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.

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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Moving Kugel into a Cholent Pot – Revisited

by R. Daniel Mann Question: May I take a potato kugel that was on a hot plate on Shabbat and put it into a cholent that is in a crock pot? Answer: In discussing the matter weeks ago, we neglected to discuss (as pointed out by a reader) a topic that we will develop below. We also note that a ...

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Is Partial Compliance to Choshen Mishpat Helpful?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: If a court case is being tried in the secular court system in Israel (against Halacha), is there an advantage if some laws of Choshen Mishpat (section of Shulchan Aruch dealing with monetary law) are followed, or is it all-or-nothing? [Upon inquiry as to what specifically the querier was referring to, he mentioned a matter ...

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Trying on Tefillin at Night

by R. Daniel Mann Question: May one try on tefillin at night, or does that fall under the category of not putting on tefillin at night? Answer: I have not found this exact question in the poskim, so we will extrapolate based on the principles and similar cases, The gemara (Menachot 36b and several other places) cites a machloket between ...

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Restrictions on a Former Employee

by R. Daniel Mann Question: A long-time rebbe at Yeshiva A left his job and now teaches at Yeshiva B, which caters to a similar population. May he approach Yeshiva A alumni, with whom he developed a relationship at Yeshiva A for assistance (money, ideas) in promoting his work at Yeshiva B? May he raise money for an NPO he ...

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Making Up a Skipped Beracha during Shemoneh Esrei

by R. Daniel Mann Question: After Kedusha of chazarat hashatz, the chazan went to “R’ei v’onyeinu” instead of “Ata chonen” and finished the beracha before people succeeded to correct him. He went back to “Ata chonen.” When he got up to “R’ei v’oyneinu,” he did not recite it, reasoning that it was incorrect to repeat it. Was he correct, and ...

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Davening in Front of a Mirror

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is the prohibition against davening in front of a mirror or reflexive glass a chumra or a serious halacha? Answer: The matter of not davening in front of a mirror is not a Talmudically mandated halacha, but it is modeled after, an extension, or perhaps even an application of one or more halachot of Chazal. ...

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Sefarim Under Seats

by R. Daniel Mann Question: In our shul, the seats have drawers underneath them to store chumashim, siddurim, etc. Thus, we sit over these books. Is that allowed? Answer: A few gemarot are relevant. One (Berachot 18a) forbids putting a sefer Torah under one’s saddle when riding an animal unless it is necessary to protect it. Another gemara (Menachot 32b) ...

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Moving Kugel into a Cholent Pot

by R. Daniel Mann Question: May I take a kugel that was on a hot plate on Shabbat and put it into a cholent that is in a crock pot? Answer: In addition to making sure the kugel and cholent are fully cooked before the transfer, two issues need to be addressed. One issue is chazara – the prohibition on ...

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