Shiurim of

Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst, shlit"a

Dayan of Agudath Yisrael of Illinois

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Tevilas Keilim Part 1: requirement if owned or held by a non-Jew, obligation to put in mikvah, tevila of glass, corelle and corning ware/pyrex, kli matchis (metals), aluminum, disposable pans, plastic, who determines the obligation -owner or worker.

2014-06-22

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Tevilas Keilim Part 2: purchase of the non-Jewish partner's portion including publicly owned companies/government owned entities/and the Israeli government, travelling with no mikvah in the area, can one use the utensil once before tovelling, is there an obligation to tovel immediately after purchase or can one wait until use, can one eat food from a utensil that was not tovelled, does a repaired utensil need tevila when repaired by a non-Jew, if the repair is done with wood or silver plating, do utensils need to be tovelled after being sold with chometz before Pesach, obligation of caterers or restaurant owners to tovel utensils.

2014-06-29 Download

Tevilas Keilim Part 3: toiveling new or reused cans, toiveling someone else’s keli, doing tevila at a store, proper way to toivel a keli, toiveling the plastic handle, amount of times to toivel.

2014-07-13 Download

Tevilas Keilim Part 4: general halachos of toiveling electric keilim, toaster and toaster oven, sandwich maker, oven racks. *NEW

2014-07-20 Download
The 3 Weeks Part 1   2001-07-04

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Hilchos Tisha B’Av 5753 and Halachos of Visiting the Kosel Part 1  2013-07-14

Halachos of Visiting the Kosel Part 2: living in Israel and not having visited the Kosel in the past 30 days, visiting Har HaBayis, is the Kosel part of the Har HaBayis or Azorah, touching the Kosel.  

2013-07-21

Sefiras Haomer - Sefaika D'Yoma, are Women also M'chuyav?  How far does one have to go to push himself to make a Bris on Yom Shemini? 

2009-05-02

Halachos of Sefiras Ha’omer and Lag Bo’Omer Part 1: calculating the 33 days, cutting hair and related halachos, what can be done on Lag B’Omer part 1

2014-05-04

Halachos of Sefiras Ha’omer and Lag Bo’Omer Part 2: partaking in a wedding on the night after Lag Bo’Omer, newly married woman changing her minhag, haircuts on Friday Rosh Chodesh or Friday before Lag Bo’Omer and/or Shloshes Yimei Hagbala, identifying those that are allowed to take a haircut in sefira (bar mitzvah/siyum/finishing aveilus/business/sholom bayis)

2014-05-11

Hilchos Shabbos - Using Baby Wipes on Shabbos

2014-02-09

Hilchos Shabbos – Opening Cans, Bags and Bottles on Shabbos Part 1

2014-02-16
Hilchos Shabbos – Opening Cans, Bags and Bottles on Shabbos Part 2 2014-02-23

Hilchos Shabbos – Hilchos Shabbos – Opening Cans, Bags and Bottles on Shabbos Part 3 (including summary of the three shiurim). Teaching Torah to an Akum (second half of shiur).

2014-03-02
Hilchos Shabbos - Chidushim in Hilchos Bishul Part 1: fixing a mistake when doing chazara, using a hotplate or radiator, using aluminum foil as a blech, transferring food into another pot, tzli achar bishul, warming up cold food.    2013-04-21

Hilchos Shabbos - Chidushim in Hilchos Bishul Part 2: eating ice cream and making ice cubes on Shabbos (nolad), taking food from pot while on the fire, having a second cup of tea or reusing a ladle, putting ketchup or margarine on a hot potato, putting raw vegetables on same plate as hot cholent.

2013-04-28

Hilchos Shabbos - Chidushim in Hilchos Bishul Part 3: Tzli achar bishul, using something hot that will warp the paper plate, putting spices or a lemon into a kli sheni, using a La Briute meal (cooking via chemical reaction) on Shabbos, using crockpots.   

2013-05-05

Hilchos Shabbos - Chidushim in Hilchos Bishul Part 4: clarifying from previous shiur regarding La Bruit meals, different Halachik ways to warm up food, using a dishwasher on a time clock.    

2013-05-19

Hilchos Shabbos - Chidushim in Hilchos Bishul Part 5: chazara for cholim, what to do if there is a blackout or if the fire under the food goes out, Chazon Ish’s shitta on today’s blech. 

2013-05-26
Hilchos Shabbos - Chidushim in Hilchos Bishul Part 6: covering heaters, cases of hatmana – baby bottle/kishka in cholent/yogurts and cottage cheese, moving a pot on a blech.  2013-06-02
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Hilchos Shabbos – Hadlakas Neiros Part 1: kavod vs. oneg, neiros and electric lights, married daughter making a bracha in her mother’s home.

2013-12-15
Hilchos Shabbos – Hadlakas Neiros Part 2: sleeping at home but eating somewhere else, lighting at hotels and/or conventions, who lights if wife out of town, lighting the first week after birth, does the kabolos Shabbos take effect by the bracha or when lighting the candles, if a woman missed mincha on erev Shabbos should she say two maariv’s, would a tenai work for davening mincha after lighting neiros. 2013-12-22
Hilchos Shabbos – Hadlakas Neiros Part 3: adding on a candle if missed lighting completely/lit wrong amount/ baalas teshuva/ lit too early, subtracting a candle when a family member passes away, is a man mekabel Shabbos when he lights neiros, is there a k’nas for a man that forgot to light candles, husband preparing neiros for wife, minhag Yerushalyim of lighting 40 minutes before shkiya (part A). 2014-01-05

Hilchos Shabbos – Hadlakas Neiros Part 4: minhag Yerushalyim of lighting 40 minutes before shkiya (part B), lighting late vs. lighting on time but with a t’nai, best spot in the room to light, moving the  leichter tray, length of time that candles need to burn, using tea lights.

