Halachah

The Way to Make Charoset

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Are there halachot of how to make charoset, or is the (approximate) final product the important thing? Answer: There are prominent sources mentioning certain ingredients and procedures for making charoset, but before analyzing their role, let us start with background. There are two opinions in the mishna (Pesachim 114a) if charoset is a mitzva. If ...

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Is It Permissible to Refrain from Vaccinating Children?

by R. Asher Weiss Many poskim and communal leaders have asked me whether parents are obligated to inoculate their children by means of generally accepted vaccines in order to prevent terrible diseases, because some important rabbanim recently expressed the following opinion: Since there is concern that vaccination damages health, not only is it permissible not to vaccinate children, but it ...

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Temporary Markings in a Sefer Torah

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it permissible to mark a place in a sefer Torah with a “post-it” or the like to know where a reading starts? Answer: The gemara (Menachot 32b) says that a mezuza that is written like an iggeret (letter) is pasul, and Rashi includes in the possible problems, extra letters. The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah ...

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Alerting People to Stand

by R. Daniel Mann Question: At our minyan, we take a sefer Torah from a beit midrash in which people are learning and return it to there. Sometimes when we return the sefer Torah, someone bangs so that everyone will stand up for it. Is this necessary? Answer: The Torah commands standing for people who deserve our respect, such as ...

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Extended Purim Seuda

by R. Daniel Mann Question: My family likes to have the Purim seuda toward the end of the day, and then we eat well into the night. What are the halachic implications (if any)? Answer: According to the normal rules, we would think that this is not an optimal practice. Presumably, every moment and element of festivity of Purim adds ...

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