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Tuesday, September 15 2009, 26 Elul 5769
 
Halacha For Today: 
 
 
Tuesday
September 15th 2009
26 Elul 5769; Third Day of Selichos
 
To See Today's Yahrtzeit's CLICK HERE 
 
 

א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
 
  Short, Reader Submitted Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
 
Teshuvah? That sounds scary...

Well, what really is Teshuvah?

A man once came to Reb Nachman of Breslav and told him that he doesn't hold by doing teshuvah because he knows that he'll just go back to doing the same things again.
 
Reb Nachman answered him that Teshuvah is not about not doing the same sins again, but rather it's all about bringing Hashem down into the world and into our hearts.
 
Every soul is a peice of Hashem and is connected to Him, but our sins make a blockage between the light of Hashem and us. When we say Viddui and confess our sins, it helps us remove the heavy "shell" that our sins have caused, and this allows the light of Hashem to flow down into the world and into us. Teshuvah is not about beating ourselves up over our past, but rather about LIVING for Hashem's honor in the present.
 
The more we seek to bring Hashem's honor and glory down to the world, the more Teshuvah we do! Automatically, all the past sins are forgiven, and automatically, we won't end up repeating our past mistakes. 

(from
Guard Your Eyes  website)    
 
  
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1) A man may be alone with any woman if his wife is also present in the home, as his wife is his ideal Shomeres. (Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer Siman 22:3)
 
A man's wife is an adequate Shomeres even during the night time hours. (See Mishna Kidushin 80b and Tosefos Dibur Hamaschil R' Shimon and Pnei Yehoshua's commentary on that Tosefos)

2) According to many Poskim, the above is true only if his wife is actually with him in the same house or at least in the same courtyard, and simply having the wife in the city does not work [unlike in the reverse, where a woman's husband being in the city can be an adequate shmira, details of which we will B'Ezras Hashem discuss in the near future] (See Shulchan Aruch ibid.. See also Igros Moshe Even HaEzer Vol. 4 Siman 65:6, Prisha Yoreh Deah Siman 245:20. See Bais Shmuel on Shulchan Aruch ibid. S"K 22 who seems to rule that if the wife is in the city it does indeed help. See also Aruch HaShulchan Even HaEzer Siman 22:15 and Sh'arim Metzuyanim B'Halacha in his commentary to Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Siman 152:7 where he differentiates depending on where she went and for how long. See Igros Moshe Even HaEzer vol. 4 Siman 71 Dibur Hamaschil U'Bidvar, where Rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal seems to concur with this view)

A person's wife is an adequate Shomeres even if the other woman is Libo Gas Ba. (See Shu"t Sha'ar Yosef from the Chida Siman 3 Dibur Hamaschil V'Hinay Ra'Isi)
 
 
 

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QUESTION & ANSWER CORNER:
 
Reader Submitted Questions of interest on topics related to Halachos we covered, as well as other interesting topic and Answers. Taken from the Q & A pages on the Halacha For Today website.
 
Although the answers I give to questions are taken directly from the Sifrei HaPoskim, and aren't my own, they are  still for study purposes only, NOT for Psak Halacha.
 
Questions can be emailed to HalachaForToday@Yahoo.com    
 

 
Reader's Question: 
 
I would like to know, do I need to wear Tzitzis (talis kuten) during the day if I don't have a [garment] with 4 corners, isn't the halacha that you need to wear it only if you have a [garment] with 4 corners?
 
Answer:
 

M'Ikar D'din, if you do not wear a 4 cornered garment, you arent  obligated in tzitzis.
 
However, due to the importance of Tzitizis, the fact that it protects the wearer from harm, the fact that it is equal to all 613 Mitzvos and the fact that it symbolizes our faith, the custom is indeed to not walk 4 amos, especially in daytime (and according to the Arizal even at nighttime, and even when sleeping not to be even for a moment), without Tzitzis.
 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

Please visit  my website www.HalachaForToday.com for archives, Kosher links, Questions and Answers,and  other features. Halachos are for study purposes only, and should not be relied upon for final Psak. See Halacha L'Maaseh Disclaimer Here. I welcome all  questions on any topic, anytime! Help spread the word of Hashem!
 
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Monday September 14 2009, 25 Elul 5769
 
Halacha For Today: 
 
 
Monday
September 14th 2009
25 Elul 5769; Second Day of Selichos (for Ashkenazim)
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
 
  Short Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
 
When Going through hard times, remember the following things and you WILL get through them, and remember: "If Hashem brought you to it, He will get you through it"
 
 
  1. Hashem loves me more than anything.

2. One must trust in Hashem and only in Hashem at all times.(for the help comes only from Him)

3. Everything that happens is for a reason .

4. Everything Hashem does for me is to bring me closer to Him.

5. Everything Hashem does for me is 100%  out of love  no question.

6. Hashem does not do things just like that. There is a master plan behind everything, and even though at times we don't and can't understand, I must believe in Him and know and trust 100% in Him that he knows what He is doing.

7. If one looks for Hashem one will find Him no matter what. He is right there. Just open the door (of your heart) and let Him in.

8. Just trust in Him, run to Him, know that He is there holding and carrying you, He loves you more then anything, you are His beloved child.

9. Hashem has many rooms in His glorious kingdom. Each of the rooms has a lock on them. But there is a master key that can open all of them. It is a broken heart and a humbled spirit with a sincere t'feilah(prayer). That t'feilah goes up straight to Hashem,(straight to the Kisay Ha Kavod).
       


(The list above was taken from
DivreiChizuk.com )


 
 
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1) A man may be alone with a woman if his mother, daughter or sister is also present. (see Shu"t Igros Moshe Even HaEzer Vol. 2 Siman 15 end of Dibur Hamaschil V'Hinay Af and end of Dibur Hamaschil V'Hinay Matzasi, and Vol. 4 Siman 65:8. This was also the Psak of the Chazon Ish.  Other Poskim including the Chida, Hafla'ah and Z'Chor L'Avraham were more stringent and did not allow this.)
 
Their presence eliminates the problems of Yichud even if the woman in question is "Libo Gas Ba" (Rav Yaakov Forchheimer shlita)
 
However, the above is only during the daytime hours, as during the night time an additional Shomer would be required besides his mother/daughter/sister. (See Rama Even HaEzer Siman 22:5 and Chazon Ish Hilchos Ishus Siman 34:3)

2) Likewise, a woman may be alone with a man (even Libo Gas Ba) during the daytime hours if her father, son or brother is also present.
 
During the night time hours an additional Shomer is necessary.
 
The exception to the above is a woman who is alone with a man and her son is present in the home, where according to many Poskim no additional Shomer is required even at night, as her son's presence alone is an adequate deterrent. (See Pischei Teshuva Siman 22:2. See also Shu"t Ein Yitzchak Even HaEzer Vol. 1 Siman 77:6)

 
 
 
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Reader Submitted Questions of interest on topics related to Halachos we covered, as well as other interesting topic and Answers. Taken from the Q & A pages on the Halacha For Today website.
 
Although the answers I give to questions are taken directly from the Sifrei HaPoskim, and aren't my own, they are  still for study purposes only, NOT for Psak Halacha.
 
Questions can be emailed to HalachaForToday@Yahoo.com    
 

 
Reader's Question: 
 
What is the general rule regarding brushing ones teeth on shabbos ?
 
What preparations can be made in order to brush ones teeth ?
 
Answer:
 

If the teeth need to be brushed, it may only be done softly, with a dry brush which is designated for shabbos use. (according to some authorities, it  has to even look different than the regular weekday toothbrush. See Shu"t Minchas Yitzchok  Vol. 3 Siman 50 ), in a way that will not cause bleeding.
 
Toothpaste may not be used according to Rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal  (Igros Moshe Orach Chaim Vol. 1 Siman 112)  and most contemporary Poskim.
 
They do have some sort of new Shabbos Toothbrush and tooth wash on the market which  is ok, if necessary.
 
Mouthwash is ok to use. 


 
 
 

 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

Please visit  my website www.HalachaForToday.com for archives, Kosher links, Questions and Answers,and  other features. Halachos are for study purposes only, and should not be relied upon for final Psak. See Halacha L'Maaseh Disclaimer Here. I welcome all  questions on any topic, anytime! Help spread the word of Hashem!
 
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Sunday September 13 2009, 24 elul 5769
 
Halacha For Today: 
 
 
Sunday
September 13th 2009
24 Elul 5769; First Day of Selichos (for Ashkenazim)
 
To See Today's Yahrtzeit's CLICK HERE 
 
 

א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
 
  Short Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
 
Every time we speak Lashon hora and condemn someone, we are opening the door for the Satan to condemn us, because every time we participate in a Lashon hora discussion, we are bringing ourselves to the attention of the Satan. The lashon hora that we spoke allows the Satan access to our own portfolio of sins.
 
Conversely, if you don't speak lashon hora, the Satan will not speak against you (midda kneged midda - we are repaid in kind). If you don't listen to Lashon hora, then the Heavenly Court will not listen to accusations about you. It's that simple.

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are coming near. We all want a good judgment. We must start working on ourselves to change for the better, to deserve for HaShem to open the gates of rachamim and give us a year of only bracha. The best way to work on ourselves is by taking ONE step at a time. As time goes on, the outcome is far greater than we can ever imagine. Not only will you benefit your own families and lives, but you will change the entire world.
 
IMAGINE! 
For an easy and practical way to learn just one lesson of Shmiras Halashon a day, please send an email to ShmirasHalashonADay@gmail.com  to receive a lesson a day right to your inbox! (written by one of the daily readers of Halacha For Today)
 
 
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1) A man may not be alone with two women. (See Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer Siman 22:5 and Taz S"K 4)
 
The Poskim debate whether a man may be alone with 3 adult women, and some allow it if it is during the daytime/early evening hours. This leniency should only be relied upon in cases of great necessity, and after speaking to a Rav for guidance. (See Shulchan Aruch and Rama Siman 22:5. See also Igros Moshe Even HaEzer Vol. 4 Siman 65:14 and 20 where Rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal rules stringently in this matter)
 

2) However, according to all,  a man may be alone with three girls ages 5 until 9.
 
