Volume 42 Number 96
                 Produced: Wed Jun  9 21:59:19 US/Eastern 2004

Subjects Discussed In This Issue: 

Auto donation of hair
         [Emmanuel Ifrah]
Deliberately invalid marriages
         [Paul Shaviv]
Marital Relations
Mikva Night and Invitations
         [Tzadik Vanderhoof]
Moving a Lamp
Not Duchaning on Shabbat
         [Ben Katz]
One-handle water faucets on Shabbat
         [Leah Aharoni]
         [Gershon Dubin]
         [Joseph Ginzberg]
Sheitel information
         [Carl Singer]
Sotah, Goose and Gander
         [Gil Student]
Time for Mincho
         [Perets Mett]
Wayward Yeshiva Boys
         [Max Landau]
         [N Miller]
Y'kum Purkan - Who is an Individual?
         [Yisrael Medad]


From: Emmanuel Ifrah <emmanuel_ifrah@...>
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2004 11:54:53 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Auto donation of hair

The Mishna Berura (siman 75, sa'if qatan 15) concludes from the words of
the Peri Megadim that a woman can go out with a wig made out of her own
hair.  This rule applies only to places where it is the custom for women
to go out with an uncovered wig.  The contrary opinion, that of the
Magen Giborim, is mentioned as a chumra.

In places where it is not the custom for women to go out with an
uncovered wig, one should be machmir because of mar'it ha-'ayin.

Emmanuel Ifrah


From: Paul Shaviv <shaviv@...>
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2004 22:16:42 -0400
Subject: Deliberately invalid marriages

A Jewish "blogger" (= web-logger -- sort of more trendy version of
list-serves; full disclosure: author of this blog is my daughter)
comments on an astonishing disclosure made in the course of Rav
Bakshi-Doron's recent comments on marriage ceremonies in Israel. The
suggestion is that some rabbis deliberately invalidate marriages so that
the kiddushin is invalid in cases where they fear that the couple may
not obtain a 'get' in case of marital breakdown. (See:
) If true -- astonishing.  What do colleagues on the m-j list think?
And, friends from Israel -- is it true???

Paul Shaviv


From: <chips@...>
Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2004 18:43:14 -0700
Subject: Re: Marital Relations

> In the case of a night worker I suppose (anyone know of a source) that
> it might be preferable to have relations by day(even though that is
> usually not desirable).

You mean the day after the mikva instead of the night of, correct?  If
not, why/where would there be a preference to day/night?  The days of
Shabos & YomTov wouldn't be considered a good time?



From: Tzadik Vanderhoof <tzadik.vanderhoof@...>
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2004 16:43:49 -0400
Subject: Re: Mikva Night and Invitations

>I seem to be missing a major point. Why can't the hostess simply be
>told "Yes, thank you but I will probably be a few minutes late" and if
>the hostess asks why just tell her there is a mikva appointment. Why
>can't the hostess (as opposed to the host) know?

I think no one at all is supposed to know (except the husband, wife,
mikva attendant, and any rav who had to be asked about nidda issues).


From: <chips@...>
Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2004 18:43:13 -0700
Subject: Re: Moving a Lamp

> I looked this up in "The Halachos of Muktza" by R. Yisroel Bodner.  He
> says that an electric light which is switched on is likened by some
> poskim to a lit oil lamp, and has the following rules:
> - it can't be moved (he quotes R. Moshe Feinstein and R. Auerbach)

hmm, somehow I missed this in the 70s & 80s. Guess all my teachers
didn't think the 'some' was enough to counter the rest in this
case. Never heard of not being able to move a lamp. Does anyone know
where RavMoshe's discussion is?



From: Ben Katz <bkatz@...>
Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2004 17:56:36 -0500
Subject: Re: Not Duchaning on Shabbat

>From: Dani Wassner <dani@...>
>In the shul that I used to daven in in Australia, they had the custom
>(British in origin, I believe) of NOT duchaning on any yom tov that
>falls on Shabbat- making duchaning even rarer than it already is in
>Any ideas on where this minhag came from? Seems strange to me...

         This was the common minhag where i was growing up in NY as
well.  I think because one should not say bakashot on shabat and since
the verses that accompany the duchaning and the paragraphs in between
each pasuk are bakashot, the whole duchaning wasn't said.  I believe
this is a minhag taut.  Now, every shul that I remember as a boy not
duchaning when shabat coincided with Yom Tov now do, without the
intervening pesukim and paragraphs.


From: Leah Aharoni <leah25@...>
Date: Sun, 06 Jun 2004 11:02:11 +0200
Subject: One-handle water faucets on Shabbat

Lately, I've noticed a problem with the use of one-handle water faucets
on Shabbat.

In a two-handle faucet, a different handle opens cold/hot
water. However, in a one-handle faucet water temperature is adjusted by
moving the handle to the right or to the left. Therefore, unless the
handle is pushed to the extreme position, some hot water is mixed in.

I have never heard this issue discussed. Is there a problem using
one-handle faucets on Shabbat? how do other people "handle" this issue?

