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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

A Sticky Situation January 26, 2023 Q May I tovel a utensil in the mikveh with a sticker attached? A All parts of an item that requires tvilah must contact the waters of the mikveh. An attached foreign object is…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

A Change of Pace January 19, 2023 Q Should I recite borei nefashos after slowly sipping a beverage? A  Unlike a bracha rishonah, which must be recited on any quantity of food or drink, a bracha acharonah is only made…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Loan Disapproved January 12, 2023 Q I recently discovered that the CEO of a bank where I hold an interest-bearing savings account is Jewish. What should I do? A Depositing money into an interest-bearing bank account is a loan at…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Fruit Preserves January 4, 2023 Q May I remove the cherry tree in my backyard? A The Torah forbids the cutting down of fruit trees: “Do not destroy its trees” (Devarim 20:19). One may also not instruct a non-Jew or…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Relative Terms December 29, 2022 Q May I honor a distant relative to serve as an eid kidushin (witness) at my wedding? A Kidushin is only effective if it is performed before two valid witnesses (Shulchan Aruch E.H. 42:2). Family…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Sabbatical Smoldering December 22, 2022 Q I am in Eretz Yisrael for Chanukah, and many Shmitah products are still available for purchase here. Is there a reason to refrain from using Shmitah olive oil for the menorah? A The Torah…

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Dish Out December 15, 2022 Q After washing the dishes on Shabbos night, may I organize them on the counter or in the dishwasher by type, or is that a violation of borer? A The melacha of borer entails selecting…

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Beyond the Scope December 7, 2022 Q May I use mouthwash or whiskey on Shabbos to soothe the pain of a canker sore? A Chazal forbade medical treatments (refuah) on Shabbos lest one inadvertently transgress the melacha de’Oreisa of grinding…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Lunch Liquid December 1, 2022 Q I work outdoors and often don’t have access to water for netilas yadayim. May I use snow, ice, or slush? What about beverages like juice, coffee, or seltzer? A The ideal substance for netilas…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Idol Speculation November 24, 2022 Q My non-Jewish cleaning lady often handles wine bottles while straightening up the kitchen. When is there a yayin nesech concern? A Wine was traditionally used in idol worship. Because of this, any wine with…

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