not visible? If I am not thirsty but I am drinking water cause it’s good to have water do I make shehakol? Does dried fruit need a hechsher i.e. Apricots ? How many pomegranate seed requires an al haetz? Is Bosley (it’s hair grafts from your own hair for people to have more hair in their bald spots) not allowed? If I want to wear teffilin sometine during the day to study Torah, do I have to say a bracha to put it on again? Is it problematic for someone to buy their non Jewish coworker a holiday gift? I saw in a sefer that if someone’s Name is Yosef. you should not call him Yossi because he is not getting the full potential of the name of Yosef. and Yossi is its own name. is this correct? Kvod harav, Shavua tov. Does one need to be finished the amida by zman tefila or start before? and the same for zman kriat shema? How many ounces are required for kiddush ? If a wine bottle is kosher for Passover but doesn’t say mevushal or not what should you do? If an exterminator comes to house after Shabbat already started can you let him in to work? For sephardim – what child games are allowed to be play with ur children? Connect4,? lego? Backgamon? Chess? Puzzle? Is this geniza? Can an individual use a razor on his face but above the points where he isn’t allowed? Netilat Yadayim for Little Children Kavod haRav, my daughter will be turning 3 (by Jewish years) very soon. Will she be required to do netilat yadayim with a kli in the morings or can we be lenient? shalom if someone wakes up in the middle of the night to use the restroom he has to wash first without beracha ? Can one eat a hard boiled egg from a goy? Rabbi in birkat levana do we repeat baruch yotzrich 3 time right? Rabbi if a woman who is married doesnt cover her hair can she make berachot? Is frozen non mevushal grape juice/wine allowed to be handled by a goy? Whats the latest you can say tachanun? Is this considered gniza? Kavod haRav, regarding owning and keeping (small) decorative sculptures or figures of animals (or even human figures) in the house, I was taught that it is a problem given it can appear like idol worship however if there is a visible chip/break in the figure then it is allowed given the image is not complete. Is this true? If so, is a visible scratch enough or does it have to be an actual chip/break? If one buys a Sefer from a store and finishes reading it can he return it ? If a Sephardic orders a piece of meat/fish in a restaurant and by accident forgot to tell the rabbi to put the food on the grill, is it asur to eat it Bc of bishul akum? Kavod harav..Can we say kiddush on cognac or champagne? Do we say hagefen in both? Can you read Hebrew in the bathroom? Not to pray but to learn just thinking the Hebrew and not saying it? can one enter a raffle where the proceeds go to a goyish organization? Does one need to tovel the plug as well on an electrical appliance? Are you allowed recite kiddush on whiskey or beer? Are you allowed to use a plastic cup to recite kidush? And does doubling up cups help? Are scallions in the same category as onions that if the roots are chopped off it shouldn’t be left overnight? If I have crackers (mezonot) with vegetable on it, do I say boreh nefashot on the vegetable in addition to Al Hamichya? Kvod harav, is there a need to tovel a garlic press? Does a person have a chiyuv to wear a helmet when riding a bike? Kvod harav. The opinion that holds that its not ok to eat before davening: Is that because its after Alos hashachar or because its between the time someone woke up and davened? For example if someone woke up at 3am and plans on staying up until netz should he refrain from eating or can he eat hamotsei if he wants? do Jewish people believe in Jinxing it. like for example your driving and your wife says looks like there is no traffic and then all of a sudden traffic happens..Or you say I made a lot of money and then you lose it by Jinxing it.. I’m about to eat a soup that has 4 pieces of pasta in it- a very small minority. Do I need to say mezonot on soup? What if one says Kriat shemah al hamitah when putting a young child to sleep? Do they say it again later? Is it prohibited to walk a baby stroller on grass on Shabbat? Rabbi- can you please clarify if there are any poskim that allow one to wear a tallit gadol like a scarf and if not, does one need to offer guidance to those who he sees wearing it as such? Should one give masser money on wedding gifts? If I am going to parents for Shabbath Chanukah and I plan on going home later in the night where do I light? are you allows