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Ashkenazi Guests at a Sephardi Host on Pesach

Question: In the opinion of Maran shlita, is an Ashkenazi guest at a Sephardi household permitted to eat food which does not contain kitnios but was cooked in pots and other vessels in which kitnios have been cooked or served? With many thanks. Answer: Aמ Ashkenazi may eat non kitniyos foods in a Sefardi household, even if the food was prepared in a pot which has been used for kitniyos. מקורות וביאורים: קי" ...

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Purim in Givaat Masua

Question: What is the din regarding of date of Purim for the kium of mitzvos in the shchuna Givaat Masua in Yerushalaim? Thank you. Answer: Givaat Masua is connected to the Malcha Mall and surrounding area, and is part of the greater Yerushalayim area. As such Purim should be celebrated along with the rest of Yerushalayim on the 15th of Adar. ...

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Between Aninus and Aveilus

Question: Yaakov heard that his brother, who lived in a different city, was niftar. Being there were other relatives dealing with the funeral and burial arrangements, it seemed Yaakov was not considered and onen. Thus, he davened and fulfilled mitzvos, etc. Question: Yaakov wanted to take a haircut before flying out to the funeral of his brother. Is he permitted to do so? Answer: One who is in a different c ...

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Davening with Mother’s Name or Father’s Name

Question: It is well established that when davening for someone's refuah, one refers to the patient by his/her mother's name (e.g. Ploni ben Sarah). But when davening for something other than refuah (such as general hatzlacha, or, when someone goes to the Kotel or a Kever Tzadik and they want to be mazkir their friends or family members) do they use the mother's name (Ploni ben Sarah) or the father's name ( ...

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Bracha on Refurbishing a Home

Question: A family are moving into a new home which has had significant refurbishment but is not built from new. Can the husband make the bracha of hatov v'hametiv and/or shehechyanu on moving in? What is the opinion of the גאב׳ד on this? Many thanks. Answer: One who purchases a home makes a bracha of הטוב והמטיב. This is both on a new house or one bought from a previous owner. Being that it is new to the p ...

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Chanukah Presents

Question: Does the Rav view the giving of gifts to children on Chanukah as a violation of chukas goyim or simply a practice which has no source in halacha? Many thanks Answer: Giving presents on Chanuka certainly does not violate the prohibition of Chukas Hagoyim. This prohibition is only for customs that have no plain logical reason. Giving presents at a festive time is a logical and therefore permitted ac ...

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Bar Mitzva in Beis Kneses

Question: L'chvod Harav, We were planning on making a Bar Mitzvah seuda in a shul in Eretz Yisrael. My rav expressed concern that any shul that has keduashas Beis Haknesses is assur to do "sicha betayla" there. I told him that this shul was built to be a social hall, and they daven there because they haven't built the shul part yet. When I asked the rav of the shul if it was kedushas beis ha'knesses, he ans ...

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Crossing Timelines During A Fast day

Question: According to the Rav, how should a person traveling from Europe to America in Tzom Gedalia conduct himself? Should he continue to fast until the sunset of his arrival destination (which would be hours later than Europe) or can he eat according to sunset at place of departure? Does the fact that Tzom Gedalia is nidche this year make a difference? With many thanks. Answer: The Halachic determination ...

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City of Bombay

Question: The name "Bombay" is actually an English distortion of the original Indian name, which is the name of the "godess" of the city (the name means "great mother"). The temple of this idol is located in the middle of the city, and it is worshipped by the majority of the population of the city until this day. Should there be a problem of "בשם אלהים אחרי לא תזכירו" to pronounce the Indian name of the cit ...

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Divrei Torah in Front of Women

Question: What is the heter to say divrei Torah in front of women who are not sniuos? If I understand correctly low cut shirts or short skirts may be ervah dorraisa (although I'm not totally clear on the exact geder) requiring akiras aynayim. Thank you Answer: The prohibition of saying Divrei Torah in front of women dressed immodestly, is in fact Rabbinic. The Biblical Prohibition is only in front of "giluy ...

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