Author Archives: Daniel Mann

This column is produced on behalf of Eretz Hemdah by Rabbi Daniel Mann. Rabbi Mann is a Dayan for Eretz Hemdah and a staff member of Yeshiva University's Gruss Kollel in Israel. He is a senior member of the Eretz Hemdah responder staff, editor of Hemdat Yamim and the author of Living the Halachic Process, volumes 1 and 2 and A Glimpse of Greatness.

Lying to Avoid Embarrassment

by R. Daniel Mann Question: If someone asks you a tactless, unnecessary question, the answer to which is embarrassing, and refusing to answer is like admitting the truth, is it permitted to lie? Answer: The broadest of the Torah prohibitions against lying (even without language of oaths) is “mid’var sheker tirchak” (distance yourself from a matter of falsehood) (Shemot 23:7). ...

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When to Make a Beracha for Inheritance

Question: The executor of my mother’s will is starting to distribute funds. I saw in P’ninei Halacha (online) that the beneficiaries should say Hatov V’hameitiv when they receive the funds. In our case, distribution will be piecemeal. When/how often should I recite the beracha? Answer: The gemara (Berachot 59b) says that when one’s father dies and leaves an inheritance, he ...

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The Way to Make Charoset

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Are there halachot of how to make charoset, or is the (approximate) final product the important thing? Answer: There are prominent sources mentioning certain ingredients and procedures for making charoset, but before analyzing their role, let us start with background. There are two opinions in the mishna (Pesachim 114a) if charoset is a mitzva. If ...

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Temporary Markings in a Sefer Torah

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it permissible to mark a place in a sefer Torah with a “post-it” or the like to know where a reading starts? Answer: The gemara (Menachot 32b) says that a mezuza that is written like an iggeret (letter) is pasul, and Rashi includes in the possible problems, extra letters. The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah ...

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Alerting People to Stand

by R. Daniel Mann Question: At our minyan, we take a sefer Torah from a beit midrash in which people are learning and return it to there. Sometimes when we return the sefer Torah, someone bangs so that everyone will stand up for it. Is this necessary? Answer: The Torah commands standing for people who deserve our respect, such as ...

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Extended Purim Seuda

by R. Daniel Mann Question: My family likes to have the Purim seuda toward the end of the day, and then we eat well into the night. What are the halachic implications (if any)? Answer: According to the normal rules, we would think that this is not an optimal practice. Presumably, every moment and element of festivity of Purim adds ...

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Davening Late with a Minyan

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I went for Shabbat for a family simcha to a community with one shul, which started tefilla at 10:00 AM, after sof z’man tefilla. Was it better to daven with a minyan or by myself at the right time? Answer: There is a machloket Tannaim (Berachot 26a) whether the last time to daven Shacharit is ...

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