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Matonos Le'Evyonim

Wednesday, 28th February 2018

One of the 613 commandments in the Torah is to obey the Torah Sages.  The Sages instituted Purim and its commandments.

One of the commandments of Purim is Matonos Le'Evyonim - to send gifts to at least two needy people. This gift is usually money.

Even somebody who lives off charity needs to fulfil this commandment.

One needn't hand the gifts directly to the needy; one can send them via messenger or charity organization.

Purim is the only day of the year one does not check credentials; anybody who asks for charity on Purim is given something.

Both men and women have an obligation to give Matonos Le'Evyonim.  Men may send Matonos Le'Evyonim to women and vice versa.

 

Saving lives

Thursday, 22nd February 2018

How was Esther halachically allowed to go into the king's inner chamber and risk her life to save other lives? It is forbidden to put one’s life in danger!

Under the normal rules of halacha, it would have been forbidden for Esther to do this. Mordechai had a prophecy that Esther should do this. Esther fasted for 3 days before going into the king and put everything into the hands of HaShem (G-d), and did not worry about her physical safety according to the normal rules of nature.

Another answer: Esther was also in danger - she knew that she would have anyway been killed along with the rest of the Jews, and so she could risk her life to save her own life as well as everyone else’s.

Which cup for kiddush?

Thursday, 15th February 2018

May one use a disposable cup for kiddush (literally, "sanctification," is a blessing recited over wine or grape juice to sanctify the Shabbos and Jewish holidays), or must it be a silver cup?

The material for a cup used for kiddush, can be of any material, e.g. gold, silver, copper, glass etc. It is however ideal to use a nice, respectable cup.

Regarding disposable cups, the Rabbis have long debated if it considered a utensil and thus acceptable, or since it is meant to be disposed of, it isn't acceptable.
 
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein ruled stringently, and did not allow it except in cases of great necessity where no other cup is available. This is also the ruling of Rabbi Yitzchok Weiss. He goes so far as to necessitate "designating" this disposable cup as the one you will always use in the future when no regular cup is available.
 
Other Rabbis, including the Tzitz Eliezer and Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach are more lenient and consider a disposable cup an acceptable utensil. However, he rules that although it's acceptable, it is lacking in "Hidur Mitzvah - the beautification of a mitzvah" to use such a cup. 
 
If using the hard plastic cups available nowadays, which are much more durable than the regular disposable cups and indeed are used by many at respectable meals, many Rabbis feel that these are indeed acceptable.
 
Some people, when using a disposable cup, put one cup into another one and make kiddush using this double cup. It isn't clear exactly how or why this would solve the problem.
 
For a final ruling a Rabbi must be consulted.

Brachot

Thursday, 8th February 2018

What is the correct brocho on shnitzel (breaded chicken cutlets)?
 
Rabbis Moshe Feinstein, Yaakov Kamenetsky and Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg hold that for breaded chicken or fish, if the coating is thick, and there for its own taste, it is definitely Mezonos. 
 
If, however, it is a very thin coating which isn't there for itself, rather to lend taste to the chicken or fish, then it isn't considered to have its own Chashivus (importance/qualities) and is therefore shehakol.

Ear Plugs

Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Many people use ear plugs for various reasons during the day or when they sleep to block out noise.

Regarding their use on Shabbos, it would depend on what kind of earplugs they are.

An earplug that is like a small sponge which does not assume the shape of the inner ear when inserted and reverts back to its original shape upon being removed from the ear, may be used on Shabbos.

However, earplugs that are made from silicone, wax or similar materials which assume the shape of the inner ear that they are put in to and retain that shape when being removed may not be used on Shabbos

Boneh

Thursday, 25th January 2018

Many infant cots and playpens are equipped with small wheels to enable them to be easily moved from place to place. 
 
These wheels are not screwed in, and it is common for them to sometimes fall out when the item is being moved, and when they fall out they are easily pushed back in.

These wheels may be replaced on Shabbos even if they will now stay in if the cot is lifted, so long as they are loose enough that they can easily be pulled out, as this would not be considered Boneh.

Travelling

Thursday, 18th January 2018

If one is driving on a journey and is delayed for example in traffic, can one daven (pray) in the car whilst driving?

If one must stop to daven and it is pouring with rain outside or it is a bad location and one is worried for their safety, can they daven inside the car or must they exit to daven?

Davening (praying) whilst driving a car is absolutely prohibited, as it is impossible to concentrate on the road and on davening at the same time. 
  
If you pull over to the side of the road it is preferably you should go outside and stand at least for the Shemona Esrei part of davening.  If that isn't possible either due to rain or if it is a dangerous neighbourhood, then you may indeed daven sitting down in your car.

All of the above is provided that you are running against the clock and will not be able to daven normally when you get to your destination safely.

Visiting the sick

Wednesday, 10th January 2018

It's a Mitzva (commandment) to visit sick people, irrelevant of the social standing of the visitor or the patient.

Close friends and family may visit immediately, but others should wait until the 4th day.

However, if a person becomes very ill very suddenly then all may visit immediately.

One may visit numerous times a day - as long as it doesn't bother the patient.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 193:1

Education

Monday, 1st January 2018

A father must educate his children to do all Mitzvos (Torah and Rabbinical) that are appropriate to their age.

One also needs to prevent a child from doing any sin which he is capable of relating to, starting with telling the truth, eating only Kosher and not carrying things on Shabbat (in areas where one may not carry, i.e. where there is no Eruv.)

A child who stole must return the theft if it exists.  If it no longer exists then he needn't return its value even after he becomes an adult. However, in heaven he will be required to account for the theft, so it's recommended to make amends.

Travelling

Thursday, 28th December 2017

Even when travelling, you needs to wash both hands with a cup of water before eating bread.

If there's water within 4 Km in the direction you travelling, or 1Km behind, then you have to go wash your hands properly.

If you are scared to leave your travelling companions, or if you cannot find water to wash before eating bread, you can cover your hands or wear gloves.

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