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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.

857. Making Clothes During the Nine Days

January 22, 2014, by

122:10 During the Nine Days, we may not make new clothes or new shoes, nor may we knit socks; we may likewise not have these things made for us, not even by a non-Jew. If there is a compelling need, such as for a wedding immediately after Tisha b’Av, it is permitted to have them […]

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856. The Nine Days

January 22, 2014, by

122:8 The practice is not to eat meat and not to drink wine during the nine days from Rosh Chodesh until after Tisha b’Av. We may not even eat something that was cooked with meat or that contains animal fat. Even poultry is prohibited, though one who cannot eat dairy products without becoming ill may […]

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855. The Month of Av

January 22, 2014, by

122:6 On the three Shabboses between the 17 Tamuz and Tisha b’Av, we read the three haftaros of retribution: “The words of Jeremiah…” (Jeremiah 1:1), “Hear the word of Hashem…” (Jeremiah 2:4) and “The vision of Isaiah…” (Isaiah 1:1). The mnemonic acronym for these haftaros is daled-shin-ches. If one made a mistake and read the […]

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854. Trimming One’s Mustache and Fingernails

January 22, 2014, by

122:4 If one’s mustache interferes with eating, it seems that it should be permitted to trim until the week of Tisha b’Av but not in the week of Tisha b’Av. (Others say there is no reason to be stringent in this matter even during the week of Tisha b’Av – Shaar HaTziyon 551:90.) 122:5 Cutting […]

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853. Mourning Practices During The Three Weeks

January 22, 2014, by

122:2 The practice is not to recite the bracha of shehechiyanu during the Three Weeks. (Some authorities consider this an additional stringency and therefore permit it on Shabbos – Mishnah Brurah 551:98.) Therefore, we do not purchase or put on new garments because this would require a person to say shehechiyanu. At a pidyon haben, […]

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852. The Three Weeks

January 22, 2014, by

121:11 Every Jewish community is obligated to fast and to pray before G-d for every affliction that may come upon them. If it is not an appropriate time to fast, such as if they are being pursued and they are not permitted to fast in order to save their strength, then they should accept on […]

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239. Shame on You!: The obligation to rebuke

January 22, 2014, by

If someone is not behaving properly, it is a mitzvah to correct his behavior. We must do so even repeatedly, since the Torah says, “hochei’ach tochiach,” which is often translated as “you shall surely rebuke,” but which also means, “you shall repeatedly rebuke.” (See Talmud Baba Metzia 31a.) Our verse continues, “and you shall not […]

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Horayos 3:6-7

January 22, 2014, by

משנה ו כל התדיר מחבירו קודם את חבירו וכל המקודש מחבירו קודם את חבירו פר המשיח ופר העדה עומדים פר המשיח קודם לפר העדה בכל מעשיו ר’ עובדיה מברטנורא התדיר מחבירו הוא קודם דאמר קרא מלבד עולת הבוקר אשר לעולת התמיד. מכדי כתיב עולת הבוקר, אשר לעולת התמיד למה לי, אלא אמר רחמנא האי משום […]

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Psalms 115:18

January 21, 2014, by

Continuing pesukei d’zimra, the morning verses of praise The last line of Ashrei is from Psalm 115. The previous verse tells us that the dead do not praise G-d, but our verse says that we will praise Him forever! How is that possible? The Metzudas David explains that the dead who cannot praise Him are […]

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Horayos 3:4-5

January 21, 2014, by

משנה ד ואיזהו המשיח המשוח בשמן המשחה לא המרובה בבגדים אין בין כהן המשוח בשמן המשחה למרובה בגדים אלא פר הבא על כל המצות ואין בין כהן משמש לכהן שעבר אלא פר יום הכפורים ועשירית האיפה זה וזה שוין בעבודת יום הכפורים ומצווין על הבתולה ואסורין על האלמנה ואינן מטמאין בקרוביהן ולא פורעין ולא פורמין […]

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