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Taking Pictures on Shabbos

Question: I need to be at a non religious Bar Mitzvah on Shabbos. The family will be hiring a photographer. If asked, can I pose for a picture if the photographer is not Jewish. What about if I'm sitting down and I see him taking my picture, should I ask him not to? Answer: The photographer does not have to be stopped from taking pictures, however you should not intentionally pose for any pictures. The phot ...

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Amira Lakum for Kiruv Rechokim

Question: I officiate as a rabbi once a month in a primarily non religious community, my wife is rarely able to venture out of the house because of the kids and lack of eruv, and is unable to partake in any kiruv involvement in the shul, such as meeting members and building relationships that would lead to potential chavrusas and shabbos meals, are we able to use a pusher to facilitate her freedom from the ...

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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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Inviting Shabbos Guests for Kiruv

Question: What does the Rav hold about inviting non-religious Jews for a Fri night meal, when they live 25-45 miles away? a) when you send them a flyer through an email, not putting them on the spot to come, but rather informing them there is a meal going on locally. There are some locals attending, and these people who live farther out are also being included. It could even end up being that the majority o ...

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Woman Singing Birkat Hamazon

Question: I often find myself at meals with extended family, where the women sing the benching in the typical tune of Birchat Hamazon. It would be very uncomfortable for me not to bench with them. Is there a problem benching while hearing them chant the benching? Thanks Answer: While this should be avoided if possible, if it is very difficult to avoid [at the cost of embarrassment, insulting others and the ...

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Inviting Non Jews on Yom Tov

Question: In my work in kiruv rechokim, I am often compelled to have non jewish guests on Yom Tov. This includes family members, spouses and other acquaintances of jewish students that I am involved with. Must this be avoided? In many instances, one will not come without the other. Answer: In modern times where much of the cooking for Yom Tov is done before Yom Tov, and it is unheard of to have to prepare a ...

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Reading books of Idolatry

Question: Shalom I am currently involved in kiruv on a college campus in Amreica and I often am asked to explain how Judaism is different than other religions. I have researched a bit about other religions and this is why they are coming to me for answers not just in Judaism, but how it differs from Christianity ect. I was wondering if my researching other religions is halachically okay if I am doing it sol ...

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Inviting someone who will drive on Shabbos

Question: Hi, I was hoping you can share the Rav's thoughts on inviting someone that will drive for a Shabbos meal, In the case of the individual being offered a place to stay and clearly understands you prefer they not drive. I would like add a point, does the Rav feel in this particular question being that I normally ask my shailos to poskim the USA who would site Rav Moshe's ruling that it would be forbi ...

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Taking out Torah for Group

Question: As part of our Jewish studies program we take students who are non-observant on a trip to shul. I wished to know if as part of the trip we can take out the Sefer Torah in order to teach them about it. Answer: It is permitted to take out the Sefer Torah in order to show it to those who are not yet observant. This is not a denigration of the Torah, but on the contrary an honor of the Torah, in teach ...

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