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Question No. 1729
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 3 Jun 2010
The Question Lchvod HaRav Shlita, As far as I understand there is only a heter to speak lashon hara if there will be some constructive outcome. That being the case, is there a heter to discuss politics in Israel, since practicaly everyone involved is jewish, and the vast majority of the time people are just shmoozing without any realistic chance of changing anything? (also, is the halacha the same for secular jews in positions of power in other countries?) Thank you so much! —Anonymous, Ramat Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 1727
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 3 Jun 2010
The Question Shalom, is fish "Bianchetto" or "Bianchetti and Gianchetti" kosher? (for informations lokk also italian wikipedia) Thanks and bye! —Anonymous, Genoa, Italy
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Question No. 1726
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 1 Jun 2010
The Question What can a person do if he does an inappropiate act in shull to be forgived and what is the punishment —Anonymous, America
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Question No. 1707
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 10 Feb 2010
The Question What is the halacha regarding yichud for a male psychiatrist or psychologist who is seeing a female patient? Obviously the door must be kept shut because of confidentiality. Is it enough for the patient to have a parent in the waiting room? —Anonymous, new york
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Question No. 1705
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 6 Feb 2010
The Question Bkavod Ha'Rav, What is the source for the Mechitza and the hashkafa behind it? Are there instances were praying with women and men in the same room without a mechitza are permitted? Please if the Rav does not mind, also mention makaros where I could look up and follow the Rav's answer, for example,s'eef in shulchan aruch. Thank you. —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 1702
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 1 Oct 2009
The Question is one allowed to buy a lottery ticket if it is held on shabbos. is it a problem of possibly making money on shabbos even though his chances are slim. —Anonymous, cleveland
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Question No. 1700
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 30 Sep 2009
The Question I am staying with my family. I am not able to Kasher some of their utensils (plates, bowls). May I use them with cold or hot parve or milkig food items? (not ben yomi) —Yonasan, Texas
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Question No. 1698
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 29 Sep 2009
The Question Kvod Ha'Rav, My neighbors are currently building their sukkah under a tree. What action am I to take? They are religious sephardim who surely know the hallachah, but build their sukkah in the same spot every year. Thank you. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1688
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 14 Sep 2009
The Question There's a website that sells very expensive paintings of gedolim. I wanted to see one of the pictures enlarged, so I clicked on it, and when it came up enlarged in a separate screen, I realized that I could right-click it and save it to my computer, which means I can bring my copy to a store and get it developed in a large size for a few dollars. I've listened to the questions about copying music, and in this case, I would definitely not pay $350 for a gadol picture, not even Rav Moshe. Is the halacha the same as with recorded music? If it matters, the quality of my copy will probably be considerably lower quality. Thanks and K V'Ch T. -Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 1684
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 14 Sep 2009
The Question regarding question 1176 and 1695. i read a teshuva from Rav Belsky, shlita, that stated that a person can easily convince himself that he definitely would not have bought the cd anyway, and therfore convince himself that he may copy it. therefore a person shouldn't rely on that heter. (a little side point i want to make. there is a new kind of ipod that cam hold up to 200 gigabytes of music! to fill that up with music legally, would cost $35,000! just imagine how much these singers, producers, composers, distributors are losing...) —Anonymous, Philadelphia
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Question No. 1680
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 7 Jul 2009
The Question my tenant owes me 5 months rent he refuses to pay he refuses to leave —Anonymous, illinois
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Question No. 1674
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 2 Jul 2009
The Question I'm a bit confused regarding how many men are needed to start chazrat hashatz after silent Amidah. Mishnah berura seems to hint to 10- but i go to many shuls and they seem to say six. What is correct? or is this minhagim? —Anonymous, Manchester, UK
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Question No. 1673
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 2 Jul 2009
The Question Regarding Mincha, What is supposed to be finished by Shkia, silent shmoneh esreh? chazras Hashatz or the whole of Mincha ie aleinu? —David, Beit Shemesh, Israel
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Question No. 1667
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 26 Jun 2009
The Question I have read that Jewish criminal trials were only conducted on Mondays and Thursdays. Was that true and where is the command to do so ? —Anonymous, Loysburg, PA
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Question No. 1665
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 26 Jun 2009
The Question When learning gemora, is it permissible to say out the name of Hashem (a-do-...) when reading only part of a posuk or does one need to read the entire posuk before he can say the name of Hashem? Thank you. —Anonymous, jerusalem
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Question No. 1657
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 12 May 2009
The Question My non-frum grandmother passed away, and according to her last instructions, she was tragically cremated by her non-frum children. Before this, I had been planning to arrange to say Kaddish for her as I knew her sons wouldn't say it. Should I drop the arrangements now? Please advise. —Anonymous, brooklyn
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Question No. 1656
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 11 May 2009
The Question Dear rav Leff, are there any poskim who allow to wear shabbos belt for keys on the tie or shirt? What are the best possible or halachically acceptable ways to wear such belts. If possible please cite the sources where I can look it up inside. The reason why I am asking this question is because I saw Igros Moshe on this topic where he explicitly forbids doing so. So, I was wondering if there are poskim on the level of hoRav Moshe zt'l who allow to wear such belt on tie or shirt. My second question: is it acceptable for a rov to pasken on his own against deos of Igros Moshe in case where no major poskim (like rav Moshe) offer different psak on the matter? Thanx very much, Dovid —Anonymous, Eretz Ashkenaz
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Question No. 1650
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 4 May 2009
The Question The Rav mentioned in question #831 that a man's private parts could be shaved if the reason is not for cosmetics. If a man and his wife simply prefer it that way because of how it feels and it enhances their time together, would it then be permitted and by what methods? Thank you —Anonymous, Canada
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Question No. 1648
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 30 Apr 2009
The Question Can a person enter a non-kosher restaurant, like McDonald's, and use the bathroom or purchase a bottled kosher drink or food? —David Slotkin, Queehs, NY USA
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Question No. 1645
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Apr 2009
The Question Can two siblings in one family marry two siblings of another family? For example, two sisters from one family marrying two brothers from another family. —Anonymous, Canada
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