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Question No. 114
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question When I want to wash for 'hamotzi' and I want to wash my hands with soap, how should I proceed? Jacob Zoberman, Toronto, Ontario
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Question No. 113
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Could you please tell me if there is a book that explains the Jewish customs such as the men having a curl & such things as why you can't plant certain plants in the same field & other such customs or if there is anything on the internet that covers these topics? Thank you may GOD Bless. Pat O'Connell, lberta, Canada
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Question No. 109
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Recently, my 7 year old son, who was forgetting to share with his younger siblings (who almost always share with him voluntarily), despite numerous requests from my wife and myself, was warned that if he didn't share, the items in question would be taken away. He protested, saying that since we gave them to him, they're his, and we aren't allowed to take them away, that it would be geneiva. My wife and I usually try hard not to do this, to force our kids to share against their will, hoping that sometime, the good example (I hope) that my wife and I provide to our children in this matter, will eventually rub off. But it got too much for me, seeing how cruel he was being. So I told him I'd ask a shyla for future reference. Do I have the right to take away something I gave him (whether he earned it through a "mivtza" or it was stam a matana) even just temporarily to let one of my other children play with it (something my son hasn't played with in months, for example, and, seeing his brother playing with it, he suddenly has the urge to play just with that toy.) I taught him the first Rashi in the Torah - was that not appropriate, as I'm not Hashem, and his toy isn't Eretz Yisrael, and he's not Canaan? Does everything that a wife or child own automatically belong to the husband/father? Or is he right - am I stealing what is rightfully his? How can I train my son to be more giving and sharing like all three of his siblings are without comparing him, and without making him resentful? Why, if they (and we) are so sharing with him, is he so stingy and nasty back?
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Question No. 108
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Is it a problem to buy non-kosher food for my gentile coworkers because of maris ayin (doing something which is halachically permissable, but could be construed as being forbidden)?
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Question No. 105
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question I am a Kohen. Am I allowed to position my hands as in Birkat Kohenim when I bless my children on Friday night? DB
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Question No. 104
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question What is the din in reading english divrei Torah in the toilet? What are the m'koros? Jacob, Australia
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Question No. 102
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question The latest method of raising money for people in need (the "lucky" Ones) is having a glossy brochure made with a heart rendering description of The family(ies) with 5 or 10 pictures of rabbanim signing their approval of The appeal. How should we approach these appeals? A little to all of them or some are more worthy than others (if so, which), what percentage of available funds should go to this as opposed to people in your city? Chaim Jacobs, Moshav Matityahu
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Question No. 101
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Shalom, Rabbi Leff, Many companies, the most popular being Hotmail and Yahoo, offer free e-mail services. There are at least three ways that they earn money on this. They forward e-mail solicitations to you from various advertisers, count on you to visit their web site regularly to view advertisements they display there, and expect that some of their millions of customers will decide to pay to upgrade their e-mail account to one with more features and privileges. There are other companies (like Juno) that work in a similar though not identical fashion. When you sign up with these companies, they typically require you to fill out a lengthy questionnaire indicating your age, gender, income, hobbies, and so on. The purpose of this is presumably so that they can target their advertisements to users with specific characteristics. I registered for free e-mail with one of these companies, one that doesn't post ads on its web site but presumably is responsible for some of the "spam" (junk mail) that I get every day. A lot of these advertisements are offensive to me. Some are immodest if not outright obscene. I suspect I would get less of these offensive advertisements if, instead of their customer profile indicating that I am a man in his thirties, it said I was a woman in her eighties. I'd probably get more ads for skin creams, but less ads for smut. May I change my profile, i.e., lie on the questionnaire, in order to avoid unwanted advertisements? Does it make a difference that the company has other ways they can make money from me, such as the chance that I might upgrade to paid service? Actually, I did in fact eventually upgrade, so I pay them a yearly fee now.) A similar question arises when a web site requires an e-mail address to "log on". May I enter a phoney address to avoid the inevitable junk mail that will result? If the ads I were getting weren't immodest but were just a nuisance, then what? Shlomo Zalman Jessel, Moshav Matityahu
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Question No. 95
