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179. A Dropped Torah
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28:12 If a Torah scroll falls from a person’s hand, even if it is covered by its mantle, he should fast. The practice is for those who witness this to also fast. 28:13 One may only write a Biblical verse (even three letters – Mishnah Brurah 32:20) on a ruled line. Some opinions prohibit writing […]
178. Buying Religious Articles from a Non-Jew
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28:10 A person who destroys holy books violates the negative commandment, “Do not do so to Hashem your God” (Deuteronomy 12:4). We must correct bookbinders who glue pages from holy texts inside the covers of other books. Care should also be taken when giving old seforim to non-Jewish bookbinders for repair. One should remove the […]
177. Using a Sefer for One’s Own Purposes
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28:8 One should not make a cover for a sacred item out of something that was used for secular purposes. (One may do so for an object of a mitzvah that does not possess inherent holiness, e.g. a tallis bag. The Magen Avraham permits it in the case of a holy object providing that the […]
176. Mistreating Seforim
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28:6 One may not throw Biblical books, nor books of halacha or aggadah. Similarly, one may not place them upside down. If one finds a sefer upside down, he should right it. 28:7 One may not urinate in the presence of holy books. In case of great need, he should at least ensure that the […]
175. Holy Texts
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28:4 One may not sit on a bench with a holy book unless it is placed on something a handbreadth high (about 3.5 inches). One may certainly not place holy books on the ground. If one is holding a sefer in his lap, he may not lean on it. If need be, one may sit […]
174. A Torah or Other Books?
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28:2 It is also a mitzvah for one to purchase the other books of study, such as a Tanach, Mishna, Gemara, and the works of a halacha, so that he may study from them and lend them to others. One who cannot afford to buy both a Torah scroll and other texts for study should […]
173. Writing a Torah Scroll
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27:5 One should pronounce everything he studies aloud as per Joshua 1:8, “This Torah shall not depart from your mouth…” If one says the words of Torah study out loud, he fulfills the mitzvah of Torah study even if he does not understand the words. This is why even one who does not know how […]
172. Fixed Times for Study
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27:3 If someone is not able to make Torah study his main activity but he has set fixed times for Torah study, he should use these sessions to study the halachos that are most common and necessary for every Jew to know. He should also study aggadah and Midrash, as well as mussar to help […]
171. Daily Torah Study
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27:1 One should establish a fixed time for Torah study after prayers. This session must be taken very seriously and not be skipped, even for what one thinks is a big business deal. If one must deal with a pressing matter, he should first study at least one verse or one law, go deal with […]
170. More Important than Kaddish
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26:21 If a person with yahrzeit was unable to say Kaddish because he was traveling or he simply did not receive one, he can say Kaddish at the maariv service following the day of yahrzeit. 26:22 While saying Kaddish and leading the prayer services are a source of merit to the departed, they are not […]