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696) Q: Is a secular newspaper muktzeh on shabbos?
A: Business newspapers or those that are all or mostly advertisements may not be read on Shabbos. Regular newspapers, according to some Poskim may be read while other Poskim prohibit it. All agree that even in papers that may be read, the advertisements may not be read on Shabbos. See Q&A #606 for more about this.
Newspapers that may be read on Shabbos are not Muktzeh, while those that may not be read are indeed Muktzeh.
A Newspaper that was delivered on Shabbos morning, and thus was printed on Friday night is Muktzeh due to being Nolad, an entity that wasn’t in existence at the onset of Shabbos, and may not be read or even moved.
697) Q: What is the halacha regarding using small hourglasses to time board games on shabbos? What about looking at a watch or clock to measure time?
A: Use of an hourglass or any timer is prohibited on Shabbos, besides for use for an ill person, even if its choleh sh’ain bo sakana. Being that it may not be used, it is also considered Muktzeh. (See Mishna Berura Siman 308:165 and Shmiras Shabbos K’Hilchaso Perek 28:30)
There is no prohibition to simply look at a watch or clock to time something.
698) Q: What is the Torah’s view about utilizing the services of a physician? My friend refuses to see a doctor as he says as a jew he needs to trust in hashem only. Is there basis to this?
A: This is a complex topic and one that has been debated for centuries. Here are just a few basic points:
The Ramban to Vayikra 26:11 states that ideally Klal Yisroel was not meant to need the services of doctors as they turned to Hashem and He healed those that needed healing. He further writes that in the times of the prophets many righteous people did not seek out doctors when they took ill rather they sought the advice of the prophets how to rid themselves of sin and thus rid themselves of their ills [which were brought upon them due to their sins].
Only in later years when people started turning to doctors instead of doing Teshuva did Hashem start allowing things to indeed be in the hands of doctors to the point that Hashem didn’t heal with Teshuva alone in most cases and also required intervention by doctors.
Ibn Ezra to Shmos 21:18 maintains that doctors may only heal external wounds while internal ones must be left to Hashem.
Rambam (who was himself a physician) and Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah Siman 336:1), however, rule that it is acceptable for Jews to visit doctors when they are ill and it is a Mitzvah for doctors to perform their services.
Many Gedolim throughout our history have utilized the services of doctors and medications, and nobody today should refrain from doing what is naturally necessary to heal themselves. Of course, even as one uses the services of a doctor he should continue praying for himself and continue believing that a doctor can only heal as a messenger from Hashem and not with his own healing powers.
699) Q: I heard that if one comes home late and the Shabbos candles are burning they can make a bracha on them. The reason is that the bracha is for benefiting from the light. Is this correct Lemassah? One thing that does not make sense to me is that the bracha is Lehadlick ner shel …. (To Light…) one did not light any candles at that time.
A: The Bracha can only be recited as long as it is permissible to light the candles (i.e. before shkiah, and in certain instances possibly even during bain hashmashos), but once night falls no longer may the Bracha be recited. (See Mishna Berura Siman 263:21 and Biur Halacha Dibur Hamaschil K’sheyadlik Yevarech)
700) Q: Under what extend has a child to listen to their parents if they dissagree on a Shiduch [, a prospective marriage match]?
A: There is no halachic obligation for a son to marry a girl that his parents want, if he doesnt want to, and vice verca. (See Rama Yoreh Deah Siman 240:25)
That being said, it is always best to try and discuss it with them to come to a shared opinion.
701) Q: When a parent dies is there a Halacha that you can’t wear the persons shoes? Is this for anyone or only their children? Also what about other clothing?
A: Halachically, all clothing of a deceased person may be worn. Only regarding shoes, if they were worn by the deceased while he was ill or at the time of death is there a custom to not wear them, based on kabalistic reasons. (See Gesher HaChaim Vol. 1 Perek 8:2)
702) Q: If I see that my menorah is running low on oil and will not last for the full 1/2 hour may I put in more oil?
A: No, once it is lit you may not add oil. If indeed it wasn’t enough oil to last half an hour you were not Yotzei and must then relight it, without a bracha this time, with enough oil to last at least half an hour.
See Shulchan Aruch Siman 675:2 and Mishna Berura S”K 8.
703) Q: Until what time can a person wash and say hamotzi for Seudah Shlishis on Shabbos, and after what time is it too late and shalosh seudos should not be eaten anymore?
A: Until half an hour before Tzeis Hakochavim, the emergence of three stars, one can still eat, but preferably best to start before shkiah. If you wash,even a little bit after shkiah, then you may eat past the zman (and bentch with Retzei when done, even if it’s after Tzeis Hkochavim), whereas if you didn’t wash, best to stop eating when it is half hour before Tzeis Hakochavim. See Mishna Berura Siman 299:1
704) Q: This issue came up over Shabbos – in what type of cup must kiddush be made. I have heard that there are issues with making kiddush from a plastic or paper or styrofoam cup because it is not bakovedik(respectable) for the kiddush. However, someone claimed that it must only be made in a cup made from metal, specifically silver or silver plated. Someone else argued that it could indeed be made from a crystal or glass cup. Finally, what about gold or copper?
Also, would you have a makor so I could look into this further myself and/or show the people what it says ‘inside’?
A: The material for a cup used for kiddush, or other Kos Shel Bracha, can be of any material, e.g. gold, silver, copper, glass etc. It is ideal to use a nice, respectable cup.
Regarding disposable cups, the Poskim debate if it considered a utensil and thus acceptable, or since it is meant to dispose of it isn’t acceptable.
HaRav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal in Igros Moshe Vol. 3 Siman 39 rules stringently, and does not allow it, unless in cases of great necessity where no other cup is available “perhaps” it’s ok to be lenient. This is also the ruling of Dayan Yitzchok Weiss Zatal in Shu”t Minchas Yitzchok Vol. 10 Siman 23. He goes so far as to necessitate designating this disposable cup as the one you will always use in the future when no regular Kos is available.
Other Poskim, including the Tzitz Eliezer Vol.12 Siman 23 as well as HaRav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach Zatzal (quoted in Shmiras Shabbos K’Hilchaso Perek 47 footnote 51) are more lenient and consider a disposable cup an acceptable utensil.
In Shu”t Az Nidberu Vol.6 Siman 48 he rules that although it’s acceptable, it is lacking in “Hidur Mitzvah” to use such a cup. (See also addendum to that Siman on page 154 in the same volume)
If using the hard plastic cups available nowadays, which are much more durable than the regular disposable cups and indeed are used by many at respectable meals, many Poskim feel that these are indeed acceptable.
Some people, when using a disposable cup, put one cup into another one and make kiddush using this double cup. It isn’t clear exactly how or why this would solve the problem.
For Halacha L’Maaseh a Rav must be consulted.
705) Q: If I forgot to say “Retzei” in Birchas Hamazon on Shabbos, must I repeat the Birchas Hamazon?
A: if Retzei was forgotten (or even if you aren’t sure if it was recited), if you remember before finishing U’vnei Yerushalayim, you can say it there. If you already started the last words “Baruch Ata Hashem”. finish with the words ‘Lamdeini Chukecha’, and tehn say Retzei there and then continue as usual.
