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July 17, 2017

Wearing red colored clothing-Part 1

Daily Halacha

Wearing red colored clothing: Red colored clothing is forbidden to be worn [by either men or women], as they are worn by gentiles for purposes of promiscuity, [and one who wears it transgresses the prohibition of “Thou shall not go in...

July 9, 2017

Morning washing for children

Daily Halacha

Do children need to wash their hands in the morning upon awakening?[1] It is accustomed not to be careful to wash the hands of children upon awakening, until they reach the age of Chinuch.[2] [However, once the child has reached the...

July 6, 2017

Cleaning spills on Shabbos

Daily Halacha

Cleaning spills on Shabbos Introduction: Cleaning a spill on Shabbos involves two actions which touch upon a number of possible prohibitions. These two actions are: 1) Wetting the cloth with the spill and 2) Moving around the soaked...

July 3, 2017

Closing up a window or door

Daily Halacha

  Closing up a window or door:[1] One may not completely [and permanently[2]] close off a window or door, being that demons use openings to enter and exit and hence can lead to danger. Rather one must leave a small hole in the...

July 2, 2017

When to say Birchas Hashachar

Daily Halacha

  When are the morning blessings to be recited; at home or in Shul? The ruling in Shulchan Aruch: Al Netilas Yadayim; Asher Yatzar; Elokaiy Neshama:[1] These three blessings are to be recited immediately upon awakening as...

June 29, 2017

Making Tehina on Shabbos

Daily Halacha

  May one make Tehina on Shabbos? Adding water to pure Tehina:[1] It is forbidden to make a normal texture of Tehina by placing water to pure Techina, if the Tehina did not have water mixed into to it before Shabbos.[2] It is...

June 28, 2017

Tzaar Baalei Chaim

Daily Halacha

  Is it permitted to cause pain or kill living creatures?[1] It is Biblically forbidden to actively[2] cause pain to any[3] living creature [for no justifiable reason, as will be explained].[4] [It goes without saying that one may...

June 25, 2017

Standing for Kaddish

Daily Halacha

Standing for Kaddish and Barchu:[1] Some Poskim[2] rule it is not necessary [for the listeners] to stand during the recital of Kaddish and Barchu. Other Poskim[3] rule one is required to stand upon answering Kaddish or any Davar...

June 22, 2017

Covering the wine bottle during Kiddush

Daily Halacha

Must one cover the wine bottle during Kiddush and may the wine still be used if it was left open? One may not recite Kiddush over wine that has been left open/revealed.[1] Nevertheless, if the wine remained open/revealed for only a...

June 20, 2017

Yichud in an elevator

Daily Halacha

Is Yichud permitted in an elevator?[1] Some Poskim[2] rule the prohibition of Yichud applies in an elevator, and it is therefore forbidden to be alone in an elevator with a woman even for a very short amount of time.[3] Majority...

June 17, 2017

Having a pair of Night Tzitzis

Daily Halacha

May one have a separate pair of sleeping Tzitzis to wear only at night? Although it is proper for those who sleep with a Tallis Katan to have two pairs of a Tallis Katan in order to be able to switch the Tzitzis daily upon awakening...

June 15, 2017

Drinking after Kiddush before Hamotzi

Daily Halacha

Drinking liquids after Kiddush prior to the meal: It is permitted for one who is thirsty to drink after Kiddush, prior to the meal.[1] Saying a blessing prior to drinking:[2] One who drinks prior to the meal is not to say a blessing...

June 13, 2017

Men listening to women sing

Daily Halacha

The Issur of Kol Isha-Listening to her voice when not Davening/learning:[1] It is forbidden[2] for a man to [ever] listen [i.e. pay attention[3]] to the [singing] voice of a woman who is an Erva [such as a married woman[4], or a Nida,...

June 12, 2017

Saying the name of Yoshkeh

Daily Halacha

May one say the name Jesus or Yeshu? From the letter of the law, it is permitted to recite the name Jesus or Yeshu.[1] It is likewise permitted to write these names, as we find Gedolei Yisrael who wrote these names in their Sefarim.[2]...

