Halachah

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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The Unibrow in Jewish Law

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I am a young man with a unibrow, which I find very embarrassing. May I remove some hair with tweezers from that area? Also, may I remove some more hair to make my eyebrows less bushy? Answer: The gemara (Nazir 58b-59a) forbids a man to shave his pubic and underarm hair with a razor. There ...

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Tricking a Cheater

by R. Daniel Mann Question: If someone asks me for an answer during a test, can I tell him the wrong answer? (Response to follow-up question – I prefer not to refuse either to not suffer socially or so the cheater gets what he deserves.) Answer: Cheating on a test is an example of geneivat da’at (deception) (Igrot Moshe, Choshen ...

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