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Question No. 1814
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 12 Dec 2010
The Question Are there any tznius halachos regarding what men are required to cover/wear in front of women? —Anonymous, New York, NY
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Question No. 1810
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 9 Dec 2010
The Question Shalom Rav Leff shlit"a, How careful does one have to be in regards to guarding one's health? It seems to be the minhag these days to not be so makpid in regards to only eating healthy food. It seems to make sense to me that one should avoid as much processed and artificial things are possible but this does not seem to be the norm in the frum world. Can you please explain the halacha about how careful one needs to be in regard to their health? For example, is there any definite issur in eating unhealthy food, overeating, etc.? Thank you so much! —Anonymous
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Question No. 1803
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 18 Nov 2010
The Question I recently came across a suprising teshuva from Rav Menashe Klein (Mishna Halachos - Volume 12: Choshen Mishpat: Siman 445) that says that tax evasion is muttar. Does the Rav think that this is incorrect, or does the Rav agree with this psak? —Anonymous, Connecticut
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Question No. 1799
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 8 Nov 2010
The Question As a means to score more points or boost our grades in class, My professor in college offered us to bring in non perishable food items (e.g. macaroni still in box)which will go to his church's food pantry and which he says will go to the poor. For each item one will earn himself one point. May I participate in this incentive? —Yonty Pilchick, Lakewood, NJ
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Question No. 1798
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 7 Nov 2010
The Question Kevod Harav In how much is a married daughter,or son (who feel resentment to their parents due to lots of emotional pain growing up in a dysfunctional home) are they mechuyav kibud av veem? —Anonymous, england
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Question No. 1795
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 2 Nov 2010
The Question Cocerning the laws of Maaser (donating one tenth): I own an apartment in Petach Tiqvah, Israel. Do I have obligations to observe the mitsvza of giving maaser, and if so how do I fulfill it? I live in Israel and buy vegetables in the stores. In many cases I have no idea who the farmers were - but presumably the vegetables and grains were grown here in Israel. What should I do in order to observe the mitvoth of maaser? Thanks for your help! —Anonymous, Petach Tiqvah, Israel
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Question No. 1791
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 26 Oct 2010
The Question Some Members of my Shul have a minhag during Shachrit on Sukkot of leaving the shul during repetition of the Amidah in order to bentch "netilas lulov" in the shul Sukkah. I hold this is improper because (1) The Bais HaKnesses has more kedusha than the Sukkah (2)by leaving the shul during the repetition of the Amidah, one does not fulfill the Mitzvah of hearing the complete repetition by the Sheliach Tzibbur. Wouldn't it be more proper to "bentch lulov" at your Sukkah at home before coming to Shul if bentching in a Sukkah is your minhag rather than leaving the Shul to do so? Thank you and kol tov. —Mair Zvi, Toronto
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Question No. 1788
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 26 Oct 2010
The Question Does one have to make a kiddush for a birth of a girl? Is it ever too late to do so? —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 1785
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 19 Sep 2010
The Question L'chvod Harav, if one does not tie his shoes because it's annoying or for whatever reason (but he does have shoelaces that are always tied), is he obligated to follow the laws of tying the shoes, even if he doesn't tie them to begin with? Thank you and have a gmar chasima tova. —Anonymous, Snippetchuk, Alabama
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Question No. 1783
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 14 Sep 2010
The Question I have a friend that got engaged to a fine young man. On the outside, the girl seems to be a wonderful baal tznius, middos... But, secretively, she is hiding a lot. She watches dirty movies, dirty music, and has a big interest in bad, dirty subjects. Is there any chiuv for a third party who knows this information to disclose it to her chosson? —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 1769
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 30 Aug 2010
