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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

In Hot Water II: Deeper Dayan Yehoshua Grunwald November 26, 2020 Q: You wrote in last week’s Q&A that all foods subject to the prohibition of cooking on Shabbos—with the exception of water, oil, and certain spices—should not be placed…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

In Hot Water Dayan Yehoshua Grennwald November 19, 2020 Q: To add baked croutons or raw foods to soup on Shabbos, must the soup be in a kli shlishi, or does a kli sheini suffice? A:  There are three reasons not to…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Bracha Breakdown Dayan Yosef Greenwald November 12, 2020   Q: I mistakenly said v’sein tal umatar l’vracha in the bracha of Bareich aleinu, although it isn’t supposed to be said for another month. How can this be rectified? A:  If…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Deal Breaker Dayan Daniel Dombroff November 5, 2020   Q:  Reuven agreed verbally with Shimon to establish a joint learning seder. Five minutes later, Reuven was approached by Levi—with whom he had studied previously—who asked that Reuven partner with him…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Center

Forbidden Fruit Dayan Daniel Dombroff October 29, 2020 Q:  Before Sukkos, I am a seller of arba’ah minim. This year, a customer selected a shiny yellow esrog, brought it over to me, and took out his wallet. I examined the…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

You Can Say That Again Q: Can I make havdalah for my wife if I have already fulfilled the mitzvah myself? A:  It is questionable whether women are obligated to recite havdalah, which is why it is generally recommended for…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Crash Course Harav Chaim Weg October 15, 2020 Q:  On Rosh Hashanah, I borrowed a sefer on hilchos tekias shofar and a shofar to blow in shul, and I left them on the bimah during Musaf. The chandelier above the…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Cloud Cover Q:  Is there something specific to have in mind when fulfilling the mitzvah of sukkah, apart from intent to fulfill the mitzvah? A: The Torah commands us (Vayikra 23), “You shall dwell in sukkos for seven days.” According…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Off Guard Dayan Daniel Dombroff September 24, 2020 Q: I was employed during the summer as a lifeguard to supervise a camp’s swimming pool. One of my fellow lifeguards was instructed to close the pool at the end of the…

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