to defrost challah or puta on shabbat on the Blech to eat? If a man spills his seed in vain, does he say Asher Yatzar? On Shabbat can one move, without unplugging, something like a fan or heater if it was turned on before Shabbat started ? And can one move a lamp on Shabbat? Why do Chassidim pray minha up until a later time than us ? And why can’t we follow these times? Is a man allowed to be a Santa for money, or its chukos hagoy? Kavod haRav, I thought if one sleeps in one’s bed for even a short time after tzet hakochavim then he must say birchot haTorah before reciting any pasukim upon awakening. Is this not correct? Is it allowed to put on my tziztit in the bathroom? (Without saying the bracha of course) What’s the latest date that sefardim can say birkat halevana? Rav if I bought clothing online but the distributor canceled the order bec of some malfunction and i still somehow received what I ordered but the money was refunded to my account already, can I keep the clothing? What bracha is for a cheese Bourekas? What about for a soup that has chicken and vegetables mixed in What beracha is Pringles? Some tell me shehakol and others say a’dama My grandmother passed away and it’s the 6th day of the shiva. Do I have any restrictions? Am I allowed to take a hot shower, cut nails, shave, and get a haircut? Or is it better to wait till after shiva period is over? Kevod HaRav up to where in Shahrit can one pray before sunrise? Also must do without Talit and Tefilin? HaRav on erev Shabbat we hold one bread on top of the other with the bottom one closer to you and cut the bottom one first? Same order on Shabbat day or different? Thank you If one accidentally bought food at a restaurant that he learned wasn’t kosher can he give the food to a goy? If one takes of his teffilin during Shachrit because he needs to use the bathroom or some other reason, does he have to say the bracha again when he puts it back on? Can you look through a telescope on Chag or Shabbat? Hi rabbi is someone allow to study anatomy and physiology on Shabbat? It is not out of enjoyment it’s homework? What’s a bigger zechus for a refuah shleima for someone, learning Torah b’chavrusa or joining a group of women for a challah bake? If you daven in a minyan that does hetzi kedusha for shmonei esreh, should you start Amonai Sfatai with the chazzan or after he says Hakel hakadosh? Can one be maphrish challah twice in one day? If I follow rabbenu tam for Shabbat am I aloud to follow the latest time for minha by rebbenu tam like the Chassidim do? Hi rabbi what is the din regarding cheating on an exam what if your classmates are giving you answers without you asking? Is mayim achronim only done on Shabbat? Rav can a store owner put holiday lights outside his store to attract business? If one goes to a restaurant, and the goy cooks the food with the mashiach just turning on the fire (Ashkenazi standards) can a Sephardi eat food that is cooked from this utensil in the future (he requests that a jew will stir the food for him). Since the utensil was already cooked with only a goy in the past, it needs to be koshered? If one says shema and goes to sleep for the night without davening maariv but plans on waking up in the middle of the night should he say birkat hashachar before davening maariv? Are pita chips mezonot or hamotzi? What is the lowest number I can halachically get when cutting hair? If one has a vegetable salad with mezonos croutons (which are there for the taste) what brocho does it get? Hi rabbi when sleeping on a plane do we say Al netilat yadayim when washing? can i be yotze lechem mishne with an ashkenazi which is using one matzah and one challah? Is singing pizmonim on shabbat table a higher level than learning on shabbat table? If so is there a source? Are you allowed to drink water the second you wake up? Or should you wash hands first? Kevod HaRav, not good to have picture of other people beside the child in the childs room. Non sense or true? Rabbi can one use English muffins for lehem mishne (I’m asking bc I’m not sure if it’s considered a full “loaf” it has a cut in them to separate the halves)? Hi. How can i dispose old tzitzit that are still kosher? Hi. How can i dispose food that is still edible? Rabbi. Is it better to pray in a minyan that you know for sure there isn’t 10 answering because they are all on their phone, or to pray beyahid? Can a sefardi go to a hibachi restaurant where the goy cooks everything in front of you and just the mashgiach put on a fire? Do Sephardic typically say יהוה in Baruch