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Netilas Yadaim In The Morning (Part 1)
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1. The Sages enacted that every morning upon waking up one should wash his hands and recite the blessing al netilas yadaim. (Brachos 15.) 2. The Rishonim offer two reasons for this obligation: 1) The Rosh (Brachos 9:23 and Shu”t 4:1) writes that it is inevitable that while one is sleeping he will come in […]
Blessing Children On Friday Night
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. It is a custom for parents to bless their children on Friday night. [Parenthetically, it is also a custom for the chosson and kallah to be blessed by their parents before they walk down the aisle […]
Fish and Meat (Part 4)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) Fish and Dairy- 1. Harav Yosef Karo zt”l in the Beis Yosef (Yoreh Deah 87), the Shulchan Aruch’s commentary on the Tur, writes that “one should not eat fish and milk together because of the danger involved, […]
Fish and Meat (Part 3)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) Cooking Fish In A Meat Pot- 1. The Torah requires us to use separate utensils for meat and milk because we assume that the taste of the food becomes absorbed in the utensil and would then impart […]
Fish And Meat (Part 2)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) Does This Prohibition Still Apply Today- 1. The Magen Avraham (173) writes that there are many natural phenomena mentioned in the gemara that no longer apply today. The health concern of eating meat and fish is simply […]
Fish and Meat in Halacha (Part 1)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. The gemara (Pesachim 76b) states that fish that is cooked with meat may not be eaten because it is likely to lead to “davar acher.” Rashi (ibid.) understands “davar acher” to be a reference to tzara’as. […]
Learning Tanach At Night (Part 2)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) For part 1 click here. What Is Permissible To Learn: 1. There is a great debate amongst the authorities as to whether one may recite Tehillim at night. The Chida in Shu”t Chaim Shaul writes that the […]
Learning Tanach At Night (Part 1)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) The Source: 1. Harav Chaim Vital zt”l cites the Arizal that, based upon kabbalistic reasons, one should not read the written Torah (Tanach) at night. (Shaar Hamitzvos Veschanan page 35b) This teaching is also cited by the […]
Lechem Mishnah On Shabbos (Assorted Halachos)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. The Torah (Shemot 16:22) records that in the Midbar two portions of Mann fell on Fridays (see Rashi). The Gemara (Shabbos 117b) writes that based on the Pasuk we are obligated to take Lechem Mishneh on […]
Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. Many people have the practice to wear two pairs of tefillin each day, Rashi Tefillin and Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin. Rashi and Rabbenu Tam disagree with regard to the sequence of the Scriptural text contained in the […]