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Question No. 1896
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 19 Jul 2011
The Question I have heard Rabbonim rule that a person should not sit Shiva for a relative who was not Shomrei Shabbos. What if the person might be classed as a "Tinoket Shenishbah?" Does it make a difference if the person was anti-religous or not? Can the Rav explain the general rules to help decide what to do in these cases? Also, are the rules for shivah and saying Kaddish the same, or you say Kaddish for any relative regardless of their level of observance? —Anonymous, Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 1895
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 18 Jul 2011
The Question I understand that no one may sleep alone in a house at night, and that having a light on, such as a night light, alleviates the problem. If an pet such as a cat will be walking in and out of the room at night, is it still considered sleeping alone in the house? I ask this because it is difficult for me to sleep with any light on in the room, even a night light. Thank you. —Anonymous, Far Rockaway, NY
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Question No. 1893
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 17 Jul 2011
The Question Dear Rav Leff, Thank you for this wonderful website. My shul has a Plag minyan for Mincha/Maariv during the summer, in addition to the regular minyan at shkia. Occasionally, people come in late to the plag minyan, sometimes just as we're starting shmonei esrei of Maariv. They're usually visitors who don't know when we began Mincha and unknowingly daven Mincha as we are davening maariv. My question is, are they yotzei davening mincha with a minyan? They're davening shmonei esrei along with the tzibur, but are davening mincha while we are davening maariv. When they find out, are they obligated to find a later minyan and daven mincha again? Or have they fulfilled the chiyuv to daven mincha with a minyan? What should they do in this case? —Michael, Toronto, Canada
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Question No. 1890
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 15 Jul 2011
The Question Shalom uBracha! I have heard that one must pay for a sefer, even if someone wants to give it to him bematanah. Is this true? Why would giving a sefer to someone be different than being mezakeh them in other mitzvot where one does not need to pay for the mitzvah? For example, I remember some 35 years ago, the Rav gave my father and I hoshanos on Hashana Rabbah and wouldn't take money for them because you said it was a mitzvah (to give them to us). Why should giving someone a sefer be different? Thank you. —Yitzchok Shuster, Forest Hills, New York
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Question No. 1889
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 15 Jul 2011
The Question I am training to be a psychotherapist/counselor. As part of training I have clients who I see at the college. They are generally not Jewish. When the door is closed and a do-not-disturb sign is on the door, would I be getting myself into halachic issues if I meet with a woman (very difficult to avoid)? What possible solution can the Rav suggest? Many thanks. —Chaim, London
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Question No. 1885
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 12 Jul 2011
The Question B'Kavod Ha'Rav, I was recently a patient in the hospital and had no siddur with me. When I woke up in the middle of the night unable to fall back to sleep I was not sure since I did not have Birchas Ha'Torah memorized if I could think in or Study Torah so as not to waist me time. Would I have been able to learn Torah wihtout saying Birchas Ha'Torah? —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 1878
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2011
The Question Would there be any prohibition for a husband to photograph his wife undressed, with the understanding that the pictures would be kept private? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1867
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 20 Jun 2011
The Question The "church of JC latter day saints" have many genealogical records on microfilm in Salt Lake City. They provide a service that one can order copies of various records for a minimal price . Is one able to use this service if the money might possible be going to their church? As an alternative, they also have "Family History Libraries" around the country to view these microfilms (sent from Utah when requested). These buildings are on their church grounds, but separate from the church. Which would be a better alternative? Thanks for any input. —ross, brooklyn
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Question No. 1861
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 17 Mar 2011
The Question I'm going on vaction to spa resort want to know according to halacha if a women can massage me when my wife is in room at same time! —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1855
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 5 Mar 2011
The Question When growing grapes, many organic growers apply what they call cover crops. The cover crops are usually a mix of flower seeds and weeds that they plant between the vines. At bud break they mow down the cover crop and till it into the soil providing nutrients and enriching the soil around the vines. Some harvest the fruit of the cover crops, but many do not. My question would be: If the seed planted along side of the vines is not intended for harvesting than is it still forbidden to plant them? —Judah Aaron, Sacramento CA USA