If you remember after finishing Bracha of U’Vnei Yerushalayim, but before starting the next Bracha, you can say the following special text “Baruch Ata Hashem Elokeinu Melech HaOlam Shenasan Shabasos L’menucha L’amo Yisroel B’Ahava L’Os U’LeBris Baruch Ata Hashem Mekadesh HaShabbos”
If one does not rememeber the above text, he must start Birchas hamazon over again. (For the first two seudos of Shabbos, and in certain cases also for Seudah shlishis. See Mishna Berura Siman 188:31. See also Aruch HaShulchan Siman188:20 that although the Bais Yosef rules not to repeat by Seudah shlishis, if someone’s minhag is to always eat bread for Seudah Shlishis (and thus he accepted it upon himself as such), indeed he has to repeat the Retzei if forgotten.)
If you already started the Bracha of Hatov V’Hameitiv, you must repeat the entire birchas hamazon.
706) Q: What do the Australians do in regards to V’sen Tal Umatar? Do they say like the rest of the world or since there seasons are different they switch it around?
A: This is a big question, with no simple answer.
The prevalent ruling is for them to say V’Sein Tal U’matar during the days that it is winter in Eretz Yisroel, even if it’s summer for them and vice versa. However,when it is winter for them, they may add V’sein Tal U’Matar into the Bracha of Shomea Tefilah.
There is an opinion as well that they should say V’sein Bracha year round. Others say that is only the case if rain in the summer would be harmful for them.
Another opinion maintains that in their summer they should say “V’sein Tal U’Matar L’Vracha B’Artzeinu HaKedosha” making it a Tefilah on behalf of the Jews in Eretz Yisroel.
There are quite a few other opinions as well.
See Sefer Ishei Yisroel Perek 23:42 and the footnotes there for all the various opinions.
707) Q: Is a pair of old Tzitzis considered shaimos and has to be buried or am I allowed to throw it out?
A: Tzitzis are Tashmishei Mitzvah, not Tashmishei Kedusha, and as such. M’Ikar Hadin may be discarded. However, they should be wrapped in a bag first, so as not to be thrown out disrespectfully, as with other items used for a Mitzvah. Some are stringent to place them in Shaimos or use them for another Mitzvah purpose, but again, M’Ikar D’din they may be respectfully discarded. (See Shulchan Aruch Siman 21:1. See also Sefer Ginzei HaKodesh 17:13 quoting Maran haRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv Shlita. )
708) Q: I have always toiveled everything (besides plastic) that will be used for food. Recently I was told that pieces with a glaze on it Ex. china , glazed ceramic.. don’t need to be toiveled. What is the halachah in regard to this? Also some people dip their pieces once and some people dip three times. which is the correct way?
A: Some Poskim rule that Glazed China and BoneWare does not require Tevilah (See Emes L’Yaakov from HaRav Yaakov Kamenetzky Zatal Yoreh Deah Siman 120 footnote 52)
However, may contemporary Poskim rule that they indeed require Tevilah, albeit without a Bracha. This is the prevalent custom.
Halachically, only once is required.
709) Q: What are the various times during the day or night that are an Eis Ratzon for personal prayers?
A: There are many days throughout the year that are especially times of ratzon, such as Aseres Yemei Teshuva. However, Tefilas Mincha, each and every day of the year is an especially opportune time for our Tefilos to be answered. (See Shu”t HaRashba Vol. 5 Siman 1)
710) Q: Why can’t we say Kiddush Levana the first three days of the month?
A: Because the moon has to be visible enough to be able to derive benefit from its light, which it isn’t until three, or according to some, seven ,days after the Molad. (See Mishna Berura Siman 426:20)
711) Q: Is it permissible to reuse a stamp that arrives on a letter in the mail & was not postmarked, does this fall under the category of Tous Akum?
A: The stamp may not be reused. (See Shu”t Mishneh Halachos Vol. 6 Siman 288 for a discussion as to why)
712) Q: Are women supposed to wash mayim achronim before saying birchas hamazon? And if not why are only men obligated?
A: The Shulchan Aruch Siman 181:1, does not differentiate between menand women, and indeed many Poskim, including Rav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg Shlita, rule that women should do it. Maran HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita requires the females in his family to wash Mayim Achronim.
Other Poskim are more lenient and rule that women need not do it, as the two reasons for mayim achronim (to cleanse the dangerous “melach sedomis” substance from the hands and to be holy like the Kohanim who could not do avodah with soiled hands) do not apply to them as nowadays, according to many Poskim, we dont worry about melach sedomis and women are not able to do avodah in the bais hamikdash, whereas men still have at least one of the reasons still. (See Mishna Berura Siman 181:22)
Each woman should follow her family or community custom.
713) Q: What is the reason for not davening in ones bedroom?
A: There is no prohibition to daven in a bedroom, unless there are immodest or foul smelling items present in the room.
714) Q: Is person allowed to recite kaddish for his biological father who is a gentile? Is it true that Rav Ovadia Joseph permits saying Kaddish for a gentile father.
A: Yes, there is nothing wrong with reciting Kaddish in memory of a non-Jew. Rav Ovadiya Yosef Shlita (in Shu”t Yechaveh Da’as Vol.6 Siman 60) rules that as long as the non-Jew one is saying Kaddish for was an upstanding, moral person, it is acceptable to sak Kaddish for them.
715) Q: Is baking powder Kitniyos?
A: Yes, baking powder requires a Kosher for Passover certification, as many of them contain corn starch or other Kitniyos ingredients.
716) Q: Someone made a bris for his son today after it was delayed a few weeks due to illness. I recently received a halacha email that said that a bris which is not bizmano, on the 8th day, may not be done on Thursday, Friday or Shabbos due to possible Shabbos issues. Is there a difference between ashkenazim or sefardim or is this untrue?
A: See Taz Yoreh Deah Siman 262:3 quoting the Rashba about Thursday. The Taz himself is a da’as yachid(minority opinion) regarding Friday. Certain Chasidish Poskim go with this ruling for Thursday and sometimes even for Friday. Most other Poskim do not worry about this, however, and make the bris ASAP even on Thursday or Friday. Of course, a Milah Shelo Bizmanah is never done on Shabbos.
717) Q: Can my wife put pins into her Styrofoam shaitel head? If it is assur, does it make a difference if the shaitel is on the shaitel head or not?
A: Yes, a shaitel may be pinned to a styrofoam head on Shabbos, and the pins may be removed when the shaitel is
needed as well.
718) Q: Is one allowed to buy and give a present during sefirah?
A: Yes. There is no prohibition to buy and/or give gifts during Sefirah.
719) Q: You mentioned in a recent email that a Chupah may not be inside of a Shul. Can you explain why this is the case, as I know of some people that do indeed make Chupahs in a Shul.
A: Many years ago, the minhag was to indeed have the chupah inside of a shul. (See Maharil Hilchos Nisuin, Rama Yoreh Deah Siman 391:3)
However, a few hundred years ago this minhag was abolished as the Christian custom was to have their wedding ceremonies inside their places of worship and the Rabanim wanted to differentiate between Jewish and non-Jewish weddings. (See Shu”t MaHaram Shik Siman 87)
Moreover, when the reform Jews began holding their Chupahs inside their temples, the rabanim strengthened the original abolishment and reiterated their position that our chuppah should not take place inside the shul.
There are other reasons cited in the Poskim as well to refrain from having a Chupah in the actual shul.
This “prohibition” was accepted by most congregations in Klal Yisroel.
