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Question No. 1275
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 24 Jul 2006
The Question What is the Halacha concerning boarding or deboarding from a cruise ship that has docked on Shabbos if one has been on the ship already when it set sail before Friday night? —Anonymous, Plainview, NY
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Question No. 1272
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 23 Jul 2006
The Question Is it a Luv of oisek b'kuvia (gambling) if someone has got instruction to be be able to outsmart the online casino? This instruction removes almost all of the risk involved. Also does it make a difference if one believes the money comes from Hashem speciificly in this case, just that its a little bit of hishtadlus made easier through the instruction? —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1271
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 21 Jul 2006
The Question In the laws of yichud, if one was going to a house where there are 10 men and 10 women and none of them are shomei mitzvos is it a problem —Hillel, London
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Question No. 1265
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 17 Jul 2006
The Question Dear Rav Leff, I recently got married and now wear a tallit (I am Ashkenaz) every morning for shacharit. I wish to perform this new mitzvah properly in all its details. Can you please explain to me the halachos of Atifah, how and when it is required, when is it custom, when is it popularly done but is a minhag shtus? Your answer will help me greatly. thank you very much! —Amichai Strasberg, Yerushalyim (NBN flight Aug 15)
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Question No. 1263
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 16 Jul 2006
The Question L'Kovud Harav. I was trying to understand how tefilos being heard work regarding davening with a minyan. I know that Tefilla is supposed to be davened at the same time by 10 men to be heard. Does this mean that the shechina only comes down for that group when they start shemona esrei? If so what about all the davening before that like pesukei d'zimra? If it is also present before hand then does the earlier davening have to be said at the exact same time in order for the tefillos to be heard? If there is any difference to shemona esrei, then why is that? Can a peson say tehilim while a minyan is davening, say, mincha and have his tehilim heard? What about 10 people saying different tehillim kapitel together or the same but out of synch? Also, regarding being one of the first 10 in a minyan in order to bring the shechina down. This would imply that if the person left the room before there were 10 people to return later when there were already 10 then he would miss out. Is this true? If not, why would he count as one of the first 10 when he didn't have anything to do with bringing down the shechina or would this relate to the possilbity that it only comes down during shemona esrei? Also, does this 1st 10 Jews work for each successive minyan, or is it per day? The Rav can see how confused I am. I look forward to the Rav's answers. —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 1258
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 3 Jun 2006
The Question Concerning the halachos of ribis (interest) - would there be any issues for one who is earning compensation in the capacity of a mortgage broker or loan originator, meaning that if I were not making the actual loan but rather matching the borrower and lender in the capacity of a broker or loan originator and my compensation would be a one time payment based on a percentage of the loan amount, would that be a problem as far as the halacha of RIBIS is concerned (or would there be any other hlachic problem to be concerned about)? Thank you very much. —Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY/USA
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Question No. 1254
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 30 May 2006
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff SHLITA, By Chanuka Lights, I have two questions if we hold that the Ikar Mitzvah is one candle and the rest Mehadrin. (1) Should a person avoid not beeing a guest in some else's home during Chanuka in order to perform the mitzvah themselves in their home. (2) My wife likes the children to light first with myself lighting last. It would seem this is incorrect as once the first candle is lit - the rest is Mehadrin - so I should try to light first as the Baal Habayis. I do aplogize for not being able to explain this better, Thank you. —Anonymous, New Jersey
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Question No. 1253
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 30 May 2006
The Question The general halacha for washing your hands in the morning says that "it is forbidden to walk a distance of four amohs without washing the hands". However, in the Metsudah edition of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch I have found a footnote saying that "Within in the house you may walk even more than four amohs to get water". Unfortunately it does not give the source for this leniency. Could the Rabbi please elaborate on this leniency and may one thus apply it as a general rule and for example wash over the sink in the bathroom with water poured from a vessel? —Meir, Yerushalayim
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Question No. 1242
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 14 May 2006
The Question Dear Rav leff sh'lita, Listening to your answer to question 1208, I thought that the issue raised was maybe on (a doubt when was) the Sabbattical Year rather then on (a doubt when was) the Shabbat. Could that lead you to understand the other issues in the question? In the dark - I would say. I miss being able to go to your shiurim, but parnasa is still important and whenever I can you'll see me. I've still so much nachas from your encouragement on the booklet on T'fila that I wrote for our B'chor's Bar Mitzva. After your kind words I hope to rework it into a full fledged book, b"H. Be well, shalom. Moshe-Mordechai van-Zuiden, Jerusalem, Israel
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Question No. 1224
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 28 Apr 2006
The Question Is there a hachaic source that allows a nidda to be kvatter by a bris using two pillows and the husband removes the upper pillow from her? Thank you —Anonymous, brooklyn,ny
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Question No. 1223
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 26 Apr 2006