Regarding one man being alone with two girls, ages 5 until 9,  it isn't clear from the Poskim if this is better than 2 adult women or if it  is the same problem, and it is best to be stringent. (
See Sefer Dvar Halacha Siman10:5)
 
 
 
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QUESTION & ANSWER CORNER:
 
Reader Submitted Questions of interest on topics related to Halachos we covered, as well as other interesting topic and Answers. Taken from the Q & A pages on the Halacha For Today website.
 
Although the answers I give to questions are taken directly from the Sifrei HaPoskim, and aren't my own, they are  still for study purposes only, NOT for Psak Halacha.
 
Questions can be emailed to HalachaForToday@Yahoo.com    
 

 
Reader's Question: 
 
I would like to know, when we got the Torah did it come in a sephardic way, ashkenaz way, chassidic way or it just said straight out the halachos and everyone just keeps it their way, and if that's how it is then which way is best?
 
Answer:
 

There was only one Torah, and there still is only one Torah and there will always be one Torah.
 
Over the years certain things were forgotten or translated  differently, so there developed different schools of thought about what certain things mean, how certain things are done etc. However, all the different cultures and groups are doing the same thing...in their unique way.
 
Hilel and Shamai, Rav Akiva and Rav Elazar, Rav Meir and the Chachamim, The Gaon of Vilna and the Ba'al HaTanya, Rav Akiva Eiger and the Chasam Sofer, Rav Avrohom Yitzchak Kook and the Brisker Rav, The Chazon Ish and Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld,  Rav Moshe Feinstein and the Satmar Rav Zichronam Livracha, Rav Ovadia Yosef shlita and Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv shlita...and all the sages throughout the ages always had (and will have, until Mashiach comes)  differences of opinion in halacha, hashkafa, etc....but were all striving for the same truth! The truth of the holy Torah.
 
We serve the same Hashem and keep the same holy Torah, and are reaching for the same goal of earning Olam Haba...we just take different paths sometimes to get  there.

 
 
 

 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

Please visit  my website www.HalachaForToday.com for archives, Kosher links, Questions and Answers,and  other features. Halachos are for study purposes only, and should not be relied upon for final Psak. See Halacha L'Maaseh Disclaimer Here. I welcome all  questions on any topic, anytime! Help spread the word of Hashem!
 
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Erev Shabbos Netzavim- Vayeilech September 11 2009, 22 Elul 5769
 
Halacha For Today: 
 
 
Erev Shabbos Kodesh Parshas Netzavim- VaYeilech
September 11th 2009 (8th anniversary of the horrible terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. May the Neshamos of those murdered on that day continue to  go higher and higher in Gan Eden)
22 Elul 5769
 
To See Today's Yahrtzeit's CLICK HERE 
 
 

א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
 
  Short, reader submitted Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
 
 A lot of people think, as they examine themselves and their lives, that they really have nothing to do tshuvah about.
They don't do any serious sins, they daven, keep kosher and other mitzvos, are nice to their family and spouse, don't steal, do what's expected of them, etc. 
And most people go through a day thinking they have no real problems - and when a problem does occur, they assign the blame to someone other than themselves.  That's because we each have a natural, inborn tendency to deny our own faults, and to readily and easily see the faults of other people - Hashem made us that way.

But the Baal Shem Tov taught that we only see a fault in someone else if we have that same fault ourselves.  A perfect tzaddik, someone who has no faults, sees no faults in anyone else.  Therefore, an easy way to figure out your own faults, so that you can know what it is you have to do tshuvah on, is to figure out what faults you can see in other people.  Then, for each fault in someone else you come up with, say to yourself, "That's what I'm like," or, "That's what I do," etc.  And even though you will probably deny it at first, take it to heart, examine yourself closely in many situations, and you'll see that you do have that same fault yourself.  And then you can work on removing that fault from your own repertoire.
Along these lines, we think that an actual product should be produced called The My-Own-Faults Finder.  It would be a simple handheld computer.  You type in your complaint about someone or the fault you see in them, press the "Find My Fault" button, and the computer automatically changes every "he", "she" or "they" to "I"; and every "me" to "him," "her" or "them."  For example, if you type in "He's so arrogant," and press the "Find My Fault" button, the screen will instantly display, "I'm so arrogant."  "She's so mean" will yield "I'm so mean."  Type in "They don't like me," and you'll get "I don't like them."  And so forth.

(The above was written by a daily reader, who is behind the website called The Geulah Company)
 
 
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  Today's Halachos are sponsored by a daily reader in honor of the Yahrtzeit of her mother, Chana Hinda bas Reb Yaakov Hacohen, whiich falls out on this Shabbos 23 Elul. May the merit of all the Torah learned today in her memory serve as a zechus for  her Neshama continue to have an Aliya in Gan Eden for all eternity 
 
  DOUBLE PORTION L'KAVOD SHABBOS KODESH
 
Halachos for Erev Shabbos Kodesh

1) As we discussed in yesterday's Halachos, a child in the home together with the man and the woman can be a suitable Shomer to prevent the prohibition of Yichud.

The Poskim debate from what age a child becomes eligible to serve as a Shomer (i.e. from what age will the child understand if something inappropriate takes place and tell people about it, thus  be able to serve as a deterrent to ensure it doesn't happen in the first place. See Rashi to Kidushin 81b)

The Chazon Ish ruled that any male child between the age of 6 and 9 can be a Shomer.  
 
Once the boy turns 9 he may no longer serve as a shomer as he himself is now subject to the prohibition of Yichud.
 
Rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal ruled that a boy had to be 7 years old in order to be an adequate Shomer. (Chazon Ish quoted in Sefer Dvar Halacha Siman 4:3. See also Chochmas Adam Klal 115:9 and Shu"t Poras Yoseph Vol. 1 Siman27:3. See also Shu"t Chasam Sofer Even HaEzer Vol. 2 Siman 96. See Sefer Children in Halacha from Rav Simcha Bunim Cohen shlita page 47 footnote 37)

2) A female child can be a Shomeres from the age of 5 until the age of 9. (See Chochmas Adam ibid. and Shu"t Or Sameach Vol. 1 Siman 4)
 
Some Poskim allow children to be shomrim until they reach Bar/Bas Mitzvah, and  many contemporary Poskim  rule that in cases of great necessity this leniency may be relied upon. (See Shu"t Tzitz Eliezer Vol. 6 Siman 40; Perek 16:2. See also see Sefer Hamakneh to Kidushin 81b Dibur Hamaschil B'Gemara Mai Tama. See also Children in Halacha page 46 footnote 34)
 
Halachos for Shabbos Kodesh
 
1) During the daytime hours, one shomer is adequate. Therefore, during the day, a man may be alone with a woman and her child.
 
During the nighttime, however, two Shomrim are required.
 
Nighttime does not begin at sunset or Tzeis HaKochavim, rather at the time when children usually go to sleep, as from that time we are worried that one of the children may fall asleep and not be able to be a Shomer anymore.
 
However with two children, as long as the door to the room is open, even if both children fall asleep there is always the fear that one of them will awaken. (See Shu"t Chasam Sofer Even HaEzer Vol. 2 Siman 96, Aruch HaShulchan Even HaEzer Siman 22:6, Shu"t Panim MeIros Vol. 2 Siman 131.Rav Simcha Bunim Cohen shlita quotes Rav Yechezkael Roth shlita that the door to the room  needs to be open)

2) When an adequate Shomer is present, Yichud is permitted even when it is  "Libo Gas Ba" , when the man and woman are close to one another and have a personal relationship, as we detailed in this past Wednesday's Halachos. (See Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer Siman 148:2)
 

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Reader Submitted Questions of interest on topics related to Halachos we covered, as well as other interesting topic and Answers. Taken from the Q & A pages on the Halacha For Today website.
 
Although the answers I give to questions are taken directly from the Sifrei HaPoskim, and aren't my own, they are  still for study purposes only, NOT for Psak Halacha.
 
Questions can be emailed to HalachaForToday@Yahoo.com    
 

 
Reader's Question: 
 
With regard to Ikar and Tafel, you gave an example of eating cheerios with milk and stated that one only says Mezonos.  What if one is generous with the milk and will drink the remaining milk after the cheerios have been eaten (whether actually drinking or spooning the milk after the cheerious were already eaten).
In such a case would one make a shehakol after the cereal was finished and before eating/drinking the milk?

 
Answer:
 

If the extra milk was put in initially because it was specifically wanted as a drink, it will require its own Bracha of SheHakol and won't be a Tafel to the cereal in the first place. 
 
If however the milk was put in as a Tafel to the cereal, then he leftover milk may be drunk, and no new Bracha is required, as it retains its status as a Tafel even after the Ikar has been consumed.
 
 
 
 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

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Thursday September 10 2009, 21 Elul 5769
 
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Thursday
September 10th 2009
21 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
 
  Short, reader submitted Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
 
Most people are aware that they need to do tshuvah on their bad actions.  But many people are less aware that they need to purify their thoughts as well.  The Gemora in fact tells us that thoughts of a sin are worse than the sin itself (Yoma 29a).
  
Getting rid of harmful thoughts is usually a very difficult task to accomplish.  A person has thoughts constantly, even while asleep.  And a bad thought can creep into one's mind without the person even being aware of it.  Seforim hakedoshim tell us that you should not let a harmful thought stay in your mind for even the shortest amount of time, since it has the ability to quickly metamei (make impure) your neshamah (soul), and all the more so, chas v'shalom, if you dwell on the thought - and oy avoy if you even the slightest bit enjoy it! 
To this end, we have found, foolish as it may sound, that you can quickly and easily "blow the thought away" by merely blowing air out of your mouth as soon as you realize that you're thinking a harmful thought.  That's all it takes.  As soon as you realize that you're thinking a harmful thought, blow air out of your mouth, and in no time you'll find that the harmful thought will be blown right away.  No kidding. 

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1) Another  way in which a man and a woman in the same home together can avoid the problems of Yichud, without having to keep the door open,  is by having a Shomer, a guardian, present in the house with them, which will ensure that nothing inappropriate will transpire between them Chas V'Shalom.
 
There are various different acceptable Shomrim, and we will try and discuss all of them and some of their practical applications.