See Shu” t Chasam Sofer Vol. 1 Siman 98,Chasan Sofer siman 85,Divrei Malkiel Vol. 5 Siman205, Ksav Sofer siman 47, Sdei Chemed; Choson V’Kallah 1, just to name a few sources where this is discussed.
There are Poskim ( including Rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal in Igros Moshe Even HaEzer Siman 93) that maintain that nowadays it may once again be permitted, or at least the prohibition is not in force with the strength it was years ago when the non-Jews and reform Jews made their weddings strictly in their temples.
In certain Sephardic congregations, however, the prohibition was never accepted and they always continues to have the Chupah in the actual Shul. (see Sdei Chemed ibid. , Shu”t Yabia Omer Vol. 3 Siman18)
There is a lot more to say on this topic, but this is not the place for a lengthier discourse.
Of course, for halacha L’ma’aseh every individual must seek guidance from a competent orthodox Rav.
720) Q: I have heard that the Chasam Sofer held that if one sleeps after eating fleishig, he does not need to wait 6 hous before eating milchig. Do you know if this is correct, and, if so, where the source can be found?
A: There is such an opinion, and the Chasam Sofer is said to have agreed with it originally, but later reversed his opinion and ruled that a full six hours was required regardless of sleeping. See See Shu"t Teshuvos V'Hanhagos Vol. 1 Siman 431.
721) Q: What is the Halacha regarding wearing Tzitzis straight on the skin of the body and why you we wear it on top of a shirt and where can the Halacha be found ?
A: Some Poskim are lenient and others are stringent and consider it a disgrace. If being worn as an undershirt specifically to protect from sweat, it is more problematic, as some Poskim say it then does not even require Tzitzis.
See Shu"t Rivevos Efraim Vol. 4 Siman15 and Shu"t Teshuvos V'hanhagos Vol. 1 Siman 25
722) Q: Someone mentioned to me today that there might be a halacha about not sleeping alone, either in a room or in an apartment, unless a light is turned on (as a last resort if you have no choice). Is there such a halach? If so what's the source?
A: Yes, this is correct. If a light is on somewhere in the home, it's OK.
Based on the Talmud Shabbos 151b. See also Mogen Avraham Siman 239:7 and Mishna Berura Siman 239 S"K 9 and Eishel Avrohom (Butchatc) Siman 239.
723) Q: I believe that Birchas hamazon is d'oiraisa, if so do you have to eat a ka'bei'tzoh (egg) ? If so, how how big is a ka'bei'tzoh ?
A: Birchas Hamazon is indeed d'oraysa, and to be obligated biblically one needs to eat "Kdei Sevia",meaning he has to eat enough to be deemed "satisfied". This may be dependent on each individual, or perhaps an amount that satisfies an average person, which is around 2-3 kbeitzim. See Mishnah Berurah Siman 184:22
However, M'drabanan, he is obligated on a Kzayis as well. (See Mishnah Berurah ibid and Aruch Hashulchan Siman 184:9)
A Kbeitza is approximately 2 K'zeisim.
724) Q: Have you seen the obligation to say/hear 4 kedushas and 10 kaddish on a daily basis?
A: Yes. See Aruch Hashulchan Siman 55:4 quoting the Kadmomim that every person should try to fulfill the word TZADDIK every day. Tzadi=90 Amens. Daled= 4 Kedushos . Yud=10 Kadeishim. Kuf=100 brachos.
725) Q: I have always been told when putting on shoes to put on the right then left but tie the left then right. Recently someone said that is only for men and women are supposed to put on right tie right then put on left and tie left. What is the proper thing to do and is this halacha or minhag.
A:Indeed, many Poskim rule that women need not tie the left shoe first, and may put on the right shoe and tie it immediately. See Halichos Shlomo, Tefilah, Siman 2:20
726) Q: I noticed that there are various Nuschaos (texts) to the "Haneiros Halalu" song that is sang after lighting the Chanukah Menorah. What is the source for reciting this text?
A: The source for saying these words, which state the reason for the lighting of the Menorah as a praise to Hashem for miraculously saving us, is a Mishna in Maseches Sofrim Perek 20:6, and brought in Shulchan Aruch Siman 676:4. Yes there are various versions of this, but all are basically expressing the same idea. The Likutei Mahrich, Inyanei Chanukah, discusses the various versions on a kabalistic level. See also Mishna Berura Siman 676 S"K 8.
727) Q: I heard that when lighting the menorh on Friday afternoon, the song of "Ma'oz Tzur" is not recited. Is this true?
A: The prevalent custom is to recite Ma'oz Tzur after each lighting of the Menorah, including on Erev Shabbos. Some have the custom to sing it when coming home from Shul on Friday noght and some have the custom to sing it as part of the zemiros of the Shabbos seudah on Friday night, but I think that is in addition to saying it immediately after lighting the Menorah. (See Sefer Leket Yosher page 152 and Orchos Rabbeinu Vol. 3 Os 104)
728) Q: In some circles there is a minhag to give "Chanukah Gelt" only on the 5th day of Chanukah. What is the reason for this?
A: This was the minhag of the Steipler Zatzal, and his son, Harav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita, explained that the 5th day of Chanukah is the only night that can never fall out on Shabbos. Incidentally, the Steipler only gave Chanukah Gelt to his single children and grandchildren and not to those that were already married.(See orchos Rabbeinu Vol. 3)
729) Q: What's the halach for a man who forgot to say yaaleh b'yavoh in mincha?
A: He must repeat the Shemona Esrei. If it is already night, he must daven 2 Shemona Esreis at maariv. If at Maariv it is no longer Rosh Chodesh, he doesnt say ya'aleh V'Yavo in either of the 2, but he should stipulate that if he isn't obligated to repeat the second Shemona esrei inthis case (as is the hlacha according to some opinions, as he isn't making up the missed Ya'aleh V'Yavo) then the second davening should be a Tefilas Nedava, a voluntary Tefilah, and if he is obligated, then it should serve as the make up Tefilah that he wasn't Yotzi earlier at Mincha. (See Mishna Berura Siman 108:33)
730) Q: Why don't we make a bracha acrona after the first or second cups of wine on the Seder night? Especially why not after the first if we make a new bracha rishona on the second?
A: We don't want it to seem disconnected from the Seudah, as we need Kidush B'Makom Seudah, thus we do not "cut it off" via a bracha achrona. See Halichos Shlomo, Pesach, Perek 9:24 and footnote 49.
731) Q: In our times, what problems, if any, are involved in a woman riding a horse?
A: There are Rabbanim who frown upon women riding on horses, due to modesty issues as well as issues of "Lo Tilbash", as riding a horse in certain manners may be halachically deemed as a man's activity. This is definitely the case if they are riding in the presence of men, and may be more lenient if no men are present.
See Talmud Pesachim 3a-b and Rashi 3a Dibur Hamaschil Ki Amar.
All would agree that if a woman is riding a horse, she must do so dressed in a way that her tznius willnot be compromised whatsoever. See Rashi to Shmos 28: where he describes the Efod that the Kohen Gadol wore as being similar to an apron or coat worn by women who rode horses to ensure that no parts of their body that are required to remain covered become exposed due to them riding the horse.
The saddles that we have nowadays may also decrease the problem.
As with everything, a Rav should be consulted for Halacha L'Ma'aseh.
732) Q: Is there anything wrong with playing a game on an ipod which has a image of a women with her arms uncovered ?
