Rav Dovid Feinstein: Purim Halacha Tidbits


rav-dovid-feinsteinThe following are a number of pesokim from Rav Dovid Feinstein shlit”a, rosh yeshiva of Mesivta Tiferes Yerushalayim, regarding Purim-related shailos:

-A question was posed as to whether wearing a woman’s wig on Purim in order to give the impression of long hair, while being dressed as a male, would be considered simlas isha. Rav Dovid Feinstein ruled that it would be considered simlas isha.

-Many people are under the impression that one must give foods of two different brachos for mishloach manos. Rav Dovid said that there is no mekor for this.

-Often, people will give mishloach manos or matanos la’evyonim before krias megillah. Rav Dovid was asked whether one should refrain from giving mishloach manos or matanos la’evyonim until after the reading of the megillah, because of the bracha of Shehecheyanu. Rav Dovid said not necessarily.

-Many of those who live in Eretz Yisroel pronounce the letter hey like an alef. The question was asked of Harav Feinstein if one may be yotzeh with their kriah of Parshas Zachor. Rav Dovid responded that yes, one may be yotzeh (as both letters are osiyos groniyos).

– Rav Dovid was asked whether giving mishloach manos to non-frum people who will not make a bracha is permitted or if it is considered mesaye’ah l’devar aveirah. He ruled that it is permitted if it is for kiruv purposes.

{Dovid Bernstein-Matzav.com Newscenter}