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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

On the Origin of Species September 29, 2022 Q I cultivate aravos and other shrubs indoors in planters. Are the aravos kosher for arba’ah minim, and are the branches of those shrubs usable as schach in a sukkah? A The…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

  Seamus O’Braille Q May I discard an old siddur written in Braille, or must it be put in sheimos? A The Torah warns (Devarim 12:4), “Lo sa’asun kein lashem elokeichem” (Do not do so to Hashem your G-d). This…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Family Court September 15, 2022 Q May the bais din for pruzbul include dayanim who are related one to another, or related to the lender or borrowers? A We noted recently in this forum that Sephardim follow the Shulchan Aruch…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Pruzbul Presiders September 2, 2022 Q I’m concerned that I might be asked to join an ad hoc bais din for a pruzbul, a role for which I fear I am unsuited. What are the qualifications to serve on such…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Precocious Pruzbul August 18, 2022 Q There are people that owe me money, so I want to write a pruzbul to prevent the cancelation of the loans at the end of Shmitah. May I do so earlier than Erev Rosh…

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Sleep Study August 11, 2022 Q  During the summer, I sometimes go to sleep before nightfall. Do I recite hamapil? A  Although hamapil, which asks for peaceful sleep (O.C. 239:1), would be applicable to any sleep, Chazal instituted the bracha…

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Door Jam August 4, 2022 Q We’re moving into our new home on a Friday. While affixing the mezuzos, I discovered I’m short one, but I won’t be able to obtain it until after Shabbos. Should I postpone the move?…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Mandatory Medical July 29, 2022 Q Is there an obligation to study medicine in order to be able to save someone’s life in an emergency? A  Sefer Chassidim (1469) says that if one could have studied medicine and didn’t, and…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Median Income July 21, 2022 Q My daughter is engaged to my friend’s son. The father proposed the shidduch to me directly, without a shadchan. Do I owe him shadchanus gelt? A When a shadchan makes a shidduch, there is…

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