A: One must avoid looking at any images that aren't modest,be they in a game, on TV or in movies or anywhere, as this invariably leads to forbidden thoughts and a transgression of "Vlo Sasuru acharei Levavchem V'Acharei Eineichem" as well as other Issurim.
.This applies surely to men, but can be an issue for women as well. See Shu"t Yechaveh Da'as Vol. 4 Siman 7 and Shu"t Rivevos Ephraim Vol. 6 Siman 460 Anaf 8
For halacha L'Ma'seh it's best to consult with your Rav for proper guidance.
733) Q: I just replaced my Retzuos on my Tefilin , may I wear them for the first time in the 9 days?
A: A reader had this question and received a ruling from Rav Zev Cohen Shlita, a Rav in Chicago, that it would be OK to wear them. Similarly, a boy may wear Tefilin for the first time in the 9 days.
734) Q: If one is not fasting on Tisha B'Av for acceptable health or medical reasons, do they need to recite havdalah this year, as the fast starts on Motzaei Shabbos, before they can eat?
A: Yes, indeed they would need to recite the havdalah before being able to eat. A reader informed me that Rav Dovid Zucker Shlita, Rosh Kolel in Chicago and talmid of rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal, ruled that this Havdalah may be recited over wine or grape juice, as with any Havdalah in the 9 days.
735) Q: I know that on Tisha B'Av we don't wash our hands past our knuckles. My question is, may we wash more than once after using the restroom, or is only one time permitted?
A: Halachically, according to most Poskim it is not necessary to wash more than once after using the restroom. (See Mishna Berura Siman 4 S"K 39)
However, if one has the custom to be stringent and always wash 2 or 3 times after using the restroom, as some people do, he may do so on Tisha B'Av as well, as long as each of the 2 or 3 washings are only until the knuckles. (See Halichos Shlomo; Bein Hametzorim Perek 15:3)
736) Q: This year, when Motzaei Tisha B'Av is on Sunday night, and Havdalah will need to be recited, may we use wine or is it still considered the 9 days and it's better to not use wine?
A: Many Poskim allow wine for Havdalah even during the 9 days, as we mentioned, but even those who use beer, coffee or other beverages for Havdalah during the 9 days, may use wine for Havdalah on Sunday night, according to many Poskim, as Motzaei Tisha B'Av is more lenient than during the 9 days, and surely when Motzaei Tisha B'Av is already 11 Av, as it is this year. (See Mishna Berura Siman 558 S"K 2 and Halichos Shlomo; Bein hametzorim Perek 15:27 and footnote 82)
737) Q: I was wondering, what is the source that one should treat their spouse as a Niddah (for the purposes of touching) on Tisha'a B'av? I have just never heard of this idea.
A: See Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 124:12 and Mishna Berura Siman 554 S"K 37. The Mishna Berura rules that there is room for leniency during the daytime. Some Poskim are lenient for passing objects to one another, while others are more stringent.
738) Q: May one use wicks which are covered with a wax coating, for the purpose of lighting the Chanukah Menorah?
A: Halachically they are permissible. Some people are careful to hold the candle on the wick while lighting, until the wax melts off and the actual wick is lit. ( See Shu"t Shevet Haleivi Vol. 8 Siman 157 and Shu"t Rivevos Ephraim Orach Chaim Vol. 6 Siman 371 for more about this.)
739) Q: Which comes first on Motzaei shabbos of Chanukah, Havdalah or lighting the Menorah?
A: This question is the subject of great debate and there are a lot of Poskim on each side of this issue, and thus both opinions are halachically acceptable. indeed, the Mishna Berura siman 681 S"K 3 writes that each individual can choose which opinion to follow. Of course, if one has a family minhag or a kehila minhag, they should stick to that.
740) Q: Does one fulfill Mishloach Manos by sending food items that the recipient may not eat due to health reasons?
A: Yes, halachically he has fulfilled his obligation, even if the recipient doesn't or can't eat this specific item, as long as for most people it's an acceptable item to eat.. (See Halichos Shlomo, Purim, 19:11)
741) Q: Is giving two distinct parts of a chicken ( e.g. the "top" and the "bottom", considered 2 separate minim for Mishloach Manos?
A: Yes, according to Rav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach Zatzal (halichos Shlomo, Purim, 19:12) and other Poskim. Incidentally, he writes there as well thatthis is the case in regard to Borer on Shabbos, that they are considered 2 distinct foods.
742) Q: What defines a "poor person" for purposes of Matanos L'Evyonim?
A: Anyone who cannot afford the basic necessities needed to provide for his home and his family qualifies as a worthy recipient for matanos L'Evyonim, Even someone who received funds already and is not missing anything for that day, is still a worthy recipient, so long as he is still lacking for basic necessities going forward. (See halicos Shlomo, Purim, 19:20 and Dvar Halacha 32)
743) Q: If a poor person owes me money and I forgive the debt on Purim, have I satisfied ny obligation of Matanos L'Evyonim via this debt cancellation?
A: No, that doesn't work for Matanos L'Evyonim, and you must actually give a poor person money on Purim to satisfy your obligation. (See haichos Shlomo; Purim, 19:24 and Dvar halacha 37 for the reasoning)
744) Q: I was wondering what the Halacha is regarding cosmetics and Passover usage. Does one need to buy special kosher for Passover cosmetics?
A: According to the letter of the law, once chometz is no longer edible even for dogs, it is no longer deemed chometz and thus cosmetics, even if they contain chometz ingredients, would be OK to use on Pesach. That being said, many scrupulous people are careful to not use any items that contain chometz ingredients, especially if non-chometz alternatives are readily available. Many lists are available today with approved cosmetics which can easily guide you as to which of your products are OK to continue using.
745) Q: You wrote, "The [Shul] lighting does not exempt the home lighting, as it was instituted as its own separate obligation, and the one who lit the Chanukah Menorah in Shul, subsequently lights a Menorah at home and repeats all the brachos. ( Rama ibid.)"
What about the shehechiyonu brocho on the first night for a single person who was honored with the lighting in shul?
A: If one lit at home first and then lit in Bais Haknesses, he would repeat the Shehechiyanu, even if he is a single person, but if he lit in Bais Hakneses first then at home, according to many Poskim the Shehechiyanu is not repeated unless he is exempting others, in which case he would indeed repeat the Shehechiyanu as well. (See Mishna Berura Siman 671 S"K 45 and Sha'arei Teshuva os 11. Rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal (Orach Chaim Vol. 1, Siman 190) rejects the Sha'arei Teshuva's psak and indeed rules that Shehechiyanu is repeated even by a single person who lit already in shul. he doesn't mention the Mishna Berura, as the Teshuva was written in 1926, presumably before Rav Moshe ever saw that volume of Mishna Berura)
746) Q: You wrote that "soda, tea, coffee, beer, like water, – should not be lef overnight uncovered where is mekor for that? The liquids that are forbidden are only water wine milk honey and several others mentioned in the Gemara. If your Posek feels that these are all considered “water” albeit with some additives, I would like to ask him: “Can soda tea coffee and beer be more stringent than Yayin Mazug, that a snake rejects because it’s not pure wine?!” Even though each one – wine and water – separately are forbidden, mix them together (before they became “galui”) and the entire mixture is no longer subject to the sakanah of galui! So how can soda tea et al be forbidden? Please let me know
A: 1) Firstly, The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah Siman 116:1) says "mashkin" and this means gemera drinks, and not necessarily the 7 liquids that are considered mashim in regard to Tumah. Furthermore, the Aruch Hashulchan (Yreh deah 116:2) says this applies to foods as well as drinks, which further demonstrates that this does not apply strictly to the "sheva mashkim".
