Cutting through photographs

Cutting through photographs

Question: Sholom, My wife has a hakpodoh not cut through photos of people. I searched but could not find any mekoir for this. Is this a genuine hakpodoh or a minhag beto`us and sho ...

Donating Organs

Donating Organs

Question: Hello rebbi, I wanted to ask if it is permitted to donate organs. Answer: Donating a kidney which could be done when you are alive is permitted, and commendable as it wil ...

Shaking lulav during hallel

Shaking lulav during hallel

Question: I grew up in a shul here in Canada where the entire congregation shakes the arbah minim by the first two hodus (while the chazzan does the first hodu and yomar na). I hav ...

Psak Halacha

Psak Halacha

Question: Shalom le Kvod Harav I have some questions about the rules of the Psak Halacha. Every person who learns Gmara with Rishonim and then Tur,Beit Yosef,Darkei Moishe and Shul ...

Saving Goyim

Saving Goyim

Question: Ever since I saw the gemara in avodah zarah about lo maalin velo moridin, I was wondering whether this gemara applies to the goyim of our times? Thank you very much! Answ ...

Shaving a Unibrow

Shaving a Unibrow

Question: Is it permissible for a man to shave his unibrow, or is it lo silbash? I've seen it quoted in the name of R' Shlomo Zalman who permitted this for a boy who is in shidduch ...

Sukkah walls

Sukkah walls

Question: We have a irregularly shaped pergola/sukkah on our patio that opens right up to a small garden. The longest wall is the wall of the house - 5.5 meters. There are then two ...

Cutting through photographs

Question: Sholom, My wife has a hakpodoh not cut through photos of people. I searched but could not find any mekoir for this. Is this a genuine hakpodoh or a minhag beto`us and should it be continued or not? The Rovs opinion and insight would be very much appreciated. Many thanks Answer: There is no early sou more ...

Donating Organs

Question: Hello rebbi, I wanted to ask if it is permitted to donate organs. Answer: Donating a kidney which could be done when you are alive is permitted, and commendable as it will usually save someone's life. Parts of other organs can be donated while alive, such as pancreas, liver and lungs. Major organ do more ...

Agent’s Fee for Apt. Manager who did no work

Agent's Fee for Apt. Manager who did no work Question: I´m a tenant in an apt. in Jerusalem, and my lease is due on October (Tishrei), but we are moving on September (Elul), so we need to find another tenant to sublet the apartment for that single month. I posted ads in many places, sent emails and photos and more ...

Shaking lulav during hallel

Question: I grew up in a shul here in Canada where the entire congregation shakes the arbah minim by the first two hodus (while the chazzan does the first hodu and yomar na). I haven't found a source for this, as the mechaber (651:8) says to do only once and the rema says for all four. Even the rema who adds more ...

Tums on Shabbos

Question: Is one allowed to take tums chewable tablets on Shabbat/Yom Tov? Answer: Tums are not actually a medicine, but rather a calcium supplement. When being used to maintain calcium intake and levels, i.e. as a nutritional supplement they may be taken on Shabbos. When they are being taken to treat various more ...

Shaving a Unibrow

Question: Is it permissible for a man to shave his unibrow, or is it lo silbash? I've seen it quoted in the name of R' Shlomo Zalman who permitted this for a boy who is in shidduchim. Perhaps it should be no problem as a woman only waxes or laser removes those hairs, not with an electric shaver. Thank you, An more ...

Saving Goyim

Question: Ever since I saw the gemara in avodah zarah about lo maalin velo moridin, I was wondering whether this gemara applies to the goyim of our times? Thank you very much! Answer: See Shulchan Aruch Y:D 157:1, from this halacha it emerges that in our day and age where in every civilized society it is a mo more ...

Long Hair for Boy – Chukat Goyim/Lo Tilbash

Question: Dear Rav, Is there any halachic concern that growing a boy's hair until his Upsherin/Chalaka is prohibited due to the issurim of lo tilbash/chukat hagoyim? Many thanks Answer: No, being that this is a Jewish custom and commonly practiced on boys, it is not considered feminine in nature for a young c more ...

Avel Attending Wedding During Shloshim

Avel Attending Wedding During Shloshim Question: What is the proper practice in going to the wedding of close family ( niece-kallah is 27, had a broken engagement 5 years ago) during shloshim for a parent. Answer: A close family member whose absence will pain the Chosson or Kallah and diminish their Simcha, m more ...

Dishwasher for Meat and Dairy

Dishwasher for Meat and Dairy Question: I was wondering what the issue of using a dishwasher for both meat and dairy would be considering it is NAT BAR NAT BAR NAT. and it is additionally l'pgam due to the detergent. I have seen it quoted in Or Yitzchak by Rav Abbadi from Lakewood. And wondering if it is what more ...

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