The Question I am employed as a teacher and so receive a salary from school with the tax deducted. I tutor privately once a week and receive cash for my lessons. Legally I am obligated to declare this cash income so it can be taxed. However nearly every teacher I know who teaches privately doesn't bother declaring the cash unless it involves many private lessons and so is a more significant amount. Is it necessary to be more honest then the average person in this matter considering most people don't declare small amounts of cash they receive. Would it be better to give the money to Jewish charity or is this not allowed? Thank you —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 1767
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 29 Aug 2010
The Question My husband has been out of work for 2 years, he is an invalid in very poor health and has little money for the basics, especially vital medication. He did some work for a person who was unfortunately nifta soon after. His widow received payment for the work done, but refused to pass the check on to my husband. He is desperate, how can he recover the money he honestly worked for? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1766
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Aug 2010
The Question My husband just passed away, and Rosh Hashanah is two weeks away. Do I observe all thirty days of Shiloshim, or does the Shiloshim end right before Rosh Hashanah and is no longer observed the full 30 days? —Anonymous, Seattle
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Question No. 1763
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 6 Jul 2010
The Question Is it considered proper to have a gathering of relatives and friends to celebrate the completion of the writing of a Sefer Torah during the Three Weeks between Sheva'eser b'Tammuz and Tisha B'av? Light refreshments-cakes, cookies, fruit and schnapps- being served. No music. If mutar, can a Shechechianu be said by those privileged to write an os? Thank you. —Mair Zvi, Toronto
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Question No. 1754
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2010
The Question I have always had a hard time learning halacha, quite simply because I find it hard to stay interested in memorising halacha after halacha. Then I discovered the Aruch HaShulchan, which brings the halacha to life. Is it problematic to learn this sefer in the respect that we pasken like the Mishnah Brurah? —Anonymous, Jerusalem, Israel
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Question No. 1745
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 16 Jun 2010
The Question L'chvod HaRav. is it permitted to listen to the music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach from after he pretended to be a hippy? also, I heard that the Amshinover Rebbe was very "pro-Carlebach." What was the extent of his "pro-Carlebach"ness? What is your opinion on this topic? thank you. —Anonymous, Snippetchuk, Alabama
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Question No. 1735
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 7 Jun 2010
The Question My father is buried in a plot in a Jewish cemetary that does not allow large gravestones, only small head plates. My mother now wishes to be buried where she can have a large gravestone and wants to move my father although there is a plot next to him for her now. I don't feel this is proper but need guidance either for myself or for her. Thank you for your thoughts on this —Anonymous, Chicago
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Question No. 1733
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 7 Jun 2010
The Question Lichvod HaRav I started abstaining from cola products about a year ago because I felt i was too addicted to them. I wanted improved health and to break my ta'avah to some extent as well. I did not intend to make this into a neder and even declared this. However, I would still like to know if it has become a neder and if I need hatarat nedarim before I taste cola products again. Thank You —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1732
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 5 Jun 2010
The Question 1)On what basis is the prevalent practice NOT to bentch zimun on a cup of wine despite gemaras etc. that seem to indicate its being done? 2) Why don't litvaks generally put on gartels despite the Shulhan Arukh's and Mishna Berura's apparent leaning that it is preferable? 3)Why is the audience's singing of "od yishama" in middle of the recitation of the bracha achrita in sheva brachot not considered a hefsek? —Yisrael Kaniel, Bet Shemesh
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Question No. 1730
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 4 Jun 2010
The Question The sefer Hashovas Aveida K'hilchosa says that if one sees someone else doing something that could cause damage to another person, he should be mochiach the person to stop that behavior. If the person doesn't stop, he is obligated to tell the beis din so that they should stop him. Is this l'maiseh today? Let's say that I have told parents that it is dangerous to the point of sakanos nefashos to drive around without properly seat belting their young children or to allow their children to ride bicycles without a helmet, and they did not change their behavior. Am I now obligated by the Torah to approach the local rav or beis din to get them to speak to the parents? Is the rav or beis din obligated by the Torah to actually do so? Thank you. —JR, Israel
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