Furthermore, being that Chamira sakanta M'isura, and the issue of Gilui is one of Sakana, we must be stringent and assume it refers to all mashkim, not just the 7.
2) Even though the Gemara Avoda zara 31b seems to say that there is no issue of Gilui by beer (See Rashi there Dibur hamaschil Anan Nami) , the Steipler Zatzal indeed applied this halacha to beer. (See Orchos Rabbeini Vol. 1: 206:1). Perhaps he held that beer nowadays is different than beer in the times of the Gemara, but he clearly didn't hold that a " non 7 mashkim" beverage is automatically excluded from this issue.
Regarding soda, I heard from a prominent Posek, quoting Rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal, that it has a status as colored water for all matters. Although I hear your Ha'arah about Mazug, it could be that Yayin mazug loses its status as yayin regarding this, whereas colored water is still water.
Coffee and tea, especially when they are made from instant and not full brewed, are L'chaorah merely colored water as well.
Rav Daniel Neustadt, in his sefer Diyunei Halacha; daly halacha Discussion, brings the Steipler I quoted above and also also quotes the Sefer Shmiras Nefesh 11:28 that the Chazon Ish applied it to soda, beer etc. (See atached file for that page in his sefer)
I hope that answers your question.
Of course, for halacha L'maaseh, as with everything, a Rav must be consulted.
Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.
Bracha V'Hatzlacha always.
747) Q: If a person often gets up in the middle of the night, recites birchos haTorah and learns for an hour or two, and then goes back to sleep until the morning, should he/she recite birchos haTorah again in the morning?
A: If at the time you recite the Birchas hatorah during the night you knew you would be going back to sleep again, you can recite birchos Hatorah again in the morning.
If you were not planning to go back to bed, and fell asleep, you should not recite Birchos hatorah again in the morning, according to most Poskim. Some allow it to be repeated even then.
748) Q: My family minhag is to wait one hour between milk and meat. I have asked around and, to date, I have not found anyone else with a similar minhag (I have found people who wait half an hour). When I mentioned it to my cousin, he thought it might have come from the Taz's interpretation of a Zohar, but I don't remember the exact location of the mekoros he quoted. Do you know where the mekoros are / if there are any mekoros for this minhag?
A:The minhag to wait half an hour after dairy, before eating meat is based on the Zohar prshas Mishpatim (quoted in Yam Shel Shlomo Chulin 8:6) which prohibits eating meat and dairy "within the same meal or within the same hour". The Poskim interpret "within the same hour" as an approximate time and not a solid hour, thus after half an hour is enough. Some are stringent and insist the Zohar means an actual hour.
749) Q: Is there an inyan in telling people about “miracles “ /great things that happened to you , to publicize a neis? If yes , why so ?
A:Yes, indeed there is an inyan to spread the kindness of Hashem. In the times of the Bais Hamikdash when a person was thankful for a miracle he/she brought a Korban Todah. One of the requirements of a Korban Todah is the accompanying 40(!) Chalos.
One of the reasons given for the requirement of 40 chalos, which had to be finished in one day, was for the one saying thanks to have to invite many people to join them in order to be able to consume 40 chalos, and thus the miracle will have been publicized!
We find the concept of Pirsumei Nisa - publicizing the miracle - by Chanukah and Purim, and it applies in all situations where the miracles of Hashem take place.
750) Q: If one made a bracha on one of the 4 cups and it spilled out before he drank it, must he make a new bracha when he pours in new wine? Please include the source where this answer can be found.
A: If there is even a droplet or two left in the cup, consume that.
If the bottle is on the table, and you intend to consume mor of it during this meal, you take some more from the bottle as soon as possible and drink without a new bracha.
If there is no more in front of you, say Baruch Seim Kevod Malchuso L'Olam Va'ed and when you get more, you recite a new bracha on it.
See Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim Siman 206:6 and Mishna Berura and Biur Halacha there at length for a larger discussion about this.
751) Q: Are women allowed to perform the aish of havdallah?
A: This is a dispute amongst the Poskim. Many allow it (including Rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal in Shu"t Igros Moshe Choshen Mishpat Vl. 2 Siman 47:2, Shu"t Tzitz Eliezer Vol.14 Siman 43, Shu"t Yechave Daas Vol. 4 Siiman 27. Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita also rules this way ) while others prohibit. (See Shmiras Shabbos K'Hilchas Perek 58:16 based on Biur halach siman 296:8 Dibur hamaschil Lo Yavdilu and Siman 298:5 dibur hamaschil Ain, quoting Rav Akiva Eiger Zatzal.)
See also Perek 61:24 where he rules that though they may not say it during Havdalah, as it's a hefsek for them, they may recite it after Havdalah if they want.)
Every women should follow her family or community minhag. If not sure what that is, a Rav should be consulted for a Psak Halacha.
752) Q: During the week, I see that many men tend to daven in the women’s section (obviously, when no women are present). I was in a shul recently and there were exactly 10 men, counting the one guy who was in the women’s section.There was a debate whether or not he had to come into the men’s section or he could stay in the women’s section. What is the Halacha?
A:He had to come in. See Shulchan Aruch Siman 55 at length and specifically Mishna Berura S"K 52. Presumably if he's in a kosher Ezras Nashim, they cannot see him, and to be counted as part of the minyan they all have to be able to see each other.. This is also clearly the ruling of Rav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach Zatzal in Halichos Shlomo, Tefilah, Perek 5:12. See there in Dvar halacha Os 18 that even if they do see him, it still isn't ideal to count it as a real minyan.
753) Q: If a family makes an early Shabbos, the husband then goes to shul. When is the latest time that the wife has to light Shabbos candles?
A: According to the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch and other Poskim, a woman whose husband made “early Shabbos” may not do any Melacha after the time that her husband was Mekabel Shabbos.
Rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal in Igros Moshe Orach Chaim Vol. 3 Siman 38 disagrees, and permits a woman to do melacha, and light candles later than her husband was Mekabel Shabbos.
Please consult your Rav for Halacha L’Maaseh on this issue, as with all issues
754) Q: What is the din about saying t Tachanun after shkiya?
A: It is generally not said. Some allow if it's only a few minutes after. See Mishna Berura Siman 131 S"K 17
See also Sefer B'Yitzchak Yikareh on the above Mishna Berura, where he quotes Rav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach as ruling not to say it even a little after shkiah.
755) Q: I understand that for Chodesh Tishrei we do not have birchas hachodesh. Why is that?
A: See Mishna Berura Siman 417 S"K 1 and Sha'ar Hatziyun footnote 2, that since everyone knows when Rosh Hashana is there is no need to publicize its date via a Birchas Hachodesh.
756) Q: After פתיחה, when the חזן says the פסוק of שמע , is he supposed to face the מתפללים or not? And where is the מקור?
A: Yes, when saying the first 2 verses of Shma and Echad he is supposed to face the congregation. When he says the third verse of Gadlu, he turns back toward the Aron Kodesh. See Aruch Hashulchan Siman 282:1. A reason I once heard for this is that in the verse of Gadlu Lashem Iti, the word "Iti" means "with me", so the Shatz turns the same way as the Tzibur to show they are all "with him"
756) Q: If possible, should one stand while saying Tefilas HaDerech?
