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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Flameout Dayan Yehoshua Grunwald May 6, 2021 Q We leave our Shabbos night soup on the stovetop, where a gust of wind from the window blew out the flame. May I ask a gentile to reignite the stove? A Asking a…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Asleep at the Switch Dayan Yehoshua Grunwald April 29, 2021 Q We inadvertently left the light in the children’s bedroom on for Shabbos, and they will not sleep through the night if it stays that way. May we ask a…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Write of Passage Dayan Yosef Greenwald April 15, 2021 Q  I sent someone a text message tonight that read “Today is ten days in the Omer.” May I still count tonight with a bracha, or did I already fulfill the…

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Point of Sale? Dayan Yehoshua Grunwald March 11, 2021 Q  If a food store owned by a nonobservant Jew sells its chametz before Pesach through a rav, but the store continues to sell chametz on Pesach as usual, is the…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Sales Tacks Dayan Yehoshua Grunwald March 4, 2021 Q  Can one sell chametz over the phone or online? A Contemporary poskim permit a person to appoint a rav to sell his chametz over the phone. (See Mechiras Chametz Kehilchaso 17:11.) This verbal…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Meal Ticket HaRav Chaim Weg February 25, 2021 Q  I am strict not to eat on Purim morning before fulfilling the mitzvah of mishlo’ach manos (see Kovetz Halachos 17:1 and Mo’adim Uzmanim 2:186). This Purim, I plan to attend a…

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Constructive Criticism Dayan Yehoshua Grunwald February 18, 2021 Q  My window shades fell down on Shabbos. Would I have been permitted to rehang them? A One of the 39 melachos of Shabbos is boneh (building). In addition to new construction, the melacha includes repairing or…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Contract of Horseless Carriage Dayan Yehoshua Grunwald February 11, 2021 Q  If I pass a man struggling to start his car in his driveway in the morning, am I obligated to assist him? A There is a mitzvah in the…

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