The Rebbes of Novominsk, including Rav Yakov Perlow , whose yahrzeit is Yud Gimmel Nissan, had a long-standing connection with the Chabad and the Rebbe.
Ask the Rov: I am planning a Chanuka celebration for my family but can’t settle on which night. Is there a particular night one should choose to hold their Chanuka celebration, and are there any halachos of a Chanuka seuda?
Ask the Rov: With a large Chanukah party planned, and an aversion to commercialized foods, I am planning on making all the donuts myself. Since the batter will be large, is there an obligation to separate challa from the dough?
Ask the Rov: We made a fundraising raffle and one person’s name was left out. What do we do?
Ask the Rov: Do vows of children carry weight in halacha and must a child nearing maturity preform hataras nedarim?
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Ask the Rov: Can I zip-tie the schach of my sukka mobile so it doesn’t fly away while driving?
Ask the Rov: The Sukka market these days is full of various types of fabric sukkas. How can I ensure that my canvas sukka is kosher?
Ask the Rov: I’ve heard that some pizzas are hamotzi and others are mezonos. How do I know?
Ask the Rov: I need an air conditioner for the next few weeks, but won’t need it afterward. May I buy one and plan to return it when I am done with it?
Ask the Rov: I decided to get myself a hamster for my children. Are there any Shabbos-related halachos about pets that I need to know?
Ask the Rov: I usually take my afternoon nap on the hammock in my backyard. Am I allowed to take my Shabbos nap there as well?
Ask the Rov: I’ve heard some people say that anything made with wheat runs into issues with brachos. Whats the halacha regarding pretzels, crackers or flatbread crackers mezonos or hamotzi?
Ask the Rov: I start off every day with the study of Chassidus. How about on Tisha b’Av? Can I learn a maamar on the fast day before shacharis?
Ask the Rov: My children are constantly dirtying their clothes, and I can’t go a week without doing laundry. Can I wash their clothing during the nine days?
Ask the Rov: Food cooked by a non-Jew is prohibited because of bishul akum. How about beverages? Beer and coffee are cooked, does bishul akum apply to them?
Ask the Rov: What is the correct bracha on a granola bar? Is it ha’adama, mezonos or maybe even hamotzi? How about the after-bracha?
One of the primary components of kosher supervision is fear of discovery which the mashgiach accomplishes even by intermittent visits. Does a camera accomplish the same thing?
Ask the Rov: May I buy a partially baked pizza crust that is kosher but not certified pas Yisroel?
Ask the Rov: Can I wear a Shabbos belt over my shirt?