Also, at what point while flying should one say the Tefilas HaDerech? Thank you very much.
A: Some Poski say yes, though the prevalent custom is to say it while sitting. Many say it while driving, while some are makpid to stop driving while saying it, as you can't properly concentrate on a bracha when operating a vehicle.
While the plane is taxiing on the runway fast, right before takeoff is the ideal time to say it, according to rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal (as heard from a Talmid of his). Rav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach zatzal ruled to say it as soon as the plane reaces an altitude where if it fell it would be in real danger. See Halichos Shlomo , Tefilah Perek 21:4
757) Q: Must one recite Birchas Hagomel after flying in an airplane?
A: Most Poskim require the Gomel to be recited after an airplane trip. Rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal rules this way as well (see Igros Moshe Orach Chaim Vol. 2 Siman 59) . He even writes very strongly there that he heard that others ruled otherwise, and that such a Psak to not recite the Birchas Hagomel is not valid and everyone must recite it after flying.
758) Q: Maybe you can address the question of what to do when you’re somewhere in middle of Kiddush Levanah, and someone says “Shalom Aleichem” to you.
Where are you allowed to be mafsik and return the “Aleichem Shalom”, and where not ? I find myself not quite sure what to do .
A: Only during the first bracha can you not be mafsik. Once you finish that bracha and are just saying additional Pesukim and Tefilos etc. you can be Mafsik to answer " Aleichem Shalom"
759) Q: Is working allowed on Purim?
A: Nowadays the accepted minhag is to not do any work on Purim day. One who does will not see any blessing from that work. ( See Shulchan Aruch and Rama Siman 696:1)
On Purim eve there is no accepted custom to prohibit work, though some are stringent and avoid any non-Purim related work. (see Biur Halacha ibid. and Shu"t Chasam Sofer Orach Chaim Siman 195)
760) Q: Should one wear Shabbos/Yom Tov clothing on Purim?
A: Yes, it is a proper custom to wear Yom Tov clothing on Chag hapurim. (Rama Siman 695:2)
(If one will be dressing up in a costume on Purim he should do so after davening and hearing the Megilah, but during davening and Megilah should be wearing respectable clothing for davening, and those should be his Yom Tov clothing)
For Halacha L'ma'aseh, each person should follow the guidance of their Rav.
761) Q: When is the proper time to eat the Purim Seudah?
A" On Purim day, it is proper that at least the majority of the Seudah be eaten while it is still before sunset. If the Seudah continues past nightfall, Al Hanisim is still recited in Birchas Hamazon. If one forgot Al Hanisim in this Birchas Hamazon that was recited after nightfall, it is not repeated. (See Rama and Mishna berura Siman 695:3
762) Q: After the shlishi's aliyah on a Monday/Thursday, is one supposed to cover the Sefer only after the bracha of Asher Nasan Lanu or before he makes the bracha?
A: See Shulchan Aruch Siman 139:4 and Mishna Berura S"K 17 that the Sefer Torah should be closed when reciting the bracha after the reading, but it does not say to cover it, and indeed the minhag is not to cover it until after the Bracha.
The Minhag in many Shuls is to indeed cover it between Aliyos after the bracha was recited, and surely while Kaddish is being recited or other Mi shebeirachs etc. See Shulchan Aruch Siman 139:5 and Mishna Berura S"K 21
763) Q: Now that we are not davening with a regular minyan [ due to Corona ]and davening b’yechidus, we cannot eat until we have completed the tefilla of mincha.
What time is the earliest time to daven mincha? Or rather, how much time after Chatzos is the zman to daven mincha?
A: Indeed, if one doesn't have a designated time to daven Mincha he may not eat once Chatzos arrives. Chatzos is approximately half an hour before the earliest time to daven Mincha (Mincha Gedola)
If one appoints a shomer to remind him to daven after he eats, (or if one sets an alarm as a reminder, according to Rav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach zatzal and other Poskim), it will then be OK to eat then.
See Shulchan Aruch and Rama Siman 232 and Mishna Berurura S"K 7
May our Shuls (Mikdash Me'at) reopen very soon! Or better yet, may our real new Bais Hamikdash open very soon!
764) Q: My granddaughter sent me this question. Please help me answer her.
With all the craziness happening these days it got me thinking. In school my mefurshim teacher told us in passing, that when Mashiach comes, There will be no more births. We mentioned this to a different teacher, who never heard of that. If when Mashiach comes, no one will be born, then if Mashiach comes now (which IyH he will) does that mean I'll never have kids? Also if we aren't then will people still get married? Since the reason we do, is to have kids and fulfill 'peru irivu'? I know no one really knows whats gonna happen when Mashiach come, but I figured you probably know more than me.
A: The Talmud (Nidah 13b) teaches us: Ain Ben Dovid Ba Ad Sheyichlu Kol Neshamos Shebaguf, understood by many that after all the Neshamos are "used up" so to speak, then Mashiach will arrive. This is likely what her teacher meant.
But, once Mashiach comes the world will continue as usual, as the Talmud (Shabbos 63a, and codified in Rambam Hilchos Melachim Perek 12:2) tells us Ain Bain Olam Hazeh Leyemos Hamashiach Elah Shibud Goliyos/Shibud malchiyos Bilevad.
You will iy"H dance at her wedding, and be sandek at her child's bris, but very possibly in the courtyeard of the Bais Hamikdash instead of in the USA!
765) Q: If I take off my tefillin to go to the bathroom, do I have to say a bracha when I put them back on? Does it matter if it's long or short? Does it matter when in the davening I put them back on?
A: Yes, a new Bracha will be required. See Mishna Berura Siman 25 S"K 47
766) Q: I know Tefila B'Tzibur is very important, so if I know I won't be able to finish Birchos Krias Shema in time to daven with the Tzibur should I skip some stuff? Like in Shacharis should I skip Veyatziv through MiChomocha and just say Gaal Yisrael. By Maariv should I skip Baruch Hashem? Or do I say everything, and start Shemonah Esrai a little later?
A: In shacharis do not skip anything from Birchos Krias shema. In maariv, skip Baruch Hashem L'Olam, if by doing so you will be able to start Shemona esrei with the Tzibur.
In general, if you find yourself not being able to finish in time, it is best to start your davening earlier than the Tzibbur so that you have extra time to finish it all, in time to have Tefilah B'Tzibur. It is not a good thing to habitually skip parts of Pesukei D'Zimrah in order to have Tefilah B'Tzibur.
767) Q: If I am davening for a critically ill person, and do not know his/her status, can I continue davening for them even if there is a chance that they may have passed away? Or am I obligated to ascertain their status before continuing to daven for them?
A: You can continue to daven for them, and assume that they are still alive and in need of Tefilos. See Aruch Hashulchan Yoreh Deah Siman 335:12
768) I heard that a son may not give his father a haircut. is this correct? (Now during this virus, many barbershops are closed and options for haircuts are limited.)
A: Nowadays when haircuts are given with machines and not with razors, and thus there is almost never a situation where a haircut causes bleeding, it is generally permitted for a son to give a haircut to a parent, as the issue with giving a haircut to a parent was based on the prohibition to do things that may lead to making the parent bleed (See Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah Siman 241).
If the father is prone to getting cut during haircuts, even when a machine is used, it may still be prohibited, and a Rav should be consulted.
