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College Graduation

Question: I am planning on graduating college soon, and there is a ceremony at the end which has all of the graduates wearing the cap and gown. Is it permissible to wear either of these items? I saw online that it seems as though it was decided that they were to be worn as they were the garb of the church clergymen, who taught many of the courses and were supposed to symbolize being a high class and intelle ...

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Wearing a hat during Tefillah and outdoors

Question: I was wondering if nowadays one is obligated to wear a hat during Tefillah. The Chayei Adam's reasoning that we dress this way in the street doesn't seem applicable. However, does the reason of standing before Odom Choshuv with a hat apply if one dresses this way before Gedolim, or is it only before Royalty? The Shu"t Divrei Yatziv is quoted as saying that one is obligated based on the Shulchan Ar ...

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Collecting tzedaka

Question: L'Chvod Harav Shlit"a, There is a young man who had a religious upbringing but has long since gone off the derech r"l including driving on Shabbos ect. He has been living this lifestyle since he was a teenager (perhaps 14) and is now in his mid twenties. the man is a computer programmer but several months ago he has lost his job and has been sick on bed rest for several months. Due to the lack of ...

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Kesubah, Loans, Pas Kisnin

Kesubah, Loans, Pas Kisnin Question: 1) in a case where a woman tells her husband after they have been married that she had been מזנה before they got married if the husband is מוחל is a new kesubah need to be written. 2) in case where someone is תובה ממון as a שמה and there is no חיוב בב"ד but there is a חיוב בידי שמים is there an inyan for the מלוה to be מוחל. 3) acc. to second shitah brought in the mishan ...

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CUTTING DOWN FRUIT TREES

CUTTING DOWN FRUIT TREES Question: SHALOM UVERACHA THERE IS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO ATTEND MY WEEKLY HALACHA SHIUR WHO PLANS ON MAKING ALIYA AFTER CHANUKA BUT BEFORE PURIM BE"H THE PROBLEM IS THIS. WE LIVE IN SOUTH FLATBUSH AND HE HAS VERY GOOD OFFERS FROM SEFARDIM TO BUY THE HOUSE. THE PROBLEM IS THERE IS A FRUIT TREE IN THE BACK WHICH HAS BEEN HOLDING UP THE SALE. AS THE BUYERS ALL WANT TO EXPAND THE HOUSE FURT ...

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Fasts before Bar Mitzvah

Fasts before Bar Mitzvah Question: There is a minhag to fast 3 fast before one`s bar mitzvoh. I have a difficulty locating a mekor for this and on the contrary, R Shloime Zalman (Halichos Shloime) holds this is no valid minhag and so does R Y Y Fisher sz`l. What is the Rov`s shlit`a opinion on this a. with a family where they have kept this in previous generation? b. with a family who has no specific minhag ...

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tinok shenishba

tinok shenishba Question: I've heard from the Rav non religious have a status nowadays as tinok shenishba. My question is, at what point would a non religious Jew not get that status? Would we say even if he tries to fight Torah and try to push anti religious agendas? Answer: Yes even if he is anti religious this does not detract from his status as tinok shenishbeh, as he was indoctrinated with these false ...

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Parks on Shabbos – Karpef

Parks on Shabbos - Karpef Question: What does the rav hold of carrying in large parks on Shabbos and its status as karpef What about including a baseball field in a bungalow colony Since it is used during the week and enhances the bungalow What the din be diff for a enclosed tennis court on Shabbos as well Is having a baseball catch allowed on Shabbos ? Thank you Answer: Parks which are used for leisure and ...

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Attending the non Jewish parents funeral

Attending the non Jewish parents funeral Question: לכבוד מרן שליט׳א Can an individual who is going through conversion or who has gone through conversion attend the funeral of their non Jewish parent which would be held in a church? Many thanks. Answer: The main concern with entering a Church is due to creating an appearance as if you are entering to worship. Hence, when the circumstances are clear that you ...

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Gartel

Gartel Question: Kvod Harov, If a person wears a belt is there a need for him to also wear a gartel for davening? Answer: No, the belt is sufficient according to halachic criteria. The custom of Chasidim is to wear a gartel in any event, while in non Chassidic communities the belt or waistband of one's pants is relied on. ...

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