בס"ד
Jan 23 2018, Shevat 7, 5778
Torah reading: Beshalach

JEWISH PRACTICE

Pressure for a Shidduch

By Chaim Hillel Raskin Can I try to persuade a family to consider my daughter as a shidduch for their son? Background: There are two potential Torah prohibitions involved in purchasing a friend’s personal items that are not for sale: (1) Lo sisaveh – not to scheme ways of how to acquire a friend’s possessions, persuading him to sell … Read more

Driving After Candle-Lighting

By Chaim Hillel Raskin   I would like to travel by car to shul after lighting Shabbos candles. Is that allowed? Although the halacha is that lighting Shabbos candles doesn’t automatically cause Shabbos to begin,1 nonetheless the widespread custom amongst women is to accept Shabbos at candle-lighting. Thus if a woman doesn’t want to accept Shabbos then, she must expressly … Read more

Verbal Harassment

By Rabbi Chaim Hillel Raskin The Torah says, “A man should not wrong his fellow.”1 Chazal explain that one must be sincere in social interactions just as in business, and one may not harass another person verbally or cause him any discomfort (ono’as devarim).2 Here are some examples of this prohibition brought in halacha: One … Read more

The Kosher Switch

By Rabbi Dovid Markel   Disclaimer: It is not the intent of the article to deal with halachik technicalities of Kosher-Switch, but to raise awareness for the concept that not everything that is technically permitted in dry halachik parameters are acts that are suggested to be performed during Shabbos.    The “Kosher-Switch” has been the much written about talk … Read more

Paying Tuition with Maaser Money

By Rabbi Chaim Chazzan   The cost of out-of-town mesivta is challenging. Can pay tuition with my maaser money?   As explained in previous (issues 217-218) one cannot pay for obligations with maaser money, since tzedakah is supposed to be an added donation.[1]This includes all mitzvos, community taxes and matanos lo’evyonim. Since a father is obligated to teach his son Torah, it would … Read more

Pre-Order Discount

By Rabbi Chaim Chazzan   May a publisher offer a discounted price to those who pay in advance before the sefer is printed?   The Alter Rebbe rules[1] that one who sells an object at a discounted price for advance payment transgresses ribis midrabanan (avak ribis). The reason for this: The advance payment is seen as a loan. … Read more

Broken Glasses

  By Rabbi Chaim Chazzan   Reuven put his glasses down near his bed. Shimon came to wake him up, stepped on the glasses and broke them. Is Shimon responsible for the damage?     Tripping over and breaking, something left on the floor involves two elements: (1) the broken object; (2) injury caused to the person who … Read more