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.

Using Dishes of Unknown Type

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Years ago, someone (kashrut observant) gave me a set of used china dishes. I do not remember whether the dishes are for meat or dairy (or who gave them to me). Is there a way I can use the dishes?     Answer: There are several potential (complicated) grounds for leniency, whose cumulative effect will ...

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Sheva Berachot during the Three Weeks

by R. Daniel Mann Question: A friend, who made sheva berachot for me, is getting married a couple of days before Shiva Asar B’Tammuz. When I offer to make sheva berachot, should I try to arrange it before the Three Weeks? If it is during the Three Weeks, are there any limitations? Answer: The Rama applies some of the Nine ...

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An Oleh Who Wants to Lain His Aliya

by R. Daniel Mann Question: As the gabbai in an Ashkenazi shul, I recently called up for an aliya a guest who asked if he could lain his aliya. I told him no, and he looked surprised/disappointed. Did I do the right thing?   Answer: All agree that in the gemara’s time, the oleh read the Torah aloud for the ...

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Learning Right after Shacharit

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I thought that one should learn a little in shul right after davening, yet I do not see many people doing so. How do you explain this? Answer: The concept you refer to can be connected to different sources and framed differently. After doing groundwork, we can relate to what is troubling you. The gemara ...

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Kiddush in the Middle of Davening

by R. Daniel Mann Question: We are making a private bar mitzva minyan/seuda. Due to family dynamics, we want to have a milchig Kiddush with a long break before the Shabbat lunch. May we make the Kiddush before Kri’at Hatorah? Answer: The gemara (Berachot 28b) reports that Rav Huna forbade any amount of eating before Musaf, but it concludes that ...

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Hinting One Does Not Want an Aliya

by R. Daniel Mann Question: As a guest to a shul, I received an aliya on Shabbat morning, and at Mincha, a different gabbai came over to me between aliyot to ask me my name. I told him: “I got an aliya this morning.” He got the hint and gave it to someone else. Did I act properly, or was ...

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Cooking for Shabbat at the End of Yom Tov

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Are there any things to be careful about when cooking for Shabbat on Yom Tov that falls out on Friday, with the help of an eiruv tavshilin (=et)?  Answer: The laws of cooking on Yom Tov are the same when done for Shabbat (with an et) as when done for Yom Tov eating, concerning what ...

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Planting a Fruit Tree He may Uproot

by R. Daniel Mann Question: We want to plant a fruit tree in our yard, but if we can work it out, we will expand our house and will need to uproot the tree. Is it alright to plant it in these circumstances? Answer: The Torah forbids cutting down fruit trees (Devarim 20:19). This is the strictest application of the ...

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Rearranging Aliyot to Enable a Levi’s Aliya

by R. Daniel Mann Question: This Shabbat (Vayakhel/Pekudei), the gabbai called up a levi for shvii, and as ba’al korei, I knew he was going to make a hosafa and give acharon/chazak to someone else. I quickly told him the levi cannot come up, but that they should switch the intended olim, having the levi wait for acharon. After laining, ...

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Removing Dirt from a Sefer Torah on Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question: During laining on Shabbat, I noticed dirt of some sort that distorted a letter of the sefer Torah. I pushed it with my tallit, and it readily came off. Did I violate Shabbat? Answer: The classic case of the melacha of mochek (erasing) is to erase letters or a form in order to afterward write ...

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