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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: //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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Loshon hora to prevent someone sinning

Question: I received the following question from a doctor: Dear Rabbi, One of my patients is a Jewish man from the area who went on a dating service and made contact with a woman who was not Jewish. It turns out that this Gentile lady is also a patient of mine. In their conversation she learned that I was familiar with this particular Jewish man and she is asking me whether he is nice and kind. Am I permitt ...

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Attending a consevative wedding of a student

Question: Dear Rav, My wife and I are in Kiruv. My wife also teaches kallahs. A few months ago my wife got a phone call  about a girl  completely not religious and unaffiliated who got engaged. Her friend encouraged her to do Kallah classes with my wife. My wife began teaching her via phone and skype. They have become very close. This kallah is getting married by a consevative Rabbi. My wife told her she wo ...

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Chuppah in Conservative Temple

Question: I was asked to be m'sader kiddushin at an upcoming wedding. The parents of both the choson and the kallah are not Orthodox, rather staunchly Conservative. The mother of the bride chose the place for the wedding - a Conservative Temple (where the chuppah is held in the sanctuary). The choson and kallah do not want to disrupt sholom bayis with their folks if it is at all possible to have it there (a ...

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Mistaken Name in Kesuba

Question: Dear Rabbi! I have important question. In the ktuba of a couple we have written the name of choson "ben Avraham". But the choson is not a ger, rather his father is not Jewish. Is the kesuba pasul bediavad and do we have to write new one? Thank You. Answer: Although there is some rational to be lenient, a new Kesuba should be written. מקורות וביאורים בגר צדק המנהג לכתוב בין בגט בין בכתובה בן אברהם ...

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Methods of Contraception

Question: MIRENA is a small T-shaped intrauterine system (IUS) which after insertion releases the hormone levonorgestrel (a progesterone) into the uterus. Its mode of action includes prevention of proliferation of the endometrium (lining of the uterus), thickening of the cervical mucus thus inhibiting the passage of זרע and suppression of ovulation in some women. Another alternative form of intrauterine con ...

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Kiruv Questions

Question: 1) Can I invite a Jewish girl with her non Jewish boyfriend or would that be condoning her relationship. I feel it would be easier to get her to come over if I invite them together. 2) Can I invite an unmarried couple for Shabbos to get them to keep a whole Shabbos, but not ask them to seperate, since they live together, ie can I get them a guest house together? 3) If I am teaching taharas hamishp ...

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Officiating at Wedding of Non Religious Couple

Question: I've been asked to officiate at the upcoming wedding of one of the colleges students that participated in our outreach program many years ago. Although the couple is jewish, they and their familes remain very "Viet" from yiddishkeit. Several issues have arisen. 1. Regarding the date, am I to ask that they please not make the date during the sifira dates or is that something I shouldn't make an iss ...

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Establishing Status as Kohen

Question: Hi, I have student who is a recent baal teshuva, who has uncertainty with regards to his status as a kohen. There is an indication on his grandfather’s tombstone that he is in fact a kohen. Is that sufficient to establish his status as a kohen? Answer: While a tombstone is certainly somewhat of an indication that he is a kohen, by no means is that itself enough to establish his status. See Igros M ...

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