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Question No. 2028
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 10 Mar 2013
The Question Hello Rabbi Leff, I don't know if this question has been asked here before, but I just a minute ago wondered if it's a sin to play back your audio responses within the hearing range of non-jews. Even if no harm whatsoever is meant by doing so. Thank you —Anonymous, England
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Question No. 2022
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 20 Jan 2013
The Question BS"D Lecvod harav, my aunt is completely not frum and whenever she comes to our house she tries to hug us? What should be done in this situation? —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 2021
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 20 Jan 2013
The Question Can a Jewish man wear gold? —Anonymous, Toronto, Canada
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Question No. 2012
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 13 Jan 2013
The Question I was wondering if the prohibition of wasting seed is biblical or from the rabbis? And what is wrong with an unmarried male wasting seed if the seed gets replenished? —Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 2007
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 7 Jan 2013
The Question Regarding #485 and #1670: For Ashkenazim, is there any mesorah of pronouncing the cholom as an "o" sound? Also, what about children of ba'alei tshuva - how should they pronounce the cholom sound? —Anonymous, CT
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Question No. 2006
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 11 Dec 2012
The Question 1) May one listen to church music, even in a movie where the focus is not the church? 2) May one look at the inside of a church, (see Q1 - in a movie)? Thank you! —Anonymous, Far Rockaway, NY, 11691
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Question No. 2002
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 5 Dec 2012
The Question I'm sorry if this is an ignorant question but I wondered what a person should do, according to jewish law, if the following scenario occurs. A person buys 2 aticles in a shop (they're of roughly equal value). When he gets home he inspects the till receipt and realises he was overcharged for one article, but was not charged at all for the second. Is he obliged to declare both errors at the store if he wants to recover the money he lost overpaying for the first item ? Thank you. —Anonymous, Worcester, England
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Question No. 1998
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 2 Dec 2012
The Question Can a mezuzah be affixed after sundown? —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 1988
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 21 Nov 2012
The Question Regarding #418, in America today people don't wear hats anymore, so would that mean there's no need for a hat during davening? Also, shouldn't one where a tie because that is how one would appear in front of someone important (e.g. the President)? —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 1985
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 29 Mar 2012
The Question My mother is Jewish and my father is not. I do not know the hebrew name of my mother's father. What name do I use when being called up to the Torah? I understand that I could use my mothers name, but I find that embarrassing to do in a shul. —Anonymous, Canada
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Question No. 1981
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 28 Mar 2012
The Question I've heard people use the phrase "mitzvah of this generation". Do any sources use this concept, and if so which mitzvos are singled out as being mitzvos of this generation? —Jon, Jersey
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Question No. 1978
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 26 Mar 2012
The Question is there a basis in halachah to have youth groups for boys and girls together —Anonymous, southfield mi
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Question No. 1973
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 24 Mar 2012
The Question If one has a vacation home that will not be used during pesach, what if any cleaning must be done there. —Anonymous, Boston MA
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Question No. 1952
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 29 Jan 2012
The Question I heard from someone that Torah study should not take place where a murder happened. I than thought about the kotel in Jerusalem(the wars). What is the significance of this rule if any? —Dana, Pembroke Pines,FL USA
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Question No. 1938
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 2 Nov 2011
The Question Our family is very affectionate and I come across Negia questions all the time. Is a married/divorced woman allowed to hug or touch her single/married brother? Does it make a difference if it is in the privacy of a home or in a public setting? —Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1932
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 25 Oct 2011
The Question About 10 years ago I asked my father if our family minhag was to wear tefilin on chol hamoed. He wasn't sure (at the time he wasn't davening daily himself). My grandfather had already passed away at that time. I asked a shayla and was told to wear tefilin without a bracha. Recently, we got in touch with a first cousin of my father who informed us that our family minhag is not to wear tefilin. We'd like to conform to the family minhag. Can I do hataras nedarim and change my practice? How do I go about doing that? —Anonymous, Passaic, NJ
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Question No. 1930
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 24 Oct 2011
The Question Does halachah permit downloading/streaming (music, media, software, etc.)? —Ben, London
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Question No. 1920
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 28 Aug 2011
The Question Kavod Harav Leff Shlit"a, My aunt jumped off the roof of a building a bunch of years ago. My grandmother asked me to daven at my aunt's kever. Is it ok for me to visit her kever and daven there? Are there any other halachos that I should be aware of? Thanks —Anonymous, Yerushalayim
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Question No. 1903
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Jul 2011
The Question Bkavod Rav, A suit store chain runs various promotions as follows: Buy 1 Suit at full price, get one for $77 Buy 3 Pairs of pants and get 3 shirts for free They ship the items with separate receipts or one receipt. On the receipt(s) it shows the suit or pants purchased at full price and the other cheaper item at $77 or $0 Is it muttar to return the expensive item and keep the cheaper/free item? Do the two promotions differ? In the first case maybe they would be willing to sell the suit for $77. Peoples experiences: Some stores gave a full refund for the expensive item Some stores prorated the costs for all the items (Full price +$77/2) And other stores said you must return all the items to get a refund. Thanks,Dan —Daniel, Far Rockaway, NY
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Question No. 1901
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 25 Jul 2011
The Question I have a history of stomach problems including ulcers. When I fast I am in pain for a couple of weeks and I need to take medicine to prevent an ulcer or gastritis. Do I need to fast on the minor fast days and/or Tisha B'Av and Yom Kippur? I would feel guilty not fasting, but I don't want to have other complications. —Anonymous
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