Self Sacrifice – יהרג ואל יעבור

Self Sacrifice – יהרג ואל יעבור

Question: I understand that one must- under specific circumstances- give his/her own life rather then transgress.Is this only in a case where one has an ultimatum do or die (get ki ...

Entering reform temple

Entering reform temple

Question: My wife's family from the USA are planning a Bat Mitzvah for their oldest daughter in Israel. They have rented the premises at Beit Shmuel which is the world headquarters ...

Emunah and mistaken beleifs

Emunah and mistaken beleifs

Question:Shalom k’vod harav. How should we relate to someone with the following beliefs?: a) The mabul was a local flood, and did not extend outside of a limited area in the Middle ...

Tzedakah

Tzedakah

Question: Is one obligated to give tzedakah if he cannot afford to pay tuition? If one cannot afford to tuition is it like a debt, meaning if he won the lottery he would be require ...

Taking Medicins on Shabbos – The Ktzos Hashulchon

Taking Medicins on Shabbos – The Ktzos Hashulchon

Question: Sholom, I wanted to know the Rov`s opinion on the Kzos Hashulchon (Chelek 7 Siman 133) re the Issur of taking Refuoh on Shabbos. Whilst of course his source is the Tosfos ...

Bracha on a Gift – Megillas Ester

Bracha on a Gift – Megillas Ester

Question: My mother-in-law is giving me a gift of a beautiful Megillas Esther. Should I make the bracha of Shehechyanu since I have no plans to lain it in public and, so, no one el ...

Kabbolas Taanis Yochid

Kabbolas Taanis Yochid

Question: There is an obligation to be mekabel taanis yochid before shkia of the fast day 1. Is it meakev? In other words if one wished to fast that particular day (eg Shovevim or ...

Self Sacrifice – יהרג ואל יעבור

Question: I understand that one must- under specific circumstances- give his/her own life rather then transgress.Is this only in a case where one has an ultimatum do or die (get killed)? what if one is faced with the option do or kill yourself? Answer: One must give up their life rather than transgress the si more ...

Hand Transplant

Question: A right handed individual with an amputated left hand (but intact forearm and biceps) has been wearing his tefilin over the left side without a bracha as per the Rema in OH 27.1. If he undergoes a left hand transplant would he go back to making a bracha? If he is a Cohen can he go back to doing nesi more ...

Lawsuit when insurance would be responsible for defendant’s loss.

Question: My elderly father went to a NY rehabilitation center owned by frum yidden to help give him more mobility. He was there for 3 months and was released with Stage 4 bedsores in 3 areas. He needed to be hospitalized for 5 months and still suffers greatly from these sores which have not healed. Doctors h more ...

Bracha on a Gift – Megillas Ester

Question: My mother-in-law is giving me a gift of a beautiful Megillas Esther. Should I make the bracha of Shehechyanu since I have no plans to lain it in public and, so, no one else but i will have hana'ah from it? Or should I say Hatov v'Hameitiv, since she will have hana'ah from giving it to me? Answer: In more ...

Taking Medicins on Shabbos – The Ktzos Hashulchon

Question: Sholom, I wanted to know the Rov`s opinion on the Kzos Hashulchon (Chelek 7 Siman 133) re the Issur of taking Refuoh on Shabbos. Whilst of course his source is the Tosfos in Beitzoh and the Remo in 339, it seems to be against the opnion of Rambam (Mamrim 2,2) Also, as R Sh Zalman sz`l in Shsh`k seem more ...

Entering reform temple

Question: My wife's family from the USA are planning a Bat Mitzvah for their oldest daughter in Israel. They have rented the premises at Beit Shmuel which is the world headquarters for Reform . The family is observant - i.e. American modern chareidim. The kashrus could be reliable because they have external s more ...

Emunah and mistaken beleifs

Question:Shalom k’vod harav. How should we relate to someone with the following beliefs?: a) The mabul was a local flood, and did not extend outside of a limited area in the Middle Eastb) The “shishim ribo” the Torah refers to at yetzias mitzrayim is a metaphorical number and the actual number of those who le more ...

Superstitions – “Knock Wood”

Question: Many people have the minhag to knock gently the table by benching when saying the (individual) Horachamons I have seen this with elderly people too who seem to be Minhag-conscious and have taken presumably from previous generations My assumption is that this is against the Ayin Hara and similar to w more ...

Prenuptial Agreements

Question: Many of us have seen the teshuva from Moreinu Harav that states that an agreement for a husband to provide reasonable mezonos for his wife even after they separate will not facilitate a get meuseh. It seems that Mo"HR encourages this procedure. We are aware that numerous poskim of today's generation more ...

Taiwan Whisky – Kavalan

Taiwan Whisky - Kavalan Question: Shalom kvod harav, I read about taiwanese whisky.Some of them over 2 processes of maturation. Does it make a difference on the 'heter' of Rav A. Weiss (based on Rabi's Moshe Feinstein Thsuva). Can you provide me contact with a worlwide whisky specialist ? Thanks in advance, A more ...

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