Questions & Answers

One does not need to learn the 6th perek for a yahrtzeit. It is not actually part of the mishna, rather a collection of braitot (see Rashi, beginning of the 6th perek), and therefore is not included.

Categories: Avelut, Misc

The Gemara in Gittin (7b) indeed writes that it is forbidden to listen to music the whole year due to us being in a constant state of mourning over the churban. The Rambam (תענית פרק ה הל’ י”ד) rules that it is forbidden to listen to musical instruments at any time, and it is forbidden to sing by a banquet. The Shulchan Aruch (או”ח סי’ תקס סעיף ג) rules like the Rambam. However, the Rama (שם) writes that music is only forbidden to one who accustoms themselves to listen to music consistently. The Bach (שם) rules that all music is forbidden, whether from an instrument or singing, even if it is not by a banquet. This opinion is quoted by many acharonim including the Magen Avraham (סי’ תקס ס”ק ח), Shlah (תענית אות יד), Mishna Berura (ס”ק יג) and many others.

Even so, it would seem that common practice is indeed to listen to music year round. There are two reasons that one can be listen to music. The first reason is that without listening to music many people would become depressed. This is first written by the Maharshag (חלק ב סי’ קכה), and brought down by the Chelkas Yaacov (או”ח סי’ סד) and Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (עליהו לא יבול ח”א עמ’ קצח). The second reason to allow music is if the music is for a mitzva (רמ”א שם). The Shevet Halevi (ח”ו סי’ סט) writes that a kumzitz that brings spiritual inspiration is included in this. Rav Moshe Feinstein (או”ח ח”א סוף סי’ קס”ו) writes that a dinner for the purpose of raising money for tzeddaka or a similar event is a mitzva, therefore one may play music by such an event to help people enjoy themselves and donate more to the cause.

Tl;dr: Music is permitted to prevent depression or for a mitzva, such as a tzedakka event or a kumzitz that brings one closer to Hashem.

The prohibition against washing clothing in the days before Tisha Bav is split into two parts. The first part is from the Rosh Chodesh Av until Shabbat Chazon, the second part is from Shabbat Chazon until Tisha Bav. Sfardic custom is not to wash clothing during the second part, while Ashkenazim extend the prohibition to include the first part of the nine days. During the days before Tisha Bav one may not launder clothing or towels at all, however it is permitted to use fresh towels. If all of one’s clothing has become so dirty that it is unwearable, they may wash clothing to wear (פתחי תשובה יו”ד סי’ שפא ס”ק ג).

If you have nothing clean that you can wear on the trip, you may wash the clothing. However, if there is any way to avoid washing and wearing freshly laundered clothing, you must avoid washing.

The Kaf Hachaim (תקנא א) writes that one who is very careful with the halachot of Tisha Bav and the Days preceding it will merit to see the miracles of the times of Mashiach. Have a safe flight!

Categories: Avelut, Fasts

Yes.

Category: Avelut

Yes, if it’s just to wake him up.

Category: Avelut

No. Some Ashkenazi grandchildren keep some avelut laws until after Shabbat, but lemaase it’s allowed.

Category: Avelut

You don’t have to do such a sonogram, see rema siman קי that you don’t have to check on sfek sfeka. She can enter a cemetery.

Categories: Avelut, Daily Living

No Shiva but they need to bury the baby.

Category: Avelut

Sefaradim, yes. Ashkenazim, no.

Category: Avelut

Yes. Good idea as well.

Category: Avelut

Yes

Category: Avelut

If it might make one sad he shouldn’t. Its not allowed to be sad on chanuka

Categories: Avelut, Chanuka

Yes. Its about tumah, not cleanliness.

Category: Avelut

Yes

Categories: Avelut, Chanuka

No

Category: Avelut

I never heard of such a restriction

Category: Avelut

Yes, although going there is better

Categories: Avelut, Hashkafa

I never heard not

Categories: Avelut, Charity, Misc

About him

Category: Avelut

Usually in his house

Category: Avelut

Sefaradim don’t keep anything at the Shiva of a grandparent.
תנוחמו מן השמים

Category: Avelut

Better not

Category: Avelut
Tag: avelut

A – No. They should call misaskim and they’ll bury the baby
Q – Shiva as well?
A – No

Categories: Avelut, Misc

Yes

Categories: Avelut, Misc

A – No
Q – You mentioned that one can’t wear leather insoles in non leather shoes on either tisha b’av, yom Kippur or mourning. Does that include orthopedic insoles from a doctor? because if not one can get back pains from removing those insoles “arches”.
A – In that case you can wear them

Categories: Avelut, Misc

Lechatchila try one for each.if you cant do one for both

Categories: Avelut, Daily Living, Misc

Yes, if they don’t mind

Tag: avelut

Chatam Sofer didn’t allow it.

Category: Avelut
Tag: avelut

Sefaradim don’t keep anything at the shiva of a grandparent.
תנוחמו מן השמים

Category: Avelut

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Few points:
If someone is violating the Torah you should rebuke.
You’re only allowed to rebuke if the person has a close relationship with you so he will listen.
Parents must be spoken with much respect even when rebuked it must be done in a way that doesn’t sound like rebuke.
No need to rebuke over music.

He doesn’t have to keep it and store it for the person who left.

Yes, but its a good mida not to say on anyone.

A – See shiur
Sharing secret message
Looking at someone’s phone
Q – To specify my question. If a person sent a message to my phone, but they intended to send it to someone else, may I read it?
A – You should keep his privacy.

Allowed. Its not lashon hara when you’re doing things with a positive purpose

Use plastic dishes

No. You are supposed to leave the place and ignore him

Yes, especially if the father is alive

A – If someone paid for the meal you do for him, if you paid for the meal you don’t say it
Q – What if I pay partially?
A – How much is partially?
Q – 20% & up
A – If the meal was bought with many others that each pays his share you don’t need to say birkat haoreach
Q – Ty rebbe
Is one allowed to though?
A – Yes

A. Yes (Igrot Moshe )
B. Yes (Arizal)

A – Yes
Q – If i didnt, do i have to repeat birkat hamazon?
A – No

If she understands and your call is important its fine. Treat it as if you would get a call from the mayor, if you would feel its fine to call him back because he doesn’t mind and flour call right now is important then its fine

No, unless you tell them and they agree.