2014-01-12

Hilchos Shabbos – Hadlakas Neiros Part 5: what to do with left over neiros after Shabbos, neiros and muktza, lighting on Yom Tov Sheni in Eretz Yisroel, when to light Yom Tov candles, order of berochos on Yom Tov, Birchas Shechiyonu, adding a candle if forgot to light Yom Tov candles, lighting the knas candle when a guest somewhere else.

2014-01-26

Hilchos Aninus Part 1: doing mitzvos even when not being misasek with the mes, exact time when aninus starts, erev Shabbos and Motzei Shabbos during aninus.    

2013-05-27

Hilchos Aninus Part 2: onen sitting on a chair, saying benching and asher yatzar after the kevura, birchas ha’nehenin, saying tehillim, finding out about the petira in middle of davening, tashlumin for tefila and atta chanantonu.   

2013-06-09

Hilchos Aninus Part 3: tefillin on first day of aveilus, onen cutting nails and taking a shower or haircut, learning Torah, doing business, shmua rechoka and avoiding telling an elderly/sick person. 

2013-06-16
Dosh and 6 Questions   2004-02-22

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The 3 Weeks Part 2 2004-07-11

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Borer-DNA   2004

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Laws of Travel Part 1  2004

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Laws of Travel Part 2  2004

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Laws of Travel Part 3  2004

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DNA in Halacha: using DNA evidence to help solve difficult Halachik cases: agunos, mamzerus, paternity, yerusha, etc. *NEW

2014-06-15 Download

Lifnei Iver   2004

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Sefira-Hard Work; Sheitels 2004

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Tatoos  2004

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Bal Talin   2004-12-05

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Paying Tuition with Maaser

2005-11-20

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Shailos Regarding Tuition

2005-12-11

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Changing Minhagim

2005-12-11

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Makom Kavuah

2006-01-22

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Hilchos Berochos

2006-01-22

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Hilchos Chodesh

2006-05-28

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Hilchos Yom Tov

2006-05-28

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Halochos of Yom Tov (Shavuos 5773):  Ben E”Y in chutza l’aretz, taking medicine, cooking, hachana, ovens, taking a shower, inviting a goy for a meal, borer, time clocks, candle lighting, carrying, muktza, bosor v’yayin and required Yom Tov seudos, going to mikva. 

2013-05-12

Shavous: does Shavous have to coincide with Yom Matan Torah, taking a shower on Yom Tov, Yom Tov Sheni for a chutznik that visits Israel every Yom Tov.

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Waiting between Meat and Milk‑‑Part I: Fish with Milk and Nishtana HaTeva

2008-02-03

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Waiting between Meat and Milk‑‑Part II: Hataras Nedarim and Mesiras Modaah

2008-02-10

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Waiting between Meat and Milk‑‑Part III: Between Cheese and Meat and Women and Learning Torah

2008-02-24

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Cutting Down a Fruit Tree

2008-03-02

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Parashas Zachor: Brocha on zicharas and michias amelek, a woman’s chiyuv of hearing parshas zochor, leap year. 2014-03-09

Parashas Zachor: Its General Obligation and Different Pronunciation

2008-03-09

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Taanis Esther and Birchas Harav es Riveynu

2008-03-16

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Chametz Sheavar Alayv es haPesach

2008-05-11

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Gram Kibbuy on Shabbos and Yom Tov: Sabbath Mode Stoves and Time Clocks

2008-05-18

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Smoking in Halacha

2008-05-25

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The Status of Garbage and Garbage Cans on Shabbos and Yom Tov; Twist‑ties; and Yom HaMeyuchas

2008-06-01

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Davening an Early Maariv for Leyl Shavuos

2008-06-08

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Lo Seschonane

2008-06-14

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Shailos Regarding a Bar Mitzvah Bochur

2008-07-07

HagEshem vs HagAshem and Kli Shemilachto L'issur

2008-11-09

Muktzah: Freezer Door, Meat, Close Car Trunk Door, Oven Door, Mail and Soap

2008-11-16

Hilchos Shabbos Shevisas Keilim & Kli Shemilachto L'issur

2008-11-23

Pulling the Plug, Artificial Nutrition, The Halachik Definition of Brain Death, and Other End of Life Shailos

2008-11-30

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Shiduchim, Incredible But True Shailos

2009-01-04

Obscure Cases of Giving Shadchanus Gelt

2009-01-11

Hilchos Shabbos – Questions of "Bassis" - 1

2009-01-18

Hilchos Shabbos – Questions of "Bassis" - 2

2009-01-25

Muktzah on Shabbos with Tashmeshi Kedusha; Kosherlamp; Carrying on Shabbos

2009-02-01

Employment Termination and Issues of Severance

2009-02-08

Is One Allowed to Keep the Return Stamp from an Unsolicited Letter of Tzedaka, Invitation, Free Sefer, etc.?

2009-02-15

A Father Keeping His Son's Bar Mitzvah Gifts; Paying Damages for Items Someone Damaged While Drunk 

2009-03-01

Damaging Someone While Doing a Mitzvah, Interesting Cases of Matanos L'evyonim and Mishloach Manos  

2009-03-08

Pesach 2009 - Bedikas Chametz, Kashering Keilim and the Seder

2009-03-22

Eruv Tavshilin - What is it matir? Who does it cover? What food does one use?

