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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Center

In the Light of Day Dayan Yosef Greenwald December 10, 2020 Q:  I am in a facility where I will be unable to light Chanukah lights and unlikely to see any. May I make the brachah of shehecheyanu on the…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Packaged Pachyderm HaRav Chaim Weg December 3, 2020 Q: I ordered an elephant-skin talis bag from a Jewish dealer in South Africa for $800, which I paid in full by credit card. Usually, this dealer sends his goods to American…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Neighborhood Watch Dayan Daniel Dombroff August 27, 2020 Q:  I babysit for a living. A neighbor asked me to watch her child, who was sleeping at the time. I told a friend who was present that I wasn’t planning to…

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Halachos of Daily Living

Shoveling snow on shabos: Is the shovel muktza? We have discussed many aspects of shoveling snow. What about the shovel, isn’t it muktza? If snow shoveling is permitted on Shabbos, a snow-shovel is certainly not muktza since it is a Kli SheMelachto L’Heter, a…

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Halachos of Daily Living

Halachos of Zeicher Lechurban What is the proper way for one to make a year round zecher l’Churban (a remembrance of the destruction of Yerushalayim and the Beis HaMikdash) in the construction of one’s home? One who builds a new…

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Halachos of Daily Living

Can I Use Flavored Charcoal Briquettes for My Barbecue? Rav Belsky, zt”l held that one may not use wine soaked wood chips or charcoal briquettes that contain wine flavors. Although the briquettes do not directly touch the food and are burned up…

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Halachos of Daily Living

Laws related to Berachos When does the day begin for the counting of one hundred brachos? Does one begin counting from sunset, when the halachic day begins, or does one begin counting from the morning? Poskim, such as the Mishna Berura (46:14), include…

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Halachos of Daily Living

Weekly Question: Laws related to Berachos The Gerald & Karin Feldhamer OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This Column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel ben Reb Dov HaLevi Belsky, zt’l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant from 1987-2016 According to…

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OU Daily Living

Weekly Questions What bracha is recited on peanut butter (a spoonful of peanut butter eaten plain)? There are two opinions regarding the bracha on peanut butter. Here, we will discuss the opinion that holds that the bracha on peanut butter is Shehakol. Shulchan Aruch (OC 208:8) writes…

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Laws related to Birchas Hatorah

The Gerald & Karin Feldhamer OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This Column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel ben Reb Dov HaLevi Belsky, zt’l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant from 1987-2016   I just finished reciting birchos ha’shachar (the blessings recited…

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