Email them and ask them

Yes. Only a goi you know.

Yalkut Yosef says one must honor them but not the same as real biological parents

You must respect them like you respect important people,not like you respect parents.meaning all the extra laws dont apply like dress them,feed them etc

Absolutely not

No ribit

You have to respect them almost like your parents.

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Some say the al hamichya covers the rice as well (Kaf Hachaim 208:41, Yalkut Yosef 208:12). Others say that is does not and one must say a separate borei nefashot of the rice (Shut Shevet Halevi vol 9, 65).

One way to avoid the issue is to make the borei nefashot first and then the al hamichya [even though usually we make al hamichya first and then borei nefashot], since this way the borei nefashot will for sure be properly made on the rice (Shiurei Rav Eliyashiv on brachot p. 488).

Category: Brachot

The Shulchan Aruch (או”ח סי’ ז סעיף ב) writes that one who urinates without dirtying their hand, need not wash netilat yadayim after. However, the Shulchan Aruch writes elsewhere (או”ח סי’ ד סעיף יח) that one who enters a bathroom must wash their hands when leaving, regardless of if they used the bathroom or not. The Mishna Berura (שם ס”ק מ) explains that there is ruach ra – bad spirit – which goes on a persons hands when entering a bathroom. There is some debate among the modern day Poskim whether our bathrooms have ruach ra or not. Common custom is to treat our bathrooms as if they do have ruach ra.

Therefore, if one urinated in a bathroom, even if they were wearing gloves, it is best to wash their hands when leaving. If they were not in a bathroom, there is no obligation to wash hands.

All the best

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

Wine mixed with water is considered wine as long as most people would drink such a mixture in place of wine (Mishna Berura 204: 29, 32).

In addition, some add that it must also contain at least 50% wine (Rabbi Ovadia Yosef), and some are more strict that it must contain at least 67% wine (Chazon Ish), although others are lenient that is must only contain 16% wine (Mishna Berura 272: 16), provided that the aforementioned requirement is fulfilled that people would drink such a mixture instead of wine . In a time of need one can rely on the lenient opinion, but if possible one should preferably have at least 50% wine.

See Halachos of Brachos (Bodner, p. 447) for further discussion of this topic.

Categories: Brachot, Shabbat

The bracha rishona is Adama (שו”ע או”ח סי’ ר”ח סעיף ד). The Shulchan Aruch writes that the bracha achrona is Borei Nefashot . However, the Shulchan Aruch also quotes Tosfot who is unsure if the bracha achrona should be Borei Nefashot or Al Hamichya, and Tosfot writes that because of this safek one should only eat such foods during a meal, when one can say Birchat Hamazon afterward. Because of this safek, if one wishes to eat a granola bar and is not eating bread, it is best to eat less than a kzayit at a time so that there is no obligation to make a bracha achrona (see the OU website for more details). If one did eat more than a kzayit, one should make a Borei Nefashot (משנה ברורה סימן ר”ח ס”ק י”ח).

 

Tl;dr: Bracha rishona – Adama. Bracha Acharona – it is better not to eat a kzayit, so that one does not need a bracha achrona. If you did eat a kzayit – Borei Nefashot.

Category: Brachot

If it tastes sweet it’s mezonot for sefaradim.

Category: Brachot

Usually they are for Sefaradim.

Category: Brachot

Correct. Wash the hands or at least rub them on the clothing.

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

They can do atsei each for himself.

Category: Brachot

Yes, with a bracha.

Category: Brachot

No, it’s fine.

Category: Brachot

Yes.

Category: Brachot

Mezonot.

Category: Brachot

Anything is fine, but the nicer you do it the more the Torah is honored.

4 cups are very little, you don’t need to separate.

Category: Brachot

3 ounces

Categories: Brachot, Holidays, Shabbat

Machloket. If you drink a Reviit at once many allow to say it.

Category: Brachot

Actually there are, but we don’t practice them.

Category: Brachot

Dipped with a sticker, dip again without Bracha. Dip the doubtful utensil without a Bracha or after a utensil that requires a Bracha anyway.

Categories: Brachot, Tvila

On whatever is the majority.

Category: Brachot

Yes, best to say within three days but bedieved is’s fine after as well.

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

Yes.

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

It’s allowed at this age, see bet yosef.

Category: Brachot

Yes, if you do have such kavana it works but need to have that kavana each time.

Category: Brachot

No bracha.

Category: Brachot

Yes, with bracha.

Category: Brachot

Go the second time and say after that Asher Yatsar.

Category: Brachot

No, birkat ashvach can be said standing or sitting.

Category: Brachot

Yes.

Category: Brachot

No.

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

Many hold you don’t say a bracha on talit katan at all.

Category: Brachot

For Tefillin, yes, and for Talit, no.

Categories: Brachot, Tefillah

If it tastes good, you do.

Category: Brachot

No, at the time the bracha was correct.

Category: Brachot

Adama, Bore nefashot.

Category: Brachot

He can say the bracha, it’s no problem at all.

Category: Brachot

The achronim say the body should be turned as well from the erva.

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

No, once you’ve said Sheakol on that pasta you shouldn’t say another bracha.

Category: Brachot

If you drink shiur you do.

Category: Brachot

We don’t say a bracha for a few reasons, the size isn’t according to all opinions and the butsatsh rav held its not something people wear visibly.

Categories: Brachot, Tefillah

After Birkat Hamazon you must say a new bracha on anything you eat or drink.

Category: Brachot

No

Category: Brachot

No, only once.

