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Question No. 943
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 4 Aug 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, Shalom U'Bracha. When I leave my home I kiss the Mezuzah and say - Hashem Yishmore Tzsaysi Uvoyee May'ata V'aad Olam. I am pretty sure I once saw this nusach in a sefer, but now I am not sure. Is the Nusach I use incorrect - is there a more correct Nusach - Thank you for taking the time to answer this question. —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 938
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 4 Aug 2005
The Question My friend has made the Orthodox Ghiur three months ago in USA. One month ago he has become Chiloni, he is returned in Sheelah (Chazar BiSheelah) completely! In this case, is it possible to consider the Ghiur cancelled (LeMafrea retroactive)? Thanks. —Mordechay, Bnei Brak
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Question No. 934
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 4 Aug 2005
The Question My understanding is that we are not to swear. Usually the government asks to "swear or affirm." We have encountered an govenment agency, INS, that requires swearing an oath unless they find that "you are unable to swear." They want us to "write a letter explaining our situation." Also they state that they may ask for a "document ... explaining ... beliefs." How would you explain our beliefs against swearing, if this is what we hold? Also is there any problem in using the words "so help me G_d" —Anonymous, St. Louis, MO
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Question No. 931
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 3 Aug 2005
The Question Is it halachically permissible to gamble at a casino? —Anonymous
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Question No. 929
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 2 Aug 2005
The Question Rabbi Leff, Shalom U'Bracha. My parents are not frum and have invited us for Shabbos and will be, by all outwards appearences, looking Shomer Shabbos. My father grew up not frum but did attend an Orthodox Shul for many years (when he lived up north). He has been attending a Conservative SHul now for about 20 years as they were nicer to him in the city he lives in now. He will want to make Kiddush, Motze and be the third person for a Zimun. Can he be Motzai me? If the heter is Shalom Bayis and Tinok Shenishba - are there no limits to that, that eventually you can be no longer classified as a Tinok Shinisha no matter the effects on Shalom Bayis. (Shalom Bayis with your parents that is) Thank you for taking the time to answer my Shiala. —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 926
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 31 Jul 2005
The Question What is the halacha regarding naming and refering to an unborn Jewish girl by the name her parents intend to use for her? What about telling people the name before the baby is born? Is there any difference in these matters between baby boys or girls? Thank you —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 917
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Jul 2005
The Question I have just spent six months in a seminary in Yerushalayim, which I enjoyed and benefited from immensely. Since coming back, I have spoken to a number of girls who were interested in coming to this seminary next year, but were dissuaded by certain information they had heard from a rabbi in their high school, namely that the class sizes are too big, the classes are not stimulating and the teachers do not take an interest in the students. Having had first hand experience, (and my friends who studied with me there would agree) it appears to me that the above is simply not true. I am saddened to think that many girls for whom the seminary would be ideal are being discouraged from attending on this basis. I do not know the name of the Rabbi who was advising these girls, but I am sure that he would not want to mislead his students (perhaps his observations were once correct but the school has since changed). Am I allowed to write to him and respectfully let him know my personal experience of the seminary? If yes, am I allowed to find out his name or should I just write it anonymously and give it to one of his students to pass on? I thank the Rav for his help. —Anonymous, England
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Question No. 916
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Jul 2005
The Question Before I became frum, for a number of years I often used to buy child fares instead of adult when travelling by bus or train. Do I need to pay back the transport system? If yes, what should I do since it is impossible to calculate exactly how much money I owe? I thank the Rav for his help. —Anonymous, England
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Question No. 907
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 23 Jul 2005
The Question Is there a halachic problem with renting a function hall that belongs to a church? Could you please be specific as to the exact issur involved. Thank you so much and I really enjoy your website. —Anonymous, America
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Question No. 904
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 20 Jul 2005
The Question I was wondering if it were possible to have kavono while saying a brocho over food that it should only last until the next time you say the same brocho so if you were ever in doubt as to whether or not you should say that brocho again for what ever reason you don't have to use tactics like leaving the building etc. in order to ensure that it can be said. Obviously, saying it again without reason would be an out and out brocho she'eino tzericha if such kavonos as I mentioned above would be allowed (i presume). Thanks - I appreciate this wonderful site! —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 895
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 15 Jul 2005
The Question (1) Is it an actual chiyuv for every man to write (or pay to have written) a Sefer Torah? (2) If so, as with other mitzvot that involve expense, should one spend up to 20% of his money to fulfill this mitzvah? (3) If a number of people contribute money towards a sefer Torah that is to be jointly owned, does each partner fulfill the mitzvah fully? As always, the Rav's time in answering our questions is very much appreciated. —Joel R., Matityahu, Israel
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Question No. 889
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 12 Jul 2005
The Question If I attempted to give tochacha (constructive rebuke) to a friend of mine, but she responded that right now this is not something she wants to work on, should I attempt to be mochiach her in the future? Or does this fall into the category of not being mochiach someone who won't accept it? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 887
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 12 Jul 2005
The Question Regarding question #748: I am sorry but I don't understand what the Rav said. If my company pays for my health insurance but they include that money which it cost them as part of my salary am I mechuyav to pay maaser on this? —Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 886
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 12 Jul 2005
The Question To get to my work is very expensive. Therefore my company pays for my gas and tolls to get to work. Do I have to pay maaser on this? —Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 869
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 5 Jul 2005
The Question 1) May one discard an old, used kippa or must it go into geniza? 2) May one read in the bathroom a magazine that contains some Torah content, such as Mishpacha, if one is careful to avoid the Torah content in that situation? Thank you. —Joel R., Matityahu, Israel
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Question No. 863
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 3 Jul 2005
The Question I heard that R' Moshe said that it is prohibited to speak socially with a person of the opposite gender, unless for marriage purposes. Can the Rav directly quote what R' Moshe said? Where can I find this p'sak? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 862
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 3 Jul 2005
The Question In regards to a person mourning a parent, do they have to wait a year before they can listen to recorded music in their house? —Anonymous, los angeles, Ca
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Question No. 857
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 3 Jul 2005
The Question May a child correct a parent who is doing something against halacha, such as speaking lashon hora, doing an issur melacha on Shabbos, etc.? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 855
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 2 Jul 2005
The Question Hakavod Harav, During my younger years I was influenced by Chabad, I promised my counclior from camp I would wear a kippa and tzitis in bed at night.(I wear a different set for night.) My question is three-fold: since I am not chabad may I continue to do so as my fatehr does not? Does my promise stand after all these years? And also if I find it hard to sleep at night can I take my Tzisis off so I can sleep properly would it constitue me breaking my promise? Thank you. —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 851
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 1 Jul 2005
The Question In the Rambam's discussion of hilchos mincha, he says to say Ashrei and then STAND and say Shmone Esrey. There are those (Rav Soleveitchik) who say that it is preferable according to the Rambam to sit for Ashrei during mincha? Is there any other source for this practice and is this just a chumra to be yotzei the Rambam's shita? —Adam, New York
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