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Tankless Water Heater on Yom Tov

Question: שלום וברכה, What does the Rav say about using a tankless hot water heater on Yom Tov? Our house has one installed and we have not used the hot water on Yom Tov. Thank you so much Answer: Since in such systems opening the hot water immediately and directly ignites the fire to heat the water, this may not be used on Yom Tov. It is prohibited to start a new fire on Yom Tov. ...

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Smoking Marijuana on Yom Tov

Question: Shalom alecha Rav, The Rav has stated clearly that smoking tobacco is an issur gamor, regardless of whether or not it is permitted to smoke on Yom Tov. However, a question arises about smoking marijuana, which shares neither the risk of addiction nor the health risks as tobacco. On the contrary, there are over 1 million patients in the United States who have been prescribed marijuana for a variety ...

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Inviting Non-Frum Jews to Yuntif Meals

Question: The Mishna Berurah (512:2) says that both the issur min hatorah to cook for a non-jew on yuntif and the issur m'derabanan to invite a non-Jew to a yuntif meal lest you cook for him on yuntif apply to those who are mechalelei Shabbos in public. Is this to say that one cannot invite a non-frum relative or friend to a yuntif meal in today's day and age? Are there any lenient considerations? Thank you ...

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Preparing from one day of yom tov to the next

Question: Is there a heiter - and if yes what - to take out Chlaos from the freezer on the first day Yomtov l`zorech the second day. The question is based on the fact that if taken out before Yomtov it would not be fresh and if taken out after Nacht it would be frozen for still very long? Answer: Preparing from one day of yom tov to the next is prohibited, see סימן תק"ג והפוסקים שם. this includes even seemi ...

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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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Shower on YomTov

Question: Can we allow a shower on Yom Tov, especially in Chu"l where Yom Tov is 2 days, and especially when Shabbos falls after two days of Yom Tov, such as on Rosh Ha-Shana next year? Answer: It is permitted to take a cold shower on YomTov (see Shulchan Aruch 326:1). Under extenuating circumstances (such as three days of Yom Tov/Shabbos in the summer, which can happen for Rosh Hashanah, or two days for th ...

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Yom Tov Sheni

Question: While my permanent residence is in America, we recently bought an apartment in Yerushalayim. Our plan is to spend about 3 months of the year in Israel, including Pesach and Sukkos [but not Shavuos]. My main business in America, but I do have investments here which I oversee during my time in EY. Should I be keeping 1 or 2 days of Yom Tov? Answer: One who has a permanent residence in both Chutz Laa ...

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