Category: Brachot

Yes

Categories: Brachot, Kashrut, Shabbat

According to sepharadim no

Category: Brachot

Yes, if it smells good

Category: Brachot

A – She should say not at lighting but after that and when she takes off her leather shoes
Q – “After that”…what are you referring to here Kavod Ha Rav?
A – She lights, takes off shoes and then says
Q – What if she doesn’t have shoes on when she is lighting candles?
A – Then say then

Categories: Brachot, Fasts, Tvila

Voice must come out

Category: Brachot

A – Good morning.
He should make Bracha if he drinks it seperatly.the concept of bitul is only if you have no reason to drink it at all and the only reason your drinking it is to be able to tolerate the cookie
Q – Separately without the cookie at all? Because if it wasn’t for the cookies I would not have made tea…but at the time I enjoy the tea as well.
A – Two brachot, one for the tea

Category: Brachot

Anybody can bless anybody.

Categories: Brachot, Misc

Today,the poskim say one is obligated to wear a kipa

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

No. See shiur
Tuesday bishvat

Category: Brachot

A – No
Q – Also, if I follow that halacha, and I ate grapes after I made an oroginal bracha on an apple, do I make al haetz bracha achrona?
A – Yes

Category: Brachot

Ben Ish Chai in Torah Lishma says if you didn’t throw all up and you aren’t hungry you should, otherwise don’t

Category: Brachot

A – See shiur
Bracha on cheesecake
Q – 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?
A – Its batel

Category: Brachot

Say on the majority

Category: Brachot

Yes

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

Mezonot

Category: Brachot

Mezonot, unless its a very thin layer which isn’t common

Category: Brachot

Kaf achayim writes not to say sheecheyanu on utensils

Categories: Brachot, Chanuka

One can say the Bracha himself if he wants but if you feel that the chazan knows how to be motsie and has it in mind its better to be yotse with him because of ברוב עם הדרת מלך

Categories: Brachot, Chanuka

It renders it not clean and requires washing

Its a machloket. I tell people to say based on psak of Chacham Ovadiah, R’ Moishe and R’ Shlomo Zalman Aurbach

Categories: Brachot, Misc

Yes

Categories: Brachot, Misc

Mezonot unless you eat large amount

Category: Brachot

Hamotsie. see this
Bracha on pizza

Category: Brachot

No. (Kaf Hachayim)

Categories: Brachot, Misc

You shouldn’t, say Bracha on the majority and the rest is included

Category: Brachot

We only make shehechiyanu on what Chazal told us to do. But there is a sefer גנזי יוסף who actually said one should say the Bracha. Also Chavot Yair wrote to say it when one reaches the age of 70 but lemaase we don’t do it but if you want you can buy something new and say on it and have the birthday in mind

Categories: Brachot, Misc

A – Once only
Q – Should this “once” be before the first nap or second? Because the first nap will end after chatzot layla.
A – Birkot atorah you must say before learning at night.
Q – Rav what if the person decides to go to sleep again after studying ,should he say birkot hatorah again upon waking up for the day?
A – No

Category: Brachot

A – If someone paid for the meal you do for him, if you paid for the meal you don’t say it
Q – What if I pay partially?
A – How much is partially?
Q – 20% & up
A – If the meal was bought with many others that each pays his share you don’t need to say birkat haoreach
Q – Ty rebbe
Is one allowed to though?
A – Yes

A – Mezonot, Its made in oil
Q – I see that you mentioned that croutons are mezonit but what if we make them at home from bread. Is it still mezonot or hamotzi?
A – No. If homemade it’s amotsie unless you cook them by putting them in kli rishon

Category: Brachot

A – Yes
Q – If i didnt, do i have to repeat birkat hamazon?
A – No

Mezonot

Category: Brachot

Shiur kazayit, one ounce

Category: Brachot

No
For those who are wondering.
Although the m.b. siman ר”י wrote like the m.a. to say bore mefashot but Maran chacham Ovadia proved that you don’t say any Bracha at all.

Category: Brachot

If there are a lot of vegies hadama. If not shehakol

Category: Brachot

One ounce

Category: Brachot

No

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

7 minutes is fine according to Chacham Ovadia, also its not kabeitsa rather kazayit

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living, Misc

Yes. R’ Shlomo Zalman says its minhag to cover for brachot but not Halacha.

Categories: Brachot, Misc, Women

A – Anything that is wine is fine
Q – Is cognac and champagne considered wine? Do we always say ha’gefen on them ?
A – If they made of grapes you say hagefen

Categories: Brachot, Shabbat

No

Category: Brachot

No. Its batel also for Bracha achrona

Category: Brachot

If the chicken is a small piece its haadma

Category: Brachot

Mezonot

Category: Brachot

Chacham Ovadia says 15 of the month. Kaf hachayim says 14.5
From the molad

Categories: Brachot, Misc

Its machloket. Chacham Ovadia and or letsion if half hour is required

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living, Misc

You said it correctly

Category: Brachot

If you slept at night at least half hour you should.

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living, Misc

Mezonos

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

A – Mezonot
Q – Why are the pita chips mezonot?
A – They are crunchy and made initially that way. see Shiur on what is mezonot

Category: Brachot

No. Sefardim don’t say even for buying since the minhag is not to say on utensils and this is included

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

A – M.b. siman קפ’ח, לב says you don’t say retse
Q – is it better to say birhat hamzon with rese or catch arbit? are you even allowed to pray arbit before you say birhat hamzon. Arbit rabbanan and birhat hamzon from deoryta
A – If you have no other minyan its better to pray with a minyan

Categories: Brachot, Shabbat

Yes

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living, Misc

He should start with everyone and not say kdusha. While they say kedusha keep quiet and be yotse with the chazan

A – Yes, if he says it together with everyone at the right place
Q – This is new for me… you mean to say that if I am davening amidah and I’m in sync with the hazans repetition, then I could say kedusha if I just finished the bracha of m’haye hameytim with the hazzan?
A – Indeed. This is how the chatam Sofer Said and those who came after him

Yes

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living, Misc

Hamotsie, its regular bread

Category: Brachot

A – When did they say the first Bracha?if it was done while walking its called הולכי דרכים and no new Bracha is needed
Q – It was while we were waiting for the train
A – Its covered in the train as well

Categories: Brachot, Misc

The chida seems to hold not because coffee takes time to drink and it usually more than the time needed for Bracha achrona and he applies this also to cold coffee but many agree today that since its common to drink cold it requires a bracha achrona

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

You can be lenient if you didnt leave your place up to 2-3 hours.like shulchan aruch Arav says

Bedieved midday

Categories: Brachot, Tefillah

If it has couple of matsa balls you’ll have to say Bracha on the balls and on the soup

Categories: Brachot, Misc

If its not hard go down to your car. Ashkenazim must go down

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

Continue regularly

Raisins don’t make the bread Mezonot

Category: Brachot

My opinion is that it’s Mezozot. I realize many argue.

