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Question No. 1576
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 10 Dec 2008
The Question The Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote the following: "You ask, isn't it now no longer possible to ask the [Previous] Rebbe, my father-in-law, of blessed memory, when one is in doubt which course of behavior is correct? [This is not so, for] if you stand firm in your Hiskashrus [bond] with him, and pay no attention to the lures of the evil inclination, and you send the request to the gravesite of the [Previous] Rebbe, my father-in-law, of blessed memory, the [Previous] Rebbe will find a way to answer you." [Igros Kodesh, Vol. 3, page 266] Isn't this a problem of Doresh el Hamaisim? —Yoni, New York, NY
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Question No. 1571
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 8 Dec 2008
The Question When I am awakened in the middle of the night after just a few hours of sleep by the urgent need to go to the bathroom, after I come out of the bathroom, if I wash and say a brochah, I find that I wake up too much so that I'm not able to go back to sleep for the rest of the night and then I'm exhausted the next day. Can I just go back to sleep and let the left-out middle-of-the-night washing and brochah be included in the washing and brochah that I say when I finally wake up in the morning? —Dovid Shmuel, Yerushalayim
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Question No. 1539
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 10 Nov 2008
The Question If a boy was circumcised in an orthodox synagogue and bar mitzvahed in an orthodox synagogue, what is his status if his mother's conversion is not recognised because it was done by a rabbi who was not authorised to carry out conversions? —Anonymous, Leeds
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Question No. 1538
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 9 Nov 2008
The Question Dear Rabbi! It is correct to give name to baby that there is no source in our tradition, but many Jews (and relatives) had such names? For example Sofiya, Sonya? —Meir Fomichev, S.-Petersburg, Russia
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Question No. 1536
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 6 Nov 2008
The Question Does a swimming pool need to have a ma'ake around it? Do you have any mekoros? —Yitzhok Jayson, London
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Question No. 1535
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 4 Nov 2008
The Question I have a question regarding a dairy pudding powder mix where you add milk. The dairy in it is less than 2% and is cholov stam. Could you nullify the milk part by either adding cholov yisroel or even soy milk since your intent is really not to nullify the small amount of dairy but to just make the pudding mix. How else could you make it? And the nullification just comes agav. I heard of some case in shulchan oruch to do with intentionally nullifying bug parts in bee honey by heating it and thought maybe it is similar since you don't really care about the milk part at all. Does it make a difference if you actually hold by cholov stam and after making it with cholov yisroel would like to offer it to someone who holds by cholov yisroel? —Anonymous, U.S.
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Question No. 1526
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 7 Sep 2008
The Question I am a frum girl currently attending an art college. Although the particular college I am at is more conservative than most art colleges, there are still many challenges in being in such an environment, such as the requirement of taking a figure drawing class, which involves sketching nude models. I was told that for the religious the teacher can have the models wear "body suits", which I assume are flesh colored skintight suits. Does that allow me to draw the models? —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 1523
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 31 Aug 2008
The Question B'Kavod Ha'Rav, Would a conversion under the guidance of a Rav with orthodox simcha, who is the Rav of a non-mechitza minyan and only men are counted and lead davening, be a kosher geirus? —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 1518
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 26 Aug 2008
The Question What is the halacha concerning installing stained glass windows in an orthodox shul ? What are the sources, if any. Your web site shows stained glass windows from the Bostoner Rebbe's shul. —Israel Rubin, Beit Shemesh, Israel
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Question No. 1507
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 3 Jul 2008
The Question I was recently asked by someone to drop someone off using his car, and on the next morning on the way back, I got into an accident, and the car owner wants me to fully cover the cost of repairing the damage to the vehicle even though he has insurance. I actually consulted a judge from my shul who said that since I was only a shliach I am not responsible unless I was extremely negligent (e.g., drunk) which I was not. He went further on to say that even if I had borrowed the car for my own use, I would not be mechuyav to pay since he gave it to me to use. I was wondering if this is in accordance with Torah law, and if you could provide the source in Shulchan Aruch if it is mentioned there. Thank you. —Anonymous, West coast, US
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Question No. 1499
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 30 Jun 2008
The Question I would like to know the basis for keeping Minhag - I believe that in essence it might fall under the catagory of nedarim. Is the the expression Minhag Yisrael K'din a Tamudic statement? —Anonymous, Edison, NJ
