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.

A Personal Bracha

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I am often overjoyed that Hashem granted me the zechut to live in Israel for many years, causing me to make a “spontaneous” beracha. A friend told me it is forbidden to compose my own berachot, as one can only use those Chazal composed.Is Judaism not all about thanking Hashem for all the wonders of ...

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Doing Work After/During Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question: My friend called me on Friday and asked me to do an internet check-in for him on my Motzaei Shabbat in Israel (his Shabbat afternoon) for him before his Saturday night flight in the US. Is it permitted for me to do so?   Answer: We have permitted Israelis to make a stock order to ...

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Coin Collection on Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question:Is it permitted to handle my modest home-based coin collection on Shabbat? Answer: This question reminds us of a similar one we answered years ago – whether a rock collection is muktzeh (see Living the Halachic Process, vol. I, C-15). We will summarize our discussion there and then see how a coin collection compares. Rocks are ...

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Waking Up on a Plane to Daven

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I will be on a trans-Atlantic overnight flight travelling east, so that during the time people normally sleep, the time for Shacharit will pass quickly. Is it necessary to get up, or do we say that one who is sleeping is exempt from mitzvot? Answer: You raise a fascinating question: do obligations in mitzvot apply ...

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Losing Tinok Shenishba Status

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I was raised a secular Jew. One branch of my family is Charedi, and I enjoy spending time and learning with them. I do my best to observe mitzvoth when I am with them, but at home I act the way my family does. One of my cousins voiced a concern that if I continue ...

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An Oven With Shabbat Mode

Question: My electric stove has a Shabbat mode, which enables us to cancel the automatic shut off (needed for 2 days of Yom Tov) and keeps the exact heat you set without fluctuation when the door is opened. On Shabbat, can fully cooked dry food be placed in the oven to be warmed up?  Answer: We will try to make a little ...

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When Therapy Conflicts With Parental Respect

The following question was posed to us: Psychologists sometimes believe that a patient’s symptoms – depression, anger, poor functioning etc. – are a result of his parent’s destructive behavior toward him. Can we encourage a patient to express his resentment to the offending parent in a controlled, appropriate manner? The goals of these interventions are to help the patient reduce ...

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Keep the Beat?

The Maccabeats took the world by storm two years ago and, ever since, have been role models of traditional Jews making an impact on the world on their own terms. As public figures, their actions are subject to great scrutiny, which places significant responsibility on them to model proper halachic behavior. Here we will address one specific issue in which ...

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Women’s Prayer Priorities

Prayer lies at the heart of the religious experience. However, in order to allow prayer to shape us, we need to follow its rules–its language, structure and priorities–which take slightly different form for men and women. We were asked: During vacation, my teenage daughter is willing to get up to daven by sof z’man tefilla (the end of the proper ...

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