June 11, 2017

Order of getting dressed like a Jew

Daily Halacha

Which clothing is one to wear first?[1] The custom amongst Chassidim and G-d fearing Jews is to get dressed from top to bottom.[2] Thus one is to first wear the Yarmulke[3], then the undershirt, Tzitzis, shirt and then the underwear,...

June 8, 2017

Squeezing fruits into foods on Shabbos

Daily Halacha

Squeezing fruits into foods on Shabbos:[1] A. Into a solid food [as opposed to a liquid]:[2] All fruits, even grapes and olives, are permitted to be squeezed directly into solid foods for seasoning purposes.[3] Squeezing into an empty...

June 7, 2017

Accepting presents

Daily Halacha

Accepting presents:[1] It is a Midas Chassidus [i.e. act of piety] for one not to accept presents, and rather to trust in Hashem that He will give one that which he lacks.[2] [Seemingly, however, if this will lead to the person getting...

May 24, 2017

Paying rent on time

Daily Halacha

Paying rent on time: Rent of object:[1] It is an obligation to pay rent for an animal or item on time, and if one delays doing so he transgresses a negative command.[2] Rent of land/house:[3] Some Poskim[4] rule one who does not pay...

May 18, 2017

Crying on Shabbos

Daily Halacha

May one cry on Shabbos? One who receives pleasure from crying, may cry on Shabbos.[1] Thus, one may cry out of feelings of yearning and Dveikus for Hashem, such as occurs by those who Daven with concentration.[2] Furthermore, if one is...

May 16, 2017

Buying baby items prior to birth

Daily Halacha

May one buy items for a child before he is born? Yes. There is no prohibition recorded against doing so. Nevertheless, some have the custom to abstain from doing so due to Ayin Hara. One who did not receive this tradition is not...

May 14, 2017

Lag BaOmer

Daily Halacha, Sefiras Haomer

1. Historical background-What occurred on Lag BaOmer? It is accustomed to increase slightly in joy on Lag BaOmer.[1] Various reasons behind this celebration have been recorded.[2] The classical reason recorded in Poskim[3] is that on...

May 10, 2017

Pesach Sheiyni

Daily Halacha, Pesach

Pesach Sheiyni Background of Pesach Sheiyni:[1] In the times of the Temple, a person who did not bring the Pesach offering in the 14th of Nissan, either due to being impure or due to being a distance from Jerusalem, was required to...

May 7, 2017

International Dateline

Daily Halacha, Sefiras Haomer

What is the law if one crossed the international dateline and went back or forward a weekday?[1] Example 1-Traveled from California To Australia: One traveled from California to Australia on Sunday night, the 15th day of Omer, on a...

May 4, 2017

Shabbos Electric urn

Daily Halacha

May an electric water urn be used for Shabbos?[1] The water is heated based on a thermostat: Some Poskim[2] rule a thermostat based electric water urn may not be used on Shabbos as the amount of water that is in the pot effects when...

May 3, 2017

Halachic validity of a check

Daily Halacha

Definition of a check in Halacha:[1] There is a dispute amongst today’s Poskim as to the status of a check according to Halacha. Some Poskim[2] rule it is viewed as a mere promise document which has no Halachic validity.[3] It is...

April 26, 2017

Making a Hefsek during Hallel

Daily Halacha

  Hefsek-Making an interval to answer Amen and the like:[1] Complete Hallel: When the complete Hallel is recited, the laws of making a Hefsek [speech interval] during Hallel has the same laws as a Hefsek during the reading of the...

April 24, 2017

Checking flour for insects-Part 1

Daily Halacha

Checking flour for insects: A. Flour insects: Worms and other insects that are found in flour are forbidden to be eaten.[1] This applies even if the flour was kept in a vessel.[2] This applies irrelevant of the size of the insect [so...

March 30, 2017

The Chumra of Gebrochts

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Matzah Shruyah/Gebrochts:[1] What is it? Matzah that has come to contact with water either by cooking with water or dipping in water. The Law: The Chassidic custom is not to eat any Matzah dipped in water due to a suspicion that...

March 26, 2017

Egg Matzah-Matzah Ashira

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  A. Understanding the liquids that turn flour into Chametz: Water and water derivatives:[1] The Biblical definition of Chameitz refers only to dough that has been kneaded with water or with water derivatives. Only water or water...

