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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Backyard Bounty Harav Chaim Weg May 20, 2021 Q:  At a large barbecue in a friend's backyard, I noticed a man searching frantically in the grass under his chair. When he stopped, I heard him mutter, “The $500 is gone forever.”…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Buy Default Dayan Daniel Dombroff December 24, 2020 Question: I would like to purchase a loan from a bank. The borrower, a nonreligious Jew, is in default. Would this violate the prohibition of ribbis (forbidden interest)? Answer: The Rama (Y.D.…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Center

Meal Plan   Q:  For the purposes of kiddush bimkom seudah, what foods constitute a “meal”? A:  The Shulchan Aruch says (O.C. 273:1), based on the Gemara (Pesachim 101), that kiddush must be made bimkom seudah, in the location of…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

In Hot Water II: Deeper Dayan Yehoshua Grunwald November 26, 2020 Q: You wrote in last week’s Q&A that all foods subject to the prohibition of cooking on Shabbos—with the exception of water, oil, and certain spices—should not be placed…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Crash Course Harav Chaim Weg October 15, 2020 Q:  On Rosh Hashanah, I borrowed a sefer on hilchos tekias shofar and a shofar to blow in shul, and I left them on the bimah during Musaf. The chandelier above the…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Cloud Cover Q:  Is there something specific to have in mind when fulfilling the mitzvah of sukkah, apart from intent to fulfill the mitzvah? A: The Torah commands us (Vayikra 23), “You shall dwell in sukkos for seven days.” According…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Safety in Letters Q:  There have been a number of criminal incidents in my neighborhood in recent years. A man has been approaching people in the area saying that the neighborhood has become dangerous and that we all must contribute…

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