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Choosing a Spouse
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Although everyone is obligated in the mitzva to “honor one’s father and mother”,[1] there is no obligation to honor one’s parents’ wishes when it conflicts with one’s choice of whom to marry.[2] A parent has no jurisdiction over their children’s decisions in this area. In fact, one is obligated to marry the person of one’s […]
Bar-Mitzva
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When a boy turns thirteen he becomes Bar-Mitzva, and from that day onwards he is obligated to keep all the mitzvot of the Torah.[1] The source for thirteen being the age which concludes childhood and begins adulthood is derived from the episode of Shimon and Levi who wiped out the city of Shechem after their […]
Brit Mila: The Seuda
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It goes without saying that a brit will always include a festive meal following the ceremony.[1] It is interesting to note, however, that serving a meal at a brit is actually more of a custom than a halachic requirement.[2] It is said that the source for serving a meal at a brit derives from Avraham […]
Simchat Yom Tov
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The Torah[1] requires one to be “besimcha”, to be happy, on Yom Tov and to ensure that the members of one’s household are in a joyous mood, as well.[2] In order to achieve this it is recommended that one purchase jewelry or clothes for one’s wife and candies for one’s children.[3] It is especially important […]
Melave Malka
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It is considered a great mitzva to prepare and partake of a special meal following the conclusion of Shabbat.[1] This meal is referred to as the “melave malka” meal which means “escorting the queen”. It is also frequently referred to as “the fourth meal”, linking it to the three meals which one is required to […]
Motzai Shabbat & Sewing
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There exists a custom for women not to perform certain household chores on Motzai Shabbat, such as sewing and knitting.[1] The origin of this custom is based on the teaching that when Mashiach comes there will no longer be a need to sew clothes. As there is an increased possibility for Mashiach to arrive on […]
Shabbat Activities
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In addition to the prohibition of performing any of the forbidden labors on Shabbat, one is also required to ensure that even one’s general activities and comportment on Shabbat reflect the intended serenity of the day. The source for this requirement originates from the prophet Isaiah, who instructs us to modify our behavior on Shabbat […]
Lechem Mishna
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Whenever one recites the blessing over bread on Shabbat, one is to do so over two whole loaves.[1] This mitzva is referred to as “lechem mishna” – a double portion. The reason for this requirement is in order to recall the double portion of manna which fell for the Jewish people in the desert each […]
Kiddush on Liquor
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Although wine is always to be preferred[1] over all other drinks upon which to recite kiddush or havdalla, it is not always the only option. While it is true that the nighttime kiddush may only be recited upon wine, or in an emergency, upon bread,[2] the daytime kiddush may be recited upon beer, scotch, and […]
Eating or Drinking Before Kiddush
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As a general rule, it is forbidden to eat or drink once Shabbat has begun, until one recites or hears kiddush.[1] It is also forbidden to eat or drink before kiddush is recited once one has accepted Shabbat, either by lighting the Shabbat candles or davening ma’ariv.[2] This is true even if one had accepted […]