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Onions Left Overnight

Onions Left Overnight Question: Hi, I chopped up onions and then realised I will be unable to prepare the dish until tomorrow. Is there any permissible way to leave onions overnight and still be allowed to eat them. Answer: For onions left overnight, add in to the onions [even] a small amount of something else, such as oil, salt or sugar. Thus it is considered a mixture and not subject to this concern. Sour ...

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Teaching Torah to Gentiles

Question: Hi, I teach Torah classes in a Jewish day school in the U.S.. It has come to my awareness that some of the students are actually not halchically Jewish. May I teach in such a class? The curriculum includes Torah Shebktav and Torah Shebal Peh. Thanks! Answer: You may continue to teach these classes. תשובת מורנו הרב בדבר המורה שבא ונפשו בשאלתו היות ונודע לו שאחד מתלמידיו בבית הספר הוא גוי שנולד מאם ...

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Life insurance and Emunah

Life insurance and Emunah Question: Would it be permissible for someone to purchase life insurance or would it be considered a reflection in lack of belief and faith in Hashem. Many thanks. Answer: Purchasing life insurance is a totally acceptable form of hishtadlus, and in no way demonstrates a lack of Emunah and Bitachon. Sources: See Igros Moshe, Orach Chayim 2:111; see also Orach Chayim4:48 , Shu"t Yech ...

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Chazan Mistakenly Started Kaddish

Chazan Mistakenly Started Kaddish Question: Hello What is the din if the Chazan erroneously assumes tachanun is omitted and starts saying Kaddish when in reality tachanun is to be said. If he started - does one interrupt a started Kaddish? Is there a point in which one does not interrupt it anymore but he continues and finishes Kaddish If yes, is one `mashlim` tachanun later or is tachanun lost? And if one ...

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Mayim Achronim Nowadays

Question: Does mayim achronim apply nowadays? Answer: Yes, according to most authorities, one should be stringent even nowadays to wash mayim achronim. Some are lenient and do not require mayim achronim. If this is one's custom it may be followed. Sources: See Shulchan Aruch O:C 181:1 that mayim achronim is obligatory. However in Seif 10, ibid. he brings the lenient opinion that it is no longer necessary. T ...

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Following Sefer Torah

Following Sefer Torah Question: Is there basis to follow a sefer torah when being brought to the bima and when being brought back? Answer: Yes, this is brought by the Rama to O:C 149, that when the Sefer Torah passes by someone, they should follow until it reaches it's destination. This is brought by the Mishna Brura ibid. s"k 7. It seems that this refers only to someone who the Torah passes by him in close ...

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Tefillah In Ezras Nashim

Question: Gut Voch, What is the halocho regarding a person davening in a ezrash noshim of a (regular contemporary) shul - is its considered Tefilah be`zibbur? It would seem from the M`B siman 55 s`k 58 quoting the radbaz (and Biur Halocho there) that if there is another access to mainshul than its is not called tefillah bezibbur there (which is by definition the case in an ezras noshim) (Shevet Halevi`s tes ...

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Shavuot in S. Petersburg – follow up

Question: Thank You for your answer. According to Rabbi's answer about Shavuot at S. Petersburg.  It is not clear only one detail. It is difficult to make evening meal until tzet shabat as the Rabbi said because it is at one at night and at the same time alot hashachar that we must interrupt meal anyway. Is it possible that only a few of us, maybe women, eat something for candles lighting? Gut yom tov Meir ...

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The Necessity of Primary Sources in Psak Halacha

Question: The Pischei Teshuva (Y.D. 242:8) suggests the possibility that nowadays - that we have commentaries on the Shulchan Aruch - to issue a hora'ah based solely on an understanding of the Shulchan Aruch and its commentaries is not a violation of "moreh mitoch mishnaso", as the commentaries explain the sevaros behind the laws in the Shulchan Aruch. However, the Aruch Hashulchan points out (ibid 36) that ...

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Plea Deals and Chillul Hashem

Question: Shalom Aleichem, Occasionally, in order to secure a conviction (which can be very difficult) prosecutors will make a deal with the accused that they will only be charged with a lesser offence if they agree to plead guilty. In the event that an observant Jew has been charged with a particularly egregious crime ר"ל is there a formal/technical concern about chilul Hashem in "admitting" to such crime ...

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