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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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Hosting Non Religious / Safek Jews

Question: If it is poskined that someone is a sofek Jew (karov livadai) and they are not Shomer Shabbos must you tell their Shabbos hosts that this person may not be Jewish, or that they are not Shomer Shabbos, to insure that their wine is not touched by a possible goy, or a non Shomer Shabbos person? Is the responsibility of the hosts to insure their wine is mevushal, or must I who am sending them guests t ...

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Ger Making Brocha of Shelo Asani Goy

Question: Is there an accepted minhag concerning if a ger can say the brocha of shelo asani goy? Answer: The psak for a convert is in accordance with the Rama, that he should not make the bracha of "shelo asani goy". See O:C 46:4 and the Mishnah Brura there, that other variations of this bracha for a convert are also a subject of debate ans should be trated as a safek bracos lehakel. The Kaf Hachaim suggest ...

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Davening Vatikin vs Nesiat Kapayim

Question: לכבוד הרבנים שליט׳א A Kohen who is Sephardi/Edut mizrach lives in an area (in chutz laaretz) where there is only an Ashkenazi/Sefard Vatikin minyan and based on their minhag the Kohanim do not recite nesiat kapayim. However, there are plenty of local minyanim which daven later but the Kohen has the opportunity to recite nesiat kapayim which according to many rishonim is a mitzvat aseh min haTorah. ...

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Brocha Achrona for Hot Drinks

Question: What is the halacha with regards to bracha achrona on hot drinks, such as coffee and tea? How fast must one drink them in order to say borei nefashos, or do we apply the rule of safek brachos lehakel? Answer: A cup of tea or coffee drank in the normal way, slowly sipping over the course of a few minutes, is a subject of great debate with regards to making a bracha achrona. If possible, the Mishna ...

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Kaddish by Non Observant Son

Question: Is there anything wrong with a non-observant Jew saying kaddish for his mother on the day of her yartzhiet? would it be preferable to have an observant Jew say it instead or better the son? Answer: The son takes precedence over all others for saying kaddish, even if he is non observant. The son is the one who has the obligation to say kaddish because of Mitzvas Kibbud Av, and in addition it is the ...

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Various Questions from a Teacher

Question: A Teacher in a Charedi Primary School would like to know: 1. Is it permitted for a teacher to confiscate childrens objects if they play with them and it distracts them from learning (permanently or temporarily)? 2. It is common in younger years to explain Chumash etc.by describing etc the events in detail to make it more understandable and visual. Is it muttar to add descriptions which have no mek ...

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Geniza for Magazines and Newspapers

Question: What is the proper method to dispose of Jewish magazines and newspapers. Although they are mainly “chulin”, and discuss news and politics etc., very often there are quotes of psukim and divrei torah and hashkafa. Must these be placed in geniza or may they be disposed of normally? Answer: Magazines and newspapers which are intended for news, politics and other secular subjects, do not need to be pl ...

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