Halacha Tshuvos 8th Elul 5769

 

Halacha – Tshuvos – 8th Elul, 5769

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Divrei Malkiel & Rav Chaim Kanievsky: Naming Two Sons The Same Name? How About A Son & Daughter?

Dovid HaMelech had two sons named Elishama and two sons named Elipelet. Similarly Rav Chisda had two sons named Mar. Are we allowed to give the same name to more than one of our children? The Divrei Malkiel (3:75) discusses this after being asked if a person can name his son and daughter both with the name Simcha.

He says that since this is not a Din Gamur it is hard to really delve into it. However he distinguishes between the two approaches to naming. In days long gone by, people would name their children based on occurrences that transpired to them. Therefore, when appropriate, there is nothing stopping a person from naming another child with the same name. However choosing a name in this manner requires Ruach HaKodesh, which we lack, so we give names of our ancestors. That being the case it would be would be disrespectful to name two children after your parent.

The Divrei Malkiel says there is no difference between two brothers or a sister and brother and they should also not have the same name. Furthermore the Divrei Malkiel wonders how people use boys names for girls since this presents numerous problems. As a “Zecher L’Davar” he brings the pasuk of Lo Silbash, cross-dressing. However on this last point Rav Chaim Kanievsky (Taama Dikra Ki Seitzei) argues and brings 65 examples from Navi, Medrash, and Shas where we see the same name was used for both a girl and a boy.

Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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Halacha Tshuvos 5th Elul 5769

 

Halacha – Tshuvos – 5th Elul, 5769

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Rav Chaim Kanievsky & Pele Yo’etz: Can You Eat Before Feeding Your Children?

It is forbidden to eat prior to feeding one’s animals. How about eating prior to feeding your young children? The Pele Yoetz says that if one may not eat before the animals certainly it is forbidden to eat prior to feeding your young children who are dependent on you for their food. However R. Chaim Kanievsky Shlit’a says that the Pele Yoetz is only saying that b’Derech Musar, but Mi’Ikar ha’Din one may eat before the children as the Halachah only applies to animals, not to children.

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Halacha Tshuvos 20th Av 5769

 

Halacha – Tshuvos – 20th Av, 5769

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Rav Chaim Kanievsky: A Free Ride Can Cost Money

If someone is standing by a bus stop and a car pulls up and offers him a lift, at the end of the trip the driver can demand that the passenger pay for the ride. We see this from the Rema (CM 246:17) which says that if someone offers you to eat with him he can charge you money at the end of the meal and it is not assumed that he was giving you a present.

Rav Chaim explains that although in the case of the meal the host has “lost” money by feeding you, in the case of the ride he may have lost another paying passenger. Even if he never charges any other passengers, it is his prerogative to give them a free ride and not give you a freebie. (Derech Sicha – Parshas Kedoshim)

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Avodah Perek Shira 6th Av 5769

 

Perek Shira – 6th Av, 5769

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Perek Shira

Perek Shira: A Deer In The Headlights

Rav Chaim Kanievsky explains that deer meat is very sweet and sought after by many predators in the animal kingdom. This doesn’t bode well for the continued existence of the deer. However, Hashem gives the deer the tools it needs to survive. Unmatched speed and the ability to sleep with one eye open and one eye on its surroundings, keeps the deer one step ahead of the animals hoping to have a sumptuous meal.

This why, says Rav Chaim Kanievsky, the deer sings “VaAni Ashir Uzecha, VaAranen LaBoker Chasdecha Ki Hayisa Misgav Li UManos B’Yom Tzar Li” I will sing of your power; and I will sing of your loving kindness in the morning; for you have been my fortress and my refuge in the day of my trouble. The deer thanks Hashem for giving him the tools to run away and survive another night in the dangerous wilderness.

Maybe we can compare this to our personal struggle against the Yetzer Hara which is compared to the darkness of night. When we are tired and weak he attacks us. However no matter how smart or fast he is, Hashem has made us one step smarter and faster then him. We have the ability to escape, even as he closes in in our moment of weakness. For this we thank Hashem.

Let’s use the tools and abilities that Hashem has given us. When temptation closes in, remember to run and not get caught like a deer in the headlights!

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Avodah – Perek Shira – 21st Tammuz, 5769

 

Perek Shira – 21st Tammuz, 5769

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Perek Shira

Perek Shira: Rav Chaim Kanievsky – Extra Protection for the Sweet Deer

The deer is marked by many predators including man. Its sweet meat is a top choice on everyone’s menu. This doesn’t leave the deer a single sleep filled night. It is always watching its back. It is always on the lookout for someone hunting it. How does it elude capture? With the special tools Hashem has endowed it with. It sleeps with one eye open and it is faster than its predators. It has incredible vision and an amazing sense of smell.

To be very special has a high price. But if Hashem made you special he will give you all the tools you need to realize your full potential even in the face of danger.