Children, both boys and girls, are acceptable Shomrim. (We will discuss age in tomorrow's B'Ezras Hashem) (Even though from the Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer Siman 22:10 it seems that only  a female child works, the majority of Poskim maintain that male children  work as well. See Rama Yoreh Deah Siman 192:4, Shach ibid S"K 14 as well as the Bais Shmuel ibid. S"K 9 and Taz S"K 9. See also Chochmas Adam Klal 127:5 and 9. This was also the Psak of the Chofetz Chaim in Nidchei Yisroel 24:9 and the  Chazon Ish, quoted in Dvar Halacha Siman 4:2)

2) There is no difference if it is the man's child. The woman's child or if the child is not related at all, they are all adequate Shomrim. (See Shu"t Tzitz Eliezer Vol. 6 Siman 40; Perek 16:5)

In the event that 2 Shomrim are necessary (as we will discuss in the near future) it doesn't matter if the 2 children are both males, both females, or one male and one female. ( Psak of Rav Yaakov Ephraim Forchheimer Shlita)
 

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Reader's Question: 
 
I have many tehilim names that I daven for every day.For most of the names that I have, I do not know what the status is, like if the person is still sick chas veshalom etc.
 
Is there a problem with saying tehilim for these names anyway, even if they have had a refuah shleima, or are no longer with us?

 
Answer:
 

There is no problem per se with saying Tehilim for these names.
 
However, the Seforim do say that it is best to only say names that  you personally know, or know about, and not to say the names of lists that you have no idea about.
 
 All the Cholim that you don't know should be included in the "B'SochShaar Cholei Yisroel" you say after the names that you do know.

 
 
 
 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

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Wednesday September 9 2009, 20 Elul 5769
 
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Wednesday
September 9th 2009
20 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
 
  Short, reader submitted Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
 
 
Erev Shabbos a little boy in my community was hit by a tow truck. This
boy needs our Tefillos and B’ezras Hashem he will have a complete
refuah shelaimah, Shmuel Yeruchum ben Leah.
 
This little boy has Autism
and was therefore unaware of the dangers that exist upon running in to
the street, which rachmana L’tzlan, he did.
 
Earlier today, my 20 month
old, equally unaware of the dangers of the stree,t ran in to the
street right as a 4x4 was zooming by. BARUCH HASHEM the car missed him
by a split second. Hashem had rachmanus on my little boy. But, as we
see, not everyone is so lucky. We must never forget the chesed that
Hashem does for all of us on a daily basis. We must never take
anything for granted and we must treasure every minute we can spend
with the ones we love.

(The above was submitted by B.R., a daily Halacha For Today reader)
 
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1)All of the Halachos that we have learned so far were in regard to a man and a woman who have no close, personal  relationship with one another, and thus as long as the guidelines set forth are abided by, the prohibitions of Yichud are avoided.
 
However, when the man and woman are close to one another and have a personal relationship
(known in Halachic terms as "Libo Gas Ba", e.g. they have feelings for each other, they are friends, they grew up together, they are related to one another, they lived in the same home for a long period of time, they work together or other similar situations) the Poskim debate whether having a door open to the street is a deterrent enough to allow them to be alone in a house together.
 
Many early Poskim maintain that  in cases of Libo Gas Ba, an open door will not help
(Opinion of Rabbeinu Yeruchom Vol. 1  Nesiv 23, Chelkas Mechokek Even HaEzer Siman 22:13, Bais Shmuel 22:13, Noda B’Yehuda Mahadura Tinyana  Even HaEzer Siman 18, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Siman 152:5 and other Poskim)
 
On the other hand, many other early Poskim maintain that an open door will always be a deterrent even in cases of Libo Gas Ba.
(opinion of Taz Even HaEzer Siman 22:8, Chochmas Adam Klal 126, The Chofetz Chaim in Sefer Nidchei Yisroel Perek 24:7, Shu"t Or Sameach Vol. 1 Siman 4 and other Poskim)
 
2) So what’s the halacha?
 
When the Yichud in question is of the biblical variety, most contemporary Poskim are stringent and do not allow them to utilize the leniency of an open door to the street.
 
When the Yichud is of the rabbinical variety, and there is great necessity for them to be alone in the home, many contemporary Poskim allow them to utilize the open door leniency.
(See Igros Moshe Even HaEzer Vol. 4 Siman 65:12 and Emes L’Yaakov Even HaEzer Siman 22 footnote 8)


 

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Reader’s Question: 
 
Wouldn’t eating mezonos rolls be considered Maaris Ayin since someone may see you eat one without washing and assume it’s regular bread?

 
Answer:
 

Well, first of all, "Mezonos Rolls"  that are eaten as a meal require Netilas Yadayim and HaMotzi and Birchas Hamazon anyway, according to virtually all Poskim.
 
That being said, if you are eating it as a snack or other method where it is definitely Mezonos, how would the people seeing you know if you have washed or not? It is just as possible that you did indeed wash in another room and  come here to eat your "Hamotzi roll"
 
If they heard you say the Bracha Mezonos, then there is no Maris Ayin either.
 
And if the above for some reason does not work, you can always tell them that it is a Mezonos roll, which is a common item.
 
All in all, I don’t think any Maris Ayin would apply to this situation.
 
That being said, a Jew should always strive to act in a way that people who see him/her say how fortunate it is to be a  Torah Jew! (See Talmud Yoma 86a)
 
Of course, a Rav should be consulted for Halacha L’Ma’aseh.

 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

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Tuesday September 8 2009, 19 Elul 5769
 
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Tuesday
September 8th 2009
19 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
 
  Short, reader submitted Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
 
Each one of us should be doing tshuvah every day of our lives, not just during Elul and the Aseres Yomei Tshuvah (the 10 days from Rosh HaShonah to Yom Kippur).  But most people find doing real tshuvah a difficult thing to do.  In an effort to help relieve that difficulty, we have found that by asking ourselves the following 6 questions at the end of each day, we have been able to make tremendous strides in uncovering and doing tshuvah on our deficiencies, and in getting closer to Hashem.  The 6 questions are:
 
1.     What advances (or declines) did you make from yesterday? (Include everything that you shouldn't have done or thought.)
2.     In what ways did Hashem test you or correct you today?
3.     In what ways did Hashem afflict you today?
4.     In what ways did Hashem take care of you today?
5.     What new awarenesses did you have to­day? 
6.     What new chidushei Torah did you think today?
 
Try asking these questions to yourself for a while.  You'll probably be pleased with the results.
 
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1) It is permissible, in cases of necessity, for a man and a woman to be in a car [alone] together, since any passersby can see in through the windows and thus it is considered like a door open to the street. (Psak of Rav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach Zatzal quoted in Sefer Dvar Halacha page 185. See also Shu"t Shevet Haleivi Vol. 5 Siman 202:1. Rav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal does not allow this L'Chatchilah, and only B'dieved does he allow it in cases of great necessity)
 
However, if the windows of the car are tinted, or if they are driving at a time and in a place where no people are around (e.g. During the night in a quiet neighborhood where there are no people or other cars around, or even during the day while driving on a remote street) according to many Poskim the prohibition of Yichud applies to them and they may not be in the car [alone] together. (See Igros Moshe Yoreh Deah Vol. 2 Siman 82 and Even HaEzer Vol. 4 Siman 65:3)

2) Even in cases when it is permitted for a man and a woman to be in the same car together, it is best if the passenger sits in the back seat. (ibid.)

 

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Reader's Question: 
 
Are you allowed to daven in your mind (without moving your lips) when you are in the bathroom?

 
Answer:
 

No. No Torah or Tefilah should be thought in the bathroom.
 
 
Follow Up Question #1 from same reader:
 
I guess the same would apply in a hospital if you are near a catheter. Am I correct?

 
Answer:
 
As far as urine is concerned (outside of a bathroom),  it is only prohibited if there is a pool or while it's dripping from the body. If not, as long as there is no foul smell and it is covered, as in the case of the catheter,  a Bracha may be recited. (see Shu"t Igros Moshe Orach Chaim Vol. 1 Siman 27. See also Tzitz Eliezer Vol. 8 Siman 1)
 
Follow Up Question #2:
 
What about a potty, if it's covered?
 
Answer:
 
If it is plastic, metal, glass or glazed earthenware and clean with no smell emanating from it , you may recite Brachos in front of them, even uncovered. If it is rubber or wood, it is as if it is dirty, even when it is clean and no Bracha may be recited within 4 amos of it. (See Sefer Ishei Yisroel Perek 53:32 and 33 formore details)

 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

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Monday September 7 2009, 18 Elul 5769
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Monday
September 7th 2009
18 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
 
  Short, reader submitted Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
 ELUL RECALL NOTICE
Regardless of make or year, all units known as "human beings" are being recalled by the Manufacturer. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named "Adam" and "Eve" resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect is technically termed, "Serious Internal Non-morality," but more commonly known as "SIN."

Some of the symptoms of the SIN defect:
[a] Loss of direction
[b] Lack of peace and joy
[c] Depression
[d] Foul vocal emissions
[e] Selfishness
[f] Ingratitude
[g] Fearfulness
[h] Rebellion
[i] Jealousy

The Manufacturer is providing factory authorized repair service free of charge to correct the SIN defect.

The Repair Technician, Hashem, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. To repeat, there is no fee required.

The number to call in for repair in all areas is: PRAYER.

Once connected, please upload the burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Hashem, into the heart component of the human unit.. No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Hashem will replace it with:

[a] Love
[b] Joy
[c] Peace
[d] Kindness
[e] Goodness
[f] Faithfulness
[g] Gentleness
[h] Patience
[I] Self-control

Please see the operating manual, TORAH, for further details on the use of these fixes. As an added upgrade, the Manufacturer has made available to all repaired units a facility enabling direct monitoring and assistance from the resident Maintenance Technician, Hashem. Repaired units need only make Him welcome and He will take up residence on the premises.

WARNING: Continuing to operate a human being unit without corrections voids the Manufacturer's warranty, exposes the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list, and will ultimately result in the human unit being incinerated.
Thank you for your immediate attention.

Please assist by notifying others of this important recall notice.

Have an uplifting Chodesh Elul! 
You'll see how much more readily your tshuvah will be accepted.
 
