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.

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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Doubt Whether you Recited Birkat HaTorah

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I usually recite Birkat HaTorah on the way to shul. This morning, I was mentally preoccupied, and I have reason to suspect I did not say it. I thought of this when I came home and asked my wife, who had not yet recited it, to do so with me answering Amen. Did that cover ...

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Is Raising Children a Mitzva? – part II

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it a mitzva to care for one’s own children: feeding, changing diapers, getting them to bed, etc.? If so, what is the source? Does it apply equally to men and women? If it is not a mitzva, wouldn’t any mitzva take precedence over such activities? Answer: [Last time we saw that even if taking ...

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Is Raising Children a Mitzva? – part I

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it a mitzva to care for one’s own children: feeding, changing diapers, getting them to bed, etc.? If so, what is the source? Does it apply equally to men and women? If it is not a mitzva, wouldn’t any mitzva take precedence over such activities? Answer: I imagine your question is about how to ...

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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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Where to Light on Motzaei Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question: My family will be at my parents’ house for Shabbat Chanuka and will be leaving there for home (an hour commute) relatively soon after Shabbat. Where should I light Chanuka candles? Answer: An achsenai (guest) is obligated to light unless his family lights on his behalf at home (Shabbat 23a). While the achsenai’s obligation can ...

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How to Tell When Your Tefillin Need Adjustment

by R. Daniel Mann [Periodically, we re-issue our discussion on the proper position of tefillin shel rosh. Many people motion to their friends to straighten their tefillin, which is rarely a problem, and do not realize that tefillin extending too far forward is a far more severe problem. In Living the Halachic Process, I:G-1, we develop the halacha that the ...

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Chazan Starting with Chazarat Hashatz

by R. Daniel Mann Question: As we were finishing up silent Shemoneh Esrei, an avel came in and wanted to take over as chazan before doing silent Shemoneh Esrei. He davened until Kedusha and planned to continue silently. People told him to continue chazarat hashatz out loud. Was it possible to do this? Answer: The idea of a chazan starting ...

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To What Does Havdala Relate?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: This is more of a philosophical than halachic question, but is Havdala a mitzva of Shabbat or a mitzva of chol (weekday)? Answer: The Rambam (Shabbat 29:1; Sefer Hamitzvot, Aseh 155) is clear on the matter, as he views Kiddush and Havdala as equivalent “bookends”: “It is a positive mitzva from the Torah to sanctify ...

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Reliability Regarding Kashrut

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Does “one witness is believed in matters of issurin (what is religiously forbidden/permitted, including, kashrut)” apply even if the witness has a personal interest, such as a store or restaurant? Does it apply to a woman? Must the person be a yareh shamayim? How is a mashgiach better than the owner if the business pays ...

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