Hamapil? if one prayed Arvit before nightfall, does he have to say the shema twice after sunset (meaning one for the correct time and the other for bedtime shema) or can the shema he says at bedtime shema cover the kriat shema? If a goy give you a bracha “may you have a baby boy soon” can you say amen? Do noodles have to be Pat Yisrael? Is it proper to say shema Yisrael again before chatzot if someone didn’t pray arvit after nightfall? Or can one fulfill his obligation with the shema he says during kriat shema al hamita even if he does it after chatzot? If one arrives late to Minchah and realises that if one starts the Amidah one will not finish in time to join in Nakdishecha (kedusha) should one wait and do the Amidah in unison with the Ba’alTefillah thereby at least keeping up with him word for word? Since a person only relieves heavenly punishment when he is 20, does a convert recieve heavenly punishment after 20 years of his comversion? Can I unplug something that was turned off by a timer on Shabbat as long as the timer is still in the wall? If one was not able to wear tefillin by shachris, should he put them on during mincha? Is one allowed to say Kedusha if he started his amidah a few minutes before the hazan started his repetition ( saying the first two berachoth very slow)? If someone prays slower than the minyan, would it be lechathila for him to begin amida a couple of minutes earlier than everyone else in order for him to catch kedusha? Or should he just start with everyone else even though he will miss out on kedusha? Thank you Rav for all your help Can a person who’s mourning workout with music? Hello Rabbi, if I’m eating or drinking something and then feel the need to use a bathroom, can I continue eating or drinking if there are no available bathroom around me? HaRav one should say blessing over small talit when shortly after will put on big talit (with blessing) and Tefilin? Or betternot to say blessing over small talit and only over big talit and have in mind the small one as well? Thank You If I am eating seudat shelishit and I don’t say birkat hamazon yet… and I go to pray arvit because if I don’t I will miss the minyan, and after I pray arvit I go home to say birkat hamazon, do I say ritzei? Do you make a shechiyanu when you lease a car? How do you make butter popcorn (dairy) in a microwave that’s used primarily for meat? are you allowed to pray in a cemetery? Rabbi may one drink coffee in the restroom if the purpose is to relief oneself before putting on Tefilin? (and not for the enjoyment of the flavor of the coffee) I hav a coffe glass jar may i use it now to store salt/sugar or do i hav to toivel first? What bracha do you make on French toast (ashkenazic custom)? Hi rabbi if one wakes in the middle of the night and wants to read the parasha just to study how to read , or if one wants to learn does he have to say birkot hatorah? Is a non jew allowed to turn on the fire to heat up water for, let’s say, tea? Can I take out the water from the can of corn and can of Olives on shabbat? The shulcha aruch in siman קסז writes that the botzeah should not pass bread to the people at the table in their hands rather put it down in front of them since it is a siman of avelut. Is this a rule only for the botzeah or for anyone at the table? Do Sephardim say boreh nefashot on ice coffe? Can you trust to eat at the house of a Jew who says they keep kosher but doesn’t keep Shabbat? Does it count as learning Torah if you don’t say the text out loud? Do noodles have to be Pat Yisrael? Are you allowed to call your step parents by their first name if they allow you too? If one goes on a train do they need to make a new beracha? Kvod harav what is your opinion on the Goya salsa that I sent this morning? Many products from the company Goya are marked kosher but this one that contains vegetables isn’t. Can I eat it anyway? Pics are above If Chas veshalom someone has a miscarriage what are they supposed to do with the fetus? Can they leave it to the hospital to take care of it? Hi. Do new grills on a bbq need to be dipped? Until what month into a pregnancy does miscarriage invalidate the status of the boy being a bechor in regards to pidyon? Why is a Bat-Kohen or Bat-Levi exempt from Pidyon haben? What do you do if you by mistake eat meat and milk together? Kvod harav, is it better for one to learn with tefillin on at home, or learn in a beit midrash with no Tefillin? if a child is born c-section is he considered a bechor regarding getting double or the kedusha of Bechor? What about