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.

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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Musaf or Hallel?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: After davening Mincha on Rosh Chodesh, I (a woman) wanted to make up Hallel and Musaf that I did not have a chance to do in the morning. I saw that I did not have enough time before sunset to do both. Which one should I have done? Answer: There are certain set factors that ...

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Supermarket Manners or Halacha?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I was in a supermarket and saw a woman take the last packages of a certain item. She then left them in her shopping cart and walked off elsewhere. Another woman saw the empty shelf and the items in the cart, and took some of them from the cart and put them in hers. Was ...

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Child Riding a Bicycle on Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question: May a child ride a bicycle on Shabbat in a place that has an eiruv? Answer: When bicycles became popular, many poskim discussed their use on Shabbat, and almost all forbade it, for one or more of the following reasons. 1) Uvdin d’chol – This is a weekday-like activity, for, amongst other reasons, it is ...

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Using an Hourglass on Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question: This past Yom Kippur, I was a few days after birth, and so a rabbi said that I could eat small amounts of food. He lent me an hourglass set to give the correct amount of time for “eating in intervals.” Is it always permitted to use an hourglass on Shabbat, or was it a ...

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Halachic Ramifications of Ad-blocks

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I went on a religious website, and it detected that I have an ad-block program. They gave me a choice to disable my ad-block or continue while violating geneiva because ad-blocking takes away their parnasa. Would it be forbidden to continue with ad-blocking? Answer:  (We are not addressing the desirability of avoiding ads, some of ...

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LED Shoes for Children on Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Can a child wear on Shabbat shoes that have lights (LED) in the soles that light up when he walks?   Answer:  The consensus is that activating light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on Shabbat is not a Torah-level prohibition, but is a Rabbinic level one. One connects a circuit and light is emitted (by the transfer of ...

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