Leah Aharoni


From: Gershon Dubin <gershon.dubin@...>
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2004 18:47:03 -0400
Subject: Rockaruiser

This is a bus service serving Brooklyn and the Five Towns.  Does anyone
have contact information for them?



From: Joseph Ginzberg <jgbiz120@...>
Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2004 18:57:23 -0400
Subject: Shaitels

>If there had been any association with Avodah Zara, the Lubavitcher
>rebbe would certainly have smelled the Klipah (unholiness) associated
>with the sheitels -- given his well-known supernatural powers of
>observation and intuition -- and he never said anything about it to my

Is this a new concept in Halacha?  If Rabbi X didn't say anything it's
okay?  Not to mention the selection of a single Rabbi over the last
50-60 years, omitting the Chofetz Chaim, Chazon Ish, Rav Shach,
Steipler, etc., etc.

Yossi Ginzberg


From: Carl Singer <casinger@...>
Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2004 16:32:12 -0400
Subject: Sheitel information

My wife e-mailed Paula Young a maker of both synthetic & human hair
wigs.  What I think is of great interest is that her general inquiry
(e.g., where does your hair come from), elicited a most specific
response -- one that clearly indicates that the industry is aware of the
current issue.

---------- Forwarded Message ----------
 > Dear Customer,
 > Thank you for contacting us. All our human hair wigs are made from hair
 > coming from China. The only wig that has a percentage of hair from India is
 > the Brigit.
 > If you need any further assistance please contact us again.
 > Sincerely,
 > Internet Customer Relations
 > 1-800-472-4017
 > http://www.paulayoung.com
 > mailto:<custserv@...>
 > Question regarding human hair wigs:
 > Do you know the country of origin of the human hair in your wigs such as
 > Canella?  You should have my order history. Thank you for your help.
 > M. Singer


From: Gil Student <gil_student@...>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 17:02:40 -0400
Subject: Re: Sotah, Goose and Gander

It is a Gemara - Sotah 28a:

"And the man shall be free from sin, and that woman shall bear her sin"
(Numbers 5:31) - As long as the husband is free from sin the water tests
his wife, but if the husband is not free from sin the water does not
test his wife.

Gil Student


From: Perets Mett <p.mett@...>
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2004 07:43:49 +0100
Subject: Time for Mincho

Isaac Balbin wrote:

> Chassidim generally daven later anyway. This was consistent with them
> allowing Mincha to be davened later.

Is this correct?

I have always understood that, historically, chasidim davened mincho at
much the same time as their non-chasidic contemporaries.  Two centuries
ago, the custom of concluding mincho before shkio was pretty much
restricted to the northern latitudes, where both the Vilner Go-on and
the Baal Hatanyo required it.  Elsewhere in Poland, Ukraine etc the
concept of davening mincho before shkio wa sunbheard of.

Does anyone have any contrary evidence?

The situation currently in Europe and America is that most (but not all)
chasidim have retained the Eastern European minhog of davening mincho
after shkio, whereas most (but not all) non-chasidishe 'ashkenazim' have
adopted the chumro of davening mincho before the shkio.

Perets Mett


From: Max Landau <staffreporter@...>
Date: Sun, 06 Jun 2004 18:38:09 +0200
Subject: Wayward Yeshiva Boys

Nowadyas, thera are hundreds of Yeshiva Bachurim (pupils) litterally on
the road. They have been chucked out from yeshiva, and sometimes even
from home.  Some Rabbi has just opened a new website www.YeshivaBoy.tk
to try and help our lost brothers. Check out the site, and let`s
discuss, is this site good, and very helpfull to these boys, are there
any suggestions to the Webmaster, just send him your email. Are there
any better or different ways to help these kids? Can such a site make
the kids wurse, by showing them that they are not alone, or is that what
will help them, by knowing that thousands have gone thru the same
difficult stage?  The site is www.YeshivaBoy.tk, check it out and lets
hear your discussions...


From: N Miller <nm1921@...>
Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2004 12:06:31 -0400
Subject: Wigs

Michael Kahn writes:

"I always assumed that shaital meant covering, similar to the english
word, shade, window shade, etc."

To begin with "shade", like its close relative "shadow", doesn't mean
"covering".  In any case its roots are elsewhere: the German cognate is
"schatten" and the Yiddish is "shotn". One may rest assured that the
first German Jewish matron who found that she had to have a wig like the
one worn by the burgermeister's wife had in mind something more
substantial than a shadow.

Noyekh Miller


From: Yisrael Medad <ybmedad@...>
Date: Sat, 05 Jun 2004 21:26:52 +0200
Subject: Y'kum Purkan - Who is an Individual?

The accepted practice is that an individual does not complete the Y'kum
Purkan (two plus one) but only recites the first section.  The Art
Scroll instructions for example read: "an individual praying alone,
etc".  But who is an individual and what is "alone"?  If one has exited
the synagogue (to call in his kids, to relieve himself, et al.)  and
returns after the prayer has been recited, and the congregation is
already into Ashrei, for example, does he recite all three or just the
first section?

Yisrael Medad


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