if he is born after mother had a previous miscarriage? Kevod HaRav can you please recommend us a reliable website where they list all kosher foods by different manufacturers? Thank You Are Jews allowed to get down on their knees and bow when they pray? If you live in Israel, and haven’t gone to the Kotel for a total of 30 days, do you tear your clothing again? Havod Harav, I understand that its best not to say tehillim at night however in our arvit prayer we say some passages of tehillim. Why is tehillim allowed as part of arvit but not allowed if said outside of arvit? What time is the latest time one is allowed to pray amidah shacharit? Hi Rabbi, Do you make a beracha on tsitsit if you took it off more then 30 minutes? Does one have to put a mezuzah on the door post of the boiler room? How can one discard jewish magazine that have some divre torah? I bought frozen corn kernels from Costco…..there is no hechsher but the only ingredient is “organic corn kernels” ….is this okay to eat? Are you allowed to call your step parents by their first name if they allow you too? are you over on any issur or asey by going to a theater/game /Broadway show? Could I light one ner Neshama for more then one tzadik? Is one allowed to have sculptures of people or animals in ones home? Should we set aside מסר money before or after taxes? Shavua tov. R we allowed to see the xmas tree in rockeffeler center? Can one wear leather insoles in a non leather shoe, for tisha b’av and other days that require non leather shoes? When does one have to say the prayer for tefilat hadereh (the travelers prayer) …. someone is driving to Detroit from New York. At what point is the prayer recited? Rabbi can you fill up your refrigerator with water bottles on Shabbat? (It obviously is for the week). If one did so on Shabbat what should he do now? Kvod harav, whats the bracha for matzah ball soup for a Sefaradi? If someone mixes mevushal wine with non mevushal what’s the status of the wine? Is one aloud to wear a pocket square on Shabbat or is it carrying? Can you wear a coat if you didnt test it for shatnez but might be? Are you allowed to eat something with your tefilin on? If a goy uses your keilim to cook kosher food, in which case the food is bishul akum, is the kli now also a problem? What’s the Halacha if one makes an interruption in middle of birchat hamazon? Is one allowed to keep peeled hard boiled eggs in a chulent overnight? Hi Rabbi- on shabbat if i want to wash netila and there is a sponge in the sink: 1. can i take the sponge out of the sink, or is it mukse? 2. can i wash as normal with the sponge in the sink if it for sure will get wet? is civil marriage considered marriage according to Halacha? If one eats mezonot in the car and doesn’t do Al Hamichya but he remembered at home, can he say Al Hamichya at home? I sometimes daven in a house where the ba’al tefilla is sefaradi, the ba’al habiys is Ashkenaz. During arbit (nusach ari) the ba’al habiys has someone say baruch and יראו ענינו while the baal tefila waits, is this ok? Or should you stick to one nusach? if I miss pesukeh dezimrah due to coming late to shul to make sure I start amidah with Chazzan. Can I make up pesukeh dezimrah after prayers? If the Shacharis Minyan I am in does not say Tefilah leDavid after Ashrei / UvaLeTsion do I stick to the order of Tefillah and carry on in order or can I say Tefilah leDavid at the conclusion of the Tefillot? How does one fulfill the mitzvah of shnayim mikrah if he can’t read Hebrew? I’m curious to know how come we are so careful with bugs on fruits and vegetables nowadays is it because we have the tools to see them i.e. microscope, or were Jews always this careful? Rabbi- you answered about the sculptures of people that a limb needs to be broken. Does this ruling also apply to dolls for children? Rabbi if someone wants to set aside time to learn Hebrew so that they could learn Torah better would that be a good use of time if it takes some time away from currently learning? If the congregation is about to start the amidah and I’m only starting the shema and it’s brachot, can I say the amidah with them and then after say the shema and it’s brachot? Is it the same rule for arbit? Kavod harav. I remember the Rabbi saying that according to Kabbalah it is asur to say pesukeh dezimrah after shacrit. so what is the final halacha according to the Rav? Kevod HaRav, If Hashem promised Avraham avinu that his offspring will be plenty like stars and sand, why are we such a small percentage of the world? How frequently must one