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Kesamim on Pads

Question: Is a kesem found on a "pad" considered mekabel tumah with regards to dinei niddah? Answer: A kesem does not have the status of a "beged" and is not mekabel tumah for kesamim. ...

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The Third Beis Hamikdash

ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם The Rishonim debate whether the third and final Beis HaMikdash will be built by human hands, like the first two, or will descend from Heaven as a structure of fire made by Hashem's own hands, as implied by the verse, "מקדש ה' כוננו ידיך- The Mikdash, Hashem, that Your hands have made."[2] The Rambam[3]states clearly that Moshiach will build the third Beis HaMikdash, aided by the re ...

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Har Sinai

פן תשכח את הדברים אשר ראו עיניך[1]                Har Sinai.  We are commanded never to forget this momentous event, as the passuk states, "השמר לך... פן תשכח את הדברים אשר ראו עיניך", beware and guard yourself lest you forget the things your eyes have seen.  According to the Ramban, this is counted as one of the מצות לא תעשה, the negative commandments.[2]          ...

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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 indeed view this payment of mezonos to be a "Knas in disguise". It appears that Mo"HR does not agre ...

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mount sinai and hatred

Question: I just read that at Mount Sinai HaShem brought hatred on the world of the other nations worshippers of the stars and idols learned out from the word Sinai which can be read to hate.Is this the purpose of the Jewish people? Will the world ever be changed? If not now when? Answer: The intent of the Sages is to say that when we became the Chosen People at Sinai and received the Torah a certain measur ...

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The Obligation to Vaccinate

Question: There has been much discussion recently about the obligation to vaccinate. What is the Rav's opinion on the matter? Answer: It is the obligation of every parent to vaccinate their children. לשאלת רבים ממורי ההוראה ומנהיגי עם האם יש חיוב על ההורים לחסן את ילדיהם בחיסונים המקובלים למנוע מחלות קשות, כי יש מחשובי הרבנים שגילו דעתם בעת האחרונה דכיון דע"י החיסון יש חשש לנזק בריאותי, לא רק שמותר להורים ל ...

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The Legacy of the Forefathers

The Ramban calls Sefer Bereishis “The Book of Creation,” since it begins with a description of the world’s creation, and continues with the lives of our Forefathers who “created” the patterns that their descendants were destined to follow.[1]  Our Forefathers’ mitzvos and good deeds were not intended for their own spiritual benefit, or even for the benefit of their generation, but for the benefit of the ent ...

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Rakevet Yisrael

Question: Is it permissible to ride the new "Gush-Dan" train system which was constructed on Shabbos? Answer: Yes, it is permissible. The parties involved in construction do not own the tracks or train, and even if they are not acting in accordance with halacha this would not apply the restrictions of maaseh Shabbos for the entire population, when it is being done against their will. [This is aside from the ...

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Measles Outbreak, Vaccinations And Halacha

Question: Is it considered a halachic obligation for parents to ensure that their children are vaccinated as part of their national requirements? It is important to note that failure to vaccinate a child may not only create risks for the child but, by enabling him to be the carrier and transmitter of an infectious disease may put other children at risk, including children who themselves have been vaccinated ...

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