Category: Brachot

No, unless he went to sleep for the night

Categories: Brachot, Misc

No. The Bracha hamotsie takes care of drinks as well although you are correct that some poskim say not and therefore they require to first drink water and then say hamotsie in order to be poter the drinks in the meal

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

If you can see pieces its hadama, if it was completely grounded its sheakol

Category: Brachot

Al hamichya

Category: Brachot

No, you must say nefashot as well.

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

All the brachot except netilat yadayim and asher yatsar

Category: Brachot

If the chicken is only a small piece it’s haadama

Category: Brachot

Mezonot

Category: Brachot

If you eat 230 gm of Mezonot you should wash

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

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Ashkenazim light their own menorah. Sefaradim are yotse with owner by paying for the oil.

Category: Chanuka

Yes.

Category: Chanuka


Yes, but there are reasons to have it on top

Category: Chanuka

Yes. You make a shliach and there is a machloket Ben Ish Chai and Chacham Ovadia who says the bracha

Category: Chanuka

Home

Category: Chanuka

A – Yes
Q – You can’t benefit from the candles on Hanukkah .. why would a scented candle be permitted? Or is the issue just benefiting from the light?
A – Chazal forbid the benefit of light, nothing else. There are many poskim who allow scent candles. פמ”ג, ערוה”ש,שואל ומשיב האלף לך שלמה ועוד

Category: Chanuka

Yes

Categories: Chanuka, Shabbat


If you can’t use them for food it’s a machloket if its mehudar

Category: Chanuka

A – You can light bedieved until the morning
You should have two people awake in order to say the Bracha.
Q – With a beracha? Is myself & my wife sufficient?
A – You need to have two people awake beside you

Category: Chanuka

Its fine

Category: Chanuka

Latest bedieved if you didn’t light, as long as its night

Category: Chanuka

If its a segula you can say it

Categories: Chanuka, Misc

The onions become fleishig

Categories: Chanuka, Kashrut

Kaf achayim writes not to say sheecheyanu on utensils

Categories: Brachot, Chanuka

No, although some allow women to eat since the lighting is on the husbands

Category: Chanuka

Not obligated but he should

Category: Chanuka

If you sleep and eat there your counted but its better to give them a dime to be a partner with the oil

Category: Chanuka

No

Category: Chanuka

Yes

Category: Chanuka

Ramban wrote because they weren’t allowed to take the leadership of klal Israel

Categories: Chanuka, Hashkafa

One can say the Bracha himself if he wants but if you feel that the chazan knows how to be motsie and has it in mind its better to be yotse with him because of ברוב עם הדרת מלך

Categories: Brachot, Chanuka

Wherever you learn better

Categories: Chanuka, Hashkafa, Misc

If it might make one sad he shouldn’t. Its not allowed to be sad on chanuka

Categories: Avelut, Chanuka

A – Light home. Try to hurry
Q – Should I take my menorah with me to my parents and light it there? And once candles extinguish I can take it home?
A – No. Light when you come back home

Category: Chanuka

Yes. Women don’t when candles are light

Categories: Chanuka, Women

Bedieved that you forgot its fine

Category: Chanuka

A – Say hallel
Q – And what about after chatzos? Can one still say hallel?
A – Yes

Category: Chanuka

See shiur
Leftover oil

Category: Chanuka

If she is over bat mitsva you are yotse

Categories: Chanuka, Women

Yes

Categories: Avelut, Chanuka

A – You can light by yourself
Q – Is there no shita that holds that I should light it with someone else present if I can’t light it facing the street so nobody can see it?
A – If you light late yes but if you light on time its fine

Category: Chanuka

No

Category: Chanuka

Yes

Category: Chanuka

See this shiur
Lighting on Chanukah

Category: Chanuka

A – All Sefaradi boys and girls don’t light and are yotse with their fathers lighting
Q – Rabbi is a yeshiva student still yotse if he doesn’t live in the house of his father?
A – No. If he completely moved out he isn’t yotse

Category: Chanuka

Yes

Home, but its better to go first home and light and then go to parents

Category: Chanuka

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Giving maaser (one tenth to tzedaka) is not an obligation, rather a custom that many follow. Giving tzedaka is a tremendous mitzva, and can be fulfilled by giving any amount, and one should try to give according to his financial ability, but some have taken on the custom to give specifically one tenth. If you do this with regards to all your income, the same would apply to an inheritance as well.

Regarding you specific situation, a person who needs the money for himself should not give maaser to tzedaka–he uses the money he receives for himself first. Sometimes even someone who is managing financially can incur an unexpected expense (such as a medical expense) which is difficult for him to cover, and in such a situation also he does not have to give maaser because again he needs the money for himself. Therefore, use the money for your own needs and expenses first. If there is extra money, then you can give some of it to tzedaka according to your ability.

Additionally, in regards to (adult) children and grandchildren, since one is not obligated to give them money, if they are having a difficult time financially and some extra money could help, any money you give them is considered tzedaka and is considered as having given maaser. More so, it is halachically preferable to give one’s tzedaka to a relative over someone else. They don’t have to feel as if they are receiving tzedaka, rather you can be a loving parent/grandparent who is helping out your kids, and all the while fulfilling the mitzva of tzedaka.

I hope this helps. If you have any more questions please feel free to ask!

