Archive | Halacha

Sukkah Design

Dear Rabbi Simon, After 15 years of faithful service, the timber of our Succah is now rotting and requires replacing. I am designing a new timber succah and want to clarify a couple of halachic issues. 1) In order to make the sechach more wind resistant , I want the sechach to rest on wooden battens […]

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Sha’atnez in Crewel Embroidery

Sha’atnez Q&A: Life can be Crewel, but is it allowed? Dear Rabbi Simon I want to take up embroidery and I am particularly interested in crewel work which is traditionally made from wool on a cloth of linen or one with some linen content. Given this is sha’atnez I don’t think I can do this – […]

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Cremation and Kaddish

Dear Rabbi Simon, A distant elderly Jewish relative died last month and he chose to be cremated. Is it still appropriate to say Kaddish for him? Many thanks, Martin Dear Martin, The sombre and distasteful subject of cremation is discussed (and decried) in the Torah literature. The practice has become very common in non-Orthodox circles, and […]

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Techeiles in Tzitzis

Dear Rabbi Simon Should we be wearing Techeiles in our Tzitzis today? (I am asking a few rabbis this question.) FYI, here is a site which presents people who agree and disagree with wearing techeiles: http://techeiles.org/debate.php. I also found this informative article on the subject: http://dinonline.org/2013/06/01/parashas-korach-the-mitzvah-of-techeiles/. What is your view? Kol tuv, Alistair Dear Alistair, […]

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Ketubah Question

Ask the Rabbi: Wedding Daze: Irregular Ketubah Question Dear Rabbi Simon, I hope you are doing well.  I wanted your advice about the following question. My younger sister is getting married soon (overseas).  Sadly, her fiancé is not Jewish. Nevertheless, she wanted a ketubah (marriage contract) signing and asked me to be one of the […]

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Music in 3 Weeks

Dear Rabbi Simon, I am at home much of the time at the moment, doing computing work out of my home office.  I listen to music on headphones to drown out other noise and to help me concentrate. (I have tried using the radio instead or other talking noises – and it does not really […]

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Swimming Lessons during the Nine Days

Hi Rabbi Simon. I wanted to ask you about signing up Zev for swimming classes during the 9 days.  There is a summer swim crash course for children happening from July 24th-28th, which happens to be right at the start of the 9 days.  I know there are prohibitions against swimming, but I wanted to […]

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Swimming Lessons during the Nine Days

Hi Rabbi Simon. I wanted to ask you about signing up Zev for swimming classes during the 9 days.  There is a summer swim crash course for children happening from July 24th-28th, which happens to be right at the start of the 9 days.  I know there are prohibitions against swimming, but I wanted to […]

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Gifts on Yomtov?

Dear Rabbi, Is there a problem with taking a gift, say a bottle of wine, to someone on Yomtov? Thanks, Laura Dear Laura, Although there are those who are more stringent, it is allowed, as the wine (for example) is intended for use on Yomtov. This does not necessarily mean that the recipient must use […]

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Fasting on Yom Kippur

Dear Rabbi Simon, Under what circumstances is a pregnant woman permitted to drink or eat during the fast of Yom Kippur? My wife is in her first trimester and has been having dry heaves/nausea over the last few days and I was wondering what kind of latitude we had under her circumstances. Thanks, Michael Dear […]

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