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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?
Zman Tefillah by Chassidim
Dear Rabbi, I did not grow up chassidish, but I saw many times chassidim that were davening after zman tefillah of Shachrit, and sometimes even in the afternoon. Does this have any halachic basis, like, can I do it too?
Is there an Obligation to eat Kugel or Chulent on Shabbat?
Rabbi, please tell me: Is it true that if I don't eat "Kugel" and "Chulent" on Shabbat that I become like the worst possible rasha (wicked person)?
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?
The caterer who served Bishul Akum
Question: I recently made a Simcha in a hall. I sat down with the caterer and we agreed on the menu and how much etc. After the Simcha, we went into the kitchen to pay the caterer and we saw a non-Jew cooking all the food. We asked the mashgiach how he could cook the food and he said that he lit the fire. I know for Ashkenazim that is fine but it is Bishul Akum for Sephardim. The caterer served my whole family and event Bishul Akum. Do I need to pay him?
Answer Amen blessing of the Gentile
Question: We have a live-in maid in our house to help my mother with keeping the house. She has lived with us for a long time and she is like part of he family. At some point she started to say brachot before she eats just like we do. Since she is praising Hashem, we don’t want to stop her. Should we answer Amen to her bracha though?
1. Nivul Peh 2. Olam HaBa 3. Gay issues
Dear Rabbi, I greatly appreciate the provision of this service. I learned of the organization recently and had the z'chuis of making a donation to the Lag B'Omer appeal. If I may, I wish to pose 3 queries: 1. What constitutes nivul p'eh? What words are forbidden? Are the "F" word or the "s" word permissible? Does it depend on context?. May one read literature or listen to songs that contain nivul peh, such as rap music, which I am mad for? 2. Do any of the texts (Zohar, Midrash, Gemara) discuss that which happens to deceased non-Jews? When one says Kaddish, lights a yahrzeit candle=, learns Torah, fasts or donates tzedaka in the merit of decased Gentiles, does it have any impact on the neshama ( does it derive pleasure, is it elevated to a higher plane, can it be rescued from Gehenna? Will non Jews be resurrected? 3. I informed the rabbi who superintended my geirus that I am gay. I was informed that orientation is not problematic. One must refrain from prohibited actions. Are any of the following permissible to a gay Jewish man: shaking a woman's hand listening to a woman sing being secluded with a woman I would appreciate any insights or referral to sources. I thank the rav. The rav and all Hidabroot staff, and subscribers and program participants should experience always health peace and prosperity and growth in Torah and mitzvos always. Lommer deleben Moshiach. Respectfully, Bill
Question: My nonreligious cousins came to us for a meal and touched the wine I poured for myself in a cup. The wine was not cooked. I didn’t drink it but I have heard that non-religious people nowadays have a halachic status of a Tinok Shenishbah. So maybe he did not ruin my wine and I could have drunk it. What is correct?
Donation to a Bet Knesset from a non-religious person
Question: We received a very generous donation to our bet Knesset for someone who is not religious at all. Knowing him he has probably transgressed the whole Torah right and left. Is it permitted to use this money for the Bet Haknesset?
Reasons to Prohibit Intermarriage
I am writing to inquire if Orthodox Jewish law or precedent supports my parent’s position. Here they are. 1. Their last will and testament states to marry a non Jew is to entirely forfeit my inheritance. 2. To marry outside the faith would be a violation of the social-religious contracts and to commit social suicide where I would be more or less disowned as a social pariah. 3. They and my Orthodox siblings would refuse on any grounds to meet a non Jewish partner or any offspring resulting from this union, i.e. my patent’s grandchildren. I am certain they are committed to preserving legacy etc but my query here is if this mindset and retributive moves are common to Jewish law and custom. In other words, is this inherent to the doctrine and worldview of Judaism or are their decisions a net result of the senility of agining, bankrupt morality, a reactionary mindset from Jewish oppression, generational identity as survivors, or are these conventions strictly the result of centuries of religious and ideological conviction. Thank you for an honest and straightforward response. The religious mindset truly leaves outsiders baffled and mystified and it would useful to know if there is a religious ideology behind their motives or something else. Asher
Chametz being watched by someone else over Pesach
Question: My friend started making an Oneg Shabbat in the Bet Knesset including some Chametz stuff like pretzels and beer. He was storing the stuff by my house. We both forgot about it until after Pesach. I even cleaned there but since it was his stuff, I didn’t really pay attention to what was there. Was the stuff considered Chametz Sheavar Alav Hapesach. Did either of us transgress Bal Yeraeh.
Question: Every year before Pesach we diligently do Bedikat Chametz, and Biur Chametz and sell our Chametz. Why do we need to do so many things, my wife gets rid of all of our chametz anyway? Also, every year I get sick from the smoke of Biur Chametz, can I just give the chametz to my Non-Jewish neighbor?
Saying hello to a Non-Jew
I’m have trouble with my Jewish friend, When I’m working hard on my garden he tells me , Good luck enjoy....don’t he see I’m working hard!...Is he have fun with me .
Inviting Non-Jews to Seudat Yom Tov
Question: My Grandfather has Arichut Yamim B”H. He has Non-Jewish Filipino attendant hwo goes with him wherever eh is. I want to invite my grandfather for he Pesach Seder but am I allowed to invite his attendant as well? I know that tis it forbidden to make food for a Non Jew on Yom Tov but my grandfather needs him and it would be insulting if I don’t give him a meal as well.
Buying from Jews over Non Jews
Question: In our area ther are two shoe stores one is owend by a Jew and one by a Non jew. The Jewish stores prices are a little more expensive but I like supporting he Jew. Many fo my neighbors prefer buying by he non jew sicn ehe is alttle cheaper. I think thaye are saving abuck at the expense of Jew’s livelihood. Who is right?
Giving Tzedakah to Non-Jews
Question: I live a city where we are blessed to have many Aniyim, poor people coming around during Tefilla to collet money. The was one Ani wo seemed a little different but I gave him Tzedakah every day anyway. One day it came to light that he isn’t Jewish he just knows that Jews give charity (MI K’Amcha Yisrael) so eh puts on a Kippah and collects. Is it permitted to give to him if nothing else but for a Kiddush Hashem?
Being a Chazzan on Shabbat
Question: Shalom to the Rav I have been recently asked by a large famous Bet Knesset to be their Chazan on Shabbat. Obviously, it pays nicely. It seems to me like I am working and making money in Shabbat. Is it really permitted to get paid for being a Chazzan on Shabbat or it is actually forbidden?
One of my friends recently told me that at the beginning of a shabbat service they welcomed in the queen of the night. I was intrigued by this, but couldn't find much information on this topic, could you point me in the direction of some helpful information in this regard? I appreciate any illumination you can shed. thank you
is it prohibited to listen (watch) non jewish songs? whats the reason? Is it prohibited to listen to non jewish kids songs?