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Question No. 879
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 10 Jul 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, is the situation today in Israel considered a milchemet mitzvah and if yes how can yeshiva bochurim be exempt from serving in the army? Does the fact the Palestinians are attacking us mean that we are? Who and how do we decide if we are in this kind of milchama or otherwise? Thank you. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 876
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 8 Jul 2005
The Question I have a question on the Rav's answer to question 849. Isn't there a way to reinstitute the "smicha" from Moshe Rabbenu through 100 Rabbanim agreeing to give Smicha to one person and that person can give it to everyone else? So maybe they could restart the "smicha". Also, didn't the Bais Yosef try to do something simmilar in his time? —Anonymous, Toronto
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Question No. 864
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 4 Jul 2005
The Question You mentioned in an answer that Herzl's original idea of a solution to the "Jewish Question" or "Jewish Problem" as it was called, was for all Jews to convert to Christianity. I was looking for the source but do not seem to find it. (I might be wrong and have heard it somewhere else - sorry if this is the case.) —Anonymous, london
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Question No. 854
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 2 Jul 2005
The Question Kevod haRav, the world over in Shuls the Misheberach for the Israeli soldiers is said every Shabbat and Festival. This Shabbat I noticed that it asks of haSheim to give Blessing and Success to all that the Israeli soldiers do, which seems funny to say Omein to, given that the IDF wants to use them for the crazy disengagement plan. But not asking for or not agreeing with Divine protection for our heroic soldiers seems throwing away the baby with the bathwater. Changing such a text is also not done easily. What should be done? —Moshe Mordechai Van Zuiden, Jerusalem
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Question No. 849
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 10 Jun 2005
The Question What is the position of the Sanhedrin that was set up a year ago in Teveriah? Why aren't the "Gedolim" on the Sanhedrin? And what is there position on it? And what authority if, any, do they have, and are they any more powerful then a regular Bais Din in a city? —Anonymous, Toronto
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Question No. 844
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 9 Jun 2005
The Question What is the Rav's view on the recent Supreme Court of Israel's decision that Judea and Shomron are not part of the land of Israel? —Daniel, Jerusalem
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Question No. 834
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 5 Jun 2005
The Question How exactly does Zionism and all its practices, holidays, and philosophies conflict with that of Orthodox Judaism? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 829
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 5 Jun 2005
The Question My question is about separating truma and ma'aser in Israel. In general I rely on the kashrut of mehadrin products I buy, and only very rarely do I need to separate truma myself. I am familiar with the process, but two things have always confused me: the "pruta chamura", and when to dispose of the coin. For this reason I joined one of the organizations that let you use their coins. But it seems to me an unnecessary expense since I use it only once or twice a year. Recently I read somewhere that nowadays we don't really need a pruta chamura because the tithe is almost invariably worth more than a pruta itself. Also, that one can actually dispose of the coin IMMEDIATELY. I would therefore like to know what is the smallest Israeli coin that is worth a pruta, and if it is true that one can actually dispose of it immediately? Should one simply put it in the bag with the fruit to discard, or does one need to deface it completely with a hammer? Many thanks. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 816
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 11 May 2005
The Question I heard that there are 3 reasons for which one can leave Israel (yerida). What are these three reasons and how do they justify someone leaving Eretz Yisrael? And does a yeshiva bochur learning in Israel (who hasn't made aliyah) need one of these three reasons of can he just leave Israel when he decides it's time or he has other commitments? thank you. —Anonymous, San Francisco, CA
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Question No. 757
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 9 Apr 2005
The Question 1. I listened to the Rav's answer regarding the position of the Gedolim regarding the disengagement. It was not clear to me whether the potential benefit of the disengagement is unclear only to us, or whether it is unclear to the Gedolim as well. Are they also Mesupak as to whether it will save lives? Do they have a position regarding this issue? 2. Is there any practical guidance from the Gedolim as to whether we should be doing anything "for or against" the disengagement. Possibilities: Tefilah, Learn in yeshiva, Protest, Go to Gaza in the summer, shev ve"al Taaseh due to Safek. —Barak Saffer, Ramat Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 738