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Question No. 1842
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Jan 2011
The Question A Jewish woman is interested in having another child. Although legally married by the American secular system, she does not have sexual relations or even a friendship with her Jewish husband. She is interested in having a known Jewish sperm donor assist her to become pregnant. What must she do in order for her to not commit adultery according to Halacha? What must the Jewish sperm donor do in order to not be committing adultery according to Halacha? What must her husband do in order for neither her nor the sperm donor to be committing adultery according to Halacha? —Family Building L.L.C., Knoxville, Tennessee
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Question No. 1841
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 26 Jan 2011
The Question Can a hearing aid be used on Shabbas? —Zvi Ben-Shalom, Kfar Hasidim, Israel
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Question No. 1840
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 26 Jan 2011
The Question Hi Rabbi, Often, during the winter, my wife borrows my thick black socks (men’s socks) to wear under her boots. Occasionally. she also borrows my sweatshirts as they are big and warm. She also wears some of my t-shirts as pyjamas. Are any of these a problem of beged Ish? If so, to correct the problem can I just label some of the socks, sweatshirts, t-shirts as hers and thereafter I will no longer wear them. Also if you can provide us with the guidelines of what is considered a begged ish/isha and when these prohibitions would apply. Thank you, —Anonymous, Montreal
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Question No. 1836
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 13 Jan 2011
The Question Is there an actual avera to feel angry, or does the Torah only hold one accountable for one's actions? (I don't mean anger for the sake of heaven but anger from ego.) It is said that anger is like idolotry but can we actually control our initial feeling of anger and if not, can we be held accountable for it? If one feels angry but still responds in a mature way with good middos, will he still be punished for the fact he felt the anger instinctually? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1829
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 6 Jan 2011
The Question What is the law relating to saying kadish for my maternal grandmother? My father, whom I do not converse with, has told me I cannot do this without asking for his foregiveness for something I am not guilty of and without his permission. I live in London and my grandmother of whom I was very fond died today in Israel. Your kind comments please. —Gregory Warren, London, UK
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Question No. 1828
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 28 Dec 2010
The Question B"SD Shalom Aleichem Rav Zev, I have a question regarding "Tibulo Be'mashke": must we wash Netilat Yadayim before eating "maionese Herring" with our fingers (I don't approve of the practice because of derech eretz, but still, I want to know). Although maionese is not properly speaking one of the Yad Shahat Dam, it does have oil in its normal composition. B'hatzlacha raba, RAC —Anonymous, Brazil
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Question No. 1827
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 28 Dec 2010
The Question HaRav Shalom, In our prayers we may insert a prayer for livelihood. In the nosach we find …Al tatzricheni H' Elokeinu leyadei basar v'dam v'lo leyedei matnat bsar v'lo l'yadei halva'atam' ki im Leydecha … How are we to understand the deeper meaning of that noshach? A priori, we know that all parnasa comes ONLY from H' so the difference must thus be how the parnasa arrives, directly from H' or via humans. But how does the parnasa arrive directly from H'? If one is employed the parnasa comes through the employer, if you have a business the parnasa comes through your clients. Hence, could you please elaborate on what kind of parnasa comes directly from H'? Is it like lottery tickets that some Gedolim rely on for parnasa? —Meir M., Yerushalayim
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Question No. 1826
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 23 Dec 2010
The Question How can R' Aron Schechter be on the Moetzes Gedolai HaTorah if he refused a summons by the Beis Din of the Agudath Harabonim and the CRC? (See Comments/Suggestion section for documents) —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 1824
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 23 Dec 2010
The Question I'm a conservative Jew. Do Jews believe in angels of any kind? If so, in what context? —andrea young, stoneham, ma usa
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Question No. 1823
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 21 Dec 2010
The Question Kavod Ha'Rav, Would the Rav please explain the source that one is Jewish through the mother and how to explain this to one who is not frum? I was challenged by someone who thought this to be wrong as long as one feels Jewish they should be Jewish. —Anonymous, United States
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