Q & A: A Full Goblet Of Wine (Part I)

Question: I’ve noticed that some people fill their Kiddush and Havdallah cups to the point that they overflow. Is there a halachic source for this pratice? Doesn’t it amount to bal tashchit?Bernard Gold

Q & A: Can You Eat The Purim Se’udah At Night?

Question: Can a person eat the Purim se’udah at night if he will be traveling on Purim day?Anonymous

Q & A: Is Mishlo’ach Manot A Form Of Charity?

Question: Is mishlo’ach manot a form of tzedakah like matanot la’evyonim?Moshe Jakobowitz Brooklyn, NY

Q & A: Kaddish Elevates (Part VIII)

Question: When a son says Kaddish for his parents, can they hear it? Also, are their souls elevated to a higher place as a result?Ben Glassman

Q & A: Kaddish Elevates (Part VII)

Question: When a son says Kaddish for his parents, can they hear it? Also, are their souls elevated to a higher place as a result?Ben Glassman

Q & A: Kaddish Elevates (Part VI)

Question: When a son says Kaddish for his parents, can they hear it? Also when he says it, are their souls elevated to a higher place?Ben Glassman

Q & A: Kaddish Elevates (Part V)

Question: When a son recites Kaddish for his parents, can they hear it? Also, are their souls elevated to a higher place as a result?Ben Glassman

Q & A: Kaddish Elevates (Part IV)

Question: When a son recites Kaddish for his parents, can they hear it? Also when he recites Kaddish, are the souls elevated to a higher place?Ben Glassman

Q & A: Kaddish Elevates (Part II)

Question: When a son recites Kaddish for his parents, can they hear it? Also, when he recites Kaddish, are his parents’ souls elevated to a higher place?Ben Glassman

Q & A: Kaddish Elevates (Part I)

Question: When a son recites Kaddish for his parents, can they hear it? Also, when he recites Kaddish, are his parents’ souls elevated to a higher place?Ben Glassman

Q & A: What Constitutes Charity? (Part II)

Question: I have three questions. First, what exactly constitutes charity? Second, how much does a person have to give? Third, can one consider a tip to a waiter at a restaurant charity considering how little waiters make?Zelig Aronson Queens, NY

Q & A: What Constitutes Charity? (Part I)

Question: I have three questions. First, what exactly constitutes charity? Second, how much does a person have to give? Third, can one consider a tip to a waiter at a restaurant charity considering how little waiters make?Zelig Aronson Queens, NY

Q & A: Why Don’t We Proselytize?

Question: Lately, various missionary groups have been very active in my neighborhood, anxious to convert our brethren. Why don’t we, in turn, seek to convert them?Moshe Jakobovitz Brooklyn, NY

Q & A: Three Chanukah Divrei Torah

Rabbi Senter is the founder of KOF-K Kosher Supervision, one of the largest kosher certification agencies serving the Jewish community worldwide.

Q & A: Is An Electric Menorah Good Enough? (Part I)

Question: Does one fulfill the mitzvah of lighting Chanukah candles with an electric menorah? Can one recite the blessings before lighting it?A. Gordon

Q & A: Is An Electric Menorah Good Enough? (Part I)

Question: Does one fulfill the mitzvah of lighting Chanukah candles with an electric menorah? Can one recite the blessings before lighting it?A. Gordon

Q & A: Tal U’matar – Why December 4 Or 5? (Part II)

Question: Why do we begin saying Tal U’matar on the evening of December 4 or 5? Why is the secular date relevant? Also, what should an American Jew do if he is in Eretz Yisrael (where people start saying Tal U’matar earlier) and then returns home before December 4 or 5?Zelig Aronson

Q & A: Tal U’matar – Why December 4 or 5? (Part I)

Question: Why do we begin saying Tal U’matar on the evening of December 4 or 5? Why is the secular date relevant? Also, what should an American Jew do if he is in Eretz Yisrael (where people start saying Tal U’matar earlier) and then returns home before December 4 or 5?Zelig Aronson

Q & A: Netilat Yadayim If One Didn’t Sleep At Night (Part II)

Question: Should a person who only went to sleep after dawn say a berachah after netilat yadayim when he wakes up?M. Goldman Miami Beach

Q & A: Netilat Yadayim If One Didn’t Sleep At Night (Part I)

Question: Should a person who only went to sleep after dawn say a berachah after netilat yadayim when he wakes up?M. Goldman Miami Beach

Belated Yom Kippur Reflections

Rav Kviat asks what is meant by “sisu v’simchu b’Simchas Torah – rejoice and be joyous on Simchas Torah.” Why “sisu” and “simchu”?

Q & A: To Wait Or Not Wait?

Question: After the shliach tzibbur says “Barchu,” should he then say “Baruch Hashem Hamevorach…” in unison with the congregation or wait for the congregation to say it and then repeat it?Zelig Aronson

Q & A: Sacrifices In Messianic Times

Question: I have heard that in the time of Moshiach we will continue to offer sacrifices. But aren’t we are told that these will be times without sin?Menachem Via e-mail

Q & A: How Are We Permitted To Dance On Simchat Torah?

Question: I recently learned that one may not dance or clap hands on Shabbat or Yom Tov. If so how do we dance on Simchat Torah?Aryeh Josefsohn via e-mail

Q & A: Sitting In A Sukkah

Question: Why do we sit in a sukkah? Is one allowed to travel during Sukkos to a place where no sukkah is available?Moshe Jakobowitz Brooklyn, NY

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