March 16, 2017

Broken glasses on Shabbos

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  May one fix broken glasses and are they considered Muktzah? Lens came out: It is forbidden to reinsert the lens into the frame even loosely.[1] However, the lens itself is not considered Muktzah[2] unless it shattered or the...

March 13, 2017

Shushan Purim

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Shushan Purim: Increasing in festivities in un-walled cities:[1] One is obligated to slightly[2] increase in joy and festivities on Shushan Purim [during the day[3]], and so is the custom.[4] [However, on the night of the 15th,...

March 7, 2017

The Mishloach Manos Menu

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Mishloach Manos-What is one to send-Must one send two different blessings?[1] One needs to send at least two[2] gifts of meat or other foods to one person. [Today the custom is to send sweets as Mishloach Manos.[3] There is no...

February 27, 2017

Using secular dates

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  May one use the English dates verbally or in writing?[1] The years: Some Poskim[2] rule it is Biblically forbidden to write English dates.[3] Other Poskim[4] however rule it is permitted.[5] Practically, the custom is to be...

February 26, 2017

Marbim Besimcha

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Marbim Besimcha:[1] One is to increase in joy throughout the month of Adar.[2] [Hence one is to rejoice himself, his wife and children during this month, similar to the Mitzvah of rejoicing them on Yom Tov.[3] Included in this...

February 15, 2017

Value of Peruta

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  How much is a Peruta?[1] The Peruta was the smallest form of currency in the times of the Mishna and Talmud. It was a copper coin. Its silver worth is the weight of half a barley which is about .025 grams.[2] Thus, the worth of...

February 9, 2017

Tu Beshvat

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  The Laws and Customs of Tu Beshvat  Introduction: The day of Tu Beshvat is a Halachic date that affects the laws of Kashrus of fruits. Due to this, it has become known as Rosh Hashanah Leilanos.[1] Throughout the generations...

February 9, 2017

Shabbos Shira

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Standing for Shira:[1] The custom is to stand for the reading of Shira. Zeicher/Zecher:[2] There is dispute amongst Poskim[3] as whether one is to read Zeicher Amalek or Zecher Amalek. Practically one is to read both...

February 7, 2017

How to attach to a Tzaddik?

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  How to attach to the Talmid Chacham/Rebbe/Sage/:[1] The Sages[2] commanded and said that one is to attach to the dust of their feet and drink their words with thirst. [Women are also commanded to listen to the words of the Sages...

January 30, 2017

Jewish Cemeteries

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Burying in a Jewish cemetery Burying near a Tzaddik, and near a Rasha and near a non-Frum Jew:[1] One may not bury a Rasha near a Tzaddik [and certainly may not bury a Tzaddik near a Rasha]. Furthermore, one may not even bury a...

January 29, 2017

Drinking during a meal

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Drinking during a meal of bread:[1] Some Poskim[2] rule one is not Biblically obligated to recite Birchas Hamazon after eating [a satiating meal of bread[3]] unless he drank [a liquid[4]] during the meal.[5] This however only...

January 24, 2017

Yichud in Taxis

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Yichud in a taxi:[1] When a woman takes a taxi with a male taxi driver, or a man takes a taxi with a female taxi driver, the possibility of a Yichud prohibition arises.[2] This is dependent on several factors as will be...

January 3, 2017

Bayis Malei Sefarim

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

Bayis Malei Sefarim-Purchasing Torah literature:[1] It is a Mitzvah [and obligation[2]] to publish [and purchase[3]] Chumashim, Mishnah, Gemara and their commentaries.[4] Some Poskim[5] rule that today this Mitzvah is a positive...

January 2, 2017

Tallis Katan covering chest

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Tzitzis covering the chest:[1] Based on Kabala[2], the Tallis Katan is to cover the entire chest area [up until the neck]. Hence if one has a V neck Tallis Katan he is to sew or button the sides. [If one has a Tallis Katan with a...

December 28, 2016

Moving the Menorah

Chanukah, Daily Halacha

Moving a Menorah May one move the Menorah after it is lit? What if the Menorah is blocking the doorway, or one fears from the children? The Sages decreed against moving the Menorah while its Mitzvah is fulfilled. The following are the...