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Question regarding status of a previous marriage

Question: A woman was previously married in a conservative wedding and divorced shortly thereafter. The woman then remarried to another man again conservative. She had 3 children from this marriage and has since also divorced, 2 of these children have grown up to marry and have children of their own. it was discovered in pictures from the wedding that the eidim for the ketubah and chuppah were male and fema ...

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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 mental illness, which she would not discuss, and this can be one of the reasons why would she want to ...

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Incomplete Conversion

Incomplete Conversion Question: Is a mal velo Tavel [one who circumcised but did not immerse in a ritual mikva to complete the conversion] obligated to complete the geirut or may he regret and marry a Goya [non Jew]? Answer: As long as the conversion was not completed, he remains a non Jew and may still decide to remain a non Jew. In that case he could marry a non Jew as any other non Jew could. ...

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Temporary Marriage

Temporary Marriage Question: Can you marry someone that you know will end up in a divorce which means for a temporary time? Will the Sheva Brochos be a Baracha Levatella? Binyan Adai Ad? Answer: The brachos will not be in vain as Chazal instituted they be said for every marriage, even a temporary one. However there is a prohibition to marry a woman who one plans to divorce, even if he decided to divorce his ...

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היתר פלגש היום

Question: יש מקריים של מבוגרים שיש הרצון לקשר לאשה לא בנשואין בשביל לימוד התורה וגם בשביל לעזור לאשה בענינים של בריאות. יש הרבה ביעות לחתן כדי לעשות הקשרים האלו. גם כן הילדים הרבה פעמים כנגד וגם יש אלמנות בלי ילדים והם לבד. אין טוב לאיש להיות לבד. יש היתר של יעקב עמדן. אבל יש שלא מקבלים את זה. מה אתם חושבים האם מותר או אסור. Answer: האם בכלל מותר פילגש או אסור, למעשה זה מחלוקת ראשונים, לדעת הרמב”ם דין פיגלש ...

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Avel Attending Wedding During Shloshim

Avel Attending Wedding During Shloshim Question: What is the proper practice in going to the wedding of close family ( niece-kallah is 27, had a broken engagement 5 years ago) during shloshim for a parent. Answer: A close family member whose absence will pain the Chosson or Kallah and diminish their Simcha, may attend in a limited fashion even during Shloshim. They may be at the chuppah, and at the meal whe ...

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Intimate Gay Behavior

Intimate Gay Behavior Question: B'kavod Ha'Rav, I have seen discussion regarding gay Jewish people where the claim is made that chazal did not prohibit any part of a gay "lifestyle" other than the actual act of bi'ah (please excuse my impolite language but I am trying to avoid confusion). I would like to understand if this is true, if so why it was not discussed, and if it is therefore correct to say that a ...

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כתובה של גיורת

Question: האם בכתובה של גיורת כותבים "מוהר גיורתיכי" או האם מדלגים על המילה "מוהר" לגמרי Answer: מנהג אשכנזים לכתוב  ויהיבנא ליכי כסף זוזי מאה דחזי ליכי מדרבנן ומזוניכי מנהג ספרדים לכתוב ויהיבנא ליכי מהרייכי כסף זוזוי מאה דחזי ליכי מקורות עיין נחלת שבעה סימן יב ס"ק לב ועיין פתחי תשובה אבן העזר סימן סו ס"ק ח ...

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Asher Bara with Zimun

Question: If a chosson vekallah are eating with two female members of their household, and the women wish to make a zimmun, may/ should they include the beracha Asher Bara? Answer: Ashkenazi custom is that Aser Bara is only recited when an outside guest is invited, and not when the meal is being eaten with members of the household. See Shulchan Aruch Even Haezer 62, in the Rama Seif 4 and 7.   ...

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Agunot

Question: A controversy has recently broken out in America regarding the "International Beit Din for Agunot". Several leading rabbanim have publicly condemned their piskei halacha, in particular one that can be found at this link: http://www.internationalbeitdin.org/ibd-case-hebrew/5 Does the Gaavad believe that this teshuva, which principally relies on the view of the Ritva that where there no "yichud ha'e ...

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