 
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1) One who  in a room with a window that faces the street, and people from the street can see in to his/her room (i.e. There is no window shade or other means of obstructing the view), is not subject to the prohibitions of Yichud while in that room, as we consider it like a open door to the street. (see Shu"t Noda B'Yehuda Mahadura Kama Even HaEzer Siman 71 and Shu"t Or Sameach Vol. 1 Siman 4 Dibur Hamaschil Ata)
 
The above is true even if the door to the room is closed.
 
However, if there is any part of the room that cannot be seen from the street through the window, the prohibitions of Yichud will apply to those areas that cannot be seen.
 
Thus, if it is absolutely necessary for a man and a woman (e.g. patient and doctor) to meet [and thus be alone] in a building that does not have a door that opens to the street, they must meet in a room, where they will be clearly visible through the window to any passersby on the street.

2) Likewise, if one lives in a high-rise building and his/her window is opposite the window of a neighbor, as long as the windows are not obstructed and each neighbor can see into the others home, it is considered like a door that is open to the street and there would be no Yichud prohibitions [in the areas that can be seen in to] (Rav Yaakov Forchheimer shlita quoting Sefer Dvar Halacha Siman 3:12)
 

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Reader Submitted Questions of interest on topics related to Halachos we covered, as well as other interesting topic and Answers. Taken from the Q & A pages on the Halacha For Today website.
 
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Reader's Question: 
 
 
 
If I made a Bracha on coffee in my office and then went with the coffee to my car to go somewhere, do I make a new Bracha when I drink in the car?
 
If a very short while later I return to my office, still with the coffee, do I make a Bracha when I continue drinking in the office where the first Bracha was made?
 
Answer:
 

Yes, when you leave the location where you made the Bracha (besides for HaMotzi and Mezonos which have their own set of guidelines) it stops working and a new Bracha is required in the new location and then again when you return to the first location.
 
 There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as if you were eating a whole time you were changing locations (such as gum or a candy) or if you run out for a few minutes and people are still at the table and you return, no new Bracha is required to continue eating in the first location.
 
Another exception may be if you really planned to only eat/drink in the car, and while waiting to go to momentarily  your car you made the Bracha in your home or office, the bracha will still work when you get to the car. (as he is considered a traveler, and travelers are not subject to the above halachos)
 
What is considered a "change of location" and some other details of this halacha  are  beyond the scope of this email, as it is a very detailed set of halachos, which we may cover more in detail in the future.

 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

Please visit  my website www.HalachaForToday.com for archives, Kosher links, Questions and Answers,and  other features. Halachos are for study purposes only, and should not be relied upon for final Psak. See Halacha L'Maaseh Disclaimer Here. I welcome all  questions on any topic, anytime! Help spread the word of Hashem!
 
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Sunday, September 6 2009, 17 Elul 5769
 
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Sunday
September 6th 2009
17 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
 
  Short, reader submitted Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
Vidui is one of the essential elements of doing Teshuvah (along with charatah, painful remorse, and never doing the sin again).  Vidui consists of enumerating and describing, out loud and in words, all the particulars of the sin(s) for which you're doing tshuvah.  The more details you can describe, the better.  Many people either don't actually verbalize the sin(s) out loud, or else do so very briefly and superficially.  But you should try to add as many details as you can remember, even though it's painful to do so.  You'll see how much more readily your tshuvah will be accepted.
 
 
(The above was written by the author of The Geulah Company, a daily reader of our Halacha emails.)

 
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1) As we mentioned earlier, inhabitants in a house with a door that is open to the street (Reshus HaRabim), are permitted to be alone in the house.
 
This "street" need not be a real Reshus HaRabim, public thoroughfare, with all the criteria that we find by Hilchos Shabbos, nor does it need to even be a real street.
If the door is open to a courtyard, or to a hallway in an apartment building or to other similar areas where people come and go, it is considered a "street" for the purposes of being a deterrent to the inhabitants of the home being considered "safely alone" (where they do not fear someone walking in on them) and thus there is no problem of Yichud. (See Shu"t Binyan Tzion Vol. 1 Siman 138 and Chochmas Adam Klal 126:7 and in Binas Adam ibid Os 18)
 
2) The leniency of having a door that is open to the street only works during the daytime hours when people are around (or in some cases even during the nighttime in a place where people are around), but during the night time (or even in the daytime when people aren't around) the open door to the empty street will not remove the prohibitions of Yichud. (See Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Siman 152:5, Shu"t Chasam Sofer Even HaEzer Vol. 2 Siman 96. See also Sefer Nidchei Yisroel from the Chofetz Chaim Perek 24:7)
 

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Reader's Question: 
 
 
 
Is there a halachic basis for a kallah(bride) having a shomeret  (guardian)on the day of her wedding?
 
Is the kallah not allowed to be alone at all on her wedding day?
 
Does one specific person have to be designated as a shomeret or as long as she is with someone (ex: hairdresser, mother, sister) then it's OK?
 
Answer:
 

Yes, indeed there is  a halachic as well as a Kabbalistic  basis that necessitates a shomeret for a Kallah (and a shomer for a Chasan) on the day of the wedding (and possibly the entire week of Sheva Brachos).
 
It doesnt have to be the same person, as long as someone is around, she isnt alone.
 
She may be alone in her room  if other people are home. But she shouldn't be home alone or go out in the street alone.
 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

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Erev Shabbos Kodesh Parshas Ki Savo, September 4 2009, 15 Elul 5769
 
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Erev Shabbos Kodesh Parshas Ki Savo
September 4th 2009
15 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
 
  Short, reader submitted Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
It's been said that the Chozeh of Lublin, on each Rosh Chodesh, would tell his students what kind of a month the coming month was going to be.  Although I haven't been able to predict the months (maybe you will be able to), I have found that Elul is a particularly opportune time to make a prediction on what the next year is going be like or what it will have in store (and since I've been able to do it for a few years now already, you should also be able to do it, without having to be the Chozeh).  So spend some time and try to get a handle on what next year is going to be like for you.  Give it a name (like the Chinese do, l'havdil).  For me, one year was The Year of Chol HaMoed (which did actually turn out to be very joyful and ruchniustic throughout).  Another year was The Year To Get It Done (in which I completed a few big projects that I had been working on for some time).  And about a week ago, I "figured out" that תש"ע is going to be, for me, iy"H, The Year To Think In Learning - something that's been difficult for me to do with any regularity.  And already thinking in learning has become easier for me to do, baruch Hashem.  So try doing it for yourself.  It can help to give direction and focus to your year.
 
 
 
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 DOUBLE PORTION L'KAVOD SHABBOS KODESH
 
Halachos for Erev Shabbos Kodesh
 
1) If the door of a home is "open" to the street, the prohibitions of Yichud to not apply to the inhabitants of that home. (Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer Siman 22:9)
 
What is considered "open"?
 
Some Poskim rule that the door must actually be open; a closed door even if it isn't locked is not considered open.
(See Shu"t Rav Akiva Eiger Siman 100 [written by the Bais Meir] and 101 [written by Rav Akiva Eiger].)
 
2) Some Poskim maintain that even if the door is closed, as long as it isn't locked and people can freely enter without a key or combination code, it is considered open.
(Shu"t Mabit Vol. 1 Siman287, Shu"t RadBaz Vol. 1 Siman 121, Shu"t Binyan Tzion Vol. 1 Siman 138. This was also the opinion of the Chazon Ish quoted in Kraina D'Igrasa Vol. 2 Siman 122 and others)

However, if nobody has permission to enter through the door, even according to these Poskim it isn't considered open and the fact that it's unlocked will not remove the prohibition of Yichud. (See Shu"t RadBaz and Shu"t Binyon Tzion ibid. )

Halachos for Shabbos Kodesh
 
Some Poskim say that it depends on the custom of each society and whether it is deemed normal to walk through a door without first knocking (in which case an unlocked door would be considered open) or if it is expected to knock on a door prior to entering, regardless if it is locked (in which case all the prohibitions of Yichud would apply  so long as the door is  closed)(See Emes L'Yaakov Even HaEzer Siman 22 footnote 8. Where he says that for biblical Yichud it is best to be stringent and have the door open, while for rabbinical Yichud is enough with an unlocked door)
 
In a store or other place of business, where people come and go frequently, it is sufficient to have the door unlocked, and it isn't necessary to actually keep it open.
(Psak of Rav Yaakov Ephraim Forchheimer Shlita)
 
2) Very often, homes have screen or storm doors installed in front of the main door to the house, for the purpose of keeping out bugs, cold air etc.
 
Even according to the Poskim that require the main door to the home to be open, and not just unlocked, this screen/storm door need not be open and as long as it is unlocked it is sufficient, as it is the accepted custom for people who see the main door open to simply open the screen/storm door and walk in.
(ibid.)
 

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Reader's Question: 
 
 
 
My wife is an aveilah (in mourning)  for her father.
 
 One of my mechutanim is making an aufruf in a couple of weeks.  They invited us for the Shabbos meal after the aufruf.  Is my wife permitted to attend the Shabbos meal? 
 
 
Answer:
 

Firstly, I am sorry to hear of her loss; may she be comforted amongst the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.
 
The acepted custom is indeed for an Avel not to eat any social meals outside of their home, unless not doing so will cause distress to the person who invited the Avel, or if the Avel has no other place to eat.
 
That being said, many Poskim  make exceptions for  relatives and friends for meals on Shabbos, where the absence of the Avel would be noticed, and thus be an expression of Aveilus on Shabbos, which is prohibited. (See Igros Moshe Yoreh Deah Vol.  3 Siman 161)
 
Also, some Poskim allow for the Ave l to attend if he/she does not sit down, but stands around and/or helps serve the food etc.
 
A Rav should be consulted for Halacha L'maashe to discuss your particular situation.


 
 
 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

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Thursday September 3 2009, 14 Elul 5769
 
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Thursday
September 3rd 2009
14 Elul 5769
 
 
 

א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
 
  Short, reader submitted Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
There are two types of "fascinations" that we human beings are capable of experiencing.
 
Type 1) Allowing oneself to indulge in the fascination of human beauty and form by following the natural instincts and wiring of the brain to become enthralled by the lust in human flesh. This type of fascination is fed and intensified through viewing inappropriate material, lusting in the street, reading today’s magazines and watching inappropriate movies and TV shows, and visiting websites and other media whose content is filled with values that go against the Torah way of life.
 