All the best

Category: Charity

One gives maaser from his net income, which is the total income minus any expenses incurred in earning that income. Any “businesses expenses” can be deducted from his income earned in regards to calculating what the true income is for giving maaser. Therefore, income tax is included in this since it is an “expense” that a person must pay in order to earn the income he makes.

Taxes not related to income, such as property tax on one’s house, cannot be included in this since they are not an expense for earning his income. However, property tax on one’s business or office can be deducted, since this would be considered an expense of the business.

Category: Charity

The custom of giving maaser (one tenth to tzedaka) applies to all “income,” including money received by inheritance. However, if one inherited property one does not have to give maaser, unless one sells it in which he should give maaser of it’s value.

May you hear only good news!

Source: Beorach Tzedaka ch. 10 halacha 3

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It is a tremendous mitzva that you are taking on to give maaser. It is worthwhile as you begin to say that you are taking this on “bli neder,” without binding yourself with a vow to this practice.

The way to give maaser: One gives a tenth of his net income to tzedaka (charity). Net income is calculated by one’s total income minus all expenses incurred in earning this income.

Practically, many find the easiest way to do this is to write down all of one’s income (if one receives a monthly paycheck this is relatively easy). At the same time, one can continue giving tzedaka freely, and just write down every time the amount he gave to tzedaka. Periodically (say, every few months or once a year), one makes a calculation of all the income he had over the previous period, as well as all the tzedaka he give over that period, and see if they match up that he give one tenth to tzedaka. If he didn’t give enough (to be one tenth), at that point he gives the remainder that he needs to give. If it turns out he gave more than one tenth, then for the next period of time he can give less tzedaka.

There are many more nuances and details in the laws of giving maaaer. If you have any specific questions please feel free to reach out to us and we’ll try and help.

All the best!

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Absolutely!! This is what maaser money is intended for–to give tzedaka (charity) to someone who needs.

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No, Canadian currency is different as you know.

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Yes.

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Your community poor come first.

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The amount a person gives for maaser is calculated on his income after taxes, since taxes are an “expense” that is necessary to earn this income.

When you give the money to tzedaka is your decision–you can give it each month (and make the calculation how much you would be earning after taxes), or you could give it at the end of the year.

Categories: Charity, Monetary

Yes. One give maaser from all one’s income, and included in this would be a cash gift.

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Not allowed.

Category: Charity

Maaser should be given on all incomes, but only if a person has enough for his living. Usually a person collecting doesn’t have enough and would be exempt.

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Any amount. Best is to give tsedaka to Torah

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A – Yes, two kaparot one for male and another for female
Q – So when I do kapparot I wave the money around her stomach?
A – Yes, or her head if you do for both the mother and son

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If he only had in mind he can

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Yes. Have that in mind before buying

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Yes, if you’re tight.

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Yes, but make absolutely sure you don’t forget

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Yes. see shiur
Maaser

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See this shiur
Maaser

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No, but if the loan is on a interest you can borrow the money from Maaser and pay later

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Its better not to give tsedaka at night

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Yes

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I never heard not

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Yes, but isn’t it better to send Jewish organizations?

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Money gifts

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Yes

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No. Anything that you do for the tsedaka cause doesn’t need to come out of your pocket. For example if you’ll ship them to Israel the shipment cost comes out of the tsedaka.

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One should preferably wash his hand until the wrist, or in a time of need at least until his knuckles (Mishna Berura 4: 38).

There is a discussion as to whether one should wash 3 times with a cup like netilat yadayim in the morning, or it suffices just to wash regularly. The halacha is like the latter, that is suffices just to wash regularly, although many people are stringent to wash 3 times with a cup (Mishna Berura ibid 39).

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The Shulchan Aruch (או”ח סי’ ז סעיף ב) writes that one who urinates without dirtying their hand, need not wash netilat yadayim after. However, the Shulchan Aruch writes elsewhere (או”ח סי’ ד סעיף יח) that one who enters a bathroom must wash their hands when leaving, regardless of if they used the bathroom or not. The Mishna Berura (שם ס”ק מ) explains that there is ruach ra – bad spirit – which goes on a persons hands when entering a bathroom. There is some debate among the modern day Poskim whether our bathrooms have ruach ra or not. Common custom is to treat our bathrooms as if they do have ruach ra.

Therefore, if one urinated in a bathroom, even if they were wearing gloves, it is best to wash their hands when leaving. If they were not in a bathroom, there is no obligation to wash hands.

All the best

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The Rama writes that one should not cut nails in order, as this leads to poverty (דרכי משה רמא).  The Rama specifies an order for cutting one’s nails. Starting with the left hand, the order to cut is ring, index, pinky, middle and thumb. On the right hand one cuts the index, ring, thumb, middle and pinky.

The Chazon Ish rules that one must cut their nails as described only when cutting the finger nails. When cutting toenails one may cut in any order.

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Tag: nails

Fish and meat

It is forbidden to eat fish and meat together because of sakana, danger to one’s health (שו”ע יו”ד סי’ קטו סעיף ב). This prohibition only applies to eating fish and meat that were cooked together or otherwise mixed. The taste of meat that was absorbed in a utensil is not considered dangerous when eaten with fish, or vice versa (ט”ז סי’ צה ס”ק ג, כף החיים סי’ קטז סעיף כ). Therefore, it is permitted to use a meat knife to cut something sharp, like a lemon, even though it will be eaten with fish.

 

All the best

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The Mishna Berura (סימן נה ס”ק מו) writes that one who desecrates Shabbat in public has the status of a non-Jew and cannot be counted for a minyan. There are, however, two sources to permit counting such a person for a minyan. The first source is Rav Moshe Feinstein. Rav Moshe quotes the Gemara(סנהדרין עד) that learns from the meraglim (spies in the desert) the halacha requiring ten Jews for tefila. The meraglim themselves were heretics; how can we learn from heretics the halachot of minyan? Rav Moshe answers that we may learn from there that it must be heretics can count towards a minyan (אגרות משה או”ח א סי’ כג, או”ח ב סי’ יט).

