Q. Is it better to Daven Maariv before TZAAS with a minyan or after without a minyan even if you are makped to always daven after the TZAAZ? A. The Mechaver (O.C. 235, 1) indicates that if the Tzibur daven Maariv early, while still day one should join them and read the Shema, after nightfall. Mishne Beruro (ibid. 12) states that; “Fortunate is the one who can recite Maariv in it’s proper time with a Tzibu
Q. According to the Sefer Hayomam’s shita, is there nigrar (pulling or shlepping land areas) to include Alaska west, to the rest of the American continent or do the people in west Alaska have to keep two days Shabbos? A. See prior answer in regards to the three main opinions on the Halacha dateline. The first mentioned was the Chazon Ish ztl view who maintains that the Dateline is six hours (90) degrees) eas
Q. Can my child play with a pet bird in Shabbes? Is the cage muktze? A. The Talmud (Shabbos 128 b) mentions that animals are muktze. Mishneh Beruroh (308,146) explains that the reason is because since they are of no use in Shabbos, they are “Muktze Machmas Gufom”, because of “themselves” and are regarded like stones.(Bais Yosef ibid. and Kesef Mishneh). Rishoinim disagree whether this applies
Q. My wife bought crystal candlesticks holders to give as a present and she noticed that on the brand name of the product on the box and on the candlestick there is a crown with a cross on it. Are we allowed to give the present to a Jewish couple or is better to get a different gift. I would also like to know why nobody is concerned with the cross on the car plates in Ontario. A. Remoh (Y.D. 141,1) prescribes that a
Q. In the above case or when people who are not religious are invited to a Shabbat meal, will non-mevushal wine become prohibited? A. Bais Yosef (Y.D. 119) quotes Rashbo’s Responsa that considers the wine of one who openly desecrates Shabbos as prohibited Gentile wine. This is, at least in principle, the accepted common Halachic rule. Chasam Sofer (Y.D. 120) explains that this is not an assimilation preventive
Q. Is it permitted to wash the house floor during the nine days? How about the deck outside if dirty? A. In question 594 on this forum we wrote; Although you may vacuum clean a carpet during the Nine Days, even a Gentile should not wash them. In regards to washing the floors Poskim disagree. Some maintain that it is permitted. (Teshuras Shai 174.) Some permit only for someone who does so every week, (Hisorerus Teshuv
Q. If a non-Jew turns on an electric stove top on Yom Tov, Is one permitted to use it? A. Most Poiskim maintain that creating fire in Yom Tov (moileed) is only a rabbinic prohibition (see Rashi Shabbat 33,a O.C.502 and Taz ibid. 1). As far as the usage of electric heating and light during Yom Tov, is subject to Halachick debate, the accepted majority rule is to prohibit rabbinically (see Hachashmal Bechalacha, ch.
Q. I am planning a trip to Canada and Alaska next month and because night doesn’t come in till very late please tell me if I should be davening Maariv at a normal time or whether I have to stay up to daven when it gets dark? Also as far as Shabat is concerned, shall I light candles at a normal time or do I wait for the night times? Same for havdala. Is there anything else I have to do because of this situation?
Q. Single people who want to begin Shabbat early, and attend a minyan for Mincha that begins right before Plag Hamincha and then recites Kabalath Shabath right after, as is required by Halacha, when should they light Shabath candles? (since the can not return home after Mincha and you can not light before Plag). A. The Remah O.C. 261,2 and Mishne Berurah ibid. 25, state that you can not accept Shabbos before Plag (On
Q. There are two entrances to my shul. The back entrance is through a lane-way behind a plaza of retail stores. Behind each store, there are large bins with rotting food and other garbage. I avoid going in this way since it doesn’t seem right to enter the King’s palace through this smelly mess. On the other hand going in the front entrance means going through the plaza with its noisy throngs of people, a