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Nov
9
comment Which rabbis permit food being kosher just based on the ingredients?
@Curiouser: What are one or two of the things which have been removed from the list over time? Also — do you know when they were they removed?
Oct
12
comment When and how often should you make a bracha on a snack that is being passed around?
@SAH: You ask good questions. If I may ask: 1. Are you Jewish, or Noahide? 2. Do you have any Orthodox Jewish friends? 3. Are there any Orthodox Jews in your neighborhood who can instruct you in the practicalities of how to say blessings?
Oct
12
comment When and how often should you make a bracha on a snack that is being passed around?
@SAH: I'm sure it's not a blessing in vain, but struggle to explain why. If you say a bracha rishona while holding a peeled mandarin, you're thanking God for creating the world and for giving you the mandarin. You don't have to eat the whole mandarin. In fact, even if you eat just half a segment, you're still fine. You thanked God for mandarins, then you ate a piece of one. If you eat another half segment the next day, you must make another bracha rishona. Every day that you eat some of the mandarin, another bracha rishona is required. Does this clarify things completely for you?
Sep
9
comment Cell Phone Jammers in Halacha
What was the asker's original question? Did the asker ask the Institute about using a jammer in a synagogue? Or about using it in a non-holy place? And why did the Institute say that the use of the jammer was forbidden?
Sep
3
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?
Sep
3
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.
Sep
2
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?
Sep
2
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.