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Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz served as Director of Programs for NCSY before becoming Associate Director of the Pepa and Rabbi Joseph Karasick Department of Synagogue Services.

Psalms 20:10

January 23, 2014, by

Continuing pesukei d’zimra, the morning verses of praise Verse 8 tells us that some armies would rely on their chariots and others put their faith in their horses. King David’s army, however, would call upon G-d in order to be successful in battle. What exactly would they call? According to the Radak, this verse: “Hashem, […]

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864. Shacharis on Tisha b’Av

January 23, 2014, by

124:2 One should make himself uncomfortable in bed. For example, if he usually sleeps with two pillows, he should only use one on Tisha b’Av. Some have the practice to sleep on the ground and to put a stone under their heads as a reminder of our forefather Yaakov. Genesis 28:11 tells us, “He took […]

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863. Maariv on Tisha b’Av

January 23, 2014, by

123:5 During the twilight period (bein hashmashos), one is forbidden to do anything that is forbidden on Tisha b’Av itself. Therefore leather shoes must be removed before twilight. 124:1 In the evening, we go to shul and remove our leather shoes, as was described in the previous chapter. (Mishnah Brurah 553:5 cites an opinion that […]

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862. The Seudah Hamafsekes

January 23, 2014, by

123:3 The seudah hamafsekes is the last meal eaten before the fast. The proper course of action is to eat a normal meal before mincha, then to daven without reciting Tachanun since Tisha b’Av is considered a holiday (moed) as per Eicha (Lamentations) 1:15, “He called an assembly against me.” (Editor’s note: The word for […]

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861. Erev Tisha b’Av

January 23, 2014, by

123:1 If a bris (circumcision) or pidyon haben (redemption of a first-born son) falls on the day before Tisha b’Av, the meal is held before midday. 123:2 One should not take a pleasure trip on the day before Tisha b’Av. The practice after midday is to study only those topics that one may study on […]

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860. Maftir on Shabbos Chazon

January 23, 2014, by

122:16 We have wrote above, in 122:9, that one may wear freshly-laundered undergarments and socks on Shabbos Chazon because they are worn primarily to absorb sweat. When it comes to the rest of one’s Shabbos clothes, it all depends on the accepted local practice. In the shul, the curtain of the aron is changed, as […]

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859. Exceptions to Nine Days Restrictions

January 23, 2014, by

122:14 A mourner whose 30-day period ends on 18 Tammuz or later, until Rosh Chodesh Av, is allowed to cut his hair (and launder his clothes – Mishnah Brurah 551:87). From Rosh Chodesh Av and on, one may not launder clothes or cut his hair, even in such a situation. 122:15 If a bris is […]

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Psalms 78:38

January 22, 2014, by

Continuing pesukei d’zimra, the morning verses of praise. This Psalm describes the historic tendency of Israel to rebel. G-d worked miracles in Egypt, split the sea, fed the people manna, yet still they rebelled. When He would punish the nation, they would repent, only to backslide. Then comes this verse, which tells us how G-d […]

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858. Bathing During the Nine Days

January 22, 2014, by

122:12 We do not bathe during the Nine Days, not even in cold water. (One may wash his hands, face and feet – Mishnah Brurah 551:94.) If one has health reasons – such as a woman who has just given birth or one who is close to giving birth and washing is advisable for her, […]

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