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1307, 2021

Can a Lender Charge the Borrower for the Opportunity Costs of a Loan?

July 13th, 2021|Choshen Mishpat|

QUESTION

Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Linzer, one person wants to lend a large sum of money (short term loan) to a someone. The lender will withdraw money from an investment account to do this. In order to liquidate the investments, the lender  will have a tax penalty and also have opportunity costs because he wont be making money over the course of the short term loan. I assume it is ribit to charge for the opportunity costs. Can the borrower pay the capital gains tax […]

1207, 2021

Saying The Bedtime Shema If Going to Sleep in The Morning

July 12th, 2021|Berakhot, Orach Chayim, Shema and Shemoneh Esrei|

QUESTION

Midwest, USA

Shalom Rav, I have a congregant who is taking on a night job where he will work all night, arrive home after sunrise and then go to bed. Since his now kavua “bedtime” is in the morning he asked if he could still say the bedtime Shema. The Biur Halakha on Shulchan Arukh OC 239:1 seems to clearly say one should not, at least not the berakhah, and the Arukh HaShulchan mentions that the point of the Shema al HaMitah is to protect from demons, […]

2106, 2021

Accidentally Cooked Possible Dairy in a Meat Air Fryer

June 21st, 2021|Kashrut, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

Riverdale, NY

A nanny accidentally used an air fryer, which is fleishig, to cook fish sticks. The fish sticks are Tablet K-D, and there is a food warning label about milk on the package. There is no milk in the ingredients, but in the “contains less than 2% of the following” ingredients listing, “whey” is included. What is the status of air fryer?

ANWER

Let’s first assume that the  fish sticks were on aluminum foil or in a pan. There is a debate if whey […]

1806, 2021

Birkat Eirusin When the Bride or Groom Cannot Drink Wine

June 18th, 2021|Berakhot, Even HaEzer, Kiddushin and Ketubah, Orach Chayim|

QUESTION

South Central, USA

I’m officiating at a wedding, and the kallah said she can’t drink wine or grape juice. The only liquids she can drink are water or tea. What would you recommend they say the berakhot over at the wedding? Thank you.

ANSWER

A couple of possibilities:

1. The chatan can drink without the kallah doing so.

2. You don’t need wine really – Shulchan Arukh EH 62:1 ואם אין יין מצוי מברך על השכר.

3. Bedieved you don’t need a kos at all. See Beit Shmuel there who writes ואם אין […]

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Rabbi Dov Linzer

Rabbi Dov Linzer is the President and Rosh HaYeshiva YCT Rabbinical School. An acclaimed Torah and halakhic scholar, Rabbi Linzer serves a religious guide to the yeshiva’s current rabbinical students and its over 150 rabbis serving in the field. In 2019, Rabbi Linzer became YCT’s president, assuming the institutional leadership of YCT in addition to its Torah leadership.

Rabbi Linzer has been a leading rabbinic voice in the Modern Orthodox community for over 25 years. He has published over 100 teshuvot (responsa) and scholarly Torah articles, and answers hundreds of questions each year from rabbis in the field.

He hosts a number of highly popular podcasts and videocasts, including Joy of Text and Iggros Moshe A to Z, in addition to his daf yomi podcast covering all of shas. In 2012, he was the convener of the Modern Orthodox Siyyum HaShas.

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