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Rav Moshe Feinstein (O.C. IV 60) strongly disagreed with the use of timers. His strongest definite reason is that its usage is a disgrace to shabbos, since through their use one can run a business and circumvent shabbos. This is a Torah violation of "honoring shabbos". (Contrast this with placing a pot on the stove right before shabbos, where that is ...


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Rabbi Heinemann (shlit"a)'s opinion: Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, Rabbinic Administrator of the Star-K, is of the opinion that if the restaurant is known mainly for the traif, non-kosher, products it sells, McDonald's, for example, then going into such a place [just to buy a plain coffee] would constitute marris ayin. An establishment like a coffee shop or ...


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I once heard Rav Shmuel Kaminetsky describing the life of a certain Rav in a little shtetel many years ago. The people of the village were unlearned, and the Rav, who was a big Talmid Chacham, had no one with whom to converse in Torah learning. What did he do? He would put his hat on the banister next to the Aron Hakodesh, and speak as if there was an ...


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You don't need to jump straight to declining the invitation. There might be things you can eat, and even if not you won't be impolite to the restaurant by joining a paying group. The key is to communicate clearly. You can explain to the person who invited you -- or, more likely, his administrative assistant -- that you would be delighted to come to the ...


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You can use an electric timer to turn your lights on and off, where manipulating the lights directly would not be permitted. A computer seems like just a specialized case of this, so long as you are not interacting with the computer on Shabbat/Yom Tov. As @tom smith notes in a comment, if the effect of your programmed computer use would lead people to ...


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Maris Ayin (literally "the vision of the eye") describes rabbinic enactments that were put into place to prevent a third-party viewing one's actions from arriving at the incorrect conclusion that a forbidden action is permitted. Examples: It is forbidden to eat the blood of fish (which itself is permitted according to Torah law) lest someone watching you ...


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The passuk is not saying that tzitzis are a proof to someone's adherence to the other commandments, it is saying that by wearing tzitzis one will come to perform the other mitzvos. If anything, wearing them is a sign of intention to grow, not an award for completion of one's job to. If one is really worried about maaris ayin one can wear the tzitzis under ...


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I sent an e-mail message to the Institute of Halacha at the Star-K. Here is the response that I received shortly after: Hello, Rav Moshe Feinstein writes that there is an issue of maaris ayin if a person goes to a non-kosher restaurant.  McDonalds would certainly classify as a non-Jewish restaurant.  However, even though Starbucks does sell some ...


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I think that you are answering your own question. First of all, the reason to perform G-d's commandments is because G-d said so. The goal of every Jew is to strive to reach this sense of faith and to act and understand the concept of being an Eved Hashem - a servant of G-d. (When Moses died, the Torah calls him an "Eved Hashem".) Therefore, one is required ...


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From daat.ac.il: (Non-quoted paragraphs are ones I have summarized from that page.) The discussion seems to center around the following Halacha (SA 252:1). It is permitted to start an action on Friday near darkness even though the work cannot be completed on Friday and can only be finished on Shabbat. The Gemara (Shabbos 18a) records a dispute ...


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No. You do not have to worry about Marit Ayin. Marit Ayin is when a Jew does something technically permitted, but may cause someone to reason that a different activity is permitted, when in fact, it is forbidden. The classic example of this is hanging wet laundry to dry on shabbat. (Talmud Bavli, Shabbat 146b) Technically, if you washed clothes on ...


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And as for the matter of whether it's permissible to eat in a restaurant in which they prepare only dairy foods but which is of people who desecrate the sabbath, lo, even in that place there can be a number of forbidden foods such as non-kosher fishes, and the fat in which they fry [things] can be from non-kosher animals or animals not properly ...


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Presumably if you're traveling on the road, your not likely to be recognized by your face as people will not know you. Keeping a baseball cap handy, can take away the question of "Mares Ayin" when the situation arises. I think a more interesting question might be with places like Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks that are frequented by many frum Kosher keeping ...


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As cited in this answer and this answer, the gemara says in several places (Beitzah 9a, Shabbos 64b and more) כל מקום שאסרו חכמים מפני מראית העין - אפילו בחדרי חדרים אסור Any place that the rabbis forbid something because of מראית עין -- it is forbidden even in the most hidden of rooms This is also brought down by שלחן ערוך in several places, ...


