Author Archives: Daniel Mann

Joining a Shushan Purim Seuda

by R. Daniel Mann Question: At my Purim seuda this year (Friday, in Yerushalayim), I will be hosting my children from outside the city. Are there any limitations on their participation considering that it is Erev Shabbat? Answer: While the main halacha of refraining from serious eating before a holy day is before Pesach (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 471:1), it ...

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Leaving Money for Tzedaka in a Will

by R. Daniel Mann Question: How much could or should one leave in a will for tzedaka before dividing the rest among the children? Answer: First, realize that there is absolutely no requirement to leave anything in a will for tzedaka. The obligation to give tzedaka applies during and throughout one’s lifetime. When he dies (may it be at 120), ...

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Finishing Time for Mincha

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Am I correct that l’chatchila, it is proper to start Mincha early enough to finish before shekiah? If so, what are the key sources on the matter? Answer: There are two opinions in the gemara (Berachot 27a) about the end time for Mincha – until plag haMincha or the erev (evening). The Shulchan Aruch (Orach ...

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Use of Salad Slicers on Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question: May I use a salad slicer (approximately, a hand-operated food processor) on Shabbat? Answer: The gemara (Shabbat 74b) states, according to the explanation of several Rishonim, that cutting certain vegetables into small pieces is a Torah-level violation of tochen (grinding). There are several lenient opinions that limit the scope of this prohibition on cutting. Some ...

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Approach to Kidney Donation

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it a requirement, a proper thing, or an improperly exaggerated act of chesed to donate a kidney to someone with whom the only connection is that you both are Jews? Answer: [People often ask whether our questions are sent in or whether I make them up. Actually, the great majority are sent in. However, ...

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Daf Yomi During Shabbat of Aveilut

by R. Daniel Mann Question: (The avel asked in the shiva house; I gave the in-depth answer afterward.) I understand an avel may do standard learning, such as shnayim mikra v’echad targum (=smvt) on the Shabbat of shiva. Is learning daf yomi also permitted? Answer: The gemara (Moed Katan 21a) states that it is forbidden to learn Torah during aveilut ...

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