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comment How do you “take someone to beis din”?
B) What if they can't agree on a compromise? For small cases, I assume they can go together to a single local Orthodox rabbi and request a ruling. This is convenient and shouldn't cost them any money. If the local rabbi feels unqualified to judge the case alone, he can refer the parties to Beit Din. Dear all: Am I correct in guessing that one rabbi alone is sufficient to judge an uncomplicated case?
4h
comment How do you “take someone to beis din”?
A) Reuvain shouldn't go to Beit Din right away. The two should instead decide upon a mutually agreeable settlement, as Journey to Virtue 31:1-2 and Choshen Mishpat 12:2 advise. A rabbi or learned layman might be able to help.
7h
comment Can you redeem ma'aser sheni using a $5 bill — even though burning it will enrich your countrymen?
Hold on. Take a look at Danny Schoemann's answer, above. Do you still truly believe that it IS permissible to redeem ma'aser sheni using a banknote?
8h
comment Unethical landlord
@Brian: Did the Business Halacha Institute reply to you?
Aug
6
comment When can Melavah Malkah be eaten until?
+0: this answer is confusing. What does "until morning" mean? Does it mean until the crack of dawn? Does it mean until solar noon? Does it mean until sunset at the end of Sunday?
Aug
5
comment “Al n'tilat yadayim” on fast days
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 124:7 in English indeed says that washing is forbidden on the Ninth of Av. Yet it then lists a number of exceptions, beginning with the following: "However, [washing] that is not for pleasure is permitted, and so one can wash one's hands in the morning. One should be careful to only wash the fingers". I presume that your Halachic source was an extremely concise summary, and so it didn't have room to list any exceptions. Am I correct?
Jun
13
comment While playing a computer game, may I “worship” one of the game's “gods” to help me win?
@Shokhet: 1. Did my rabbi misunderstand? I doubt it, but I don't know for sure. 2. Can someone who plays these games be a shochet? Good question. First, steel yourself to be ready to quit playing your favorite game if necessary. Then, ask your rabbi your questions. Make sure he doesn't misunderstand. Let us know what he says.
Jun
2
comment Is there a halachik problem with wearing shorts while davening?
@Ze'evFelsen: If you meet up with the President every day, three times a day, then do you still really have to wear a suit every single time? Or can you you wear something more comfortable?
May
28
comment Can you plunge a toilet in your parents' home during Chol Ha'moed?
@davidbrainerd: What do you mean? This question is about Chol Hamoed, not about Shabbat.
May
12
comment Is an asexual person obligated in Pru Urvu?
@Yishai: For better or for worse, people do sometimes ask practical halacha questions on this site instead of asking their LOR.
Apr
1
comment Can you redeem ma'aser sheni using a $5 bill — even though burning it will enrich your countrymen?
Why the commentless downvotes?
Mar
25
comment Best way to destroy coins
Minting coins can be expensive. But some countries, such as Canada, allow you to burn their banknotes. So: 1. Point out to your rabbi that burning banknotes enriches your countrymen. Then ask whether or not it's okay to use a banknote to redeem Maaser Sheni. 2. If it's permissible, do so, then burn the banknote. 3. If you want to burn the new Canadian plastic banknotes, consult a doctor first. Ask about the health effects of the fumes which will result.
Mar
18
comment Is Extra virgin olive oil kosher by default?
Excellent question! +1. I agree with Isaac Moses: you should ask your rabbi, for many reasons. If he says it's not kosher: You can ask him whether or not you may use it to kindle your Sabbath or Chanukah lamps. Or you can give it to a non-Jewish acquaintance. Or you can donate it to a food bank. Or you can put it out at the curb in a box labeled "Free".
Mar
17
comment A client of yours finally pays a bill — seven months late. Should you thank him?
Dear @YEZ: thank you very much for your edits.
Nov
7
comment If your rabbi accidentally tells you that something is allowed, and you follow him, are you punished?
@ray: The only reason I claim the rabbi is unreliable is because, in this made-up example case, he gave a wrong answer.
Nov
7
comment If your rabbi accidentally tells you that something is allowed, and you follow him, are you punished?
@ray: Who forced the 119-year-old in the question to sin? Maybe it was his own fault: maybe he should've done more due diligence before choosing a rabbi.
Nov
7
comment If your rabbi accidentally tells you that something is allowed, and you follow him, are you punished?
@DoubleAA: You pointed me to a webpage which contains all 13 folios of the Gemara's tractate Horayos (which is also available in English). Which part(s) discuss the case of a single individual rabbi who mistakenly permitted something which is forbidden?
Nov
7
comment If your rabbi accidentally tells you that something is allowed, and you follow him, are you punished?
Dear @ray: and dear all: what does that mean?
Nov
7
comment Should you say a blessing on diet soda used to swallow a pill?
@Gary: 1. When I get well-sourced answers here, and when all the answers agree, I tend to respect them and hold like them. On the other hand, if I got well-sourced but conflicting answers, or unsourced answers, it would be silly to pick one and hold like it. So in summary, I treat answers here with a grain of salt. 2. Still, I recently had another question closed as "don't ask here for personal rulings". So, this time, I figured that writing "CYLOR" might help to prevent that.
Nov
7
comment What do you do if your Shabbos host serves chocolate chip challah?
Dear OP: These are not three mutually exclusive Positions. Really, these are three Cases. If any of the three Cases come up, then you must wash and say hamotzi on a mezonos item. You seem to be arguing that, in Case 3, you shouldn't wash or say hamotzi. But R' Luban implies that the Mishnah Berurah says that, in Case 3, you must wash and say hamotzi. Are you saying that the Mishnah Berurah is wrong? And if so, why is he wrong? Please edit the question to clarify it, then ping me.