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991. How and Where to Read the Megillah

June 6, 2014, by

141:9 The best way to fulfill the mitzvah is to hear the reading of the Megillah in shul with a lot of other people as per Proverbs 12:28, “The glory of the King is in a multitude of people.” At the very least, one should make sure to hear the Megillah with a minyan. If […]

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990. Who Must Hear the Megillah?

June 6, 2014, by

141:7 Both men and women are obligated to hear the Megillah read, both at night and during the day. Even single girls should go to shul for this, but If they don’t, someone must read the Megillah for them at home. (It is preferable for a woman to hear the Megillah read by a man […]

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989. Machatzis HaShekel

June 6, 2014, by

141:5 The practice before Purim is to donate half of the monetary unit of one’s time and place (e.g., half a dollar, half a pound, etc.) in memory of the half-shekel that was donated in Adar to purchase animals for the communal sacrifices. The custom is to give three times this half unit (e.g., $1.50) […]

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988. Purim Night

June 2, 2014, by

141:3 The fourteenth of Adar is Purim. If Purim falls on a Sunday, the Fast of Esther is held on the Thursday prior. If there is a bris that day, the meal is held at night but the sandek and the baby’s father may eat during the day(, as may the mohel and the baby’s […]

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987. Taanis Esther

June 2, 2014, by

141:1 When the month of Adar begins, we increase our joy. A Jew who has a legal matter pending with a non-Jew should have the case judged in this auspicious month. 141:2 In the days of Mordechai and Esther, the Jews gathered together on the thirteenth of Adar to defend themselves against their enemies. They […]

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986. Parshas Zachor and Parah

June 2, 2014, by

140:2 On the Shabbos before Purim, we read parshas Zachor (Deut. 25:17-19). On the Shabbos before Rosh Chodesh Nisan, we read parshas HaChodesh (Exodus 12:1-20). If Rosh Chodesh Nisan falls on Shabbos  then that day is parshas HaChodesh and we act as we do when Rosh Chodesh Adar falls on Shabbos. (See above, 140:1.) On […]

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985. Parshas Shekalim

June 2, 2014, by

139:26  The fifteen of the month of Shevat (Tu b’Shevat) is the new year for trees. We do not say tachanun on this day and the custom is to eat many different types of fruit. 140:1 The Shabbos before the Rosh Chodesh of an Adar that precedes Nisan, we read parshas Shekalim. (In other words, […]

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984. Rosh Chodesh Teves

May 29, 2014, by

139:24 On the Shabbos of Chanukah, we take out two sifrei Torah. In the first, we read the regular portion of the week. In the second, we read the maftir from the offerings of the Tribal leaders corresponding to the appropriate day of Chanukah. The haftarah is “Sing and rejoice” from Zechariah chapter 2. If […]

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983. Torah Reading on Chanukah

May 29, 2014, by

139:22 All eight days of Chanukah, we recite Hallel in its entirety. We do not say Tachanun, “(k)Eil Erech Apayim,” or “Lamnatzeiach.” On Shabbos, we do not recite Tzidkascha. 139:23 Each day of Chanukah, we call three men to the Torah to read from the offerings of the Tribal leaders in parshas Naso. On the […]

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982. The Oil Remaining After Chanukah

May 29, 2014, by

139:20 The oil that remains in the menorah after Chanukah, as well as the wicks, should be made into a fire and burned. They were put aside to be used for the mitzvah, so it is prohibited to derive benefit from them unless one initially made a condition not to consider whatever remains to be […]

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