Type 2) To be spellbound by the beauty in nature, fascinated by the splendor and wisdom in Hashem’s  handiwork, amazed at - and thankful for - one’s own body, captivated by the magnificence and spirituality in our holy Torah and the depth of wisdom therein, awestruck by Hashem’s greatness and enthralled by the blessings that we experience everyday of family, health, sustenance and good fortune.
 
Know though, my dear friends, that these two types of "fascinations" cannot co-exist. The human mind is only capable of maintaining one of these two types. The second type of fascination is obviously far more spiritual, enjoyable and fulfilling, but it is also much more "subtle" and therefore cannot be experienced by a mind that is under the influence of the fascinations of type 1.
 
So make your choice today.
Choose LIFE.

 

(The above was submitted by a reader, taken from the GuardYourEyes website)

 
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1) There is much discussion amongst the Poskim if it is permitted for a man to be alone with his sister. (As the Rambam, Tur, Shulchan Aruch, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch and many others do not specifically include a sister in the list of women with whom Yichud is permitted)
 
The consensus of most Poskim is that it is permitted for short periods of time (i.e. Temporarily) but it is prohibited to be alone with her for long stretches of time, or to settle under one roof [alone] for any extended period of time.
(See Yam Shel Shlomo Perek 4 of Kidushin Siman 23, Igros Moshe Even HaEzer Vol. 4 Siman 64:3 and Siman 65:11. See also Sefer Dvar Halacha Siman 2:5 where he quotes the Chazon Ish Zatzal as saying that one need not be too stringent with Yichud with a sister. Furthermore, the leniencies of Yichud with a sister apply to a married sister as well. See Mishneh L’Melech Hilchos Sotah Perek 1:3 and Tzafnas PaNeach Hilchos Isurei Biah Perek 21:4.)
 
2) What exactly is a "short period of time" is a much discussed topic in the Poskim as well.
 
Some Poskim maintain that up to 30 days is considered temporary living, and thus a man and his sister may live together [alone]  in one house for up to 30 days.
(Shu"t Imrei Yosher Vol. 2 Siman 43)
 
Other Poskim, however, disagree, and maintain that 30 days is too long to be considered a"short period of time" and they only allow a sister and brother to live together [alone] in a house for the amount of time that "guests" would spend in a home, which is a "few" nights, but not an entire month.
(This is determined in each community what is considered for them a "normal" time for guests to stay, and isn’t a specific amount of nights universally. See Igros Moshe Even HaEzer Vol. 4 Siman 64:3 and  Sefer Emes L’Yaakov from Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky Zatzal Even HaEzer Siman 22:7)
 
Thus, if the parents go away on vacation to a far place for more than a few days, and leave a brother and a sister alone in their home, it is not considered "temporary", and the brother and sister may not sleep in the same home, unless a Shomer, a guardian, is put in place (we shall discuss the details of a Shomer and other deterrents in the coming days B’Ezras Hashem)
(see Igros Moshe Even HaEzer Siman 64 Dibur HaMaschil V’Ach and Siman 65:11)
 
In a case when one either the brother or the sister  is old, or ill, where there is even less of a reason to need the prohibition of Yichud, many Poskim allow then to live together even permanently
(See Igros Moshe Even HaEzer Vol. 4 end of Siman 64)
 
 

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Reader’s Question: 
 
 
 
Why are nails tamei once you cut them?
 
 
Answer:
 

The nails are not Tamei, they are  a Sakana, danger.
 
The person’s whose nails were cut has a Ruach Ra on him/herself, and needs to wash their hands after cutting nails. This applies equally to nails of the hands and feet.
 
The nails themselves pose a danger to pregnant women who may walk over them, and thus require to be disposed of properly. (Based on Talmud Niddah 17a and Moed Katan 18)
 
 
 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

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HILCHOS YICHUD: Wednesday, September 2 2009, 13 Elul 5769
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Wednesday
September 2nd 2009
13 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
I am to my Beloved [Hashem] and my beloved [Hashem] is to me.(Shir Hashirim 6:3)
 
דרשו ד' בהמצאו קראהו בהיותו קרוב
Seek out Hashem when he is nearby, call out to him when he is near.(YeShaya 55:6)
 
  Short, reader submitted Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
The whole month of Elul is a time of eis ratzone - a time of favor and grace from Hashem.  It is one of the times of the year that is set aside for doing tshuvah. 
 
But really doing tshuvah (instead of just talking about it or thinking about it) is very hard to do, since you have to be able to honestly face up to your faults and the things you've done wrong (and we people have a tendency to want to deny or not think about them).  Therefore, on each day of this month, take some time and discuss with Hashem, out loud in words (most important), all your failings - all your faults and all your slip-ups - and all those areas and to what extent the yetzer hora still has a hold on you. 
 
And then, each day, after realizing how much you and Hashem, in partnership, have already accomplished in fixing up these matters, ask Him to keep helping you so that together with Him you will do even more, and bring greater glory to His name.
 

(The above is the "Elul vort" from "The Chag Log," one of the free downloads available from The Geulah Company)

 
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1) It is permitted for a father to be alone with his daughter. (Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer Siman 22:1)
 
Likewise, it is permitted for a grandfather to be alone with his granddaughter (both his son's daughter and his daughter's daughter)
(See Bach to Even HaEzer Siman 22 and Pischei Teshuva there S"K 2 what he quotes from the Zechor L'Avraham. See also Shu"t Noda B'Yehuda Mahadura Tinyana Even HaEzer Siman 18 Dibur HaMaschil V'Hinei, where he seems to prohibit a grandfather from being alone with his son's daughter based on a story that transpired. See also Shu"t Igros Moshe Even HaEzer Vol. 1 Siman 60)
 
A mother and a son may be alone.
 
Likewise, it is permitted for a grandmother (both paternal and maternal grandmothers) to be alone with her grandson.
 
The above is true for great grandchildren/great grandparents as well.
(See Mishne L'Melech Hilchos Sotah Perek 1:3 Dibur Hamaschil Kina)
 
2) It is permitted for a man to be alone with his wife when she is a Niddah, provided they have already consummated their marriage.
(Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer Siman 22:1 and Yoreh Deah Siman 195:1. See also Tosefos to Sotah 7a Dibur Hamaschil Niddah and Sanhedrin 37a Dibur HaMaschil HaTorah. See also Ram"a Yoreh Deah Siman 192:4 and the commentaries there)
 
 
 

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Reader's Question: 
 
 
 
Why do you have to drink something hot to be yotzei for melave malka [as you wrote in a previous Q&A] ?
 
 
Answer:
 

You are Yotzei without it.
 
However, the Gemara in Shabbos 119b says that eating or drinking something hot (especially hot bread) at Melava Malka is a Refuah (cure) for the body.
 
And many seforim say that it's a(spiritual) Refuah for the Neshama as well.
 
See the MaHarsha to the  above Gemara who explains that by eating something that was warmed up after Shabbos we honor the Shabbos by showing that we were unable to cook on Shabbos!. 
 
 
 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

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Tuesday, September 1 2009, 12 Elul 5769
 
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Tuesday
September 1st 2009
12 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
I am to my Beloved [Hashem] and my beloved [Hashem] is to me.(Shir Hashirim 6:3)
 
דרשו ד' בהמצאו קראהו בהיותו קרוב
Seek out Hashem when he is nearby, call out to him when he is near.(YeShaya 55:6)
 
  Short Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
The days from Rosh Chodesh Elul until after Hoshana Rabba are days of Hashem's Rachamim (mercy), Selicha (forgiveness) and Ratzon (goodwill). They are an extremely opportune time for Jews to find it within themselves to repent and atone for the sins that were transgressed in the past year and to accept it upon themselves to live better lives, according to Halacha- the will of Hashem, in the year ahead. Hashem is always waiting for his children to repent, but in Elul He is even closer to us and Teshuva is a lot easier.
 
It is never too late to jump on the bandwagon and start our journey of return to our father in heaven, and hopefully, together, bring about the final redemption with Mashiach Tzidkeinu.


(from introduction to Hilchos Chodesh Elul from  the archives of Halacha For Today)

 
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1)  An adult male may be alone with a girl below the age of 3 years, and a woman may be alone with a boy below the age of 9 years.
 
However, once a girl is above 3 years old and a boy is older than 9 years old, all the Halachos of Yichud apply to them, as if they are adults.
(Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer Siman 22:11)
 
There is some debate in the Poskim whether a boy under Bar Mitzvah (13) may be alone with a girl who is under Bas Mitzvah (12). Many Poskim are lenient, while others are stringent. A Rav should be consulted for Halacha L'Ma'aseh.
(See Yam Shel Shlomo end of tractate Kidushin Siman 22, Bach  Siman 22:7, Shu"t Igros Moshe Even HaEzer Vol. 4 Siman 65:11 and Sefer Birur Halacha page 71 quoting Rav Noson Gestetner Shlita ,author of Shu"t  L'Horos Noson who prohibits it)
 
2) If  a man is [R"L] ill to the point that he is, according to his doctors,   incapable of doing the things for which the prohibition of Yichud were instituted, according to many Poskim there is no prohibition for a woman caregiver (or otherwise) to be alone with him.
(See Shu"t Igros Moshe Even HaEzer Vol. 4 Siman 65:10 and Shu"t Tzitz Eliezer  Vol.6  Siman 40:22   See also Shu"t Zayis Ra'anan Even HaEzer Vol. 1 Siman 1 who is stringent with this)
 
However, an older man or a weak man, who does not have the strength to engage in the activities for which Yichud was instituted, and has even separated from his wife due to this, but has not done this based on any medical reason or on the advice of a doctor, is still subject to the biblical prohibitions of Yichud, though he won't be subject to the rabbinical prohibitions.
(Igros Moshe ibid.)
 
 

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Reader's Question: 
 
 
 
A question I am curious about: on Friday night when singing Shalom Aleichem, why do we (not all people but most people) say each line 3 times?
 
 
Answer:
 

The "Shalom Aleichem" was authored based on the Gemara (Shabbos 119b) that says that each person has 2 malachim (angels) escort him home from shul each friday night, one a good angel and one a bad angel.
 
When they enter the home they check for three things: 1) candles burning 2) the Shabbos table set and 3) the beds are nicely made up.
 