769) Q: Is it permissible to say "g-d" in regular conversation? In a bathroom?
A: The Mishna Berurah Siman 85 S"K 10 clearly says that saying "Gut" in Yiddish in a restroom or other unclean place is forbidden. G-d in English would be the same thing. Rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal in Igros Moshe Orach Chaim Vol. 4 Siman 4:27 rules this way as well and writes that one should not say G-d in an unclean place, or utter it for no good reason at all.The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Siman 6:3 also rules this way and goes so far as to rule that one who curses someone using the name of Hashem in English or any other language transgresses a Torah prohibition. He bemonas the fact that many are not careful with this and flippantly use the word G-d in their language flippantly. He writes that this leads to poverty and other misfortunes. He also writes there not to write the full word G-d in letters as they will come to be thrown out and treated disrespectfully.
See also Shu"t Rav Akiva Eiger Siman 25 where he rules this way, base don t eRambam's opinion.
There is a more lenient opinion that you do not transgress a Torah prohibition when misusing the name of Hashem in another language, but even according to that opinion it still should not be done. (See Shu"t Minchas Pitim Siman 215 quoting the Nimukei Yosef to Nedarim 7b)
Bottom line: It is important to not say G-d for no reason and in an unclean place, and surely not use in a curse or in another unholy way. Also, when writing, it is definitely a good idea to write it with a dash, as G-d, and not fully write it out. A better idea would be to write "Hashem" which is clearly allowed, as it is a word which means " The name" and specifically means we are NOT saying/writing the rral name or its translation on another language.
parenthetically, the Kiztur Shulchan Aruch (ibid. based on the Taz Siman 621:2) writes that when saying "Hashem" in place of the real name of Hashem, one should say "Hashem" and not "Ado-Shem", as many people do, as doing so is not respectful to heaven.
770) Q: If I remove my Tzitzis on Shabbos afternoon for a nap, do I recite a new bracha on them when I wake up and get dressed again?
First some introductory points about Tzitzis:
The wearing of a Talis Katan is an extremely important Mitzvah, as the Shulchan Aruch states i(Siman 8:11)that the purpose of this Mitzvah is that one should always see his Tzitzis and thus be reminded of all the Mitzvos of the Torah. In fact, according to Chazal (Sifri Zuta 15 and other places) the mitzvah of Tzitzis is equal to all the mitzvos in the Torah and one who is is careful to always wear Tzitzis is as if he fulfilled all the commandments of the Torah!
The Mishna Berura (S"K 26) writes very strongly about the importance of always seeing the Tzitzis, and is not happy with those who wear their Tzitzis in a hidden way that they cannot be seen proudly . He goes on to write that Chazal say that those who are very careful in the observance of the mitzvah of Tzitzis will merit seeing the Shechinah, (See Shulchan Aruch Siman 24: 5 and 6)and that the Jews that will merit being alive at the time of the final redemption will be those who were outstanding in their observice of this exalted mitzvah!
Now, to your question, the Mishna Berura Siman 8 S"K 42 writes that it is not clear if sleep during the day is a hefsek (interruption) that would necessitate a new bracha. Thus it is best if the Tzitzis remain on during the nap, or at minimum be used as a cover during the nap, so that way it surely won't require a new bracha.
If they were removed for a short daytime nap, no new bracha should be recited when putting them back on. Some Poskim rule that if they were off for more than an hour, a new bracha would be recited. For halacha L'ma'aseh a rav should be consulted.
771) Q: Are there any time limits to davening the very beginning of shachris? For example korbonos and ketores. chatzos or all day?
A: Korbanos and ketores can be said all day, and possibly even at night, if necessary. (See Mishna Berura Siman 1 S"K 17).
Some Poskim do not allow Parshas Hatamid at night, and only allow that, if necessary, for the other Karbanos.
See also Shulchan Aruch Siman 47:13 where he rules that Parshas Hatamid cannot be said at night, and see and Mishna Berura S"K 32 where he applies that ruling to all Korbanos, so it is not clear if in situations where it is necessary he also allows Parshas Hatamid at night, as he rules in Siman 1, or not.
772) Q: I heard that if you can't start Shemona Esrai with the Tzibur then you should wait until Chazaras Hashatz, and say it with the chazzan. How do you this? Do you say Kedusha, and Bircas Kohanim, and can you still say Elokai Netzor? Also, what if you are only a little bit behind the Tzibur, is it better to wait about five minutes to say Shemona Esrai with Chazaras Hashatz or is better to just start right away because you will still be able to say most of your Shemona Esrai during the time when the Tzibur says its silent Shemona Esrai.
A: Although is it indeed proper to start the silent Shemona Esrei at the same time as the Shliach Tzibur and the rest of the congregation.or at least while they are still in the middle of the first bracha of Avos, according to many Poskim even if you started a little later, while most of the people are still in the middle of their silent Shemona Esrei, albeit deeper in than the first bracha, you are still considered to be davening Tefilah B'Tzibur. (See Shu"t Igros Moshe Orach Chaim Vol. 3 Siman 4 and Halichos Shlomo; Tefilah; Perek 8:7 and footnotes 7 and 8.)
If possible, when starting the silent Shemona Esrei later than the Tzibbur, try to finish in time to say Kedusha with Tzibur. (See Shulchan Aruch Siman 109:1). This is a better option, according to many Poskim, than simply waiting and only starting your silent Shemona Esrei together with the Shliach Tzibur when he starts Chazaras Hashatz.
However, if one missed davening the silent Shemona Esrei while the congregation did, and is only ready to daven when the Shliach Tzibur is about to start Chazaras Hashatz, indeed, he should start and daven together with the Shliach Tzibur. (See Shulchan Aruch Siman 109:2 and Mishna berura S"K 4 and 14)
Some Poskim say that doing this will give him tefilah B;Tzibur, while others say that although it isn't 100% Tefilah B'Tzibur, it is still better than davening B'Yechidus. (See Chazon Ish Orach Chaim Siman 19:7 and Shone Halachos Siman 124:9. See also Igros Moshe Orach Chaim Vol. 3 Siman 9 at length.See also Shu"t Teshuvos V'Hanhagos Vol. 1 Siman 100)
When doing this, every word should be recited together with the shliach tzibur, including every word of Kedusha, the bracha of Hakel Hakadosh (or L'dor V'dor Nagid Gadlecha) , Modim etc. ( Shulchan Aruch Siman 109:2).
Regarding the Birchas Kohanim that the Shliach Tzibur says, the one davening the silent Shemona Esrei should not say 'Elokeinu V'Elokei Avoseinu...' together with the Shliach Tzibur, but listen silently.(Psak of Rav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach Zatzal)
In a place where there is actual Birchas Kohanim in Chazoras Hashatz, Some Poskim say he should stop and listen quietly, and resume after the Birchas Kohanim, while other Poskim say he should actually answer Amen after each of the 3 parts of Birchas Kohanim. . (See Shu"t Shevet Halevi Vol. 3 Siman 15:3 and Sefer Da'as Noteh page 373 quoting the Chazon Ish)
773) Q: I was reading the halacha of a minyan and that someone in the room [not part of the minyan] can even be counted as a minyan, or even if you start with a minyan and when someone leaves you can continue davening and say kaddish.
However in the minyanim that I daven in, the chazen waits for all ten men to finish davening before starting chazaras hashatz. What is the minimum that you need to start davening chazaras hahsatz?
