Sunday, August 3, 2014

One Minute Halacha Daily - 76 Co-op Dues & 77 Sakono

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#76 Co-op Dues 
If one is living in a co-op and is not paying their dues as they are obligated to do on a regular basis in order to maintain the place, the Vaad, the management, is allowed to publicize on a notice board in the lobby area or in a similar place who is not paying and how much they owe. This is not Loshon Horo and is not considered humiliating someone in public, because it is a correct and proper procedure needed to maintain the place appropriately for the benefit of all the owners. If someone is going through financial difficulty, they should speak with the management and agree to an arrangement instead of ignoring their co-op dues which affects all the other owners as well.

#77 Mishum Sakono 
What do I do if my child touched food without Negel Vasser?
There are certain foods that are forbidden according to Halacha on the basis of danger. For example, one is not allowed to eat fish that was cooked together with meat, or meat that was cooked together with fish, as that is considered dangerous to the person. Food placed under a bed is considered dangerous as well. A Ruach Ra, a negative, impure spirit, rests on those foods. Eggs, onions, and garlic that were completely peeled and then left overnight are considered dangerous, and one should not each such foods. A Ruach Ra also rests on food that was touched by someone who did not wash Negel Vasser (except a goy to whom this law does not apply) -- and consequently it should not be eaten. The Alter Rebbe writes that one who is strict and does not eat food that was touched even by a child of the age of Bris Milah onwards without Negel Vasser, is considered Kodosh, holy.
Practical Halacha: One minute a day. By Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, shlita, member of the Badatz of Crown Heights. Text Prepared by E. R. Elkaim

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