The second source for permitting a mechalel Shabbat to be counted towards a minyan is the Rambam (ממרים פרק ג הל’ ג) that write if one was born amongst non-believers, they are a lost child and do not have the status of a heretic, even if they are non-believers. Many Poskim rule that this Rambam applies to all non-religious Jews of our times (מלמד להועיל כט, חזון איש א ו, יביע אומר או”ח ז טו). There are some who disagree, especially when the non-religious Jew lives or was raised in a community with exposure to religious Jews (מעדני שלמה עמוד כז).

In a time of need one may rely on Rav Moshe and the others who rule that one can count a mechalel Shabbat for a minyan.

For a more lengthy discussion of these halachot see Rabbi Yair Hoffman and the sources brought here.

 

All the best

Categories: Daily Living, Tefillah

When meat is salted properly, all the blood comes out. The red juice that you see in the meat when you buy it (or in rare meat) is not blood, rather מוהל, which is permitted.

Categories: Daily Living, Kashrut

The Gemara in Gittin (7b) indeed writes that it is forbidden to listen to music the whole year due to us being in a constant state of mourning over the churban. The Rambam (תענית פרק ה הל’ י”ד) rules that it is forbidden to listen to musical instruments at any time, and it is forbidden to sing by a banquet. The Shulchan Aruch (או”ח סי’ תקס סעיף ג) rules like the Rambam. However, the Rama (שם) writes that music is only forbidden to one who accustoms themselves to listen to music consistently. The Bach (שם) rules that all music is forbidden, whether from an instrument or singing, even if it is not by a banquet. This opinion is quoted by many acharonim including the Magen Avraham (סי’ תקס ס”ק ח), Shlah (תענית אות יד), Mishna Berura (ס”ק יג) and many others.

Even so, it would seem that common practice is indeed to listen to music year round. There are two reasons that one can be listen to music. The first reason is that without listening to music many people would become depressed. This is first written by the Maharshag (חלק ב סי’ קכה), and brought down by the Chelkas Yaacov (או”ח סי’ סד) and Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (עליהו לא יבול ח”א עמ’ קצח). The second reason to allow music is if the music is for a mitzva (רמ”א שם). The Shevet Halevi (ח”ו סי’ סט) writes that a kumzitz that brings spiritual inspiration is included in this. Rav Moshe Feinstein (או”ח ח”א סוף סי’ קס”ו) writes that a dinner for the purpose of raising money for tzeddaka or a similar event is a mitzva, therefore one may play music by such an event to help people enjoy themselves and donate more to the cause.

Tl;dr: Music is permitted to prevent depression or for a mitzva, such as a tzedakka event or a kumzitz that brings one closer to Hashem.

Many wool yarns contain linen in them. The linen is added for moisture absorption. Because this is somewhat common, the blanket should be brought to a shatnez lab for testing.

All the best

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Yes, with a beracha.

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Even one thread of wool and linen would be shaatnez.

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Correct. Wash the hands or at least rub them on the clothing.

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Yes, but it’s a machloket rishonim if it applies today.

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Yes.

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Tags: cut, long, tzitzit

According to his ability.

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You can just wash your hands under the sink.

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Yes, anything you wear.

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Ben Ish Chai, Parasha Pikudei says it’s not good to sleep with metal.

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Anything is fine, but the nicer you do it the more the Torah is honored.

Yes, but it doesn’t give you the Torah learning merit with all it comes.

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Since the hands sometimes aren’t cleaned they instituted this way for always.

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No, unless there is no one else to do it.

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מותר

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Tags: look, moon, observe, see, sky

The Shulchan Aruch says it’s not allowed.

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As long as someone could see in through the window, there is no problem to yichud.

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Allowed.

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Many reasons brought down in the Rishonim, but lemaase it’s deoraita and we don’t need a reason.

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Yes, best to say within three days but bedieved is’s fine after as well.

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Yes.

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No.

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Yes.

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Yes. One give maaser from all one’s income, and included in this would be a cash gift.

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No, but Chazal say one should eat only if he feels a desire for meat.

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Normally not, except very special cases.

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Yes, but only to a goi you know, otherwise it’s לא תחנם.

You can say at the end.

Categories: Daily Living, Tefillah

Yes, but it’s better to go during the day.

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A.there is a machloket in halacha(ש”ע ורמ”א וראה ש”ך) if one is allowed to have benefit from today goi wine
B.Tshuvot vehanhagot says one isn’t allowed to shop at a Jewish store that sells wine since you might receive money change from cashier that is אסור בהנאה but the change from a goi store is allowed.
According to that we see he holds that goi wine is asur even today
C.some poskim.(מחזה אליהו ועוד)hold today wine is done on machines without human hand and according to that even Maran would allow הנאה,benefit.
It seems that if one can’t find another job it will be permitted.
The above was written not lemaase. If one has this question sincerely, I’ll look into it further.

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Rema says like that but or letsion writes that Sefaradi minhag is not to worry about it.

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You don’t have to do such a sonogram, see rema siman קי that you don’t have to check on sfek sfeka. She can enter a cemetery.

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Surely.

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No.

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It’s fine.

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Yes.

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Few points:
If someone is violating the Torah you should rebuke.
You’re only allowed to rebuke if the person has a close relationship with you so he will listen.
Parents must be spoken with much respect even when rebuked it must be done in a way that doesn’t sound like rebuke.
No need to rebuke over music.

No.

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Yes.

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Yes.

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Yes, but ask someone who knows you if it’s recommended.

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Yes, a low form of learning.

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He doesn’t have to keep it and store it for the person who left.

No.

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No.

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You can read up to צאת הכוכבים.

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Yes.

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No, it’s not safek.

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One is enough.

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If they it off sometimes, they should remove it. Moving it around is fine.

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No.

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No.

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It’s a good question. It’s brought in halacha not to wake up to music but it could very much be that it doesn’t apply today in our time.

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No.

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Yes without a bracha.

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The question should be is mix seating mutar at all and that is at the most part problematic.

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The achronim say the body should be turned as well from the erva.