2009-05-10

Eruv Tavshilin - Various Shailos in Hilchos Eruv Tavshilin

2009-05-17

Yom Tov Sheni of Shavous, The Halachos of Being Mekabel Shabbos Early

2009-05-24

Shailos in Choshen Mishpat as it relates to damages that occur in medical emergencies

2009-05-31

Interesting Choshen Mishpat Questions Part 1: the shadchan’s nadan reconsidered, liability of one who damages a solar heater that ends up putting out a fire, thief steals car containing bomb which explodes which saves owner's life, person breaks barrels of illegal liquor prior to visit by revenue agents saving store owner from tax violation, offering a negative opinion of chosson during shidduch, wrong kidney removed from donor, accident involving air traveler causes missed flight that crashes, swallowed poisonous mercury results in healing child's stomach problems, auto accident causes woman to regain speech, stealing car saves infant's life.    2013-06-30

If a Choleh Says He Doesn't Need Medical Attention But Someone Calls an Ambulance/Doctor - Who Has to Pay; If Someone Gets Injured by Another Person and the Nizik Has Insurance, Does the Person Who Caused the Injury Have to Pay

2009-06-07

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Misc. Halacha Questions Received from Rabbonim: six hour cheeses, rectifying the shatz who mistakenly skipped tachnun, not living up to mortgage promise, non-orthodox Rabbis getting a bracha at a chupa, showed the wrong place when getting an aliyah l’Torah, falling asleep before benching, burying cremated remains, stopping in middle of shemona esreh, visiting kivrei avos during the first year, baby monitor on Shabbos, opening a patio umbrella, deducting maaser for a charge for a Mosod’s dinner (including babysitting/parking/gas), new minhag where tzibbur says the name of cholim during misha b’erech,  going to court instead of beis din, giving hagbah and gelilah to brothers, bracha on peanut butter. 2014-06-08

Being Yotzei Kiddush on Shabbos Morning without Drinking From the Mevoraich; Combining HaGofen by a Bris with Kiddush

2009-06-14

Question in Paying for Damage; Parents/In-Laws That Can't Keep Their Promise to Support Their Children, Ordering Treif Food for One's Employees.

2009-06-21

Bal Talin   2010-07-04 Download

Is it Ever Permissible to Have Someone Drive to Your House on Shabbos - Part 1 & 2

2009-10-25

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Voting, Jury Duty, Jewish Judges and Lawyers in Secular Courts in Halachos 2009-11-01 Download
L'fnei Iver #1: in Business Situations and d'Rabbonins 2009-11-08

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L'fnei Iver #2: giving advice to a goy, working as an ultrasound technician, selling on Chol Hamoed items that will be used after Yom Tov, caterers, travel agents, etc. 2009-11-15
L'fnei Iver #3: lending things that will be used b'issur, making shiduchim or being mesader kidushin for non-religious couples, selling clothing that may have shatnez, issur shochad in a secular court. 2009-11-22
L'fnei Iver #4: Asking someone to do something mutar for him but assur for you; metal caps, Sefardi vs. Ashkenazi B'hilchos Shabbos, Smoking on Yom Tov, 72 min. vs. 60 min, Yom Tov Sheni, Using the Eiruv   2009-11-29
L'fnei Iver #5: loshon hora, using a frum doctor vs. a non-frum doctor on Shabbos, a dishonest meshulach, testing the new cleaning help 2009-12-06
Hezek R'ia today: building separation between properties, windows that open to neighbors property, listening to neighbors conversation, taking pictures of people that don't want it, hezek in shiduchim with intentions to help 2009-12-20
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The Halachos of Listening to Music Part 1: zecher l’churban - listening to live music nowadays, recorded music, what qualifies as a seudas mitzvah to listen to music, listening or teaching music for non-enjoyment purposes, music in Yerushalayim.

2014-05-18

The Halachos of Listening to Music Part 2 and related Halachos of Sefira and Shavous: listening to music during sefira,  keeping sefira during chol hamoed Pesach, dancing and music for seudas mitzvah during sefira, reciting shehecheyanu during sefira, construction during sefira, candle-lighting for Shavous.

2014-05-25
Hilchos Ribbis: Hakdama and who is not chayiv b'ribbis. 2010-01-03
Hilchos Ribbis: With non-frum, tinuk shinishba, and mumar clients. Doing business with banks and mortgage houses. 2010-01-10
Hilchos Ribbis: With transaction, HUD, and credit cards 2010-01-17

Hilchos Ribbis: If court obligates one to pay ribbis to malve, accepting bank gifts, cash advance on credit card, CD's, using maaser money to replace lost interest on loan to ani and other maaser shailos. 2010-01-24
Hilchos Ribbis: Interest that accumulated on Shabbos (schar Shabbos), cases of safek ribbis and schar tircha, cashing checks, ribbis devorim-greeting someone warmly or saying thank you who lent you money. 2010-01-31
Hilchos Ribbis: Doing favors for someone that lent you money; i.e. buying a Bar Mitzvah present, sending a nice Mishloach Manos, giving a special kibbud in Shul, diverting jobs to his business, selling items for less than market price.
Dvar Torah: Parshas Mishpotim of kibud av v'em and mamzerim
2010-02-07
Hilchos Ribbis: Borrowing and returning items to neighbors, i.e. milk, carpool, eggs, filling up the car with gas and more. Paying back with different currencies, dollars vs. shekels.
2010-02-14
Hilchos Ribbis; late fee on a loan, late fee in business transactions, late fee for rentals and writing proper rental agreements, inheritance, adding to gifts. 2010-02-21
Hilchos Purim: Proper pronunciation of zecher amalaik, repeating words in the Megilla, Halachos of Purim that falls out on Motzie Shabbos. 2010-02-21
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Taking Medicine on Pesach: When is chometz no longer medicine, tablets and caplets, gel-caps, liquids.