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Question No. 1496
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 29 Jun 2008
The Question Should a Kohen who is known to be an alcoholic be prevented from "duchening" l'chatillah? —Curious, Toronto
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Question No. 1493
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 23 Jun 2008
The Question Shalom Kvod HaRav. About keeping an animal in an Orthodox Jewish Home: 1) There is a prohibition to introduce a dangerous animal in the home. 2) There is also the prohibition of Tzar Baaleh Chaim (an animal in a little home). 3) It is also prohibited to sterilize animals. Based on all this: Is it possible to keep a dog in a Jewish home? Which is preferable - dog or cat (in terms of dengerous animals)? If keeping an animal in the home is permissable, what about sterilization? And without it, in this case, is there the problem of Tzar Baaleh Chaim? Thanks a lot! Kol tuv. —Mordechay Hirsch Ben David, Italy
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Question No. 1489
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 22 May 2008
The Question Did Rav Moshe (or a gadol/posek of similar ilk) give a heter for not wearing a yamulka at work if someone's parnosa can be harmed by it? —Anonymous, Flushing, NY
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Question No. 1488
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 22 May 2008
The Question Rav Leff, Is the mitzvah of shiluach hakan supposed to be done even if one does not have any need for the eggs? It seems that even though one sends away the mother, it still hurts the mother, and it seems brutal to the mother to have her eggs taken away. I think I might not have understood this mitzvah completely. Thank you. —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1484
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 20 May 2008
The Question A business halacha question: I am trying to get some information about competitors of a company I am considering investing in. Specifically, I want to know how many customers they currently have. Am I permitted to contact them saying that I am interested in investing in a company in the field in order to hopefully get them to divulge key information such as this? Obviously, I will be leading them to believe I may consider investing in them, although I am not actually considering investing in their companies specifically. —Anonymous
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Question No. 1479
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 15 May 2008
The Question When I was in Israel, I went to the techeles factory where they believe they've found the 'real' techeles. Afterwards I asked a few rabbanim about the wearing of techeles in general and they explained a person should wear techeles since it's a case of safek doraisa l'chumrah. When I got back to London I asked my Rav where he told me it's assur to wear techeles nowadays. What is the Rav's opinion on this issue and why is there such a shtark contrast between the two psaks? —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 1460
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 28 Apr 2008
The Question Regarding the three prohibitions that override pikuach nefesh: Does this mean that saving a life overrides every single other prohibition in the Torah? I ask this with regards specifically to stealing. Can one steal to save a life? I ask because this happened in my family. My cousin was diagnosed with diabetes and now no insurance company will insure this child because they know she is sick and they will have to pay a lot of money for her care. My uncle cannot afford the medications for her without insurance and she will die if she can't have her medications. Feeling it was the only way to preserve the child's life, my aunt and uncle committed insurance fraud and lied about their daughter's condition in order to get coverage. Once the coverage was assured, they then had the doctor "rediagnose" the condition. Was this allowed l'halacha? Stealing is abhorrent to us Jews, even if it isn't one of the 3 yehareg ve'al yavor. Furthermore, what they did was patently illegal and if they get caught, there would be a big chillul hashem. Although what's done is done, I still want to know for myself what the halacha is and if they acted properly (though of course we cannot judge them even if they did not). Thank you in advance. Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1458
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 25 Apr 2008
The Question Lichvod Harav. I have just come across your site and noticed a question and your answer re "tsar ba'lei chai'm." Eisenstein [in the relevant article] refers to "ashrei" commenting on baba metziah perek 2. I regret being ignorant of this commentator, so could you give me some details about him. Eisenstein quotes him as saying that if the udders of a cow are so full of milk on Shabbat that the animal is in pain then it is permitted to ask a non-Jew to milk it even though "amirah l'goy is shvut". The milk of course I imagine would have to be discarded. This incidentally seems to conflict with your blanket explanation that anything is permitted if "for the needs of humans" which on the face of it seems harsh. I also noted one of your correspondents referring to Rav and pilegshim. Would you give me a refernce to this Gemara please. Kol tuv, Ronald Gordon, Karmiel
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Question No. 1453
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 15 Apr 2008
The Question Rav what is the halachic status of a child born of an anonymous sperm donor when the mother is Jewish? —Daniel, Jerusalem
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