Awaking Before Davening

Awaking Before Davening

Question: The Mishnah Berurah in Siman Alef, seif katan (ט) quotes as follows: יהיה זהיר מאד לקום שעה ולפחות חצי שעה קדם קריאת השמש לבית הכנםת As a matter of practical halacha, wha ...

Donated Sefer Torah

Donated Sefer Torah

Question: A few years ago I donated a Sefer Torah to a Shul. As I have now moved I would like to take the Sefer Torah with me to my new Shul. Am I allowed to do so or does it need ...

Generator on shabbos

Generator on shabbos

Question: Is there a chiuv gomur to use a generator on shabbes in Eretz Yisroel? Are there any gdolei haposkim who lechatchila permit using normal electricity on shabbes without a ...

Adding to Shemona Ezrai

Adding to Shemona Ezrai

Question: I grew up in a Jewish home in N.Y. following tradition. Later on I began to study Judaism. I have five married children all following Halacha. My mind has opened and I se ...

sefirat haomer customs

sefirat haomer customs

Question: Dear Rabbi! In our city like in most cities here in Russia we have a big Chabad community and small our Lituanian one. Which custom of mourning we have to accept at sefir ...

Superstitions – “Knock Wood”

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- ...

Hair pulling on Shabbat

Hair pulling on Shabbat

Question: I have a disorder called Trichotillomania. Many weeks I find myself pulling out my hair on Shabbos but I cannot control the urges. I have guilt over this constant violati ...

Donated Sefer Torah

Question: A few years ago I donated a Sefer Torah to a Shul. As I have now moved I would like to take the Sefer Torah with me to my new Shul. Am I allowed to do so or does it need to remain in the previous Shul I donated it to? I would appreciate any mekoros to see this matter inside. Thank you very much Answ more ...

Hair pulling on Shabbat

Question: I have a disorder called Trichotillomania. Many weeks I find myself pulling out my hair on Shabbos but I cannot control the urges. I have guilt over this constant violation of halacha. Your insight and advice would be appreciated. Answer: The Torah requires one to do whatever they can to perform mit more ...

Going to court

Question: If one wants to take someone to court in Israel. The defendant is a non religious company that will not listen to Beis Din. Is one obligating to go through Beis Din first in order to get a heter to go to a secular court or can one go straight to secular court? Answer: If it is absolutely clear the s more ...

Chol Hamoed

Question: A faulty oven was delivered to us and we asked for refund and collection. The (Non jewish) vendors have arranged for this but they have scheduled it for Chol Hamoed. Is it permitted to allow for the collection to take place from our home or does it need to be postponed. Thanks Answer: It would have more ...

Generator on shabbos

Question: Is there a chiuv gomur to use a generator on shabbes in Eretz Yisroel? Are there any gdolei haposkim who lechatchila permit using normal electricity on shabbes without a generator? Thank you. Answer: It is not a chiyuv gamur to use a generator on Shabbos. This is a debate going on many years, and mo more ...

Awaking Before Davening

Question: The Mishnah Berurah in Siman Alef, seif katan (ט) quotes as follows: יהיה זהיר מאד לקום שעה ולפחות חצי שעה קדם קריאת השמש לבית הכנםת As a matter of practical halacha, what is the time a person needs to be awake before the minyan in order to fulfill this משני ברורה? With tremendous gratitude, Answer: more ...

Adding to Shemona Ezrai

Question: I grew up in a Jewish home in N.Y. following tradition. Later on I began to study Judaism. I have five married children all following Halacha. My mind has opened and I see Zionism in another light. Zionism can be considered Idolatry in the way it is strictly observed without connecting Zionism with 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 ...

Ladies jewish name

Question: A baslat tshuva, a yang lady was given a Jewish name at birth. It was almost not used, and she also dislikes it and hates being cold by that name. Now, she wants to take a different name which she likes very much. Her question is, is this appropriate? I also suspect that she might have some slight m more ...

Hagala for Thermomix TM5

Question: Can a thermomix’s components some of which are made up of high quality plastic undergo הגעלה? (https://thermomix.vorwerk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/20650_SC_GA_TM5_UK_161213_V4_M1.pdf) Answer: Generally plastic can be kashered through hagalah. However for Pesach use one should be stringent and more ...

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