The Tzvi says “V’Ani Ashir Uzecha… Ki Hayisa Mizgav Li UManos BYom Tzar Li”; I will sing Hashem’s praise… for you have been my fortress and my refuge in the day of my trouble.”

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Avodah – Perek Shira – 13th Tammuz, 5769

 

Perek Shira – 13th Tammuz, 5769

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Perek Shira

Perek Shira: Tzipores Keramim – Rav Chaim Kanievsky Elaborates With One Word, “Titpalel”

My daughter was in the pediatric intensive care with a fluky and deadly heart virus. She wasn’t in the best hospital because we had no idea how serious it was when we brought her to the emergency room and the last thing we expected was that she would need to be hospitalized. For a few days and nights we tore ourselves apart at her bedside in the pediatric ICU trying to decide if we should transfer her to another hospital. The specialist in the other hospital said that he spoke with the doctors who were treating her and they were doing exactly what he would have done under the circumstances. Nevertheless we were nervous and wanted her in the best possible care.

After a few days I went to Rav Chaim Kanievsky to get a bracha and ask his advice. I was nervous and fumbled what I wanted to say and I ended up leaving after receiving the fairly standard “Bracha V’Hatzlacha”. All upset that I didn’t get to ask what I wanted, the gabbai insisted I go back and explain him our deliberation. Well, again it didn’t come out exactly how I hoped but I did ask him what kind of Hishtadlus we needed to do as parents and if we needed to transfer her. He answered in his brief style “Titpalel”, daven for her. Baruch Hashem the story has a happy ending and she stayed right where she was and recovered to full health.

The Tzipores Keramin in Perek Shira, says Rav Chaim Kanievsky, is a kind of grasshopper that has medicinal value and is used to cure people of various ills. Because of this, says Rav Chaim, it is sought after and always in danger. Therefore it sings “Esa Einai El HeHarim, MeiAyin Yavo Ezri”, I lift my eyes to the mountains, from where will my help come (if not from Hashem)?

The Shiras Meir says this is a “Remez”, a hint not to run around looking for all sorts of questionable cures. Hashem is the one who cures. “Esa Einai El HeHarim, MeiAyin Yavo Ezri” lift your eyes to Hashem and the Refuah will come from nowhere. In one second Hashem can make the Tzipores Keramin suddenly appear to save you. Yeshuas Hashem K’Heref Ayin. Once you do your normal Hishtadlus, as Rav Chaim would say, Titpalel!

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Avodah – Perek Shira – 10th Tammuz, 5769

 

Perek Shira – 10th Tammuz, 5769

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Perek Shira

Perek Shira: Rav Chaim Kanievsky – On The Bird Who Can’t Keep Quiet

The Snunis, says Rav Chaim Kanievsky in his Peirush on Perek Shira, is the Tzipor Dror that a Mitzora brings for a Korban. Why does a Mitzora bring two of these birds? The gemara says in Chulin (62a) that Tzora’as is a punishment for Lashon Hara generally committed by people who talk too much. So as a Kapara he must slaughter birds who also chirp non-stop all day to remind him that he is not a bird and should watch his mouth.

So what Shira does this bird says? “L’Maan Yizamercha V’lo Yidom”; for the sake that I will praise you and not remain silent. Talking is great. That is why Hashem gave us the ability to do so. That is what makes us better than animals. They are simply classified as “Chai”; alive. We are “Midaber”; we can speak. That puts us in a whole new league. But only if we speak what we were intended to speak; praise of Hashem for all he does for us every day. So keep on chirping away!

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Daily Reminder – 30th Sivan, 5769

 

Daily Reminder – 30th Sivan, 5769

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Zechiras Miriam

40 Days To Rectify The Aveira Of Meraglim

On 29th of Sivan the Meraglim left for Eretz Yisroel changing the course of Jewish History forever. This was right after Miriam came back to the camp, after herself suffering with tzoraas for speaking about her brother Moshe Rabbeinu. Yet the Meraglim didn’t learn their lesson. These 40 days culminated on Tisha B’Av, which became a day of tragedy for all generations.

Today Am Yisroel is in danger all over the world. The Gemara in Shabbos (33a) says, “Because of Nivul Peh there are many troubles and bad decrees are enacted. Young men die and orphans and widows cries go unanswered.” Rav Chaim Kanievsky has said that Nivul Peh includes rechilus, loshon hora, and cursing others.

Chazal tell us that Tisha B’Av will one day become a great Yom Tov. When? When we make it happen. We can be Misaken the chait of the Meraglim by refraining from speaking Lashon Hara during the period of their disastrous mission which goes from now until Tisha B’Av. Maybe this year we will celebrate a joyous Tisha B’Av. It’s all up to us!

“Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L’Miriam BaDerech B’Tzaischem MiMitzrayim”

The Ramban and other Rishonim count, among the Mitzvos Aseh Min HaTorah, the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each day what Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe. The Chofetz Chaim in Shaar Tvunah Perek 12 says that being Mikayem this mitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara. More than just saying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about the incident in order for it to have its intended effect.

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