Question: Must elderly people (who do not regularly use a mikvah) donate to the building of a community mikvah?

Short Answer: Yes, all members, old and young, are obligated to donate to the building of a community mikvah.

Question: Is there a prohibition of Bishul Akum if an akum heats up food in a microwave oven?

Short Answer: There is no prohibition of Bishul Akum when an akum reheats previously cooked food in a microwave. There is a dispute amongst the contemporary poskim whether there is a prohibition of Bishul Akum when an akum cooks uncooked food in a microwave; but many are lenient, especially in a b’dieved situation.

This series on Mikvah Building is in honor of the dedicated KGH community members who have taken it upon themselves to refurbish the current KGH mikvah. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this important mitzvah by donating to this project. Further details will be forthcoming.

Question: Is there a prohibition of Bishul Akum where an akum places food in an oven that was turned on by a Jew a few hours earlier?

Short Answer: Yes, there is still a prohibition of Bishul Akum unless the Jew turned on the fire shortly before the food is cooked by the akum.