2014-03-30

Hilchos Pesach 5770: Selling of Chometz, Bedikas Chometz, Kashering, and the Seder

2010-03-07
Hilchos Pesach 5773: Bedikas chometz, siyum bechorim, cleaning for Pesach, kashering keilim, Halachos of the seder.     2013-03-10
Halachos of Marketing and Disclosure; G'neivas Da'as, Truth in Advertising, Bait and Switch. 2010-04-18
Unlawful Encroachment v Healthy Competition Part 1 presented by Dayan Yaakov Rappoport 2010-04-25
Unlawful Encroachment v Healthy Competition Part 2 presented by Dayan Yaakov Rappoport 2010-05-02
Employer & Employees: Forming the Relationship, A Worker's Obligation to His Employer 2010-05-09
The Mitzva of Lending and the Issur of Ribbis: When, to Whom and at What Expense; Common Ribbis Issues 2010-05-16
Tzedaka & Ma'aser: How Much to Give; Who is Obligated to Give; Giving to Goyim 2010-05-23
Giving Ma’aser: defining revenue that is chayiv in ma’aser; investments, gifts, support, insurance claims, etc.
2010-05-30
Using Ma’aser Money for Tuition, Sending Children to Study in Israel, Summer Camps, etc. 2010-06-06
Allocating your Ma’aser Money for Ma’aser Sh’aino Tehora; Aliya in Shul, Endowment Funds, Helping out Relatives, Giving Ma’aser of Your Time During the Day, Buying Raffle Tickets, Tickets and Ads and Banquets and Dinners, etc. 2010-06-13

Hilchos Tzedka Part 1: Pidyon Shevuim today, borrowing money from a pushka, being noder b'machshava, responding to Tzedaka letters in the mail, answering the door, giving during davening, taking Tzedaka from swindlers, which schools have kedima, etc.  

2010-06-21

Hilchos Tzedaka Part 2: Which relatives have priority to one’s tzedaka, giving tzedaka before or after taxes, changing one’s donation of many years to another organization, is one required to give tzedaka if he only thought of giving tzedaka but did not speak it out.   

2012-11-18

Hilchos Tzedaka Part 3: Finding $ dedicated to a tzedaka that no longer exists, unclear directions in a will, dividing up tzedaka amongst the poor, prioritizing whom to give tzedaka to, praising a rasha in order to get tzedaka (part A).    

2012-11-25

Hilchos Tzedaka Part 4: praising a rasha in order to get tzedaka (part B), fooling people to generate more tzedaka, accepting tzedaka from a goy.   

2012-12-06
The Mitzva of Lending as it Pertains to the Loiyva (borrower) 2010-06-27
Hilchos Pas Yisroel 2010-10-17
Hilchos Bishul Akum 2010-10-24
Hilchos Yayin Nesech 2010-10-31
Hilchos Chalav Yisroel 2010-11-07
Hilchos Gevinas Yisroel 2010-11-14
Priorities Determining Which Business One Should Patronize 2010-11-21
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Hilchos Chanukah

2005-12-18

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Unique Shailos in Hilchos Chanukah

2008-12-14

Chanukah Lighting in a Hotel and Other Related Issues

2008-12-21

Hilchos Chanukah 5771 2010-11-29
Various Shailos in Hilchos Chanukah - 5773  2012-12-09
Interesting Shailos on Hilchos Chanukah 5771 2010-12-04
Halachos of Chanukah (5774): persumei mitzvah in regards to the chiuv of hadlakas neiros, lighting Chanukah neiros on erev Shabbos. 2013-11-24
Important Halachos and Advice for Shiduchim 2010-12-06
Halachos of Going to Arkaos (non-Jewish Court) Part 1 2010-12-12
Halachos of Going to Arkaos (non-Jewish Court) Part 2 (What cases are mutar to go to Arkaos) 2010-12-19
Halachos of Going to Arkaos (non-Jewish Court) Part 3 (continuation of what cases are mutar to go to Arkaos) 2010-12-26
Halachos of Going to Arkaos (non-Jewish Court) Part 4 (continuation of what cases are mutar to go to Arkaos) 2011-01-02
Differences between Adar Rishon and Adar Sheni: understanding the need for Adar Rishon, which Adar is the ikar, establishing the proper zman for Yartzheits and Bar Mitzvahs, chiyuv simcha. 2014-02-02
Hilchos Purim 2011: Differences between Adar Rishon and Adar Sheni; Can one be megair Amalek today; Interesting cases of Mishloach Manos; If one can only hear one Megilla - should he go by night or day? 2011-03-06

Hilchos Purim: The Halachos if one damages or is damaged while drunk on Purim; Making a shliach for Matanos L’evyonim; Halachos of Purim on Motzei Shabbos.   2011-03-13

Interesting Kashrus Questions #1: Steps in preventing people from eating trief; Payment to an unscrupulous mashgiach; Non-mevushal wine in kiruv and related situations; Blended shnaaps. 2012-01-01
Interesting Kashrus Questions #2: Is it l’fnei ivar to feed something to someone that you would not eat - Cholov Yisroel, Chodosh, Non- Glatt, Weak Hechsher, (similarly, inviting someone to your house if he uses eiruv and you don’t); Can one can lick meat or chicken to determine if it is kosher by tasting if its salty; Using the same stove top for milk and meat. 2012-01-08

Yorea Deah Misc. Halachos PART 1: Eating fish and milk together, Eating meat and fish together. Doing a shiduch if one of the brothers are no longer frum and or other yichus issues.

