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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

The Poor Capitalist July 18, 2024 Q I have $200,000 in the bank. I would like to use it to purchase an income-producing investment property and then receive tzedakah to cover my living expenses beyond the income the investment generates. Am…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

The Write Stuff July 11, 2024 Q What writing instrument may be used to fix a broken letter in a sefer Torah? A The Rama (Y.D. 271:7) cites a ruling of the Mordechai (Gittin 321) that a get or sefer…

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Stepping Up July 4, 2024 Q On weekdays, is walking to shul preferable to driving, in order to earn sechar psios? A In several places, Chazal highlight sechar psios (the reward for each footstep taken to perform a mitzvah), particularly…

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Graft Rejection June 27, 2024 Q May I graft a fruit tree outside of Eretz Yisrael? May I purchase a grafted tree? A Grafting a branch onto a tree of a different species is a type of forbidden kil’ayim mixture.…

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Wedding Day June 20, 2024 Q May we get married on a Friday? A The Shulchan Aruch (E.H. 64:3) cites an opinion that a Friday wedding is forbidden—because it may lead to inadvertent chillul Shabbos—but says that the prevailing minhag…

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Going Green June 11, 2024 Q I purchased flowers and other plants in honor of Shavuos. May I transfer them from one vase to another on Yom Tov? A Plants that were designated for decorative use before Shabbos or Yom…

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Where Does the Time Go? May 30, 2024 Q I am flying tomorrow from Australia to the US. I will cross the halachic dateline en route, so I will go back in time, departing on Wednesday but arriving on Tuesday.…

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Cracked Wheat May 23, 2024 Q May a very small roll be used for lechem mishneh? What about a challah or matzah with a partial break? A The mitzvah of lechem mishneh is fulfilled by reciting hamotzi on two challos…

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Does Texting Count? May 16, 2024 Q After I texted my wife a sfirah reminder, “Today is the 19th day,” I realized that I hadn’t yet counted. May I still count tonight with a bracha? A The Shulchan Aruch (O.C. 489:4)…

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