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To sum up what's been said, there are three concerns involved of what people might think when seeing you in a non-kosher restaurant: "If Moshe eats there, it must be kosher." (This is especially a problem with a "kosher-style" restaurant, or one with a very questionable hechsher.) "I know it's prohibited, but if Moshe eats there, it must be one of those ...


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We may be able to infer from Rav Schachter's words (until 7:15) in response to a related question (first part of #1) that the second option is preferable.


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It's been addressed by the OU lecture series on kashrut in and out of the workplace . They made clear this was only intended for use vis-a-vis business; don't go hanging out at a non-kosher restaurant on weekends for the fun of it, even if you bring your own food. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein frowned on the practice, though he allowed using a restroom if needed. ...


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The P'ri To'ar (YD 19:1) in a discussion of the obligation to slaughter a Ben Pekua' (live offspring found in a kosher slaughtered mother which biblically is included in the mother's slaughtering but rabbinically requires its own slaughtering because of chashad -- looking suspicious) mentions this rule of Chanukkah (which also relates to chashad) and notes ...


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It was well know in the 1980's in our Yeshiva - Kol Torah - that the Rosh Yeshiva - HoRav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach זצ"ל used to light his Menora at his front door and a single candle at the window facing Rehov Usishkin.


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Not all the time when you see someone doing something wrong you must assume they are doing it Behetter, or there would never be a commandment of "Hocheiach Tocheiach". (For example, one should rebuke a religious Jew who is seen eating pig meat, even though it is possible that he is about to die if he doesn't). Even if the other should judge you favourably, ...


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The Igrot Moshe writes (Yoreh De'ah 2:56) that it is even ASUR to listen to music (even just instruments) that has Avoda Zara/Christian intent in it. You are singing which means you also hear what you are saying which would be Asur (prohibited).


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There is a gemara in Beitzah 9 that brings a shitta that "Afilu b'chadrei chadarim" even in the the innermost room maris ayin applies even when alone. The Rambam paskans like that in hilchos shabbas 22:20.The Shulchan Aruch OC 301:45 paskens like that as well.


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Rabbi Moshe Feinstein actually addressed a similar concern, Maris Ayin with regards to your lights on timers -- an onlooker will see your dining room suddenly -- click! -- lit up. He allowed it; so I'd assume the same should apply here.


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There is a third Halachic concept which answers the question. This is sort of like when we have 2 psukim which seem to contradict each other, until a third pasuk comes to resolve it. The third halachic concept, and in this case a mitzvah, is "Lifni Iver", or not to put a stumbling block in front of the blind. True, we should give our fellows the benefit of ...


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See the following link for a teshuvah of Bemareh Habazak vol. 5, siman 37 regarding a website operating on Shabbat: http://beta.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=43790&st=&pgnum=66 The conclusion there is that there is no problem of ma'arit ayin as it is well known that it operates automatically. The same would seem to apply to your case as well.


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The only issue that might act against wearing Jewish clothing is if it caused "Chilul Hashem". A man who wears Jewish garb and cheats in business or commits other aveiros is not "frum". It doesn't matter how long their peyot are etc. Tzitzit hanging out would be "chilul hashem" as it gives an appearance that "this is how Jews behave". One should say "it is ...


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As discussed elsewhere, Rabbi Heinemann's opinion is that it's a problem if it's mainly known for the non-kosher stuff. Do a reasonable amount of people go in there for just beer? If so, you should be okay.


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This is addressed in Halichos Shlomo on the laws of Yom Kippur chapter 5 siff 15, quoting the Minchas Shlomo Tinyana siman 53 #3. I'll try my best to translate. "A sick person can wear leather shoes even if his sickness is not discernable, and there is no concern for Maris Ayin. However he should limit his unnecessary walking because of Lazus Sfasayim ...


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If it was an issue of Mar'it Ayin, it would only require clearly indicating that this was margarine and not butter. However Mar'it Ayin only applies in this type of case to a situation when the application is unusual. When everyone will think of margarine when they see it, it isn't a problem. Rabbi Chanoch Dov Padwa makes that point explicitly about ...


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Halachipedia (link) cites Mesechtas Shabbos 64b and Tosfas Mesechtas Kesubos 60a as saying that marit ayin applies even in private, but possibly only for d'oraisa: When something is not allowed because of maris ayin, then it is not permitted in one's room either (chadrei chadurim - privately). Some say this is only something which is perceived as an ...



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