2012-01-16

Yorea Deah Misc. Halachos PART 2:  Using the same hot water dispenser, percolator, and faucets for milk and meat/ in non-kosher hotels/Pesach. If one can break a shiduch if the other side misrepresented their child’s attributes.

2012-01-22

Yorea Deah Misc. Halachos PART 3: Using the same dentures, fillings, and dental crowns for meat and milk and for Pesach.  Keeping a promise to pay for a shiduch when the circumstances change.  

2012-01-29

Yorea Deah Misc. Halachos PART 4: The Halachos of Dairy Bread; Does the issur include fleishig bread? What is considered a davar muat? What is the Halacha if he did it by accident? What type of shinui is required? Can one make a shinui afterwards (like stickers)? / Talking a new shiduch while technically still married to one’s first spouse.

2012-02-05
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Purim Halachos: Can one be yotzie with Hallel if he can not hear megilla?, What should one do if he forgot to send mishloach manos?, When giving Maatonos L’evyonim to a Gabbai Tzedaka does he have to specify to give to two aniyim? 

2012-03-04

Misc. Halacha Questions from the Last Week - Part 1: using a peeler on Shabbos, making tuna salad on Shabbos, cooking gefilta fish with a felishig onion, using contact solution on Shabbos, leaving eggs and onions overnight, what bracha is made on cheesecake, using drops for a pink eye on Shabbos, folding pants and talis on the crease on Shabbos, finding out the gender of one’s unborn child, sending knives to a professional sharpener, mezuzos on closets, a pregnant woman getting a manicure or pedicure, listening to music during meal, extending sheva berochos after shkia on the last day, getting stuck in traffic right before Shabbos, going to a non-kosher or “kosher style” restaurant for a business meeting.

2012-03-11

Misc. Halacha Questions from the Last Week - Part 2: drawing picture of sun and moon, wedding in Conservative Shul, throwing out the Yated and Hamodia in garbage, opening an oven on Shabbos, glass water indicator on urn used on Shabbos, fasting three times before bar/bas mitzvah, making sheva berochos after shkia on seventh day, hearing aids on Shabbos, bulb in fridge on Shabbos, using a brick to keep open a door on Shabbos, lighting with t’nai after licht benching, vacation days used on Chol Hamoed vs. summer, kashering between milchig and flieshig, does an office need mezuzos.    

2012-03-18

Misc. Halacha Questions from the Last Week - Part 3:  what to do with the shoes of a niftar, an interesting shadchanus question, which parent gets the name the first child, when does a kallah need to start wearing a shaitel.    

2013-06-23

Misc. Halacha Questions from the Last Week - Part 4: pushing up a birthing date for convenience reasons, discovering something in your pocket while walking on Shabbos.       

2013-11-10

Misc. Halacha Questions from the Last Week - Part 5: going into business with a goy, when to publicize that treif is being sold as kosher, staying in a hotel with electronic devices on Shabbos, having a goy call a hospital to find out the wellbeing of a Jewish patient.   

2013-11-17

Halachos of Business Part 1: doing business on Shabbos and Yom for a dvar mitzvah, owning vending machines that will be used on Shabbos, buying a lottery ticket that will be chosen on Shabbos, buying stocks on Shabbos, having someone in a different time zone to do business for you on Shabbos, making money on a website on Shabbos.   

2012-04-29

Halachos of Business Part 2: making a partnership in your business with a goy for Shabbos and Yom Tov, how to make a proper shtar Shabbos, being a shutaf with a mechalel
Shabbos. 

2012-05-20

Halachos and specific cases of Amira L’akum on Shabbos Part 1 

2012-05-06
Halachos and specific cases of Amira L’akum on Shabbos Part 2  2012-05-13
Halachos and specific cases of Amira L’akum on Shabbos Part 3  2012-06-03
Halachos and specific cases of Amira L’akum on Shabbos Part 4  2012-10-21

Halachos and specific cases of Ma'ase Akum on Shabbos: Package delivered on Shabbos - lost suitcase delivered by airline on Shabbos; Goy performs melacha on Shabbos, can a Jew purchase on Sunday, erev Yom Tov; Motzei Pesach, when can you purchase from a kosher Dunkin Donuts; Aish Avrohom - instruction to a goy on Shabbos (datay d'nefosho); Percolator filled by a goy on Shabbos - is the hot water permissible; Can a Jew, for whom Shabbos has ended, do melacha for another Jew who holds longer; Ordering taxi service on erev Shabbos for motzei Shabbos, when can the service arrive; Can a Jew pose for a picture, taken by a goy, on Shabbos, and later have hanah from the picture.

2012-06-09

Halachos of Ma'ase Akum on Shabbos: amira l’akum where the goy does it with a shinui; can one goy tell another goy to do melacha (amira l’amira); using Fedex on Shabbos; advertising in a newspaper on Shabbos; having a goy open a book with writing on the side; having a goy open your soda bottles; having a goy take out soup/cholent directly from the pot on the stove. 

2012-06-17

Halachos of Amira L'akum for Shabbos or Yom Tov: Taking items to the hospital, Representation in court, Permitting work on house rented from a goy, Turning off a security alarm, Turning on a flame for cooking/warming, Placing garbage can into pick up location and other issues with garbage, Turning off lights, Turning on a dishwasher, Use of a vacuum cleaner or mopping floors   

2012-06-24

Halachos and specific cases of Amira L’akum in other Issurie Torah Park 1:  Introduction to sugya, covering the Shem Hashem in construction, shaving a beard for surgery, cutting a fruit tree, insurance fraud.    