If the three things are found as they should be, the good angel blesses the  home that  it should be this way the following week as well, and the bad angel is forced to answer "Amen" to this Bracha. If the three things are not found, the bad malach curses the home, saying that  it should be unready for shabbos the following week as well, and the good angel is forced to answer "Amen"
 
The "3" times we repeat each verse of the shalom Aleichem are symbolic of the "3" things above  that each Jewish home should have prepared in honor of the holy shabbos day. (Based on the writings of the Ya'avetz in his siddur)
 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

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Monday, August 31 2009, 11 Elul 5769
 
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Monday
August 31st 2009
11 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
I am to my Beloved [Hashem] and my beloved [Hashem] is to me.(Shir Hashirim 6:3)
 
דרשו ד' בהמצאו קראהו בהיותו קרוב
Seek out Hashem when he is nearby, call out to him when he is near.(YeShaya 55:6)
 
  Short Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
The Shela HaKadosh brings down from tzadikim of previous generations that the Pasuk "Aryeh Shoag Mi Lo Yirah"; when the lion roars who is not afraid, is a Siman for the Yomim Noraim and the Days of Judgement. The word Aryeh has the letters Aleph, Reish, Yud, Hey which represents Elul (Aleph), Rosh HaShana (Reish), Yom Kippur (Yud), and Hoshana Rabba (Hey) the day when our fate is handed out to the Malachim to carry out. The lion's roar of these days is a sign for us to be afraid and do Teshuva.
 

Teshuva he says is an acronym for the various ways we show our remorse. Tuf - Taanis, fasting; Shin - Sak, wearing a sack cloth; Vuv -VaEfer, ashes; Bais - Bechia, crying; Hey - Hesped, mourning over our aveiros.
 

The letters of Elul we all know stand for "Ani LeDodi V'Dodi Li"; I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me. The last letters of each of the 4 words is Yud with the numerical equivalent of 40. This represents the 40 days from Rosh Chodesh Elul until Yom Kippur that are a special time for Teshuva.

(from Revach.net
)

 
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1) It is forbidden for a man to be alone with a single female, even if she isn't a Niddah. This prohibition was instituted by Dovid HaMelech and his court, due a story that transpired with Amnon and Tamar, as described in the Pesukim of Shmuel II Perek 13. (See Talmud Sanhedrin 21a-b and Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer Siman 22:2)
 
Today's days, since single girls do not  immerse in a  Mikvah, every female above the age of 12 has the status of a Niddah, thus it is biblically prohibited for a man to be alone with her. (See Igros Moshe Orach Chaim Vol. 1Siman 26 and Even HaEzer Vol. 1 Siman 61, Shu"t Riva"sh Siman 425, Aruch HaShulchan Even HaEzer Siman 22:1)
 
2) It is prohibited for a Jewish male to be alone with a non Jewish female, single or married, and according to some Poskim there are instances when this can be a Biblical transgression.
(Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer Siman 22:2. See also Minchas Chinuch Mitzva 188:5, Be'er Heitev Even HaEzer Siman 16:2 and Pischei Teshuva Even HaEzer Siman 16:1)

Similarly, it is forbidden for a Jewish woman or girl to be alone with a non Jewish male, (even if the non Jew's wife is present). (Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer Siman 22:3 and Yoreh Deah 153:4)

If the Jewish woman is married, this is a biblical prohibition. (See Ram"a Even HaEzer Siman 115:4 and Biur HaGr"a there Sif Katan 19. See also Shu"t Chavos Yair Siman 73)

 

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Reader Submitted Questions of interest on topics related to Halachos we covered, as well as other interesting topic and Answers. Taken from the Q & A pages on the Halacha For Today website.
 
Although the answers I give to questions are taken directly from the Sifrei HaPoskim, and aren't my own, they are  still for study purposes only, NOT for Psak Halacha.
 
Questions can be emailed to HalachaForToday@Yahoo.com    
 

 
Reader's Question: 
 
 
 
Is there any significance to saying "Zecher Tzaddik L'vracha (Zatzal)" or "Alav/Aleha HaShalom" [when referring to a Tzadik who has passed away]?
 
Does it to anything [for] the Neshama? Are we obligated to say that? 
 
Answer:
 

Yes, whenever a Tzadik's name is mentioned the words "Zecher Tzadik L'Vracha" or similar,  should be added, to bless his/her soul, and whenever a Rasha's name is mentioned the words "Shem R'shaim Yirkav or Yemach shemo" should be mentioned.
 
This is based on a Posuk in Mishlei Perek 10:7. See Rashi there. See also Gemara Yoma 38b.

 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

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Sunday, August 30 2009, 10 Elul 5769
 
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Sunday
August 30th 2009
10 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
I am to my Beloved [Hashem] and my beloved [Hashem] is to me.(Shir Hashirim 6:3)
 
דרשו ד’ בהמצאו קראהו בהיותו קרוב
Seek out Hashem when he is nearby, call out to him when he is near.(YeShaya 55:6)
 
  Reader Submitted Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
Before one Rosh Hashana, the Baal Shem Tov, who was to blow the shofar, instructed Rabbi Zev Kitzes, who was to call out the shofar notes, to learn the secret meanings of the shofar blasts. He did so, and even wrote them down on a slip of paper so that he can look at them at the appointed time.
 
When the time came, Rabbi Zev attempted to bring out the paper, which he thought was safely tucked into his kitel. To his utter dismay he could not find it, and in his confusion could not remember any of the special hidden meanings. Broken hearted and weeping, he called out the shofar blasts to the Baal Shem Tov without any special thoughts in mind.

After the shofar blowing had been completed, the Baal Shem Tov told Rabbi Zev the following: "In a king’s palace there are hundreds of rooms, and on the door of each room there is a different lock that requires a special key to open it. But there is a master key which can open all the locks. That is a broken heart. When a person sincerely breaks his heart before Hashem his prayers can enter through all the gates and into all the rooms of the celestial palace of Hashem." (Or Yesharim. copied from
DivreiChizuk.com)

 
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HILCHOS YICHUD
 
With the help of Hashem we begin learning the important and often overlooked Halachos of "Yichud", the Prohibition of men and women being improperly secluded with one another.
 
In preparation for learning these Halachos I have utilized a wonderful Sefer called "Gan Na’ul" written by Rabbi Yitzchak Tzvi Rubelow based on the Shiurim of Rav Yaakov Ephraim Forchheimer shlita, Rav and Dayan of Bais Medrash Govoha of Lakewood.
 
We will discuss the many details of who, what, when and where these Halachos apply and will attempt to give as many practical examples as they apply to offices, babysitters, children, groups,  siblings, relatives etc.  As always, if you have any questions feel free to email me any time at
halachaForToday@Yahoo.com .  Also, please remember that all Halachos in these emails and on my website are for learning purposes only, and a Rav should be consulted for Halacha L’ma’aseh.
 

 
1) According to most Rishonim and Poskim, the prohibition of Yichud is a biblical one.
(Based on the Posuk in Devarim 13:7. See Gemara Avoda Zara 36b and the Rabeinu Chananel there. See also Rashi to Shabbos 13a Dibur Hamaschil Mah Eishes Re’ehu and Tosefos Dibur Hamaschil Mah. Also see Sefer HaChinuch Mitzvah 188. The Rambam Hilchos Isurei Biah Perek 22:2 calls it "Divrei Kabala" which may mean he holds it is less than a D’Oraysa. See Gemara Kidushin 80b and Meiri there for more on this. See also Aruch HaShulchan Even HaEzer Siman 22:2, Igros Moshe Even HaEzer Vol. 1 Siman 61 and Vol. 4 Siman 65:12 and Shu"t Minchas Shlomo Siman 91)

The Yichud that is biblically prohibited is the seclusion of one man with one woman. One man who is secluded with two women is a rabbinical  prohibition, according to many Poskim. (See Shu"t HaRashba Vol. 1 Siman 587 and Shu"t Chavos Yair Siman 73. However, see Yam Shel Shlomo Kidushin Siman 20 and Shu"t maHarsham Vol. 3 Siman 152 maintain that even with 2 women it is a biblical prohibition)

Furthermore, the Yichud that is biblically prohibited, is between a man and a woman who are considered "Arayos" to one another; which means that these 2 people are prohibited from marrying one another (e.g. they are close relatives) or in a situation where the woman is a Niddah, where she is considered an "Ervah" and biblically may not be secluded with any man. (See Tosefos Sotah 7a Dibur Hamaschil Niddah)

2) The prohibition for a man to be secluded with a woman is in force for all women (besides for the exceptions, which we will discuss in the coming days B’Ezras Hashem), young or old, attractive looking or otherwise, as the seclusion of a man and a woman may lead to impropriety Chas V’Shalom. (See Rambam Hilchos Isurei Biah Perek 22:1, Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer Siman 22:1 and Yam Shel Shlomo end of Maseches Kidushin Siman 21)
 

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Reader Submitted Questions of interest on topics related to Halachos we covered, as well as other interesting topic and Answers. Taken from the Q & A pages on the Halacha For Today website.
 
Although the answers I give to questions are taken directly from the Sifrei HaPoskim, and aren’t my own, they are  still for study purposes only, NOT for Psak Halacha.
 
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Reader’s Question: 
 
 
 
 
What do you regard as the minimum kavanah for the four-letter name of Hashem and for Elokim in davening and brachos, etc.? 
 
Some rabbis I’ve spoken to say there are no shortcuts.  Having in mind "The Master of Everything" is insufficient, but perhaps better than nothing. 
 
Rabbi Simcha  Bunim  Cohen’s book references Reb Moshe’s tshuvah re: Shma, which seems to say "Gott" (G-d) is good enough, but it’s from a chelek of Igros Moshe that some seem to deem less than authoritative or authentic.  What do you think?  I’m having trouble with kavanah for these names during a fast minyan!
 
 
Answer:
 

The minimum for Hashem is "Adon HaKol- master of everything" and if possible to also think "Haya Hoveh and Yihyeh- was, is and will always be".
 
The minimum for Elokeinu is "Ba’al HaYecholos Kulam" or "Kol Yachol" the One who can do anything. If possible, also think " Mashgiach Oleinu B’Pratus" the One who is involved in every small detail in our lives.
 
