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.

Mezuza for a Storage Room

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I am moving into an apartment and want to know whether the storage room (in the building’s basement) requires a mezuza.  Answer: We will start with the basic question – whether a room used for storage is considered “beitecha” (your home – see Devarim 6:9). The gemara (Yoma 11a-b) cites conflicting opinions about whether various ...

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Correcting Praise about Rain

by R. Daniel Mann Question: At a time of year when we do not mention rain in Shemoneh Esrei’s second beracha, the chazan started saying “Mashiv haruach …” People called out to him “morid hatal,” and right after he said “… hagashem,” he added “morid hatal” and continued. Was that valid?  Answer: One who says “morid hagashem” in the summer ...

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Sharing Kaddish in a Mourner’s House

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I am saying Kaddish and recently went to a shiva house for tefilla. After I said a Kaddish with the aveilim, someone told me only the aveil(im) in shiva may do so in a shiva house. Is he right? Answer: First we need to understand the stands on the question of whether all aveilim recite ...

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Mother’s Name for Prayers for Ill Convert

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I asked a friend who needs tefillot for her health what her name is for such purposes, and she answered, Shira bat Avraham Avinu. I knew she was a convert but wondered if this is the correct formula, as usually we use the mother’s name.  Answer: We have not found a halachic discussion of this ...

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Taking Over as Chazan after Yishtabach

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I was supposed to take over as chazan at Yishtabach, but I absentmindedly said Yishtabach quietly as the previous chazan was finishing Az Yashir. I quickly asked him to say Yishtabach and Chatzi Kaddish, after which I took over. Was this appropriate?  Answer: There were a few potential options to consider (besides telling your friend ...

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Going to and from an Aliya

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Can you explain the details of how one should walk to an aliya and how and when he should return? Answer: There are no direct Talmudic sources on this matter, but Rishonim and Acharonim apply general principles and parallel sources.  The Terumat Hadeshen (II:119) says that (assuming there are two openings to the bima) one ...

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Traveling to a Place without a Sukka

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it proper to go on a trip to a place where one does not know that he will have access to a sukka? Answer: The gemara (Sukka 26a) exempts from sitting in a sukka those who travel for mitzvot and even travelers for other purposes, but whereas the former are exempt day and night, ...

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Taking Tablets to Aid Fasting

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it permitted/proper to take pills before Yom Kippur that improve one’s fasting on Yom Kippur?   Answer: Clearly, while the Torah commands “v’initem et nafshoteichem” (afflict yourselves) on Yom Kippur (Vayikra 23:27), the command’s operative meaning is to refrain from eating and drinking (Yoma 74b). One fully violates this prohibition only by ingesting food through ...

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One or Two Breaths?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I will be blowing shofar in an Ashkenazi minyan. What should I be doing about blowing tashrat (tekia-shevarim-teruah-tekia) – with neshima achat (=na – shevarim and teruah with “one breath”) or shtei neshimot (= sn – a significant break between them)? Answer: The gemara (Rosh Hashana 34a) derives the need for three sets of shofar ...

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Does Pruzbol Ruin the Ability to Fulfill Shemittat Kesafim?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: My community has a project that in our pruzbol (=prz – a mechanism to obviate shemittat kesafim (=sk)), one excludes a loan given through a gemach, upon which we fulfill the mitzva of sk (voiding loans at the end of Shemitta). Why can’t the prz apply to everything, and I still fulfill the mitzva by ...

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