have their mezzuzot checked if they are strictly indoors only? Do women have to follow a zman tfillah? Can a person click back the glass in his glasses back on the frame on Shabbat if it falls out? Are you allowed to kill a bug/fly if it is bothering you? Is regular bread (not sweet) with raisins in it considered hamotsie? If a woman baked bread when she is Nidda, is the husband allowed to eat it? Allowed to use a plunger on shabbat? If someone falls asleep on his couch does he need to make another birkat ha Torah? If one is by the kotel or a minyan factory and started the amida with one minyan and is going slowly that his minyan is finishing the repetition already can he join in the next minyan if he’s up to kedusha with them? And should he pause when his shliach tzibur is reciting kedusha if he knows he can catch another kedusah after he finishes with another minyan? Does one pause amida while kohanim are blessing the minyan? Hi rabbi, if someone’s parent wants them to go to a non Jewish concert with them, should they go to make their parent happy? Rabbi if someone walks into mincha minyan bit late and they are up to the amidah should they wait for chazara and do nakdishach with them or should they start amidah right away to catch amidah with 10 people? Is a flour tortilla mezonot or hamotzi? Can one touch their pets on shabbos or are they considered muktzah? can one take their dog for a walk on Shabbat is there is no eruv? Can I use a empty pushka for my own use and pay the institution the price of the pushka? like 5 dollars? Can a Jew help a goy carry a xmas tree into the goys house? Can one use an electric toothbrush on Shabbat if they don’t turn it on If the purpose of keriyat shema al hamita is that one should sleep right before reading these peskim because it’s holy. Can one learn gemara or something right before they go to sleep instead? (Assuming they prayed arbit when it was dark outside) Coloring food on Shabbat Is it ok to own a dog in a jewish home? Do you make a bracha on crystal cups when dipping in the mikvah Is it correct to only make a bracha on dipping the vessels when you know it was made by a non Jewish company or even if the vessel was made by a Jewish company one makes a bracha? I heard there is an issue of a doubt in marking a blessing and therefore some don’t make a blessing when it is owned by a Jew. My wife babysits her friends baby once a week for about 3 hours and gets $40 each week. Today her friend asked if she could come 10 minutes early, My wife said yes as a friendly favor. Her friend left $3 extra in the envelope but my wife didn’t ask for any extra money. She wants to give it back. Is there a problem of ribit here? If a couple lived like Goyim and now they become religious are they required to make kiddushin? There is a shoe company that makes a design on the bottom that looks like a star of David (not sure if on purpose or not), can you wear those shoes? Kavod ha Rav. Is it an issue to have seffarim on a shelf in my bed room? Does it make a difference for single or married? If I used a plastic container to hold dairy cereal (cold) in the pantry, does that mean the plastic container is dairy? whats the minhag of skipping tahanun… for bar mitzva? are you allowed to fold your talet on shabbat if your sisit gets tangled on shabbat are you allowed to untangle can a Koren marry a Jewish woman who was with a Jewish man and had kids with him but was never formally married or divorced. They lived like Goyim and then got seperated Hello Rav, the Bracha for corn tortilla chips are shehakol or hadama? Would one make a shehakol on drinks in a bread meal if no wine? Kvod harav is it better to pray by oneself maariv or be in a minyan where the shliach tzibbur is a habitual sinner, and sometimes the person that is the ש״ץ has too short pe’ot If one collected a lot of coins for tzadaka, but he has to pay a fee to convert them into cash at a coin machine, does he have to pay the difference out of pocket? Is it correct to date or marry someone with your step mothers name bc I know you shouldn’t with your mothers name? Kvod harav, if a father saw his newborn baby girl in person already and didn’t say a bracha, is there anyway to rectify that when seeing the baby again? Kvod Harav , do we say yaaleh veyavoh during Chazarah of Mincha by shalaich tzibur if after shkiah Can I clap on Shabbat? If I missed mincha, I daven arvit twice, but do I add Yale viyavo in both amidahs if it’s rosh Cho de ? There are reliable predictions that by 2024 there will be people living