Halachah

Purim Meshulash

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Could you please review some of the rules and rationale of the practices of Purim Meshulash (Triple Purim) in Yerushalayim? [This is a re-edited repeat from 15 years ago.] Answer: When the fifteenth of Adar, celebrated as Purim in cities that were walled at the time of Yehoshua (notably including Yerushalayim), falls on Shabbat, when ...

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Hearing the Megilla for Those Who Cannot Go to Shul

by R. Daniel Mann Question: If one who is not a ba’al koreh cannot make it to shul to hear Megillat Esther (e.g., if the pandemic will preclude one from coming), how else can he fulfill the mitzva of hearing it? Answer: (For those who can hear from a distance, not being in shul is not a problem; if they ...

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Workplace Requirement for Vaccination

by R. Daniel Mann Question: [This question was sent by a European rabbi.] A business owner demands that his employees be vaccinated against Corona due to the type of work done and makes them sign a waiver of claims for damages stemming from the vaccine. Can an employer make such a demand and transfer risk to a reluctant employee?  Answer: ...

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Challot on the Table for Kiddush

by R. Daniel Mann Question: We like to keep our challot in a warm place until bringing them to the table after netilat yadayim so they taste their best. Must they be on the table during Kiddush?   Answer: The question to start with is: why do we (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 271:9) cover the challot?   The gemara (Pesachim 100a-b) mentions ...

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Borer on Plates

by R. Daniel Mann Question: We set our Shabbat table with a larger “charger” plate under the main plate. At the end of the meal, we clear off the dirty dishes and leave the charger plates. Is there a problem with borer (selecting)?  Answer: Avoiding suspense – it is clearly permitted. One reason for our confidence is that while charger ...

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Behavior during Kedusha of Street Minyanim

by R. Daniel Mann Question: My neighborhood is filled with outdoor Covid 19 minyanim.  I was walking down the street on Shabbat and a minyan across the street was in the middle of Kedusha. In such cases, do I need to stop, keep my feet together, and respond to Kedusha until they are done, or may I continue walking? Answer: ...

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Is a Second Netilat Yadayim Necessary?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: If one does netilat yadayim (=ny) before eating rinsed fruit (without a beracha), and then decides to eat bread, should he wash again, with a beracha?  Answer: Your question is related to a famous yearly practice. The gemara (Pesachim 115b) says that at the Seder, the first ny (for karpas) does not preclude a second ...

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Is Rounding Up Ribbit?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I was told that the “Paybox” app that allows sending money enables payments only of full shekalim. So when my wife and many others use it to repay a friend who bought something at the grocery that has an agurot element, they must round the numbers. Is rounding up a problem of ribbit?  Answer: (For ...

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Eat Meat on Shabbat when it Bothers his Wife?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: My wife and I are relatively newly married. I am used to having fleishig Shabbat meals, whereas my wife is disgusted by meat (including poultry, mainly by the smell). Is it right for us to stop having meat at Shabbat/Yom Tov meals or should we try to figure out an arrangement that my wife can ...

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Finding Out Late about the Presence of a Kohen or Levi

by R. Daniel Mann Question: As a gabbai, sometimes I do not realize either that a kohen is present and I give the first aliya to a non-kohen, or that a levi is present and I give the second aliya to the kohen. What do we do when this is discovered?  Answer: It depends. The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chayim 135:6-7) ...

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