2012-10-28
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Halachos and specific cases of Amira L’akum in other Issurie Torah Park 2:  Vasectomy and hysterectomy in Halacha, nurturing an animal, avoiding tevilas keilim, Jewish chemist cooking an item that has bosor v’cholov, allowing a barber to dye one’s hair, being mevatel issur l’chatchila.    2012-11-04
Interesting Shidduchim Shailos Part 1: Offering an Apartment in Yerushalayim where Shadchan Lies, Bochor Makes up Shidduch As Joke on Friend, Shadchan Initiates Relationship Than Makes a Switch, Bochor Impersonates Shadchan for Himself, Investigating Brothers of the Kallah, A Wealthy Almana's Shidduchin Request for Her Daughter    2012-07-04

Interesting Shidduchim Shailos Part 2: Responses from a Rav  - sent to the wrong persons, Sofek or Vadai Niddah, Loshen Horah Regarding Middos of a Kalla, Bochor Offered Girl with Limp or Divorced, Checking out a Bochor's Handwriting, Distressed Bochor Steals and Returns Items from a Widow, Hakol Etz Mashuna - Hakol Lashuna, Lashon Horah about the Kallah on a Bus, Bochor with a Large Scar on His Face, Couple divorced because choson sterile; marries another and has a baby boy, Shadchan muttar to represent his own son (stealing away a shidduch)    

2012-07-08
Ask the Posek   Part 1
Can the father, who is not Jewish, be the sandek at his son's bris?, Is one required to wear a yarmulke while working?, Can one continue a remodeling project during the nine days?, Does one have to take challah from purchased ready-made dough with a chechsher?, Can one buy a car during the three weeks or nine days?, Can a woman in aveilos go to the Siyyum HaShas?, Is one allowed to cut a sheitel during the three weeks?, Is it permissible to neuter a cat?, Questions that come up related to vasectomies, Should one treat Lekutei Peshatim as shaimos?, Can one dispose of a CD containing divrei Torah in the garbage?, What is the proper bracha on Raisin Bran?, Is it permissible to listen to music during the three weeks to help stay awake when driving long distances?,Are brochos required when eating through a feeding tube?, When is one required to make a shehakol on drinking water?, Can one open an oven or warming drawer on Shabbos?, How should one dispose of a book received in the mail that contains both the Jewish and non-Jewish bibles?, How can one move a candelabra on Shabbos?, How much hair of a married woman can be permissibly be visible?, When is the appropriate time to place a mezuzah on a rental house?, Can one use a baby monitor on Shabbos?, Can a kallah purchase items during the three weeks?, Is it permissible to have a non-Jew as a babysitter while the parents go out of town?, Can one squeeze the liquid from a can of tuna fish on Shabbos?, Where should one light candles for Shabbos when not eating at home?
2012-07-15
Ask the Posek Part 2
Shiva for father who will be cremated; Saying tehillim at night; Use of earplugs on Shabbos; Remodeling house and sealing existing windows or doors; maaser money to support; destitute parents, paying tuition; Recently married can husband dye hair; Can one put a sick animal to sleep; Killing pests; Buying treifos for your co-workers; Where to put mezuzah when entryway is very tall; Using camp icemaker on Shabbos; In hospital over Shabbos; Can one buy for non-frum non-kosher; Can one serve non-frum even when you know they won't make berachos; Catering non-frum event during sifira; Shaking hands with member of opposite sex; Using peeler on Shabbos; When is one is obligated on mezuzah; Bought second house, renting first to non-frum - can one remove mezuzahs from first house; Shadchanos when you use another sĥadchan than one who made the suggestion; Washing hands after giving blood. 
2012-08-19
Ask the Posek Part 3
Carrying tefillin into the bathroom; Tevilah for disposable aluminum pans;  leaning lady touching non-mevushal wine; Silent prayer of shatz when nusach differs from nusach of shul; Use of cane or crutches on Shabbos; Date of first yahrzeit; When your zemanim differ from the shul; Putting up mezuzahs when renting house; Cooking fish in fleishig pot; Kashering pot that became treif on the outside; Unknowingly purchasing treif meat - can you sell it; Crock pot purchase - high low or fixed temperature; Forgot to light candles while visiting someone else; Are you allowed to lie for shidduchim / business; Making a shidduch when names of chosson / kallah are similar to in-law; Are you obligated to tovel new oven racks or broiler tray; Can you cut down a mulberry tree; Which diapers to buy.  

2012-08-26

Ask the Posek Part 4
Taking the Mezuzos when selling your house; Earliest time for Kidush Levana; Kashering a big pot; Calculating the 11 months of Kaddish; Latest Tefilin Retzuos tumult; Attending a Reform wedding; Making a Beracha on a Mezuza in your office; Pressuring someone that owes you money; Lo Silbash – wearing clothes of the opposite gender and dying your hair; Tuckpointing on Shabbos; Benching for Shalosh Seudos with Retzie if one already davened Maariv or said Boruch Hamvdil; Burying a non-frum person in a frum cemetery. 
2012-09-02

Ask the Posek Part 5
Paying a shadchan, case of bar metzrah, making a shehechiyanu on seeing a new fruit, case of toichen b’Shabbos, tutoring on Shabbos, how much and when to pay a shadchan, heter iska when lending to a corporation, buying stocks in a non-kosher corporation, wearing gloves on Shabbos, when to name a pre-mature baby girl, cleaning lady on Shabbos, chiyuv tevila when re-using a bottle, what type of crockpot is preferred, l’fnie iver when giving food that will be warmed on Shabbos, percolator that became milchig, giving a present on an Indian holiday, havdlalah without fire.  

