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Mezuza in Unused Room

Mezuza in Unused Room Question: Reuven moves into a home and chooses not to use one or two of the rooms yet for another month or so. Would he be required to put mezuzas up in those rooms immediately or can he wait until he uses them? Answer: A room does not become obligated in mezuzah until it is being used in some capacity. Being part of a house is itself not enough of a reason to obligate a mezuzah. Howev ...

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seudas hodaah

seudas hodaah Question: Bchasdei Hashem our child had a transplant. B"H made a kiddush. Is there a requirement to make a Seudas Hodah for a child or minhag? Also when is considered healed after a transplant? As they normally need to take anti rejection medication. Answer: No, there is no requirement. This is a praiseworthy minhag, but the point is to publically thank Hashem for the great kindness He has don ...

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Matza Rakka

Matza Rakka Question: In chelek gimmel of Minchas Asher, on the (first) Teshuva about Matza Rakka the Rav writes that perhaps nowadays we are not able to bake matzos rakkos without chashash chimutz. Does this apply to Sefardi matzos rakkos (that they have a mesorah how to bake them correctly) or just Ashkenazi? Also would an Ashkenazi be allowed to eat Sefardi matzos when eating at a Sefardi's house? Answer ...

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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 child to have long hair. It is also not copying any non Jewish custom, and hence no problem of Chukat ...

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Bracha on Mitzvas Maakeh

Bracha on Mitzvas Maakeh Question: I am an investor in apartment buildings and we are currently in the process of renovating a building. As part of the renovation we will be converting a roof area to a roof top deck for tenants to use. Currently there is a fence around the area but we will be removing and replacing the current fence as part of the renovation. A non jewish company has been contracted to the ...

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Mezuza with Velcro

Question: Hi, can I attach a mezuza with velcro straps? This will make it much easier to take down to check.   Answer: One should not affix a mezuza with velcro. Although it may be somewhat securely fastened, the nature of velcro is to be a non permanent connection, to easily come on and off. This type of fastening does not constitute sewing or building according to halacha, with regards to Shabbos. Us ...

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Bracha on Tevilla and Shechita

Question: Does a woman who is immersing (counted 7 nekiyim etc.) make a bracha even though she will not have relations (is it like Netilas Yadim where you don't make a bracha if you aren't going to eat bread). How about if someone is shechting an animal to throw to the dogs, does he make a bracha on the shechita? Answer: There is a debate among the Achronim if one who does a proper shechita and bedika, so t ...

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Breaking Dolls Noses

Question: I have a family member who insists that our children's dolls must be deformed (breaking nose off). My question is if this is obligatory? Furthermore, my mother has somewhat of a business buying and selling expensive dolls. Would she need to deform them? What would be the halacha regarding Lego men and small figurines that are toys? Answer: It is permissible to own dolls, one is not obligated to de ...

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Mistake in Counting Seven Clean Days

Question: A lady finds out that for the last number of years she has made a mistake in counting 6 days instead of seven before going to the mikveh. What should be her and her husband's approach to doing teshuva for this? Have they transgressed a Torah prohibition (even though the seven clean days was originally formulated as a stringency), or: Is it considered a rabbinical prohibition bearing in mind that s ...

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Davening in a Bedroom

Question: A woman who is somewhat unwell and wishes to daven, but feels she will have the most "success" (i.e. kavanah, patience) if she does so in her bedroom - may she do so assuming the room is clean and tidy, or MUST she go to some other room in the house? And in terms of "kavanah," can one assume that she should try to understand peirush hamilos, or should she "simply say the words because the Anshei C ...

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