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Question No. 419
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question I have an interesting book written by fanatic Christian wackos. Nevertheless, there are some good points. The book is called "the power of positive thinking." It contains quotes from the bible including from the tanach. Is it asur to read this book in the bathroom? Thank you Rabbi Leff Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 416
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Concerning the practice of naming people with non-biblical or non Lashon-kodesh names (i.e. Yiddish Zalman or Israeli Oren) are these names really their names?, do they have a higher status than a purely secular name like Edward? Why are they used in calling a person up for an aliyah? and what is the mekor for the use of yiddish names, which generally are based in secular languages (i.e. Shlomo Zalman, or Yitchok Aizik) Thank you very much Rav Leff Dovid B. Long Island
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Question No. 411
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Does Minhag have to be based in Halachah.  I always understood that is what was what minhag is people refer to family Minhagim if they need to be based in halachah then some may not be minhagim that how the ideas of a minhag shtoos was formed. How did Minhagim form? Isn't this against the codification of Halachah? Gidon Lyons, Jerusalem
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Question No. 406
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Who holds that one should wear the techailes that they have now? Thank you very much for this wonderful website. Anonymous
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Question No. 402
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Shalom. I will like to know if a messianic Jew may indulge in smoking of India hemp smoking. And also fact about the Jewish faith. I'm asking because I just got converted into the faith, and my parents are head bond on me to stop, simply because of the name 'Y-H-W-E-H' Ejim Timothy, Nigeria
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Question No. 399
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question I have 4 questions that have been bothering me. 1.  Can a Jewish man grow his hair long if he still wears a yarmulka?  Also can he cut it later or is he considered to be a nazir. 2. Sometimes on shabbos when you walk past peoples homes their automatic lights turn on.  Are you considered to be a mechalel shabbas, do you have to walk in the street and not on the sidewalk if this problem is prevalent in your neighborhood. 3.  If a Jewish man knows that he has cancer and will get radiation treatment, is he allowed to bank his sperm for future use so he won't have to worry about being infertile or having disabled children? 4.  What is the rabbi's opinion on "survival of the fittest" according to Charles Darwin is it against torah thought? A.K., New York
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Question No. 397
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question We hear each day of people waiting for organ donations. 1: Can and should we sign up to be organ donors, halachically speaking and 2: if halachically it is permissible then are we obligated to do so. Moshe, Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 389
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Is there any problem (such as b'chukosayhem losaylaychu - following the ways of the nations) in going to a sporting event at a stadium? Thanks ! T. Nathan, New York
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Question No. 382
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Some girls from my high school recently designed a sweatshirt which has "im ain kemach ain Torah" written on the back. Would one be allowed to wear this sweatshirt in the bathroom? Anonymous, Brooklyn
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Question No. 379
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, I recently moved to Zurich , Switzerland and plan to stay there only temporarily. For the moment I am there for over a year and a half and i intend to stay for another year. Somebody from shul where i often daven came over to me asking me if i would like to become a member of that shul. Is there any obligation to be a member of a shul/community? ( Zurich has two main communities) Anonymous, Zurich, Switzerland
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Question No. 376
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question May I preface this question by stating that I my intent is not to be mezalzel in the minhag in question, just to understand it: Certain Chassidic groups have the custom that women who get married must shave their heads. Is not one of the purposes of a wife to be "beautiful" for her husband? As Chazal say says "En Isha Ela LeYOFI, Lebanim Ultachshtin". In addition, we find that in order to make the ISH YEFAT TOAR ugly, she too mush shave her head! I was told that there is a midrash that states: When Abraham went down to mitzrayim he said "I didn't know till now how beautiful you (Sara) was - this refers to his seeing her hair. Surely the above indicates that hair shaving should be frowned upon. I personally know of someone who was present at a wedding, when after the BEDEKENING a screen was put up and the KALA was shaved. I was told she broke down as this happened. She was then led to her chupa, after this "humiliating experience. My question is how does the above conform with the time old principle "DERACHEA DARCHE NOAM VEKOL NETIVOTEA SHALOM?" Is this what Hashem expects? Furthermore I have heard explanations that the shaving is done, based on the zohar, to prevent chatzsisa at the time of tevila? If so, how come all other Jews for centuries were happy to have someone watching over to ensure "EN SEAR SAF AL PENE HAMAYIM" ?? Please clarify is possible the above minhag. Thank You Raphy Garson, Har Nof, Jerusalem
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Question No. 370
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Shalom Ubracha!  If one learns that his doctor is engaged in insurance fraud on an ongoing basis, by charging for procedures which never occurred, is it mesirah to notify the insurance company?  What if one is reasonably confidant the insurance company will notify the attorney general? Yitzchok Shuster, Forest Hills, NY
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Question No. 367
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Having had a sexual relationship for two years and then no sexual contact for the last year and still have a strong relationship and discovering we are still happy after the year it is necessary to become shomer negiah? If so why, since the contact has already taken place? Anonymous, Scotland
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Question No. 362
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, If someone you worked with (a goy) gets engaged to a Jewish girl, is it forbidden to congratulate him? Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 357
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, Is Knitting allowed on Motzoei Shabbos for pleasure? Anonymous, Switzerland
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Question No. 355
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question It is frightfully cold here in Massachusetts , and my hands get painfully chapped.  Could you please explain to me how many times I must wash my hands with a vessel (since I already wash them after they become soiled and after using the restroom and before I prepare food).  Between the restroom and the food, I am already washing my hands at least a half dozen times a day with soap and water. Robert, Massachussetts
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Question No. 351
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Is there a prohibition involved if one rents out a hall for a function, when the hall in question is owned by a reform shul? Can the reasoning that one who rents the hall is considered the owner of the hall, be a reason to permit it? Thanks. Raphy Garson, Har Nof, Jerusalem
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Question No. 350
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question If a first born baby boy is not well enough to have the bris on time can you have the pidyon haben before the bris?If you can does it proceed as normal? Thank you for you time. Zev, Lakewood, NJ
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Question No. 349
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question We recently had a very negative experience with a furniture store, and we know that they lied to us on more than one occasion. We are wondering if it is permitted for us to publicize our experience (in effect, to warn others), or would it be considered lashon hara? Anonymous, Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 347
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Is a Kohen permitted to go to a reform levaya (for wifes grandfather) and cover the aron with earth as all relatives present are elderly the niftar was a kohen and the kevura will be in the kohens section of reform cemetery? R. Stepsky, London
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