2012-12-30

Ask the Posek Part 6
Issur tzovea with toiletries, bracha on newborn, kashrus for elderly parents, peeled eggs and onions overnight, making a shaitel out of one’s own hair, giving shots on Shabbos, chaplain signing for a goy that he is Jewish, shtar Shabbos, sheva brochos at Sholosh Seudos, putting away tefillin, borer -moving aside items in the freezer, fixing a toilet on Shabbos, yichud in a car service, taking mezuzos when moving, tefilas haderech, throwing out Torah tapes, returning issur hanah, whip cream on Shabbos. 

2013-02-03
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Halachos of Inviting Non-Religious Guests and Family for Shabbos and Yom Tov    2012-09-03

Chol Hamoed Sukkos 5773 Open Q&A Session: Sukkah made from screen walls; Cleaners tag on Shabbos/Yom Tov;Opening a stroller on Shabbos; Pushing stroller bein hashmoshos; Babywipes on Shabbos; Sending a garment to cleaners erev Shabbos; Going on Chol Hamoed trip where there is no Sukka; Eating before benching luluv; Cut up fruit without a hechsher; Eating and sleeping in Sukka when its raining; Taking maaser off before or after taxes; Lift and cut shavers; Lego’s on Shabbos; 

2012-10-03

Chol Hamoed Sukkos 5753 Open Q&A -for married men only: Makkas Nida; Shaking woman's hand; Using doctor of opposite gender; Going to mikva during day; Gedolim story books in bedroom; Staying in room with a lot of seforim; A man shaving the hair of the nose, ears and between the eyes; Is hair an erva when a woman is a nidda; Is there a set time for hachana for tevila; Shaving private area; Zman for moch dachuk; Delaying zman tevila; Wearing tzizis when playing sports; Woman going to mikva with no one in the room; Being machmir on certain nights to avoid tashmish; Tashmish b'yom; Calculating l'el tevila in Alaska; Boys and girls swimming together; Negia on a koruv.    

2012-10-04
Halachos of Osaik B’mitzvah Potur Min Hamitzva  2012-12-23

Halachos of Birchas Hatorah and Making a Choice Between Paying for a D’var Mitzvah or Receiving it as a Gift (arba minim, grandfather’s tefilin, etc.)   

2013-10-21

Hilchos Eiruv Chatzerois: defining the shuir for eiruv chatzerois, making one with non-frum neighbors, making one in a hotel, a hospital, apartment houses and condominiums.

2013-12-08
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Bain Adam L’Chaveiro Halachic Issues    
 Gezilas Yisroel and Gezel Akum Part 1 2011-05-22
 Gezilas Yisroel and Gezel Akum Part 2
 
More cases of Gezilas Yisroel and Gezel Akum, Stealing on Taxes, Stealing from Credit Cards
2011-05-29
Gezilas Yisroel and Gezel Akum Part 3
Cutting through people's yards; parking in someone else's spot; parking without paying the meter; lying about your age; taking advantage of a store's return policy.

Anisakis worm controversy (last few minutes)

2011-06-05
Gezilas Yisroel and Gezel Akum Part 4
Purposely damaging someone's car that is illegally parked, grabbing money that is owed to you, stealing someone's sleep, stealing someone's time, cutting in line.
2011-06-12
Gezilas Yisroel and Gezel Akum Part 5 - Lo Sachmod: Pressuring someone to give or sell you something; Tzedaka collectors, In-Laws, Business Deals, etc 2011-06-19

Gezilas Yisroel and Gezel Akum Part 6 - Doing a favor for a friend and asking for payment; What to do when stuck on an airplane Friday afternoon and landing after Shabbos; Notifying others about people who don't pay back loans

2011-06-26
Gezilas Yisroel and Gezel Akum Part 7 - The seller setting a higher price on purpose for someone who is going to bargain with the seller; Which person gets to keep a valuable find; Causing a loss to people who overhear a false phone conversation; Is there a heter shem shamayim to cause someone else tzar; Where there is a great need, are you allowed to say a falsehood and damage someone's object; Who is responsible to pay for medicine that was used by someone else without that person's knowledge 2011-07-03

Gezilas Yisroel and Gezel Akum Part 8

2011-07-17

Gezilas Yisroel and Gezel Akum Part 9 -Gezeilah and Masik - Causing damage that results in a greater good

2011-07-24

Hilchos Hasagas Gvul - Competition Part 1 - Opening competing stores and businesses

2011-11-06

Hilchos Hasagas Gvul - Competition Part 2 - Opening competing play-groups, shuls, real estate, basement businesses, cleaning help, schools, kashrus agencies, etc.

2011-11-13
Hilchos Hasagas Gvul - Competition Part 3 - Soliciting clients, tzedaka lists, intellectual rights, copying a few pages from a sefer, copying tapes/cd’s, company secrets, Chazon Ish’s reminder that parnasa is from Shomayim. 2011-11-20
UNPUBLISHED KASHRUS CHIDUSHIM HEARD FROM REB MOSHE ZT”L Part 1: Kashering dishwashers, Bosor Sh’nisalem min Hayain, Waiting 6 hours, Bishul akum in factories, Bishul Yisroel on potatoes, Pilot lights, A non-Jew left alone in the house. 2011-11-27
UNPUBLISHED KASHRUS CHIDUSHIM HEARD FROM REB MOSHE ZT”L Part 2: Cooking liver that was not kashered in three days, Chazarah after pot was put onto the floor, Warming drawers -hot boxes-kedaira blech, Eating at non-frum relatives. 2011-12-04

Kashrus and Timtum Halev: Non-Jewish and Non-frum help in the kitchen, if there is timtum halev when one accidently ate non-kosher or if he is allowed to eat non-kosher, timtum halev when taking medicine with gelatin capsules, timtum halev in blood and other transplants.  