This is most important by Shema and the first Bracha of Shemona Esrei, but should ideally be done by all Brachos.
 
There is an opinion of the Aishel Avrohom and the Ben Ish Chai that the first time every day when Hashem’s name is uttered you should have in mind that for the rest of the day whenever I say this name the Kavanah should mean what I am thinking now! This is indeed a leniency, but it is at least a way to  make it doable for many people.
 
Although some don’t consider the last volume of Igros Moshe as authorative as the rest of the volumes [as it was published after Rav Moshe’s passing], many do indeed rely on it, also  the fact that Rav Cohen, who is a talmid of Rav Moshe Zatzal quotes it gives this psak credence, any you can rely on it.

 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

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Erev Shabbos Parshas Ki Setzay August 28 2009, 8 Elul 5769
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Erev Shabbos Kodesh Parshas Ki Seitzay
August 28th 2009
8 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
I am to my Beloved [Hashem] and my beloved [Hashem] is to me.(Shir Hashirim 6:3)
 
דרשו ד' בהמצאו קראהו בהיותו קרוב
Seek out Hashem when he is nearby, call out to him when he is near.(YeShaya 55:6)
 
  Reader Submitted Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
There was once a person who died and went up to shamayim.  There he saw his whole life flash before him .  Whenever times were good, he saw two sets of footprints in the sand.  However, when times were rough, he only saw one set.  At the end  of the viewing, he turned to Hashem and asked, "Hashem, during my good times you were always with me, but when I needed you most, why did you leave me alone." 
 
Hashem replied, "my beloved child, who I love more than anything, it was during those times that I was carrying you.

 
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DOUBLE PORTION L'KAVOD SHABBOS KODESH 
 
On Sunday, we will B'Ezras Hashem begin a new topic.
For today's Halachos, I  will share with you some interesting Questions and Answers from HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita on various topics related to Hilchos Brachos, as they are printed in the Sefer  Brachos K'Hilchasan, written by Rav Yair Yissochor Yanai Shlita, a Talmid Chacham from Bnei Brak.
 
 

 
Halachos for Erev Shabbos Kodesh
 
Q: What Bracha are Rice Cakes, which are not cooked, rather they are manufactured via a heat process which causes the rice to puff up and stick together. Are they considered cooked and thus Mezonos or are they considered raw rice, and thus their Bracha would be Ha'Adama?
 
A: My father in law (Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv Shlita) ruled that they are Mezonos.
 
Q: The Poskim debate whether the correct Bracha to recite on Orange peels is Ha'aitz, Ha'Adama or SheHakol. The Mishna Berura  (Siman 202:39)rules that due to the Safek, a Shehakol should be said.
What about when eating peels  which are more edible than orange peels, such as eating apple peels or pear peels, what Bracha should be recited?
 
A: It seems to me  that Borei Pri Ha'Eitz should be recited.
 
Q: Did the Chazon Ish Zatzal and [your father] the Steipler Zatzal recite a Bracha on Kompote (cooked fruit dessert) eaten at the end of a meal?
 
A: Yes
 
Q: Ice cream that is eaten at the end of a meal, if it is very liquid and is like a drink, is a Bracha required?
 
A: Yes, since it isn't considered  a food that is being eaten as part of the meal. [and retains its status as a food even if it is liquidy]
 
 
Halachos for Shabbos Kodesh
 
Q: When one eats two foods and he isn't certain which of the two is an Ikar and which is the Tafel, or in a case when one cannot determine which of the two foods is the majority, which one should he recite the Bracha over?
 
A: Whenever there is a Safek, we rule Safek Brachos L'Hakel , so a Bracha can only be recited on an item that is for certain an Ikar. Therefore, it's better to separate a piece from both foods and to recite separate Brachos.
 
Q: How many minutes is considered "Kdei Achilas Pras", for purposes of being able to recite a Bracha Achrona?
 
A: This is a Machlokes HaPoskim. Some say 3 minutes and some say up to 9 minutes. For Brachos we are stringent.

Q: The Mishna Berura (Siman 184) writes that at long meals we have to be careful not to allow 72 minutes to pass between eating and Bracha Achrona. However, if something was eaten within the 72 minutes, you have an additional 72 minutes from the new eating.
Is this only if something was eaten? Or is drinking ok as well for this?

A: Drinking works too. Even water, could be that it works.

Q: What is the digestive time for drinks (besides wine) after which a Bracha Achrona cannot be made anymore?

A: The rule is, as long as he isn't thirsty again, he can recite Bracha Achrona. This can sometimes be less than 72 minutes and sometimes, more.

Q: One who eats half a Kzayis of Mezonos (which usually requires an Al HaMichya afterwards) and half a Kzayis of a fruit of the Shivas HaMinim (which usually requires an Al Ha'aitz afterwards), which Bracha Achrona should be recited?

A: I would say to recite Borei Nefashos.
 
 

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Reader Submitted Questions of interest on topics related to Halachos we covered, as well as other interesting topic and Answers. Taken from the Q & A pages on the Halacha For Today website.
 
Although the answers I give to questions are taken directly from the Sifrei HaPoskim, and aren't my own, they are  still for study purposes only, NOT for Psak Halacha.
 
Questions can be emailed to HalachaForToday@Yahoo.com    
 

 
Reader's Question: 
 
 
 
 
I was wondering if it is permissible to make a bracha when hearing thunder, even without seeing lightning? Are the two brachos dependent on one another?
 
 
Answer:
 

Ideally, the Bracha on lightning (Oseh ma'asei Bereishis) should be made first and then the Bracha on thunder (SheKocho U'gevuraso Malei Olam). However, if thunder is heard and no lightning is seen, the Bracha can be made on the thunder, and then if lightning is seen afterwards, its bracha can be made.
 
If the thunder was heard and the lightning was seen simultaneously, one Bracha of Osei Ma'aseh Beraishis is recited on both.
 
If the Bracha  of Shekocho U'Gevuraso was recited on both, you are also Yotzei. (Mishna Berura Siman 227:5)
 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

Please visit  my website www.HalachaForToday.com for archives, Kosher links, Questions and Answers,and  other features. Halachos are for study purposes only, and should not be relied upon for final Psak. See Halacha L'Maaseh Disclaimer Here. I welcome all  questions on any topic, anytime! Help spread the word of Hashem!
 
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Thursday, August 27 2009, 7 Elul 5769
 
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Thursday 
August 27th 2009
7 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
I am to my Beloved [Hashem] and my beloved [Hashem] is to me.(Shir Hashirim 6:3)
 
דרשו ד' בהמצאו קראהו בהיותו קרוב
Seek out Hashem when he is nearby, call out to him when he is near.(YeShaya 55:6)
 
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Short Reader Submitted Chizuk Thought of the Day for Elul:
 
 A prince was once on a 100 day journey away from his father.  His friends urged him to return to his father but he replied, "I cannot because I do not have the strength to return on such a long journey."
 

His father, the king, upon hearing of his response sent word to him saying, "If you cannot return all the way, come back as far as your strength will allow and I will go the rest of the way to meet you."
 

So, the Holy One, blessed be He, says to his nation, Israel, "Return onto Me and I shall return onto you." (See Pesikta Rabbasi  44, 9. quoted on  www.DivreiChizuk.com )
 
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1)When eating two foods at the same time, but each one is independent of the other, even if it is customary to eat together, they are each considered Chashuv on their own and two Brachos are required.
 
For example, one who sits down to a cup of tea or milk  and a cookie, is equally interested in both the tea/milk and the cookie and therefore must recite a Mezonos on the cookie [first]  and then  a SheHakol on the tea or milk.
(Mishna Berura Siman 212:5. See also Chayei Adam Klal 56:62, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Siman 54:64. Also see Shu"t Az Nidberu Vol. 13 Siman 27 and Shu"t Yabia Omer Vol. 5 Siman 17)
 
If one dips a cookie (or a piece of cake, a biscuit etc.) into  his/her coffee or milk  to moisten it, the drink is considered a Tafel to the cookie, and only Mezonos is recited on the cookie. (We are not discussing now the Halachos of whether doing this will necessitate Netilas Yadayim due to dipping a food in a drink, Tibul B'Mashkeh)
 
The same is true in a reverse case, if one is drinking a sharp drink (whiskey etc.) and  dips in a piece of bread, cake or a cracker, and eats it while it is saturated in the drink, the cake becomes a Tafel to the drink and only SheHakol is recited. (However, according to some Poskim, a little bit of the whiskey should be drunk first after reciting SheHakol and only then can the rest be dipped in the bread/cracker and not require additional Brachos)
(See Mishna Berura ibid. and Siman 168:65 and Mogen Avraham 212:3. See also Shulchan Aruch HaRav Siman 168:21 and 212:2-4 for some other conditions of this Halacha)
 
Of course, if one's intention is to enjoy the cookie and the tea or the cake and the whiskey equally, two separate Brachos are required.
(See Mishna Berura Siman 168:65 and Sha'ar Hatzion 168:67)
 

 
With this we conclude our foray into the Halachos of "Ikar and Tafel", B'Ezras Hashem Yisborach.
 
We obviously did not cover every minute detail of these complicated and often confusing Halachos, and if there are any other questions that you may have, please do not hesitate to email me at halachafortoday@yahoo.com  and I will attempt to clarify.

 

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Reader Submitted Questions of interest on topics related to Halachos we covered, as well as other interesting topic and Answers. Taken from the Q & A pages on the Halacha For Today website.
 
Although the answers I give to questions are taken directly from the Sifrei HaPoskim, and aren't my own, they are  still for study purposes only, NOT for Psak Halacha.
 
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Reader's Question: 
 
 
 
 
Would a divorced man or woman that was getting remarried (to a NEW person) be required to make a new birchas "Shehechiyanu" on their 2nd marriage (in-spite of having already made this bracha at their 1st wedding), or perhaps a bracaha of "H'atov V'hamaytiv" or neither
 
(i.e. is there just a once in a lifetime "Shehechiyanu" requirement for this typically once in a lifetime event OR would it be perceived more along the lines of buying an additional suit/clothing etc.)
 
 
Answer:
 

Why do you assume that on a first marriage the bracha of shehechiyanu is recited?
 
