A Little Clarity – Halachic Questions via Text Message

Q: What are the core values of Judaism?

A: Some core values of Judaism include constant, overflowing gratitude towards and awe before the Almighty; outstandingly sensitive behavior towards others and their needs; a commitment to unceasing study, reflection, and rigorous education (Avot 1:2 – The world stands on three things: Torah (study), Avodah (service of God), and Gemilut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness)).

Q: Can u fold clothes on Shabbos?
A: If it’s to get the work done so you won’t have to do it after Shabbos, then no. If it’s to tidy an area up in honor of Shabbos, then it’s OK – you just can’t fold a garment directly on its creases (as you normally would fold a garment with such creases).
Q: Someone said an avel should not go to an upsherin (festive hair-cutting three-year-old-boy birthday party) as it is a social gathering.
A: An avel is permitted to attend an upsherin, especially if the avel is a married woman and her husband is attending (Iggrot Moshe YD I)
Q: Are you allowed to hunt?
A: Hunting for pleasure is not allowed. We have a commandment to relieve the pain of a suffering animal (when it is overloaded); it is therefore certainly forbidden to actively inflict pain for no constructive purpose (Noda Biyehuda).
Q: What about for meat, like duck or geese?
A: Hunting for food is technically permitted; the problem is that it has to be ritually slaughtered (“shechted”) and cannot be injured. So they would have to be trapped.
Q: Ok.. how about shooting nuisance varmints… and not eating them?
A: It is permitted to deter an animal from bothering someone even if it might cause pain or even kill it (Kitzur SA 191:1).

Q: If you add honey to pizza dough is it still Hamotzei or Mezonot?

A: It would be the same as regular dough – if you eat a small amount (e.g. one slice) as a snack, mezonot; if you eat two slices or even just one slice as a meal, hamotzei is required.

Due to the space limitations of a text message, please note that it is particularly important to read carefully, pay close attention to the context of the question, and use the answers as a springboard for further study.

If you would like my phone number to submit questions, please leave a comment and I will send it to you.


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