2011-12-18
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Halachic Issues of Dealing with Elderly Parents Part 1: What's the extent of the mitzvah?  What does it obligate the son or daughter to do?; Terminal Illness:  Are you supposed to inform a parent that they have a terminal illness?  Can you put a terminally ill parent into Hospice?; Is it permitted to take money from a parent without their permission, to use for the parent's maintenance?  If the parents don't have money, are the children obligated to pitch in?; Elderly parents who can't take care of themselves any longer:  Put them into a Nursing Home?  Bring them into your house?  Or hire help to keep them at home?; Alzheimer's:  Is there a mitzvah of Bikur Cholim of a parent who has Alzheimer's?  Is there a special consideration to take a parent with Alzheimer's into your home? 

2013-01-01

Halachic Issues of Dealing with Elderly Parents Part 2: Hospice care vs. home care, is it better for a son or the daughter to take care of the parent, using parents money for care, bikur cholim for an Alzheimer patient or for one in a coma, requirement to visit a parent daily, moving out of town that will leave one’s parents alone, leaving parents to get married, breaking one’s promise to say kaddish at every tefillah, bathing a parent, reporting parent abuse against the parent’s will.   

2013-01-13

Halachos of Kibud Av V’em Part 1 – Cases of Kibud Av V’em where the Parents Object: A doctor working in a warzone against his parent’s wishes, doing a shiduch against their parent’s will, child wants to donate a kidney, giving parents something unhealthy per the parent’s insistence, doing things for the parents that are not in the realm of Halacha

2013-01-20

Halachos of Kibud Av V’em Part 2: When one parent insists that the other parent (or new spouse) not attend their child’s wedding, money and kibud av, sitting in parent’s seat and does a parent sit at the head of their child’s table, contradicting a parent and using your parents first name, compensation when traveling to parents.    2013-01-27
Halachos of Kibud Av V’em Part 3: Does the mitzvah apply if the parents did not raise him, standing up for parent/for a parent that has dementia/for a parent on a bike or car/during kreias shma, walking with a parent, waking up a parent, kavod for a deceased parent, expiration of a yarzheit. 

2013-02-10

Halachos of Kibud Av V’em Part 4: Can one change the will of their deceased spouse, isha m’shubad l’baalah, can an avelia attend a Simcha if her husband insists, chiyuv kibud if parent is a rasha, if mechila works by kibud av v’em, stepparents. 

2013-02-17

Halachos of Kibud Av V’em Part 5: Kibud av v’em for in-laws, older brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather.    

2013-03-03

Halachos of Kibud Av V’em Part 6: Hitting a parent, drawing blood or giving a shot to parent, doctor or dentist working on a parent, teasing a parent, dealing with non-Jewish parents, saying kaddish for a non-Jewish parent, being m’keim Mitzvas pru u’rvu by raising an orphan/adopted child and if these children have a mitzvah of Kibud Av V’em.     

2013-04-14

Shiduchim Part 1: paying a goy for being the shadchan, shadchanis dependent on whether boy is a yirei shomayim, case of mixed names, collecting shadchanus for davening for a friend in need of a shiduch, dispute amongst realtors. 

2013-10-27

Shiduchim Part 2: Stealing a shidduch from someone else (“ani ha’mihapech b’charara”), criteria to break a shidduch, case of “baal metzrah”.

2013-11-03

 

   
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Hilchos Orach Chayim
   
Halachos of V’sen Tal Umator: ben Chutza l’aretz that visits Eretz Yisroel before December 4th, forgetting to say V’sen Tal Umator. 2013-10-13
Siman Aleph: Halachos of getting up in the morning, getting dressed, kasho l'shickcha (not forgetting your learning) and reading a matzaiva. 2010-01-03

Siman Beis: Halachos of Kosha l'shikcha.  Using your right or left hand for tying shoes and other matters 2010-01-17

Siman Beis continued: Halachos of wearing a yarmulka 2010-01-24
Siman Gimel: talking and bringing food into the bathroom, the proper direction of sleeping 2010-01-31
Siman Nun Beis: Halachos of Coming Late to Davening - Part 1 2011-01-09
Siman Nun Beis: Halachos of Coming Late to Davening - Part 2 2011-01-16
Siman Nun Beis: Halachos of Coming Late to Davening - Part 3. Simani Nun Ches and Samech Vov: Answering Amein During Birchos Kryias Shma, Zemanai Kryias Shma. 2011-01-23
Siman Nun Ches continued:  Kryias Shma and Zemanai Kryias Shma
2011-01-30
Siman Pei Tes: Halachos of Davening; chiyuv to daven with a minyan, if tefila b’tzibur and/or chazaras hashatz needs 10 or only 6, is there chazaras hashatz if the 10 davened b’yechidus.
2011-02-06
Siman Pei Tes: Halachos of Davening - Davening close to the zman, Siman Kuf Yud Tes -Adding personal requests in shmona esrei, Siman Tzadik  -Splitting up a minyan to accommodate aveliem and yahrzeits.
2011-02-27
     
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