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Shaving During the Three Weeks

Shaving During the Three Weeks Question: Hi, Shaving during three weeks question: I have an August internship at an accountancy firm in London. I also have no idea at present whether they will want me clean shaven or not, but I would like to find out the halachic perspective first such that I have no not to ask them should the halachic answer be no. In essence, does a paid internship qualify for Rav Moshe's ...

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Fasting for Diabetic

Fasting for Diabetic Question: Shalom, Rabbi! Am am a diabetic type 1, but now need no insulin or any drugs. Only very strict diet. I have to eat less but often. My blood sugar in normal level. Have I fast 17 tamuz, 9 av or Yk in my situation? Answer: It would depend on your ability to fast. If fasting will make you ill or endanger your health in any way you would not be obligated to fast on 17 Tammuz any y ...

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Setting Trap to Kill an Intruder

Setting Trap to Kill an Intruder Question: When leaving ones home for a long time, Is one allowed according to Halacha to put a trap in his safe where he keeps his money potentially killing or maiming the intruder. Answer: One can put protective measures around his house and property to keep away and even scare away intruders, such as a watch dog. This way one is warned to stay away and if he enters is hurt ...

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How To Tuck In Tzitzis

How To Tuck In Tzitzis Question: For someone who "goes among the gentiles" and wants to NOT wear his tzitzis out, where is he supposed to put them? It seems that leaving them hang inside one's pants would be a bizayon and we no longer make "pockets" on the corners that the MB mentions. Answer: According to the opinion that the tzitzis strings must be worn on the outside, it is degrading to the mitzvah to we ...

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Hashem’s Name in Zemiros Shabbos

Hashem's Name in Zemiros Shabbos Question: Is it proper to say they Shem HaShem when singing Zemiros, or should "HaShem" be said instead? Answer: Whenever reciting a full pasuk, in Torah study, or Zemiros Shabbos, Hashem's name may be recited. However many have the custom to say "Hashem" in place of the name of Hashem. In many instances this is recommendable, being that in the middle of Zemiros Shabbos many ...

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Pre Seasoned Cookware

  Pre Seasoned Cookware Question: I bought a cast iron pan and toiveled it and then read the description on the label which says it's been "seasoned for a natural easy release finish that improves with use"  can I use it not knowing what kind of oil was used? Answer: Pre-seasoned cookware is treated with oil, which can be kosher or non-kosher, depending on whether the oil is animal or vegetable derived ...

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Toothbrushing on Shabbat

Toothbrushing on Shabbat Question: I am a dentist and I was learning the the halachos of brushing on Shabbat. In Rav Ovadia Yosef's Tshuva he quotes Rav Zweig who said toothbrushing was assur due to refuah. Rav Yosef disagreed because he said that brushing only removes the food stuff from the teeth so it is only mavriach ari, no refuah is happening. However, this is not so true based on the current research ...

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Buying Share in Non Kosher Wine Store

Buying Share in Non Kosher Wine Store Question: May an observant Jewish person invest in a partnership (which includes non-Jews) that will operate a liquor store (store that sells fine wine, spirits and beer)? It will be an entirely non-kosher store full of tons of 'yayin stam'. As in virtually all small businesses in the U.S. the investment manifests itself as interests in a company (a limited liability co ...

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Parshas Chukas – Purity of the Heart and Soul

Parshas Chukas - Purity of the Heart and Soul In this week’s parshah, we encounter the parah adumah, whose ashes after burning were mixed with water from a flowing spring and then sprinkled with a hyssop upon those who had become impure by contact with the dead (tamei meis).  This ritual impurity rendered one unable to enter the Beis HaMikdash or eat from its sacrifices and aptly allegorizes the faulty char ...

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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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