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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Sunset Provisions Rav Avraham Yeshaya Cohen June 10, 2021 Q May I wash for seudah shlishis right before shkiah, such that the actual seudah is held after shkiah, during bain hashmashos? A  There are two distinct issues here. The first…

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Bais HaVaad on the Parsha, Parshas Korach

Redemptive Rebate Excerpted and adapted from a shiur by Dayan Yehoshua Grunwald June 10, 2021   Its redemption [shall be performed] from the age of one month, according to the valuation, five shekels of silver… Bemidbar 18:16 The mitzvah of…

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Viral Vectors: Characterizing Cybercrime

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman June 10, 2021   Our previous article considered R’ Yaakov David Schmahl’s analysis of whether one who sends a virus-laden email that causes damage to the recipient’s computer is liable as a…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Taking Stock Rav Aryeh Finkel June 3, 2021 Q I purchased a stock for $100 a share using an online broker. I’m anticipating that its price will increase to $105 over the next few weeks. I placed a limit order…

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Pay per Click: Are Virus Senders Liable?

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman June 3, 2021   Our previous article discussed the permissibility of businesses paying ransoms for the release of data held hostage by ransomware cyberattacks. In this article, we consider whether cyberattackers who…

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Bais HaVaad on the Parsha, Parshas Shlach

A Grave Error? Excerpted and adapted from a shiur by HaRav Yechiel Biberfeld June 3, 2021   They went up in the south, and he came to Chevron… Bemidbar 13:22 Why does the pasuk begin with the plural “they” and…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

The Right of Return Dayan Yehoshua Grunwald May 27, 2021 Q We normally cook cholent in a crock pot with a foil blech placed between the base and the crock. This week we forgot the blech, but the cholent was…

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Freedom of Information: Paying Ransom to Cyberthieves

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman May 27, 2021 On May 7, Colonial Pipeline, an oil pipeline system that carries gasoline and jet fuel, suffered a ransomware cyberattack—the largest cyberattack on an oil infrastructure target in the history…

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