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Halacha & Hashkafa
Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha
 

Posted on: April 12th, 2012

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Question: If a person has a number of personal concerns that need to be thought out and analyzed, can he go to shul to do this?

Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha
 

Posted on: April 5th, 2012

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Question: How much matzah must one eat at the Pesach Seder?

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Posted on: April 5th, 2012

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Beware Of The Fruit! ‘A Mis’asek Is Excluded’ (Kerisos 19a)

 

Posted on: April 5th, 2012

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It's 1 p.m. on Friday, Erev Pesach. The rabbi had already sold the chametz at 10 a.m. But I forgot to sell mine. Now the synagogue office is closed and I can't get hold of the form the rabbi uses to sell the chametz. The Torah requires me to remove all chametz from my house on Pesach. But I just cannot bring myself to throw out that Glenfiddich. Is there a way the whisky can remain in my house during Pesach, and would I be able to drink it after Pesach?

Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha
 

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: What is the basis of the custom to refrain from eating matzah for a period of time before Pesach?

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Posted on: March 29th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

On the bima of the beis medrash stood a maos chittim "pushka" (collection box) on behalf of "Matzos Chesed Organization." The gabbai emptied the box every few days, typically finding $200-$500.

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Posted on: March 28th, 2012

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Seizing An Opportunity? ‘A Person Is Believed Regarding Himself More Than 100 Witnesses’ (Kerisos 11b-12a)

Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha
 

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: If someone passes away on one day but is buried the next day, when does the son stop saying Kaddish and when should he observe the yahrzeit – 11 and 12 months, respectively, after the day of death or 11 and 12 months, respectively, after the day of burial?

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Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

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Temple Management 101 ‘The Rest Were Given To The Craftsmen As Wages’ (Kerisos 6a)

 

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Summertime in Massachusetts, one often sees flowers for sale at the side of the road. But there is no salesperson present. Instead, there is a sign requesting $10 for the flowers. You leave the $10 bill on the table and go back to your car with flowers in hand. It is an honors system. There is nobody watching to see if you pay only $5 or if you creep back, retrieve your $10 bill and make off with the money and the flowers. Doing that would be a breach of trust.

Jews participating in the ceremony known as 'Redemption of the first born donkey' or 'Pidyon Peter Chamor'
 

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

The act of temurah, consecrating another animal in place of an already consecrated animal, incurs the punishment of malkot - lashes. This is somewhat surprising. There is a halachic rule that a prohibition that does not involve an overt act does not incur the punishment of malkot – “lav she’einbBo ma’aseh, ein lokin alav.” Why then does a person incur malkot?

Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha
 

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: When we pray, are we requesting or demanding that God fulfill our wishes?

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Posted on: March 14th, 2012

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Shmuel Bender and Asher Beckerman were study partners (chevrusas). They also sat next to each other in shiur. Shmuel felt fortunate to have the privilege of learning with Asher, whom he admired greatly.

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Posted on: March 14th, 2012

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If a fetus is a separate entity, how is slaughtering a pregnant animal permitted? After all, Chullin teaches us that the Torah prohibits slaughtering a mother and its child on the same day.

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Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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The Rambam That Engendered Fifty Novella ‘He Says to His Maidservant: You Are Free’ (Temura 25b)

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Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

"When someone completes his job faithfully you must pay him fully, even if no benefit comes from the work. For example, if a person ordered a delivery of medicine for a critically ill patient, and the person died or recovered meanwhile, the driver must be paid."

Orthodox man praying
 

Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Do older Jews have a rebbe?

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Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

At most a navi, through prophecy, can institute a temporary modification of a Torah law. However, if he seeks to introduce a permanent change in the Torah or to add a new mitzvah, he and his prophecy should be rejected.

Reading the Book of Esther on Purim
 

Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

To properly fulfill the mitzvah of listening to the megillah, each word must be heard. If a word is missed, the listener should read it quietly to himself from the text in his hand. The principal purpose of reciting the megillah is to publicize the miracle of Purim. Accordingly, many poskim permit the megillah to be read in English if the reader does not understand Hebrew.

Shaking hands
 

Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: Is there any halachic rationale for men to shake hands with women?

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