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Temporary Marriage

Temporary Marriage Question: Can you marry someone that you know will end up in a divorce which means for a temporary time? Will the Sheva Brochos be a Baracha Levatella? Binyan Adai Ad? Answer: The brachos will not be in vain as Chazal instituted they be said for every marriage, even a temporary one. However there is a prohibition to marry a woman who one plans to divorce, even if he decided to divorce his ...

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היתר פלגש היום

Question: יש מקריים של מבוגרים שיש הרצון לקשר לאשה לא בנשואין בשביל לימוד התורה וגם בשביל לעזור לאשה בענינים של בריאות. יש הרבה ביעות לחתן כדי לעשות הקשרים האלו. גם כן הילדים הרבה פעמים כנגד וגם יש אלמנות בלי ילדים והם לבד. אין טוב לאיש להיות לבד. יש היתר של יעקב עמדן. אבל יש שלא מקבלים את זה. מה אתם חושבים האם מותר או אסור. Answer: האם בכלל מותר פילגש או אסור, למעשה זה מחלוקת ראשונים, לדעת הרמב”ם דין פיגלש ...

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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, may attend in a limited fashion even during Shloshim. They may be at the chuppah, and at the meal whe ...

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Intimate Gay Behavior

Intimate Gay Behavior Question: B'kavod Ha'Rav, I have seen discussion regarding gay Jewish people where the claim is made that chazal did not prohibit any part of a gay "lifestyle" other than the actual act of bi'ah (please excuse my impolite language but I am trying to avoid confusion). I would like to understand if this is true, if so why it was not discussed, and if it is therefore correct to say that a ...

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כתובה של גיורת

Question: האם בכתובה של גיורת כותבים "מוהר גיורתיכי" או האם מדלגים על המילה "מוהר" לגמרי Answer: מנהג אשכנזים לכתוב  ויהיבנא ליכי כסף זוזי מאה דחזי ליכי מדרבנן ומזוניכי מנהג ספרדים לכתוב ויהיבנא ליכי מהרייכי כסף זוזוי מאה דחזי ליכי מקורות עיין נחלת שבעה סימן יב ס"ק לב ועיין פתחי תשובה אבן העזר סימן סו ס"ק ח ...

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Asher Bara with Zimun

Question: If a chosson vekallah are eating with two female members of their household, and the women wish to make a zimmun, may/ should they include the beracha Asher Bara? Answer: Ashkenazi custom is that Aser Bara is only recited when an outside guest is invited, and not when the meal is being eaten with members of the household. See Shulchan Aruch Even Haezer 62, in the Rama Seif 4 and 7.   ...

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Agunot

Question: A controversy has recently broken out in America regarding the "International Beit Din for Agunot". Several leading rabbanim have publicly condemned their piskei halacha, in particular one that can be found at this link: http://www.internationalbeitdin.org/ibd-case-hebrew/5 Does the Gaavad believe that this teshuva, which principally relies on the view of the Ritva that where there no "yichud ha'e ...

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Loshon hora to prevent someone sinning

Question: I received the following question from a doctor: Dear Rabbi, One of my patients is a Jewish man from the area who went on a dating service and made contact with a woman who was not Jewish. It turns out that this Gentile lady is also a patient of mine. In their conversation she learned that I was familiar with this particular Jewish man and she is asking me whether he is nice and kind. Am I permitt ...

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Attending a consevative wedding of a student

Question: Dear Rav, My wife and I are in Kiruv. My wife also teaches kallahs. A few months ago my wife got a phone call  about a girl  completely not religious and unaffiliated who got engaged. Her friend encouraged her to do Kallah classes with my wife. My wife began teaching her via phone and skype. They have become very close. This kallah is getting married by a consevative Rabbi. My wife told her she wo ...

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Chuppah in Conservative Temple

Question: I was asked to be m'sader kiddushin at an upcoming wedding. The parents of both the choson and the kallah are not Orthodox, rather staunchly Conservative. The mother of the bride chose the place for the wedding - a Conservative Temple (where the chuppah is held in the sanctuary). The choson and kallah do not want to disrupt sholom bayis with their folks if it is at all possible to have it there (a ...

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