on Mars, being that the time cycle will be different ..etc Will a Jew be allowed to live there with 10 other Jews ? Is it permitted to dance while wrapped in tefillin? (During hallel) If you need to say both. Do you say al hamichya or bore nefashot first after a meal Is there an obligation to stand up when your father in law or mother in law walk in to the room? If i have something in the dryer that was fully dry before shabbat can i take out on shabbat? Is a person allowed to do chemical experiments with food? Is it bal tashchit? Kevod Harav, could a person have his surveillance camera on during Shabbat? Also, could one pass by such a house on Shabbat? I read you cannot cross your legs at synagogue whatsoever . It’s written in the shulchan aruch. Does this apply to women as well? What’s the din with washing after chatzos on Friday? lechatchila/bedieved? Hi rabbi can one use any black permanent marker to color in there tefilin ? Or must it be a special type If you eat cake and and apple for example, does saying Al ha michya cover you for both? (instead of saying boreh nefashot in addition to Al ha michya) If a non jew cooked KOSHER food in any utensil (oven, pan, etc) can a jewish cook from that same utensil? This past Shabbat the 6th Aliyah was the beracha of veyiten lecha. People were interested in buying it. Can a person who is let’s say the only Kohen in shul wants it. Can he leave before they start to make it en Kan Kohein and then walk back in? Let’s say he is the only Levi In shul. Can he walk out so he can buy the 6th Aliyah. And if the Levi is allowed to walk out and what point does he go out? Right when the Kohen finishes his Aliyah? how could it work out? Would it be disrespectful to the other portion of the Torah if someone does this? Which brachot of birkat hashachar does one recite if he didnt sleep at night? And if he goes to sleep during the day after shachrit does he say shema al hamita? Do I need to tovel ceramic? Hi Rabbi, Can a Sephardic shul allow an Ashkenaz person to be Hazzan since he’s in his year of avelut? He will be praying the ashkenaz nusach Why is it by many that a Jews religious status is defined by him Keeping shobbos and not by any other misvah and when they refer to such Jews very commonly it is said that he is a shomer shobbos? What makes shobbos different than all other misvot in the Torah ? Can a shul have no nusech and anyone who wants to can pray? If one is a sandak for an afternoon bris , can he work beforehand Kvod haRav if there’s a cd of Jewish kids songs sung by a female do we need to make sure a katan or boy at age of chinuch doesn’t hear. If a man walks in and it’s playing but he doesn’t want to benefit does it need to be turned off? Can you peel off a sticker from fruit on Shabbat? Does one have to wash on ha’motze when eating a big meal so that they say the full benching or they can just make the regular before and after brachot and not need to wash for bread? Are you allowed to peel oranges on Shabbat? How about peanuts in a shell? For a married girl who is sefardi…please clarify if she needs to light candles if she will sleep over with her husband at someone’s house for Shabbat When one takes mezuzot to be checked should they make sure to get loaner mezuzot to place on their doorways or is it allowed to not have mezuzot up while they’re being checked? When praying amira does one pause when the kohanim are blessing the minyan? What is the bracha on a cheese Boureka? What is the beracha on soup that has chicken and vegetables mixed in? My grandmother passed away and it’s the 6th day of the shiva. Do I have any restrictions? Am I allowed to take a hot shower, cut nails, shave, and get a haircut? Or is it better to wait till after the shiva period is over? If one takes off his teffilin during Shacharit because he needs to use the bathroom or some other reason, does he have to say the bracha again when he puts it back on? Cosmetics on Shabbat Are you allowed to have a face on a tombstone and if not what do you do if there is a face on the tombstone already? If one accidentally bought food at a restaurant that he learned wasn’t kosher can he give the food to a goy Are Women Obligated to Pray Musaf? Mesilat Yesharim Part 13 Mesilat Yesharim Part 12 Mesilat Yesharim Part 11 Mesilat Yesharim Part 10 Mesilat Yesharim Part 9 Mesilat Yesharim Part 8 Mesilat Yesharim Part 7 Mesilat Yesharim Part 6 Mesilat Yesharim Part 5 Mesilat Yesharim Part 4 Mesilat Yesharim Part 3 Mesilat Yesharim Part 2 Mesilat Yesharim Part 1 Does Honey Require A Hechsher?