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.

Kashrut of a Tea Bag Holder

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I have a porcelain tea bag holder (small saucer on which you put a tea bag after removing it from the tea). May I use it alternately for pareve tea served in both milchig (e.g., used for coffee with milk) and fleishig cups (e.g., used for chicken soup)? Answer: Let us analyze your question. If ...

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Using Notes Taken on Shabbat or Yom Tov

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I was asked by a talmid of mine who is in college, whether he can use notes taken on Shabbat or Yom Tov by a non-religious Jewish friend? Answer: There are various opinions from the Tannaim down through the poskim on the extent of the prohibition of ma’aseh Shabbat, things produced through the violation of ...

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To Whom to Sell One’s Apartment?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: My apartment is for sale, and the apartment’s present renter and my nephew are interested in buying it. Do laws of precedence apply here? If so, does it make a difference if someone offers more than others? Answer: Our response cannot cover all elements of your case without hearing the claims of all affected sides. ...

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Garbage Disposal on Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question: My neighborhood’s garbage is collected on Shabbat. Isn’t it a problem having a non-Jew do melacha for me on Shabbat? What would the basis for leniency be, if there is any? Answer: We will start with your assumption – that melacha is involved. The workers carry 4 amot in a public domain and into a ...

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Chazan Before a Yahrtzeit

by R. Daniel Mann Question: How important is it for someone to be chazan on the Shabbat before a yahrtzeit? Is it is just for parents, or also grandparents/in laws? Some people in my [the rabbi] shul feel that people use it as an excuse to “grab the amud.” Answer: Although many shuls have this issue, the best solution differs ...

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Dilemmas of Chazan for Shabbat Kedusha

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I am a frequent chazan. Someone pleasantly set out at length [condensed here] his objections to the way I (like others) do Kedusha of Musaf. He argued that since the tzibbur now recites “K’vodo malei olam…,” which introduces “Baruch k’vod…,” the chazan must not sing Kadosh in a way that encourages them to repeat it. ...

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Refusing Permission to Take Unwanted Things

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I am serving in the army, and I witness a lot of things being thrown out, whether it is food or other items that they no longer have use for. If I am confident that something is going to be thrown out, but it has not yet been done, can I take the item for ...

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Double Wrapping Food in a Treif Oven

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I know that sometimes when warming something in a not kosher oven or a milchig food in a fleishig oven, he double wraps the food. When is this necessary and why? Answer: A proper job of double wrapping solves virtually any issue of heating things up in ovens. Sometimes, less is needed, and sometimes double ...

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