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Is it against halachah to violate a law in the land in which you reside, even if that law is not a Torah law? Jonathan Gradman, Waltham, MA
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Question No. 90
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question What type of sickness warrants including someone as a choleh? And how long should one stay on such a list? My grandmother lives in a condiminium community and her neighbors often give her names of cholim for me, her "orthodox grandson", to daven for them. For example, on my list, are people with Alzheimers, Parkinsons, recovering stroke patients, autistic children. One stroke victim had the stroke six years ago and can drive (usually) and function, but has lasting effects, physical and otherwise. His recovery has been a see-saw. Sometimes, these effects get worse and require therapy. Another person lives a normal life, but she has constant internal bleeding and needs monthly hospitilzation and transfusions which totally debilitate her for several days. One of the children also has ups and downs, sometimes requiring therapy. Medically speaking, there is no current refuah for most of these people, but it seems a lack of emunah not to doven for them and hope for a re! fuah shlayma. Years ago, I said tehillim for a sick boy every day until the kahal complained. Just before that, however, his illness disapeared overnight with no medical explanantion. Is there a difference in whom I include in my personal shmoneh esrey and who I include in mi shebayrach (tircha detzibura). Is there a difference if the cholim are family or not? And what validates publicly saying tehillim on their behalf? Anonymous
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Question No. 83
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Could selling non-tznius clothing in a clothing store be considered mesaye le-dvar aveira? Could there be another halachic problem?
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Question No. 82
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Is a man allowed to shave the hair on his back? How about laser treatments or electrolysis?
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Question No. 77
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question I recently decided to try a therapy session for a phobia with a practitioner that utilizes Oriental Chakra energy healing and also utilizes meditation. When I arrived at the office, I noticed that there were 2 statues of Buddhas. I voiced my discomfort about this, and I was assured that there was no religious orientation to this approach (Pranic Healing) and I was told that the buddhas, were gifts from students. All that I have read about this approach has led me to agree that there is no religious orientation.After the session, I confirmed this to be true, and that the approach had no reference to this. Is there any problem for a Jew to be in a room where there are statues of Buddhas? Additional question.The session utilized a meditation tape that includes repeating a mantra. Is this problematic? When I conveyed that I was not entirely comfortable with this approach, I was told that the next therapy session could be done without it. Any further thoughts or comments? Henry Netzer, New Jersey
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Question No. 76
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question How did the current custom develop that all those who say kaddish do so together as opposed to what seems to have been the accepted practice as late as the time of the Mishna Brura (and is still practiced in select shuls) of picking only one who would say kaddish? Are there existing sources for the current prevelant custom? Yisrael Kaniel, Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 75
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question My wife has a habit that really bothers me. She ALWAYS leaves a little drink in her cup which ends up being thrown out. I feel this is a waste of money and food. We agreed to ask the Rav and if he felt there was a halachic problem (bal tashchit), she would stop. Thank you. Anonymous
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Question No. 68
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question If one sees offensive anti-Arab posters in the street, is he forbidden to remove them since they are public property, or is it recommended to remove them since they incite anger and violence against Jews?
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Question No. 66
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question When the chosson and kallah walk down the aisle at their chasuna is it halachicly required for those in attendance to stand for them? If so, what is the required procedure for doing so? Is there a difference between standing for the choson vs. the kallah. Shmuel Schuman, Chicago
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Question No. 64
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question What is the best way to halachically dispose of finger/toe nails? Is there any halachic aspect to disposing of hair after a haircut or a tooth of an adult or child? Thank you. Anonymous
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Question No. 63
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Obviously, we are not allowed to celebrate Halloween. However, are we required, permitted, or prohibited from handing out candy to children who may knock on the door? David
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Question No. 62
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question I have heard that if a Sefer Torah falls to the ground, everyone present must fast for 40 days - is this correct? Can you provide me with sources for this (my Hebrew is pretty good.) Levi, South Africa
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