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Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz is Torah Content Editor at the Orthodox Union. He is the author of five books, including The Tzniyus Book. His latest work, The Taryag Companion, is available from OU Press as well as on Amazon.

1,041. More Sheva Brachos Scenarios

July 22, 2014, by

149:6 If a person invites the couple for a meal and he designates a room where they can be alone together alone and rejoice, this is considered like the chuppah and they recite sheva brachos. If not, then they don’t even recite “asher bara” and “she’hasimcha b’m’ono.” 149:7 If those who attended the wedding later […]

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1,040. A Second Marriage for Both

July 22, 2014, by

149:4 If a widower married a widow and they had the first meal on the day of the wedding, they recite sheva brachos as described in 149:1 even if the meal isn’t finished until the night. However, if they didn’t eat until the night, and if there are friends joining in order to make them […]

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1,039. New Faces for Sheva Brachos

July 22, 2014, by

149:2 If a bachelor married a virgin (i.e., a woman who was never before married) or a widow, or if a widower married a virgin, they still recite sheva brachos at the wedding meal, even if they didn’t eat during the day of the wedding, just in the night that’s after the wedding day – or […]

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1,038. Bentching at a Wedding

July 22, 2014, by

148:4 An “acquisition” may not be made on Shabbos, so if a marriage is held on Friday, they must be very careful that the seclusion (yichud) is done before Shabbos. Therefore, so long as the yichud was done in the daytime, they may have their first marital relations on Shabbos, whether she is a virgin […]

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1,037. Chuppas Niddah

July 21, 2014, by

148:2 A virgin is married through seclusion (yichud) even if she is not able to have relations, such as if she is menstruating, or if people are entering and exiting the room. If she is menstruating, then it is required that people come and go because otherwise it would be forbidden for the groom to […]

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1,036. The Yichud Room

July 21, 2014, by

147:5 They lead the groom under the chuppah – again, that’s the canopy suspended on poles – and, with him facing east, the shaliach tzibbur sings whatever is appropriate according to the local practice. The bride’s attendants lead her in. The groomsmen and other notable people walk to greet the bride and, as they draw […]

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1,035. The Chuppah

July 21, 2014, by

147:3 The custom when a virgin gets married is for the important people of the city to spread the veil over her head and to bless her, saying, “Our sister, may you be the mother of thousands and ten of thousands.” After this, we spread a canopy over poles and the couple publicly enter it […]

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1,034. Marrying Under the Stars

July 21, 2014, by

147:1 It is customary to hold the wedding ceremony under the sky as a sign of blessing, that the couple’s offspring should be as numerous as the stars in the sky. Similarly, it is customary to get married when the moon is waxing as a symbol of good things. 147:2 It is proper not to […]

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8. Eheyeh Asher Eheyeh

July 21, 2014, by

The articles in this series are based upon ideas expressed in the Rambam’s Moreh Nevuchim (The Guide for the Perplexed). Numbers in brackets represent the book and chapter of Moreh Nevuchim where these ideas are discussed. In Exodus 3:13, Moshe says to God, “When I go to the children of Israel and say to them, […]

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Isaiah 40:26

July 18, 2014, by

The Radak explains that, metaphysically, each star has a role it accomplishes here on Earth. G-d ensures that none of them is missing because if one was, its job wouldn’t get done.

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