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 26 Mar 2005
The Question I bought a four-year old kumquat tree for my wife for Tu Bishvat from a non-religious nursery. It lives inside in a movable pot. I understand (from a discussion with a religious gardener) that since I do not know what happened in the nursery (they could have grown it in the large pot for four years or they could have transferred it - thus causing Akirah - at some stage) that there are many problems involved with eating the fruit. Could the Rav please clarify at what stage I would be allowed to eat the fruit? Furthermore can I move it around the house without a problem? And also can I simply throw away any fruit that falls off the tree? Thank you —T Gordon, Jerusalem
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Question No. 716
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 6 Mar 2005
The Question I have listened to Licvod HaRav's teshuva about sherut leumi for young women and I would like to know if it is still asur when done in a very tznius invironment and learning half time in a seminary as well. —Anonymous
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Question No. 686
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 28 Jan 2005
The Question Is it againt halacha for a Jew to leave Eretz Yisrael? —Anonymous
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Question No. 665
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 15 Jan 2005
The Question Dear Rav Leff, Concerning the current situation in Gaza, with rockets falling constantly; Would it be accurate to say that it is sakanat nefashot (life-threatening danger) to live in those areas. If so, why is this not the case in Jerusalemgiven the fact that many more Jewish lives have been lost in attacks there? Should we, as Orthodox Jews support leaving Gaza or not? And why? As a Jew living in Israel, I feel compelled to support my fellow Jews, but I also feel torn by the fact that they are in constant danger. I would like to get a real Torah understanding of this issue. —Yehuda Cano, Israel, Efrat
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Question No. 481
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 27 Aug 2004
The Question I've heard that you are only allowed to leave Israel to learn Torah, find a shidduch or parnasa. Does this apply nowadays? Specifically can one leave Israel to Visit Family or attend a Simcha in Chutz L'Aretz? Aaron, Israel
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Question No. 473
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question Since in 1967 everyone in Israel was in direct physical danger and were all miraculously saved, why don't we say Hallel or acknowledge it in any way? Aaron, Eretz Yisrael  
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Question No. 470
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question Now that we have heard the Rav's thoughts on Yom Haatzmaut, What is the Rav's shittah about Yom Yerushalayim? Menachem Hojda, Detroit, MI
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Question No. 467
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question Does the psak of the chazon ish of yaihareg v'al yaavor apply to the current version of sherut l'eumi, & if so what is the rationale for this psak ? T. Nathan, New York
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Question No. 436
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 23 Apr 2004
The Question Shalom Aleichem Rabbi, this website/forum is great both you and the designer deserve much praise. Since the day of Yom Ha'atzmaut is coming up I wanted to ask an apolitical/objective question which is unfortunately a hot topic of controversy. Many different facets of observant Jews will be observing this date very differently some will recite Hallel with or w/o a Bracha, some will be saying Tachnun some will even be saying Kinnos. According to the Satmar Rav Zatzal whose sefer VaYoel Moshe I have looked at this day may be quite negative. He also writes that the sefer is meant to clarify Halacha. His case there is well backed up with sources cited from Talmud, midrash commentary etc. Is there a counter argument as halachically sound as his? Also is there any Halacha precedent for or against saying Hallel? Kinnos? Tachnun? Can any one of these 3 forms be called "correct" as opposed to the others? Anonymous, Ramat Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 435
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 23 Apr 2004
The Question Seeing as how Yom Haatzmaut is coming up, I was wondering why some people hold it as a holiday and others don't?  I know that there is a certain amount of animosity between the 2 sects that hold it and those who don't hold it and I was wondering why that is.  I heard different reasons for saying Hallel or not saying Hallel. Should we say Hallel on this day or not? also if one goes to a Yom Haatzmaut party since its during sfira can music be played and listened to. if you could help me that would be great. Anonymous, Toronto
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