בס"ד
May 25 2017, Iyyar 29, 5777
Torah reading: Bamidbar

PRACTICE

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

Proper Behaviour

By Rabbi Chaim Chazzan   A group of people bought condos in a building and share ownership of the hallways. The owner of the only apartment on the top floor wishes to extend his apartment by closing in the hallway, and claims that the other residents will lose nothing for that space is only used … Read more

Illegal Deals

By Rabbi Chaim Chazzan   Reuven made a deal with a pauper called Shimon that he will reveal to him the name of an unknown philanthropist Levi who gives a substantial sum to every fundraiser who approaches him. However, Reuven stipulated that he will only share that information on the condition that Shimon will give … Read more

Drunkenness and Halacha

By Rabbi Chaim Chazzan   May one who is intoxicated daven, bentch or say brachos on food?   Halacha differentiates between various alcohol induced states of mind: (a) One who is mildly intoxicated – shosuy. (b) One who is ‘drunk’ – shikur.(c) One who is completely unaware of his actions – shikruso shel lot. One … Read more

A Canvas Sukkah

By Rabbi Chaim Chazzan   Is it permissible to make a sukkah with walls of canvas?   A sukkah wall which billows in regular winds, even if the wind does not have the strength to it knock down, is not considered a kosher wall for a sukkah[1]. There is a machlokes among contemporary poskim how … Read more