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Davening in a Bedroom

Question: A woman who is somewhat unwell and wishes to daven, but feels she will have the most "success" (i.e. kavanah, patience) if she does so in her bedroom - may she do so assuming the room is clean and tidy, or MUST she go to some other room in the house? And in terms of "kavanah," can one assume that she should try to understand peirush hamilos, or should she "simply say the words because the Anshei C ...

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Owning Seforim

Question: I once heard it's a mitzvah to own seforim. Does this have any basis and is it true? Answer: This is the opinion of the Rosh brought in the Tur, Yoreh Deah Siman 270, that since in our times our learning is not done with an actual Torah scroll but rather with Seforim of Chumash, Mishnah and Gemara, the mitzvah to write a Sefer Torah is fulfilled by writing Seforim of this kind. Igros Moshe Yoreh D ...

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Woman saying kaddish prayer

Question: A woman's father recently passed away and she is the only remaining child. Is she permitted to say kaddish publicly for her father? If permitted, does she say it quietly or can her recital be audible to other? Answer: A woman should not say Kaddish for her father. To say it out loud would violate norms of Tznius and Kdushas Beis Haknesses. In addition in today's environment this is a slippery slop ...

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Shidduch Suggestions

Question: Is one permitted to make matchmaking suggestions between non-religious individuals if there is serious doubt as to whether taharat hamishpacha laws would be kept during their possible marriage? Answer: Yes. Ultimately you are not adding to their sinning in any way as they are in any event leading a life of forbidden relationships. In the context of a marriage you are increasing their chances of Ta ...

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Tevilla for Glazed Chinaware

Question: I heard that the process of glazing chinaware has developed recently and is not identical to the process mentioned in the poiskim. According to this Shmeuoh, the layer which is covering the plates etc. is made out of a very different material than conventional glass and consequently the requirement of tevilas Keilim must be revisited. Apparently, there is now no longer an obligation to toivel, eve ...

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tefillin retzuot

Question: shalom. there has been some publicity here in london recently about retzuot for tefillin where the black "paint" peels off like a layer of plastic. what is the rav's view on such retzuot and do they need to be replaced? Answer: Paint peeling off may not invalidate the teffilin, There is a machlokes between the Noda Beyhuda and Chaye Adam with regards to thick paint that is peelable from the tefill ...

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Choosing Gender with PGD

Question: Is there any issur for a couple with four children of one gender using PGD to insure a fifth child of another gender? Answer: While this would be permitted according to the letter of the law, it is something which should be discouraged. All IVF procedures are difficult and tedious and a very great strain on the mother and in this case family. In addition, every IVF involves serious questions of הו ...

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Talmud Torah for Non Jew

Question: Am I allowed to invite a goy to a talmud class in order for him to bring a Jew? Answer: A class may be taught even if there are non Jews in attendance. Inviting directly should be avoided, but if this is the only way to bring the Jew to the class, and this is a crucial step in his path to teshuva, it would seem permissible on a one time basis. If the class is teaching Torah Shebechsav, there is ev ...

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Washing Hands in Bathroom

Question: Re washing the hands in the bathroom (toilet). After looking through the poiskim, it seems that it is a problem to wash hands in the toilet and then make then berocho of Asher Yotzar (and Netillas Yadayim if relevant) as the ruach ro`oh is in the room and one needs to wash hands outside. Based on the fact that one could argue that our modern toilets which are much cleaner and it`s all flushed away ...

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Moving into a Bought Property

Question: May I ask a few Shayles regarding a move into a bought property: 1. Does one nowadays make a Berocho upon moving into a property (although there is a mortgage to pay) and if yes is it Shehecheyonu (as in the Mishna) or Hatoiv veHameitiv (as the mashmous in the Biur Halocho - if its a family house)? 2. The Lehorois Nosson Chelek 2 (based on a Chasam Sofer) states that the minhag in Chutz lo`oretz i ...

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