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Question No. 1090
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 16 Oct 2005
The Question I understand that its ossur in normal circumstances for a man to dye his hair. However, if one feels bothered by his grey hairs is it mutar to dye them before going on shidduchim? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1083
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 12 Oct 2005
The Question I work for the government, and share an office with one other person. What are the issues involved with placing a mezuzah on the door of an office? —Anonymous, Baltimore, MD
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Question No. 1071
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 5 Oct 2005
The Question Its been 3 months since I returned from seminary in Israel. All of my friends, including myself, are in the Shidduch scene. I've recieved countless phone calls from parents inquiring about friends of mine. Although I haven't recieved any phone calls yet about a particular roomate from Israel, its only a matter of time until I do. My question is - how much do I have to tell? When i was in Israel, I learned that this girl has a serious condition of anerexia. I was told that she got a little better over the year, but looking at her, three months after returning home, I know that it isn't true and that she is still very sick. Although I know that she was deathly ill and that she's had this problem for at least 3 years, I don't think that it is public knowelge. If and when I get a phone call about her for a shidduch - how much should I say? Should I metion it at all? —Anonymous, Brooklyn (Flatbush), NY
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Question No. 1070
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 5 Oct 2005
The Question Can a child sit on the floor whilst the child's parents are living? —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 1068
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 30 Sep 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, I contribute on a monthly basis to a pension fund program where a portion of that money is invested in various stocks of companies traded on the stock market. Do I have an obligation to determine which companies the pension fund invests in, and whether these companies transgress Torah Law such as causing damages to the public's health, environment or behaving in any other way that may not be considerred appropriate for a Torah observant Jew such as not paying workers on time etc? Thank you. —Daniel, Jerusalem, Israel
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Question No. 1065
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 29 Sep 2005
The Question My wife and I are happily married almost 20 years, with four children. We often have seminary girls over for Shabbos meals, who come to us via Anywhere In Israel. I often find myself attracted to these young women and enjoy looking at their hair, face, figure, etc. during the meal. (I would never actually do anything beyond just looking of course.) Is this assur? Should we stop having these girls over despite forgoing the mitzva of hachnosas orchim? Thank you. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 1060
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 26 Sep 2005
The Question Is a man allowed to pull out hair between his eyebrows if it bothers him a lot? —David, New York
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Question No. 1027
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 13 Sep 2005
The Question I want to make challah dough for challah and also use some of the dough to make bapke (cake). What do I need to do to the dough so that one does not have to make Hamotzei on the bapke, but the rest of the dough remains Hamotzei? —Anonymous, Ramat Bet Shemesh
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Question No. 1011
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 2 Sep 2005
The Question L'Kavode Harav, years ago I was told that a Remington Shaver was better than a Norelco, now I hear that Remington may be no good because the screen is too thin. How does one go about selecting a shaver? Also if one has hair growing from the side of the ear or outside/on-top of the nose, may one trim this hair? Thank you. —Anonymous, New Jersey
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Question No. 1006
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 31 Aug 2005
The Question Dear Rav Leff shlita, why is there a fuss about talking or learning during chazoras hashatz, while this is the time commonly used to collecting tzdaka for the shul? The fact that chazaras hashatz is chosen for this seems to indicate that chazaras hashatz is a time for doing things other than concentrating on the shatz and answering Amen properly. Thank you. —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 998
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 28 Aug 2005
The Question When someone states to another person an intention to do something, is it necessary to say bli neder? Perhaps the lack of intent for the statement to be a neder is sufficient? —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 984
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 23 Aug 2005
The Question If one normally holds that "tartey D'sasrey" is a problem and therefore on Erev Shabbos davens mincha before plag and Ma'ariv after plag, and then one Shabbos is staying by someone that holds this isn't a problem (in accordances with the Auruch Hashulchan) can he daven with his host? And also what if not davening by the host may offend him, what should be done? —Anonymous, Toronto, Canada
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Question No. 977
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 22 Aug 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, Having recently lost interest in secular literature I’m planning on removing these books from my home. Regarding selling them to a used book store; if a book contains Nivul Peh or other inappropriate content, is it a problem to derive benefit? What if the above problems are present infrequently and not throughout a book and/or they’re considered to be acceptable among academic and literary circles? Does that make a difference? Thank you. —Anonymous, NY Metropolitan Area
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Question No. 975
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 22 Aug 2005
The Question When visoting the Kosel, upon seeing what must one rend kria (the wall itself, the mosque, etc.)? —Yechezkel G., Melville, NY
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Question No. 972
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 19 Aug 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, I am 19 yrs. old and working during the summer. Some of the money is being paid "off the books" Must I report this money for taxes? —Anonymous, Far Rockaway, NY
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Question No. 957
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 8 Aug 2005
The Question I recently stumbled upon a married acquaintance locked behind a dead-bolted door with another married woman. I did not see anything inappropriate with my own eyes, but the fact that the door was dead-bolted is inappropriate in itself. The man's wife has been told, but I do not know how to approach the subject of the other couple. I do not know the other woman, but I did meet her at the time of the incident and learned her first name. I am confident that with some exploration I can find out this woman's last name and her husband's name, but doing so may raise questions from other people in the community. Do I have a responsibility to find who her husband is and tell the husband that his wife was locked behind a door with another man? —Anonymous, Ann Arbor, MI
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Question No. 954
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 7 Aug 2005
The Question Over the past year or so, I have found myself in an increasingly difficult situation regarding my parents. My parents are married, but the relationship between them is very bad (an understatement, actually), and my mother plans to ask for a get as soon as we (the children) are all married, which will hopefully happen soon. In the meantime, my siblings and I, but especially I, are caught between our two parents. All of us agree that my father is the one at fault here, basically due to ever-increasing mental imbalance (which he has no awareness of, and which there is no way for us to get him to treat). He emotionally and verbally abuses my mother in a thousand different ways, day in and day out. As I wrote, my mother plans to stick it out at the moment for our sakes, but understandably, the situation is very difficult for her. She often unburdens herself on us by telling us the latest thing my father has said or done. On the one hand, there is no doubt that she absolutely needs to discuss these matters with someone - there is no way for her to hold it all inside and continue to survive this marriage. We are the only ones whom she can talk to, since we are the only ones aware of the situation other than a few rabbonim and one close family relative, none of whom have the time or the relationship necessary to be a listening ear as needed. On the other hand, we are talking about our father. To me this is a big problem regarding kibbud av, especially since I know that while overall we listen and react letoeles (to help my mother), there are surely times when loshon horo is said NOT letoeles (just talking). One result: it's become much harder for me to treat my father with respect. How do you suggest I act in this difficult situation? —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 953
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 7 Aug 2005
The Question May it be a long time before this question is relevant: music is very important in my family and my mother has explicitly told me not to avoid it in the mourning period after she dies. To what extent (if any) may I obey this? Are there differences in type of music (e.g., live vs. recorded and/or accompanied vs. a capella), venue (i.e., public vs. private), or whether I'm involved (such as in a choral performance)? Thanks. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 951
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 7 Aug 2005
The Question I am new to this site. Do you pass on the Sephardic interpretation of Halacha/Minhag as well? —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 949
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 7 Aug 2005
The Question Lichvod Rav Leff, regarding the question of the person who stole by paying for child fares on the buses of London when they were an adult. Rav Leff said to pay back. Is it not true even though there is an issur to steal from a non-Jew the inyan of hashava does not apply (unless there is a inyan of kiddush Hashem or chillul hashem)?. Thank you. —Anonymous, UK
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