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Can I make Kiddush on Beer?
Dear Rabbi, What’s the deal with using beer for Kiddush? I hear all types of things about this, from “You’re never allowed to”, to “Some people use beer all the time - like for Havdalah”. Please clarify, thanks.
Is Saying Good Shabbat enough to Fulfill the Torah Mitzva of Kiddush?
Rabbi, I came to learn in Israel and at Yeshiva we had an argument about the Kiddush Friday night, and some of the really big learners were saying that the mitzva of Kiddush today is only D’Rabbanon since we say beforehand “Good Shabbat” and I was arguing that I know for sure Kiddush is a mitzva from the Torah because my father was careful all the years to use only the big becher Friday night and never the smaller ones that he uses during the day, and he said the reason was because you need “ shiur d’oraissa ”. So maybe you could help me explain to these chevra what’s really right?
Must Vayechulu be said in a Minyan or by Two Jews together?
Dear Rabbi, I became very confused lately when someone said that “ Vayechulu ” at the Friday night davening needs to be said like aidut , which means that two people should say it at the exact same time; then someone said that it should not be said with two people but really you need to say it with ten like kedusha ; then someone said you can even say it with one – just don’t be mechaven for aidut . Then someone said that that’s why Chassidim stand by “ Vayechulu ” when saying Kiddush. What’s really supposed to be done?
Olive Oil for Shabbat Candles - How Serious of a Custom is it?
Rabbi, My wife lights candles every week with the regular white paraffin ones they sell in the store. She lights one for each of us and one for each of the children. I now heard from someone that in order to have children who love the Torah, you must light another two just from olive oil - but this was never our custom. Is it something that we should accept upon ourselves from now on?
Shkiyah and Bein Hashemashot in halacha
Rabbi, I heard from some people that the Mishna Brura was machmir to paskin like shitat HaGr”a to say that the beginning of Shabbat is from the shkiyah , but that in Europe some people still did work after the shkiyah . So is it possible nowadays that someone shouldn’t hold like the Mishna Brura on this? Also, if the Mishna Brura is right and the truth is like the Gr”a, then how’s it possible that some people can still hold like Rabbenu Tam and daven Mincha so late after the shkiyah ?
Mikva Erev Shabbat
Dear Rabbi, Why is it that there are many men who go to the mikva every Friday? I learned that mikva is something that a man goes to on Erev Yom Kippur. Is every Erev Shabbat considered like Erev Yom Kippur or something?
Counting someone for a Minyan who does Maaseh Toevah
Question: I live in a small Jewish community where everyone knows each other. Someone new moved in an older single man. After numerous times of trying to set him up for a Shidduch it has come to light that he I not interested in woman, to say it nicely. Are we allowed to count him for minyan in the morning?
Muktzeh pot lid
Question: One Shabbat I was running late for Shabbat and I was setting up my pots on the hot plate, one of the pot lids fell on the floor and smashed. Not knowing what to do I had leftover tiles from my kitchen and put that on top. It is usually Muktzeh, was I allowed to do that? I also had a broken plate I could have used would that have been better.
Using a barbecue before Shabbat
Question: This Shabbat we are making Al Haesh for the seudah. To keep the food warm we want to take off the grate and stick the pan with food on top of the coals. Is that Ok ?
Yichud in an elevator
Question My parents in a high riser. Every time I go to visit there is long elevator ride up to their floor. Sometimes when go up in the elevator a woman gets on with me. Is there a problem of Yichud? Do I need to get off?
Double ring ceremony
Question: I am B’ezrat Hashem going to get married in few weeks to a wonderful girl. We are both Baalei Teshuva and we will B’ezrat Hashem build a beautiful home. There is one issue, our parents insist that we do a double-ring ceremony. They told us is important for the bride to give the groom a ring as well since it shows he is also bound to her. They will be terribly upset if we don’t. I don’t want to cause problems and bad feelings, is there any problem if she gives me a ring afterward just to make them happy?
Going to vacation for a few weeks ,Mezuzah?
Question: I am renting a place up to the country for vacation for a few weeks. Do we need to put a Mezuzah up?
Grafting a tangerine branch on an orange tree
Question: I have an orange tree in my backyard. My gardener brought a tangerine branch and said he cold graft it onto orange tree and it would make very good fruit. Can I let him do that?
Hanging up towels to dry on a tree.
Question: We are spending Shabbat in the mountains and we want to be able to hang up a line to hang up wet towels from washing our hands from tree to tree. How can we do it so there is no problem on shabbat?
A Goy who leaves money on shabbat
Question: I do Kiruv on a college campus and I invite many students to our Shabbat table every week. Sometimes the Jewish students invite their no Jewish friends along with them to the meals. We don’t say anything because we want them to feel comfortable. One week one of the friends enjoyed himself so much that he left us money for the food. What should we do with the money?
Forgot to eat Kazayit of bread
Question: I was planning to eat a little of bread to make a seudah , less than a Beitzah I washed without a bracha, said Hamotzi and took a bite of the bread. I put the bread on the side of my bowl of pasta and forgot about it. I washed Mayim Acharonim and realized I forgot to eat a Kazayit of bread. Was I able to continue eating more bread to make myself obligated in Birkat Hamazon, or since I did Mayim Acharonim I can’t? What should I have done?
Terumah got mixed up
Question: I wrote the other day about the potatoes I did Terumah and Ma’aser from but forgot which potatoes I separated. I went to look for Chacham but The Rav of my Moshav told me he doesn’t know enough and I would have to travel to a big city. Is there any other way? Oh I put the potatoes in a bowl.
Forgot which fruit were Ma’aser
Question : I have grapes in my garden here in Moshav in Eretz Yisrael. I picked all the grapes brought them into the house and did Terumah and Ma’aser. I left them on the table and went out to Arvit. When I came back I realized that I want to sure which grapes were Terumah and which were not. I guess I wasn’t so careful in making it clear. They are sitting on my table and I won’t mix them together, but what should ti do?
Question: I work in the kitchen of the Yeshiva and when we serve the chicken and rice we are not careful that none of the grease from the chicken falls on the rice. There are some Bachurim who don’t want to be Besari and ask if they can just have the rice. I try to take out the rice where the grease falls on but I can’t always tell. Can I tell them it is Pareve.?
Question: I sold my whiskey to my Non-Jewish neighbor before Pesach. He told me he would do it as long as I had a drank some of the whiskey with him after Pesach. I said fine. I realized if I drank with him it would be Chametz which wasn’t sold over Pesach, but it should be permitted after I drink with him. I still haven’t drank with him, is it permitted.