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Today, indeed, some say it isn’t as strict to say a bracha in front of hair. See aruch ashulchan and Ben ish chai.

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Yes it applies today, it’s put in a language like that to show you that it’s not a complete isur like a woman that you desire but it’s asur because it’s foolish. Yes it’s treated like real Halacha, but sometimes if must it can be a bit more lenient.

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When Lag Baomer falls out on sunday, you can get a haircut on Friday for the honor of Shabbat, not because it’s not allowed on Sunday.

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Today,the poskim say one is obligated to wear a kipa

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Check MyZmanim.Com

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Yes

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A – See shiur
Sharing secret message
Looking at someone’s phone
Q – To specify my question. If a person sent a message to my phone, but they intended to send it to someone else, may I read it?
A – You should keep his privacy.

A – Seudat hodaha doesn’t need to be at the same date it happened
Q – OK. So should I make two for the two separate accidents or should one suffice?
A – One is enough

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Allowed. Its not lashon hara when you’re doing things with a positive purpose

Yes

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See shiur
Leftover bread

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Filter

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Its better although its not obligated. We can rely on sample checking but sometimes it can be done from different materials

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Shulchan aruch siman 2
Sefaradim aren’t exempt

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It renders it not clean and requires washing

No, its only for comfort

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Yes

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No, some hold its included with the beard area

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Its allowed

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Yes

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Some say you can go under the shower for few minutes to have about 12-16 litters pouring on you

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A – You have to say it and even once you say it you must do whatever you promise, the saying only helps that it doesn’t become a neder
Q – I meant if its like a chumra and the person didnt initially accept it by words. Same din applies?
A – Can you be more detailed
Q – Like washing with kli after restroom
A – If you just started to wash with a keli you can rely on the Atara we do before kipur

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Yes

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A. Yes (Igrot Moshe )
B. Yes (Arizal)

A – Yes
Q – If i didnt, do i have to repeat birkat hamazon?
A – No

Yes

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A – If its not hard walk to a sink
Q – It’s fine to wash with a beracha after you get dressed and everything downstairs? Or right away to start the morning
A – Wash as soon as you wake up without Bracha, then when you ready dressed and ready to say the brachot wash again with bracha.
You should at least on the first time, if its very hard wipe the hands on the blanket on the other times but if its not hard you should wash

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Side

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Yes

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Midday

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A – Three times
Q – Is washing again 3 times in the morning to say the beracha a minhag or maikar hadin? Because he already removed the ruach raah?
A – There are few reasons for the netila three times but even if its for ruach the s.aruch has a safek if sleeping short sleep during the day also requires netila

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Say with them

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Yes

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Yes

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A – Garbage
Q – What if the kipot are brand new but nonetheless no use for them?
A – Give them away its bal tashchit

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No

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7 minutes is fine according to Chacham Ovadia, also its not kabeitsa rather kazayit

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Are there points like that?

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No

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M.b. says to finish before zman but if you really don’t have the time some poskim allow to go over if you started on time

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Correct

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The minhag is to do netila even for a day old infant if its possible

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There are few reasons for doing netilat yadayim
A. There is ruach raa on the hands,which means there is a certain tumah that lays on one hands which he will need to remove
B. The hands are dirty
C. Hands have touched places that have sweat
Ruach raa would come either from waking up in the morning or a person that went to a cemetery, cut his nails, etc, but for keeping hands clean it comes from either touching a covered place of the body like for example under the sleeve etc, or getting hands dirty from nose discharge.
The difference between them is that the things that bring ruach raa need different care, according to many in order to remove the ruach raa one must wash three times his hands and with a keli, utensil. The reason is explained in the Ben Ish Chai that in order to make that spirit leave our hands we wash one hand and it jumps to the other and so on three times until it leaves.
When our hands are dirty we only need to wash our hands or at least wipe it on clothing etc.
One more thing that ruach raa does is it makes the food that we touch in the morning before washing ta’me to the point that it can bring one to sin or close his mind (so to speak) on a spiritual level (sh”la).
The Mishna Brura writes that children should wash their hands when waking up because they touch food and according to what was just explained we can understand the importance of this.
There are different opinions at what age this starts but the recommendation is as early as possible because of the above reasons and because it brings to the child kdusha and tahara. It’s needless to say how important it is in our generation to get a little bit of that.

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No, unless you tell them and they agree.

No such thing

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A – According to pshat you can eat up to half hour before time of Tfila started,according to Kabala its from time you go to sleep
Q – Just to clarify, according to pshat its ok (half hour before tfila) but al pi kabala one shouldn’t eat from the time one wakes up until after one finishes tefilas shachris?
A – Correct. Even if he wakes up when its still night

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Yes

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A – If they say it without Bracha they can be yotse with that
Q – And can one say it at shul? Or does it have to be at home /close to the bed?
A – You say it right before getting ready to sleep
Q – Without a beracha means saying Baruch Hamapil without mentioning “Baruch ata HaShem”, correct?
A – If you say it this way before you go to sleep its ok to be yotse with the child if your going to sleep soon

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Email them and ask them

Its machloket. Chacham Ovadia and or letsion if half hour is required

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A – They rely on Rabenu tam
Q – Why can’t we rely on rabbenu tam
A – Because we don’t follow his opinion lehalacha

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Some say its forbidden because of בחקותיהם. See the Shiur on thanksgiving to understand

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Everyday

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No

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No limit

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Wash hands first

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If you slept at night at least half hour you should.

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Mezonos

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1/4 inch

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He can but he doesn’t have to if he is going back to sleep

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Ben ish Chai says no. Chacham Ovadia says yes

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Minyan. At least you had the amidah with ten

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In a bag into the garbage

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Sefaradim can put it in a bag and dispose. Ashkenazim leave it outside and let it be thrown out by someone else
Shulchan aruch siman כ’א

A – You can fulfill the shema obligation with the shema al amita
Q – Thanks. Even if Al hamita is done after chatzot correct?
A – No. lechatchila chachamim forbid to wait until after midnight.

