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Question No. 1184
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 6 Jan 2006
The Question What is the Jewish law regarding stealing? I work with a Jewish attorney who steals everyone's food and pop from our refrigerators at work. —Jennifer, Lakewood, Ohio
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Question No. 1178
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 4 Jan 2006
The Question Kavod L'Rav, What is the halacha or hashkafo of putting your tefillin arm in your jacket sleeve as opposed to letting that side hang and buttoning it? If people put the tefillin arm in their sleeve, how do they go about touching it, as the Mishneh Brurah suggests, or adjusting it should the need arise? Thank you so much for this service to Klal Yisroel. —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1176
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 3 Jan 2006
The Question in a family situation, can multiple family members copy the same music cd for their respective individual uses. if not (and i assume not), if i have 5 kids who want to copy a particular cd, i would need to buy 5 cds? a related question would be, do i need to buy a second original cd to play in the car since, while i am driving, someone in the house could be listening to the one there? —Anonymous, Miami Beach, Florida
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Question No. 1171
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 1 Jan 2006
The Question I recently purchased about $1,000 worth of a mutual fund that holds stocks from over 500 companies. I was looking through the list of its stock holdings and noticed that some of the companies deal in treif and bossor b'cholov (one the companies is McDonalds). The whole fund is worth about 50 billion dollars, so my portion is a fraction of a fraction. Is this a problem, and if yes, how much research must one do before buying stocks? Thank you. —Yehuda F., Monsey
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Question No. 1165
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 21 Dec 2005
The Question Can a person who drinks cholov stam still be a yiras shomayim? I presume someone who only drinks cholov yisroel might be, but someone who doesnít canít be? Sorry if this sounds silly, but I always hear these warnings that a yiras shomayim is machmir so that it seems only people who are headed off the derech will not be concerned about it (in recent times I have started only drinking cholov yisroel though I would not consider myself a great yiras shomayim. Is this appropriate?) I appreciate whatever the Rav will say to clarify this matter. —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1162
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 20 Dec 2005
The Question Do we have to get rid of our old 'treif' cell phones and/or do we need to buy kosher ones? —BP, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1153
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 19 Dec 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi, several years ago, my brother married a girl whose mother "converted" to Judaism. They now have 2 children. My sister-in-law's mother is not frum at all. Nor do I believe she ever was. I learned that a conversion is only valid if the convert accepted in her heart at the time of conversion to keep all mitzvot without exception and believes in G-d & Torah m'Sinai. I do not believe that her mother ever coverted wholeheartedly, and doubt she is really Jewish according to halacha. My brother married her and had an Orthodox rabbi officiate the wedding. Neither my brother nor his wife are religious (actually, that's an understatement). [By the way, the officiating rabbi knew of the mother-in-law's conversion.] What is the rabbi's advice in such a case? If I start investigating this (by speaking to that rabbi who married them) and asking under what basis he accepted to marry them, I worry about the explosive machloket that this may unleash in the family; and I am certainly not comfortable speaking directly to sister-in-law's mother about this topic. I don't know what to do, it's eating me up inside. Additionally, my sister-in-law has a sister who is also married with kids, similar story. And their kids attend Orthodox day scools. Would I need to alert the day shool of the possibility that these kids may not be Jewish? I know this would get back to me and I could not bear that fallout. Do I keep silent and pretend they are Jewish? What about when one day they will be of marriagable age, would I need to interfere and alert the shidduchim they should not date these kids? I'm at a loss, please help. Thank you. —Audrey, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1147
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 1 Dec 2005
The Question I heard someone say that hotzoas zera l'vatalah is the worst sin a male can commit. But how can it be worse than the three cardinal sins? And should someone then choose a form of forbidden relations, rather than hotzoas zerah as the lesser of two evils? —Anonymous, Monsey
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Question No. 1132
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 24 Nov 2005
The Question I recently heard a Jewish boy, speaking loshan harah about myself to a group of Jews and goyim. As soon as I heard this I walked away, however, am I Ove for Loshan Harah and if so, what form should my Teshuvah take? —Samuel Landau, London
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Question No. 1130
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 15 Nov 2005
The Question How should one pronounce the targum onkelos when the name Elokim appears in the hebrew verse. Most chumashim have only yud-yud. —Anonymous, israel
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Question No. 1125
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 13 Nov 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff SHLITA, In America, when one sells a house it is on the buyer to pay for a house inspection to detect any problems and to assist in the sales price negotiation. Is the seller required to inform the buyer of any negative information and if so could the Rav ellaborate on the types of information that should be included. I once sold a home that on huimid days had an odor that I myself treated with a spray. I did not inform the buyer and the buyer has not complained about any part of the sale. He has since passed on - do I have any obligations in this situation. Thank you —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1122
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 10 Nov 2005
The Question I have recently began working out in a gym to rein in on my weight problem.Is it a problem to exercise if there are women in the room (that may not be dressed modestly) who are exercising at the same time ? —Anonymous, toronto,canada
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Question No. 1117
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 31 Oct 2005
The Question In todays society (e.g. in America) with all the pritzus within the Jewish community and without, how does a guy protect himself from thinking thoughts which are forbidden. You can't even walk into a supermarket without being bombarded by indecent images. Does HAshem take all this into account if someone thinks bad thoughts? What can a person do if he is not so strong with regards to all of this? —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 1115
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 31 Oct 2005
The Question Shalom Kevo Harav, My father-in-law's mother passed away on Erev Yom Kippur. As halacha dictates the joy of Simchat Yom Tov overides the shiva, and as long as some form of mourning took place beforehand, Yom Kippur (or any other festival) cancels the shiva - the 7 day mourning period. How does this law conform with the dictum of "Derachea Darche Noam" - the Torah's ways are pleasant. Surely, the shiva helps the AVEL and is very therapeutic. Secondly, how can the AVEL be "forced" into a state of simcha, having not had a grief period. Is there a deeper message to be understood here ? Please enlighten. Tizku Lemitvot. —Raphy Garson, UK
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Question No. 1107
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Oct 2005
The Question I have recently browsed a internet site that deals with many halachic shaalos. The website is www.kashrut.org The writers answering the questions are the sons of R' Abadi. I have noticed that they pasken differently than most rabbanim and poskim. May one follow their psak? Are their rulings correct? Thank you. —Shlomo, New York
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Question No. 1106
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 26 Oct 2005
The Question Is a person who does not believe that the zohar was revealed to shomon bar yochai counted as a heretic? —David, Bet Shemesh
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Question No. 1097
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 20 Oct 2005
The Question Is it permitted for one to learn Zohar/Kabbala? Does Zohar fall into the category of Kaballa? Is it permitted for ladies to study Zohar or Kabbala? When is Kaballa permitted and are there different categories of Kabbala that may be permitted more than others? Thank you. —Anonymous, South Africa
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Question No. 1095
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 19 Oct 2005
The Question Is a wife/mother allowed to sing ( zemiros, bentching etc..) with her family? If permitted, to which family members does this apply? Also, What about another song/tune that are not kodesh?Thanks. —Anonymous, England
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Question No. 1094
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 19 Oct 2005
The Question Is it mutar to play chess on shabbos? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1093
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 19 Oct 2005
The Question Dear R' Leff, Some people have their peyos behind their ears while others do not. I was wondering if it is a halacha to have it behind or just a minhag? Also , how long must they be. Thank you. —Anonymous, New York,USA
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