The Question In the Shulchan Aruch Hilchot Mezuza, Maran writes that the mezuza should be affixed to the doorpost vertically. The Rama cites the other opinion that it should be placed horizontally, and concludes that the custom is to "fulfill both of these opinions and to place the mezuza slanted diagonally." I don't understand how this accords with the 2 opinions. Placing it on a slant meets neither opinion. So why does the Rama choose the Lashon of "fulfilling both" when it seems to fulfill neither? Thank you! —Stephan, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1220
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 12 Mar 2006
The Question hakavod R' leff shlita, I have been having this frequent problem for 2 years already and I would wish to stop, but I dont know how. I am 15 and have problems with hotzo'as zera. first, is it still a problem these days? and second, what can I do to stop it. I've read that it's a terrible aveira, and I dont want to do it, but it happens anyways, like against my will. Therefore rav leff please tell me things I should do that will stop me from doing this terrible aveira. I really wish to stop. I go to a good yeshiva, dont talk to girls, and these dreams dont have to even do with girls. just in the middle of the night, spontaneosly, it happens but I dont know what to do. itell myself not to do it, but it still happens. I want to stop this sin and do teshuva. I do well in school and love torah but I have a problem in this aspect . please help me. thank you. yashar koach. —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1214
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 10 Mar 2006
The Question If someone who previously 'converted' Conservative was in the midst of the process of undergoing an Orthodox conversion to Judaism commited a sin of pre-marital relations with a Jew is the person about to convert Orthodox subject to kareis? After conversion this person sincerely regretted the act and continued the pursuit of a frum life. —Anonymous, Jerusalem, Israel
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Question No. 1212
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 9 Mar 2006
The Question Hello. I am puzzled regarding the description of how to put on a talis being done like the "yishma'eylim". The description I read of what it means said the talis should cover the person's eyes. Why would a Yishmaeli person walk around with a talis covering his eyes so he couldn't see? Wouldn't it make more sense to put the talis just above the eyes and swing the rest around to cover the mouth or something like that? Many thanks for this great forum. —Anonymous, Baltimore, MD
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Question No. 1211
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 9 Mar 2006
The Question L'Kovud Harav. I made a mistake at some point because I discovered in my fridge a jar of grape jelly without kosher certification. I tossed it in the bin. Now a few months later it occured to me that I had used it in cooking. I know I used a small pot with about a cup of the grape jelly (amongst other ingredients) making a sauce. Since then the pot has been used many times. I am wondering what the situation is regarding my kitchen now since grape jelly contains grape juice which needs kosher certification. —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 1206
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 6 Mar 2006
The Question Does a person who is incapcitated due to a stroke have to wash Negel Vaaser? I know someone who is hospitalized due to a stroke and is having rehabilitation, but, still cannot do things for himself such as washing his hands. I told him he should ask his nurse to wash his hands for him because it is very important that he wash Negel Vaaser, but, he seemed to think he wasn't mechuyov in washing. —Anonymous, Lakewood
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Question No. 1203
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 19 Feb 2006
The Question Do married women who normally do not cover their hair, except during prayers, need to cover their hair in the synagogue while attending other events such as a lecture or shiur? —Aaron, Netanya
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Question No. 1198
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 16 Feb 2006
The Question L’Kovud HaRav. What is the din regarding someone who says a brocha perfectly good according to the ashkenazi pronounciation but says Hashem’s same with a patach instead of a komatz? I was under the impression that it is not refering to Hashem when said with a patach, but is profane. On the other hand the person says “elokeinu” perfectly good which is also Hashem’s name and says the rest of the brocha okay too. What about if the person says the brocha with a shva under the daled part of the pronounciation of Hashem’s name and finally what if a person can’t quite tell how the other person is pronouncing Hashem’s name. E.g. it sounds kind of like “adinoy” but maybe he is really saying it properly and the listener is not hearing right (but it is the listener who is unsure and needs to say omein etc.)? —Anonymous, Silver Spring, MD
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Question No. 1197
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 16 Feb 2006
The Question L'Kovud HaRav. I am wondering why mayser kesofim (M”K) can’t be used for school tuition? I know that M”K can’t be used for a mitzva or even (apparently according to R’ Moshe Feinstein zt”l) a government obligation to send your kids to school. But considering that 1. the Torah mitzva of chinuch is to tach the kids “mikreh” and 2. that government obligation can be satisfied for free in public school then why couldn’t I use M”K to send my kids to a Jewish Private school to go *beyond* the minimal Torah and government requirements so that my kids can benefit from exposure to a frum environment in order to enhance their religious level and so they can excel in other areas of Torah besides “mikreh”? Would a single mother be in a better situation regarding this (no mitzvah of chinuch)? Also, if a father-in-law to be makes a deal with his future son-in-law that he marry his daughter in exchange for being supported in kollel after marriage (as is common now days) would this be considered an obligation such that M”K could not be used? With much thanks to the Rav for this fantastic forum. —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 1188
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 15 Feb 2006
The Question In Siman #181, the Mishna Berura says that we do not recite a beracha on Mayim Achronim because that washing is not a mitva in its own right, but rather it is to prevent a sakana (danger). Why then did Chazal institute a beracha for erecting a Maakeh (parapet) ? I heard Rav Chaim Kanievsky answered that that "maakeh is a mitzvah from the Torah". But how does that answer the question. Thank you! —Audrey, Brooklyn
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