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Noodles are cooked, not baked and since you are cooking them they are bishul israel

One time is enough

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No. Sefardim don’t say even for buying since the minhag is not to say on utensils and this is included

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Chacham Ovadia holds you never should say Bracha on tsitsit since some hold the size isn’t big enough to be yotse

Yes

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He should start with everyone and not say kdusha. While they say kedusha keep quiet and be yotse with the chazan

A – Yes, if he says it together with everyone at the right place
Q – This is new for me… you mean to say that if I am davening amidah and I’m in sync with the hazans repetition, then I could say kedusha if I just finished the bracha of m’haye hameytim with the hazzan?
A – Indeed. This is how the chatam Sofer Said and those who came after him

Yes

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Do tvila without Bracha.

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A – Excellent question. The shulchan aruch Arav held not but some poskim hold if you can understand better you are counted
Q – Rabbi, this is only referring to torah shebiktav?
A – No, both

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The chida seems to hold not because coffee takes time to drink and it usually more than the time needed for Bracha achrona and he applies this also to cold coffee but many agree today that since its common to drink cold it requires a bracha achrona

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Any derananan you do by mistake according to the netivot no need to do tshuva

Yes

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Rip the pages with Torah and put in gniza,the rest dispose

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Yes, if its six fert by six feet

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You can be lenient if you didnt leave your place up to 2-3 hours.like shulchan aruch Arav says

A – On the first bridge
Q – What if its just straight road connecting citites?
A – After you leave the city

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Animals yes, humans no unless they have broken body parts

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Lechatchila try one for each.if you cant do one for both

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A – Many.start with the fact that the gmara calls it מושב לצים
Q – Kevod Harav
Does that apply to attending music concerts as well?
A – Yes

You must respect them like you respect important people,not like you respect parents.meaning all the extra laws dont apply like dress them,feed them etc

Yes but not more than kabeitsa, 56 grams

Better not

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Follow your sidur

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Yes, but its not an obligation.

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If its not hard go down to your car. Ashkenazim must go down

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Continue regularly

Chacham Ovadia allows dolls for few reasons but if someone wants to be machmir he can break a limb

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The bug needs to be seen with the naked eye. If you see something suspicious and you don’t know for sure if it’s a bug you can use an instrument to help you. R’ Elyashiv held that a minimum size of a bug is 0.2 mm

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Yes

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Yes

Every 3.5 years

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Pray with them and if they pray slow go a bit quicker. If they pray fast get to נקדישך together with them

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If it was made by a Jewish company you don’t need to dip it but if you don’t know who it was made from you can assume it was made by a non Jewish company

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Yes. Crystal is glass and glass is obligated miderabanan.

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Yes

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The kriat shema is Halacha and also provides protection

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You skip

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No. It’s parve

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For a single person its fine if you don’t undress in the bedroom, for a married person its a problem and you’ll need to cover them

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Yes

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No ribit

Ashkenazim say שהחיינו when they see their baby girl first time

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No. The Bracha hamotsie takes care of drinks as well although you are correct that some poskim say not and therefore they require to first drink water and then say hamotsie in order to be poter the drinks in the meal

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No, you must say nefashot as well.

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Its not in shulchan aruch but the Yalkut mentions this

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Its better to avoid.although there are reasons to allow it.

Category: Daily Living

Its his yom tov. Its like chol hamoed that sometimes you’ll be allowed to

Category: Daily Living

Yes

Category: Daily Living

Yes, if they don’t mind

Tag: avelut

No, but some are machmir to tovel it without a bracha

Category: Daily Living

Yes

Categories: Daily Living, Tefillah

If it’s done on the same day its fine to keep the house without any mezuzot

Category: Daily Living

If you eat 230 gm of Mezonot you should wash

Categories: Brachot, Daily Living

Yes, since you can’t bring tefilin in the bathroom it’s considered to be a hefsek.
What about his tallit?
No.
Kavod HaRav, is there a difference between using the bathroom for ketanim and gedolim? (regarding a new bracha)
No, once you enter the bathroom, you are required to say a new bracha

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On the minor fast days, one who is unwell is exempt from fasting (משנה ברורה סי’ תקנ ס”ק ד, ילקוט יוסף מועדים עמוד תקלא). Unwell means that a person is feeling sick enough that it prevents them from going about their normal daily routine. On Taanis Esther, since the fast was originally not established specifically for the 14th of Adar, there are some who say it is proper to fast at a later date to make up the missed fast (רמ”א יו”ד סי’ תרפו סעיף ב). Most Poskim, however, rule that one does not need to make up the fast (יחוה דעת חלק א סימן לה, כף החיים סי’ תרפו סעיף כב).

One would be advised to talk to their doctor about fasting with a UTI, and should not fast if the doctor recommends against fasting.

All the best

Category: Fasts

The prohibition against washing clothing in the days before Tisha Bav is split into two parts. The first part is from the Rosh Chodesh Av until Shabbat Chazon, the second part is from Shabbat Chazon until Tisha Bav. Sfardic custom is not to wash clothing during the second part, while Ashkenazim extend the prohibition to include the first part of the nine days. During the days before Tisha Bav one may not launder clothing or towels at all, however it is permitted to use fresh towels. If all of one’s clothing has become so dirty that it is unwearable, they may wash clothing to wear (פתחי תשובה יו”ד סי’ שפא ס”ק ג).

If you have nothing clean that you can wear on the trip, you may wash the clothing. However, if there is any way to avoid washing and wearing freshly laundered clothing, you must avoid washing.

The Kaf Hachaim (תקנא א) writes that one who is very careful with the halachot of Tisha Bav and the Days preceding it will merit to see the miracles of the times of Mashiach. Have a safe flight!

Categories: Avelut, Fasts

Yes.

Category: Fasts

Yes.

Category: Fasts
Tags: fast, read, recite

This year there isn’t.

Category: Fasts
Tags: 9, av, delay, fast

Yes.

Category: Fasts

Yes.

Category: Fasts

Yes.

Category: Fasts

Yes.

Category: Fasts
Tags: allow, cut, fast, nail