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Question No. 344
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question What tshuva (repentance) should a person do for the aveiros (sins) of hotzoas zerah l'vatalah (spilling one's seed) & the violation of hilchos tznius bein ish l'ishto (modesty between a man and his wife)? Thanks for all you do ! Anonymous
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Question No. 331
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question What are the halacos for women regarding shaving? Thank you Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 328
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question In the decades preceding WWII, many people preferred to remain in Europe and risk their life in spite of the imminent danger rather than emigrate to America and into what they perceived as an environment where it would be very difficult to remain shomer torah umitzvos. But what is the actual halacha with regard to that decision? Is one halachicly obligated to give up his life if he has a choice between being killed or moving to a place where it will be difficult to remain frum? Moshe Peretz Mann, Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 325
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question Within our community is an academic who is highly critical of Israeli government policies and makes some of the Jewish students very uncomfortable with his pro-Palestinian views. What are the Shmiras Haloshen rules about what would be the "kosher" way to go about criticizing Israeli policies and politicians? He is getting older and I think is somewhat vulnerable and so I feel that if I presented him with a true Torah answer, he might do less public slandering of Israel. Many thanks. Cherille, USA
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Question No. 317
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question I have seen very learned Jews wrap part of the retzuah of the tefillin shel yad on the side that the yud is attached and I have seen others make a major fuss about this as a result of the kedusha of the yud. I once came across this issue but cannot find the source now. Could you please clarify. Is there a mahlokes about it in the poskim? Yisrael Kaniel, Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 316
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question I have heard from some very learned people in the name of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach that the cup for kiddush has to be filled to the very top. I have also heard from a talmid chacham and Rav in Yerushalayim in the name of Rav Shlomo Zalman that the cup simply has to be considered a full cup by normal standards, i.e. the liquid does not have to be filling every centimeter of the cup. Please clarify. Yisrael Kaniel, Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 315
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question Can a Jew learn and perform "Reiki" on others? (Reiki is a type of energy healing derived from Japan) I have heard that if taught by a shomer mitzvot person, it is allowed. I had been taught by a secular Jew, can I continue to do it? Rachel, Jerusalem
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Question No. 306
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question One of my students ask me what is the point of view of the Judaism regarding marijuana. Eli Avram, Caracas, Venezuela
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Question No. 303
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question When does one start counting for a Pidyon HaBen? Does one count the day of birth or 30 complete days? Thank you. Simcha Shaiman, Philadelphia, PA
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Question No. 300
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question It has come out that after the terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001 that they had scrambled some fighter jets to shoot down the hijacked planes. From a Torah perspective is this justified? At the time there was no way of knowing how many people would die in the buildings. Even if they did know how many would die. Can you kill 250 people aboard a plane to prevent more people from dying in the buildings? An opinion on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Zev, USA
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Question No. 296
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question The news consistently has reports of illegal radio stations being closed down. Many of these radio stations are reported to be charedi. Is there any halachic justification for these radio stations? In general, are there questionable areas (where the punishment is not death and the law is not requiring me to do something obviously against Torah) of "dina malchuta dina" in which we would not be required to follow the law exactly. Do the customs of the area come into play, such as jaywalking in a place where it is accepted? Thank you David, Pennsylvania
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Question No. 294
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question Rav Leff - A simple question I think, but one I can't get a straight answer on. Can we kill spiders/insects etc in our homes (during the week - obviously not on Shabbos)? I've heard different reasons why we shouldn't - that we should have Hakaros HaTov for spiders because they shielded Dovid Ha'Melech or that if H" has a Malach that tells each blade of grass to grow etc..., then how can we freely destroy spiders/insects - his Beriyah. Chaim Boruch, Baltimore, MD
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Question No. 293
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question What's the reason we put our tzitzis in at a cemetery? Is it really possible to "embarrass" the deceased? Anonymous
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Question No. 287
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question Is it true that an unmarried woman past menopause who is dating a man who is divorced al pi halacha do not have the restrictions of Shomer Negiyah/Yichud, given that Nidah is not an issue? Is this in Shulchan Aruch, or in Shailah V'Teshuvas? Chaim, Boro Park
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Question No. 286
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question When cutting someone else's nails (one's child, for example) who needs to do netilas yadayim? The cutter or the cuttee or both? When I wipe my childís bottom, do I need to do any kind of netilas yadayim? Anonymous
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Question No. 283
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question Could you please review the issue of a kittel. I have never worn one (and my father's line has not been religous for several generations so there are no minhagim) and have lived in places where many other married men did not wear a kittel at all (even on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Erev Pesach). I am temporarily living somewhere else now where most men do wear a kittel. QUESTION #1 - Without the issue of minhag hamakom, I wanted to know how strong is the custom of wearing a kittel. QUESTION #2 - And if most men do wear one where I live now, do I need to wear one? QUESTION #3 - And if I return to a place where many men dont wear it, will I need to continue wearing it if I started due to my current residence? I also wanted to thank the Rav for this website and making the chagim and every day more meaningful with the Torah you share. Ketiva u'Chatima Tova. David, Pennsylvania
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Question No. 280
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question Shalom uVracha! What is your opinion on electric shavers? If you do approve of them, do you regard them as mutar lechatchilah? Yitzchok Shuster Forest Hills, NY
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Question No. 276
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question Is a Kohen allowed to be a member of ZAKA? David, Pennsylvania
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Question No. 268
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question Dear Rabbi My brother is gay and living in another city with another man as a couple. In some sense he is keeping kosher in his house, goes to Shul on Shabbos and supposedly nobody in his community knows about his double life. Even though we knew about this, our married children donít and we donít want them to find out. They consider him a nice uncle that divorced and is living by himself. In general, we tried to mentally block this situation and keep it kind of in the closet and keep the relationship. The situation is that Pesach is coming and he wants to come to us for Yom Tov by himself and our children and their families will come to us too. Our problem is that we feel that his being with us may affect the Kedushas ha Yom Tov but at the same time, we feel obligated to invite him to the Sedorim. Our question is if it is halachically proper to have him by our Seder. Thank you very much and have a Pesach Kosher VeSameach. Anonymous
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Question No. 266
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question A corporation (owned by 1 person, an observant Jew)contracted with a non-observant Jew to provide a service. The recipient refused to pay the full amount owed. The corporation won a court case. The judge awarded the amount plus 10% interest. Is there a way that the corporation can collect this 10%? Fred Bolotin, Cleveland, OH
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