A: Ideally the Shliach Tzibur should not begin Chazoras Hashatz until there are 9 members of the congregation answering Amen to his Brachos. (See Shulchan Aruch Siman 124:4)
Although the Shulchan Aruch in Siman 55:6 and Mishna Berura S"K 32 seem to support a more lenient opinion, at least B'dieved, where if only 6 are listening/answering it is acceptable, many Poskim (including the Shulchan Aruch Harav Siman 55:7 and 11, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Siman 15:7 and 20:2 and Rav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach Zatzal in Halichos Shlomo; Tefilah Perek 9: D'var Halacha 3) say that is referring to Kaddish and Kedusha but not to Chazoras Hashatz. Rav Shlomo Zalmen writes that only B'sha'as hadchak can we rely on this for Chazoras hashatz, but not as a matter of practice. Some Poskim only allow Chazoras Hashatz to begin, b'dieved, if one of the nine is still in middle of his silent Shemona Esrei, but not if more of them are. (See Chayei Adam Klal 29:1)
Regarding where Kaddish or Chazoras Hashatz was started with a minyan and someone left, and now there is no minyan left, as at least six of the minyan remain, it is permissible to finish that item that was already started, but it is not permissible to begin a new item. (see Shulchan Aruch Siman 55:2 and 3 and Mishna Berura there for more details about what is considered one item and what is considered a new item)
However, it is a sin for any member of the minyan to leave and break up a minyan. (See Rama Siman 55:2)
774) Q : Is there a mekor to not eating the ends of a challa? How does this apply to a (challa) roll? What about borer? (removing the bad from the good)
A: There is no real source for this minhag, and most poskim, including Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita are not concerned about it. Some suggest that this minhag is based on the Talmud (Horiyos 13b ) where it says that eating bread that is not fully baked leads to forgetting one's learning, and thus ends of bread, in Talmudic times, may have been less baked than other parts of the loaf, perhaps due to being stuffed in the ovens too close together. Nowadays this is usually not an issue.
Dayan Weiss in Shu"t Minchas Yitzchak Vol. 9 Siman 8:7 does bring this minhag, and he writes that he doesn't know the source, but still feels that it should be adhered to, as since it is something that people are careful with it assumes a status as "sakana/danger" to do, and thus it should not be dismissed. He writes that he himself was makpid with this.
If this is your family minhag, keep it. Otherwise, there is no real reason to worry about this according to most Poskim.
I would imagine that it only applies to a large loaf, and not to a small challah roll which doesn't really have an end, as it is a small round loaf.
Also, regarding Borer, if someone is truly makpid on this, it is probably best to not separate the end that he will not be eating from the rest of the loaf, and rather remove the rest of the loaf from the end.
For Halacha L'Ma'seh a rav should be consulted.
775) Q: Is there a requirement to stand for Asher Yatzar?
A: No, it is a Birchas Hashevach, and as such may be recited sitting or standing.
775) Q: May women wear make-up on Tisha B'Av? What about deodorant and mouthwash?
A: Applying make-up on Tisha B'Av is forbidden.
Some Poskim allow deodorant if necessary, while others are more stringent.
Many Poskim, including Rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal (quoted in Rav Shimon Eider Zatzal's Halachos of the Three Weeks page 19) prohibited the use of mouthwash on Tisha B'Av.
Each individual should consult their Rav for a Psak Halacha L'ma'aseh.
776) Q: One who has the custom to don Rabbeinu Tam tefilin each day, does he do so on Tisha B'Av at Mincha as well??
A: Yes, those who have the minhag to wear Rabbeinu Tam Tefilin, should maintain this minhag on Tisha B'Av as well, at mincha time when the regular Tefillin are donned.
See Shu"t Yechave Da'as Vol. 2 Siman 16 and Vol. 6 Siman 2
777) Q: Does the Mishnah Berura say that one can say Tachanun at Mincha up to as late as 15 minutes after shekiah?
A: He doesn't say 15 minutes, he just writes that during Bain Hashemashos the minhag is to be lenient and allow it. (See Siman 131 S"K 17). It is best, however, to try and daven mincha enough time before shkiah, to say Tachanun before shkia.
The minhag in Yerushalayim is to be stringent and not say it after shkiah at all, based on kabbalah that it is a sakanah to say Tachanun then. (See Halichos Shlomo; Tefilah; Perek 13:4 and Dvar Halacha Os 6)
778) Q: When one says the after bracha of Mayin Shelosha for 3 items lmoshel- grapes wine and cookies for example
which goes first 2nd and third? whats the correct order?
A: The correct order is in order of their chashivus, as follows: Al Hamichya, Al Hagefen, Al Haeitz, both in the beginning as well as at the conclusion of the bracha. (See Shulchan Aruch Siman 208: 12)
Some Poskim say that on Shabbos morning by a Kiddush before the meal, Al Hagefen would go before Al Hamichya, as the Mezonos is only there to serve the Kiddush to make it B'Makom Seudah, thus the Al Hagefen is the main one then(See Shu"t Shoel U'Meishiv Siman 18), but Rav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach Zatzal (quoted in Shmiras Shabbos K'Hikchasa Perek 54 footnote 70) said that the accepted custom is to always say Al hamichya first, even Shabbos morning. See also Shu"t Az Nidberu Vol. 6 Siman 64.
779) Do you say tiskabel in kaddish at a bais haavel?
A: Yes, unlike Tisha B'Av where Tiskabel is not said, so that it should not seem that it is going on the Kinos, in a Avel's home Tiskabel is indeed recited, as of course we want the Tefilos of the Avel to be accepted by Hashem! ( See Shu"t Rav Akiva Eiger Vol. 2 Siman 24)
780) Q: If a minyan didn't have a Shofar, or if they forgot to blow after Shacharis during Elul, what should they do?
A: If an entire Tzibbur did not blow the Shofar after Shacharis one day during Elul, they should blow the Shofar that day after Mincha.
See Shu"t Igros Moshe Orach Chaim Vol. 4 Siman 21. See also Aruch Hashulchan Siman 581:12
781) Q: When davening b’yechidus, is one obligated to hear / blow shofar in Elul at Shachris?
A: No. This minhag is only for the Tzibur, and not incumbent on an individual who is davening alone. See Shu"t Tzitz Eliezer Vol. 12 Siman 48
782) Q: If I accepted Shabbos early [after Plag Hamincha, but before Shkiah] and then I put on a pair of Tzitzis may I make a bracha on them, or is it already considered night when no bracha is recited.
A: Maran Rav Chaim Knievsky Shlita ruled that no bracha is recited in this situation. (Siach HaTorah page 277)
783) Q: Is it muttar on shabbos to kick found- money to the side to save it to retrieve later, or to prevent one's money (wallet) from being left in a public place? (assuming kosher eruv,or reshus hayachid)?
A: Yes, to prevent a monetary loss it may be moved with the feet to a safe spot. It may not be picked up with the hands in a regular manner. See Biur Halacha to Shulchan Aruch Siman 266:13 dibur hamaschil Pen. See also Mishna Berura Siman 308 S"K 13
784) Q: Anything to do about shofar blowing and corona, being that the saliva being cast out in a large way from the shofar and can be harmful to others?
A: Best if the ba'al tokea uses his own shofar, and not a communal shofar that s shared by many people, and also, he must stand at least 10- 15 feet away from anyone else when he blows and point the shofar away from people.
Common sense should be used with this, and in all situations.