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Question No. 741
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 26 Mar 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, If someone works but his income earned only "partially" covers his daily basic expenses and as a result the person is to a certain extent still financially dependent on his parents (for the amount of expenses that exceeds his income),does he have the obligation to remove maser money from the income that is earned from his job? I have seen quoted the Brisker Rav ruling that "anyone who finds himself in dire circumstances - so that he needs financial help from others - and does not live a life of luxury at all, but lives frugally, should not give ma'aser." What is the rav's view on situation described above? Thank you —Anonymous, Switzerland
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Question No. 736
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 24 Mar 2005
The Question I have a friend who was recently divorced She was only married for a short time (no kids) and is now very discouraged about covering her hair. Do divorced women always have to continue covering thier hair or is there some leeway with this? Thanks —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 735
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 24 Mar 2005
The Question i understand that the voice of a woman singing is 'erva', and therefore a man can't say any words of kedusha while a woman is singing in his presence. i also understand there is a heter for men and women to sing together, based on the premise that when there are 2 voices, the woman's voice can't be distinguished. practically speaking, if a man wants to privately sing zmiros/bentching with his wife, is it allowed? thanks in advance for your response-dan —dan, jerusalem
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Question No. 732
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 20 Mar 2005
The Question My wife's cousins, on a visit to Israel a couple of months ago, while removing their things, mistakenly took a jacket from the trunk of a taxi they had taken in Tel Aviv. They were given a card by the taxi driver, but, despite numerous attempts to call the cellphone number on the card, no one answers. The cousins have since returned to the US and left the jacket with my wife's mother. Taxi drivers in Bet Shemesh have told us that there is no newsletter or the like read by taxi drivers that we can publish the lost jacket for it to be possibly seen by the taxi driver and there is no means of locating this taxi driver. Does this jacket have to be kept or can it be given away? —Yisrael Kaniel, Bet Shemesh
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Question No. 730
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 19 Mar 2005
The Question Rav, I am asking for a friend this question: What is the exact origin and source of our halacha that you are Jewish according to your mother? —Daniel Ashkenazy, Jerusalem
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Question No. 728
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 17 Mar 2005
The Question Why must a religious women continue to cover her hair after a divorce? —Anonymous, Texas, united States
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Question No. 727
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 16 Mar 2005
The Question I was wondering why it is generally accepted for people to drink cofee out of paper cups from any place that sells. cofee. Couldn't the cofee making equipment be washed with other treif things? —Anonymous, Canada
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Question No. 723
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 12 Mar 2005
The Question Please clarify: may Tehillim be recited at night? Is there a difference between a one-time event and regular recital? May torah shebichsav be learnt at night? If not, what would be included in the restriction? For both questions - if there are restrictions, what is considered "night" lihalacha, and please differentiate between mutar bdieved and fully recomended. Many thanks. —Josh, Jerusalem
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Question No. 720
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 10 Mar 2005
The Question Please will you tell me the laws of wearing a hat for davening. Why do so many people and yeshivos insist on boys that aren't even married to wear a hat and why do some people only wear them on Shabbos? Finally, why do Israelis not have a double covering? —Anonymous, England
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Question No. 718
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 9 Mar 2005
The Question Rabbi, I run a small group for rescuing, caring and protecting animals. At times people ask me about neutering animals and knowing that there is a blessing on the animals to be fruitful and multiply - how am I to answer the queries? What does the Talmud say concretely about this issue and given the situation of cruelty towards animals who are left to fend for themselves in the streets, can lenience be shown? —Joy Sherri, Jerusalem
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Question No. 713
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 3 Mar 2005
The Question Dear Rav Leff, shlita: Is there any halachic problem in connecting to the web wirelessly through someone else's wireless arrangement, since I benefit thereby without cost. (i.e. I don't know who/where they are to even ask permission.) Thank you jg —Anonymous, New York City
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Question No. 710
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 2 Mar 2005
The Question There are many things prohibited in the Gemoro because they are "Kashe le Shichecho". What is the meaning behind this idea? And why is it called that way (Wouldn`t "Kashe" mean: hard to forget, instead it is used as causing to forget)? Why can`t we eat the first bread cut, olive without olive oil, cut our fingernails in normal order, etc. Thanks so much to the Rav for adressing this question. —Eli Bloch, Israel
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Question No. 707
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 28 Feb 2005
The Question BS"D When she knows that her father has not fulfilled the obligation of maaser kesafim by his income, should a girl between the ages of 11 and 18 take maaser from her allowance? If her father has fulfilled this mitzvah, should she still take maaser from her allowance? Does being older than 17 make a difference in regards to the original question? —Anonymous, Los Angeles, CA, USA, Chutz Laaretz
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Question No. 689
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 30 Jan 2005
The Question When saying tachanun do you have to stop and answer each amen to kaddish or can you just continue while they say it ? —Tzvi, London
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Question No. 688
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 30 Jan 2005
The Question In each of the 19 brachot in the amida when can you stop and enter your personal wants , can you stop just before the end of each one, before the actual bracha ? —Anonymous, london
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Question No. 677
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 23 Jan 2005
The Question Do Jewish newspapers that have Hashem's Name abbreviated (eg G-d) and verses from the Bible (without Hashem's Name) have to be put in shamus=genizah? —Genizah Society, Jerusalem
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Question No. 675
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 22 Jan 2005
The Question Is a cohen permitted to work in a nursing home considering the fact that residents may die while he is in the facility? —Anonymous, Brooklyn NY
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Question No. 674
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 22 Jan 2005
The Question What is the Chazzon Ish's shiur on tzitis? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 671
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 18 Jan 2005
The Question Kevod Harav, I once heard from a person (not very reliable) that it used to be that a child would be considered Jewish only if the father was and not like now when it follows the mother. if mother was jewish and father wasnt then child would also not be jewish. I was wondering if there was any truth to this, and if there is then does that not create major problems for judaism? —Meni, UK
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Question No. 663
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 11 Jan 2005
The Question I read in a forum that the punishment for male homosexuality (the death penalty) and that of women homosexuality are different? I am surprised because I always thought that G-d applies the same sentences for the two sexes (as adultery for example). Why this inequality? —Rachel, France
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