In fact, according to virtually all  Poskim, for various reasons, the Bracha of Shehechiyanu is not recited upon getting married. 
 
At most, if a Shehechiyanu is recited on a new fruit, it can exempt the new marriage as well.
 
Therefore, on a second marriage it is surely not recited, but can be exempted with a new fruit or new garment if so desired.
 
(See Shu"t MaHarik 128:2 and  Shu"t Chasam Sofer Orach Chaim Siman 55 and Kaf HaChaim Siman 223:25)
 

 

 

 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

Please visit  my website www.HalachaForToday.com for archives, Kosher links, Questions and Answers,and  other features. Halachos are for study purposes only, and should not be relied upon for final Psak. See Halacha L'Maaseh Disclaimer Here. I welcome all  questions on any topic, anytime! Help spread the word of Hashem!
 
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Wednesday, August 26 2009, 6 Elul 5769
 
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Wednesday 
August 26th 2009
6 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
I am to my Beloved [Hashem] and my beloved [Hashem] is to me.(Shir Hashirim 6:3)
 
דרשו ד’ בהמצאו קראהו בהיותו קרוב
Seek out Hashem when he is nearby, call out to him when he is near.(YeShaya 55:6)
 
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1) One who eats or drinks something that is extremely spicy, sharp  or salty, and immediately afterwards eats/drinks something sweet to tame the sharpness/saltiness of the first food, since the second food has no self Chashivus due to its being eaten to serve the first food, it is considered a Tafel and no separate Bracha is required on it. (Mishna Berura Siman 212:4 and 5)
 
If one is drinking a sharp drink, such as whiskey, and eats [a small amount of] bread immediately afterwards, as a way to tone down the sharpness of the whiskey, the bread has the status of a Tafel and does not require a separate Bracha.
(Mishna Berura ibid. See also Sha’ar Hatzion 212:9 and Shulchan Aruch HaRav 212:5. See also Aruch HaShulchan 212:5)
 
[ In the above case where the bread is being eaten as a Tafel, there is a dispute amongst the Poskim if washing the hands for Netilas Yadayim is required. Therefore, it is best to wash but not recite a Bracha.
(See Mishna Berura Siman 158:10. Regarding Birchas Hamazon in such a case, see Kaf HaChaim Siman 212:3 and Shu"t Hisorerus Teshuva Vol. 2 Siman 105)]
 
2) This is true in a reverse case as well, when one eats something very sweet or oily and afterwards eats something spicy or drinks a little whiskey to wash it down, the sharp food/drink will be a Tafel to the original food, even if the second food happens to be enjoyed for itself, as in this case it is serving the first food.
(See Sha’ar HaTzion Siman 174:46)
 
Obviously, if the second food is being eaten specifically for its own enjoyment and if a lot of it is being eaten (more than is necessary to tone down the taste of the first food) then it will not be considered a Tafel and require its own Bracha. This is especially true for bread.
(See Aruch HaShulchan Siman 212:5 that it is very hard to determine how much bread would be considered a small amount. See also Sefer Shulchan HaTahor Siman 69)
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Reader’s Question: 
 
 
 
 
Does a person have to to teshuva for a sin that was done accidently?
 
 
Answer:
 
Yes. In fact, the Korbanos, the sacrafices that were brought in the Bais HaMikdash were ONLY for sins that were done accidentaly. Sins that were purposely committed need a much more stringent Teshuva.
 
The main thing is to regret that it happened,  ask forgiveness from the person you sinned against, accept to be careful not to do the sin again, and say Viduy for the sin.



 

 

 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

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Tuesday August 25 2009, 5 Elul 5769
 
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Tuesday 
August 25th 2009
5 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
I am to my Beloved [Hashem] and my beloved [Hashem] is to me.(Shir Hashirim 6:3)
 
דרשו ד' בהמצאו קראהו בהיותו קרוב
Seek out Hashem when he is nearby, call out to him when he is near.(YeShaya 55:6)
 
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1)Ice cream in a [non sugared] cone which  serves as a cup with which to hold the ice cream  is subordinate to the ice cream and does not require its own Bracha. (See Shu"t B'Tzel HaChachma Vol. 3 Siman 114, Ketzos HaShulchan Siman 58:10. See also Kobetz M'Bais Levi Vol. 2 page 142 quoting Rav Shmuel Wosner Shlita. See also Shu"t Be'er Moshe Vol. 5 Siman 61 and Shu" t Rivevos Efraim Vol. 2 Siman 77)
 
 
Even if after the ice cream was finished, a little of the cone remained, it may be eaten without any additional Bracha, as it retains its status as a Tafel.
(see Shu"t B'Tzel HaChachma ibid.)
 
However, for a sugared cone, or a cone with chocolate on it, or any other cone which is enjoyed for itself and isn't just used as a way to hold the ice cream, according to  a majority of Poskim  a Mezonos must be recited on a piece of the cone and then Shehakol recited on the ice cream.
 
Likewise, an "ice cream sandwich" which is comprised of two tasty biscuits with ice cream in the middle, requires two Brachos (first Mezonos on a piece of the biscuit and then Shehakol on some of the ice cream), as each of the components is enjoyed by itself and isn't subordinate to the other.
(See Mishna Berura Siman 168"45 and Shu"t Igros Moshe Orach Chaim Vol. 4 Siman 43)
 
2) A cheese Danish, which is a majority cheese and is fully surrounded by a thin, good tasting, dough, according to some Poskim requires two distinct Brachos, Mezonos on the dough and Shehakol on the cheese, as since it's the main part it doesn't become a Tafel to the dough.
(If the cheese is the minority, then of course only Mezonos is required)
 
However, many Poskim maintain that even if the cheese is the majority (and the main reason it is being eaten) still, it only requires a Mezonos, as the cheese is Tafel to the dough.  This is the prevalent custom of many people. (See Mishna Berura Siman 168: 27 and 45, Shu"t Shevet Haleivi Vol. 7 Siman 27:6. See also Shu"t Igros Moshe ibid and Ohr L'Tzion Chapter 14:19 and 20)
 
If one wants to be stringent in this case and break off a piece of the dough and recite a Mezonos first, then take some of the cheese and recite a Shehakol, this may be done.
 
 

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Reader's Question: 
 
 
 
 
Some well-intentioned yidden, in the stressful moments before the bakery closes for shabbat, have the unfortunate practice of pushing ahead in line.
 
Can Hamotzei be recited on challah which has been purchased by "stealing" a place in line?  And what about if they have, more directly, "stolen" the last Challah (because they bought the last one) - can they even recite hamotzee now? 
 
 
Answer:
 
Although the practice of cutting a line or making a dash to buy the last Chalah when someone else was first is a rude and wrong practice, it does not make the Challah purchased a "stolen" Chalah, and a bracha must be receited when eating the challah. 


 

 

 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

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Monday, August 24 2009, 4 Elul 5769
 
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Monday 
August 24th 2009
4 Elul 5769
 
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א ני  ל דודי ו דודי ל י
I am to my Beloved [Hashem] and my beloved [Hashem] is to me.(Shir Hashirim 6:3)
 
דרשו ד' בהמצאו קראהו בהיותו קרוב
Seek out Hashem when he is nearby, call out to him when he is near.(YeShaya 55:6)
 
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1)A secondary food which is only eaten in order to make the main food more enjoyable, becomes a Tafel to the main food and no separate Bracha is required, even if they are not eaten together.
 
For example, one who is eating meat and along with the meat is eating some salad or cooked carrots or peas, the salad/carrots and peas are a Tafel to the meat and only Shehakol on the meat is recited. (See Mishna Berura Siman 205:4. See also Sefer V'Zos HaBracha Perek 11, quoting the Aruch HaShulchan 177:10)
 
Another example (which my Israeli readers will recognize more than their American counterparts) is the "pickle" eaten together with, or immediately after,  a slice of "Yerushalmi Kugel", where the pickle is eaten to enhance the taste of the Kugel, in which case only a Bracha on the Kugel is recited and the pickle will be  considered a Tafel and no Bracha on it is recited. (See Shmiras Shabbos K'Hilchasa Perek 54: footnote 67)

Another common example is a slice of lemon that is added to a tea or to a glass of cola, where only Shehakol is recited and no Bracha is recited on the lemon, if eaten, as it is a Tafel to the drink. (Psak of Rav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach Zatzal)

2) In all the aforementioned examples, if the secondary food is enjoyed as its own food, and the person eating it lends it prominence, it loses the Tafel status and a separate Bracha will be required.
 
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Reader's Question: 
 
 
 
In the23 Tammuz/ July 15 halachos you wrote about achila gasa.
 
When it comes to melaveh malka, I've seen written that if it would be achila gasa then one can fulfill the obligation with mezonos or fruits.
 
What is the achila gasa line? And is eating mezonos or fruit a hetter or l'chatchila?
 
 
Answer:
 
Yes, if one cannot wash for Melava malka he/she should at least eat some Mezonos or fruit, and drink something hot. It is obviously, L'Chatchila, better to wash on bread if possible.
 
There are 2 kinds of Achila Gasa. One is when someone is so stuffed that if he eats another morsel of food he will be repulsed. This, in halacha, is not considered eating.(See Gemara Yoma 80b, that eating in such a manner on Yom Kippur isnt considered eating).
 
If, however, the person is full, yet if he eats something else he will still enjoy the taste, it is a lesser level of achila gasa, which should be avoided, but is still considered eating.
 
In the latter case, on Motzei Shabbos a fruit or small piece of cake should be eaten. (See also Gemara Nazir 23a  and Tosefos Dibur Hmaschil Pesach and see  Rashbam  beginning of  Pesachim 107b)


 

 

 Our holy sages, the Chazal tell us  
  תנא דבי אליהו כל השונה הלכות בכל יום מובטח לו שהוא בן עולם הבא, שנאמר הליכות עולם לו, אל תקרי הליכות אלא הלכות
- one who studies [at least two] Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba -  the world to come. 
(:מגילה כ"ח )
 

Please visit  my website www.HalachaForToday.com for archives, Kosher links, Questions and Answers,and  other features. Halachos are for study purposes only, and should not be relied upon for final Psak. See Halacha L'Maaseh Disclaimer Here. I welcome all  questions on any topic, anytime! Help spread the word of Hashem!
 
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