בס"ד
Apr 20 2018, Iyyar 5, 5778
Torah reading: Tazria-Metzora

PRACTICE

Hearing the Shofar

By Rabbi Chaim Chazzan   Is it permissible to recite Tehillim or the blessing after using the restroom after the first set of tekios, during musaf on Rosh Hashana, before one has heard all one hundred kolos?   It is forbidden[1] to talk from the beginning of the first set of tekios, known as the … Read more

Mezuzah Placement

By Rabbi Chaim Chazzan   The halachos of mezuzah placement are numerous and complex and unfortunately many homes have the mezuzos placed incorrectly, causing them to be invalid[1]. For this reason it has been long recommended[2] that one review each doorway in the home with one proficient in these halachos. Here are a few common … Read more

Needless Wasting

By Rabbi Chaim Chazzan   May one purchase something for more expensive when one is able to buy the same thing for cheaper? In other words: Is needless spending of money included in the prohibition of Bal Tashchis (do not destroy)?   The halachic definition[1] of Bal Tashchis is to actively damage or destroy anything … Read more

Vending machines

By Rabbi Chaim Chazzan   A person deposited money into a vending machine that malfunctioned swallowing the money and not providing the service expected. Later another person banged the machine and the money that had been lodged in it came pouring out. May he keep the money or does it belong to the owner of … Read more

Havdalah on Tea

By Rabbi Chaim Chazzan   May one who doesn’t have wine or grape juice at hand, make havdalah on tea or coffee?   The Shulchan Aruch[1] paskens that although it is always best to make havdalah on wine, it is permissible to make it on ‘chamar medina’ (lit. the drink of the country). Much has … Read more