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The Proper Order For Cutting Nails
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1.The Rama, citing the Avudraham, writes that one should not cut their nails in order, as this leads to poverty, forgetfulness and r”l the loss of one’s children (Darkei Moshe 241). Rather, they should cut them in […]
Reciting A Blessing Upon Seeing A Torah Scholar
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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 (Brachos 58) says that upon seeing a Torah scholar one recites the blessing “Shecholak Mechochmaso Lireav” (Blessed are You…who apportioned of His wisdom to those who fear Him). This teaching was also codified by […]
Reciting Modeh Ani In The Morning
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. “One should strengthen himself like a lion to get up in the morning to serve his Creator.” These are the opening words of the Shulchan Aruch, the standard code of Jewish law. A Jew should not […]
Turning on an Incandescent Light Bulb on Shabbos
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1. It is accepted amongst the authorities that it is Biblically prohibited to light an incandescent light bulb on Shabbos. This view was expressed by Harav Yitzchak Schmelkes zt”l (Beis Yitzchak Y.D. 120), Harav Chaim Ozer Grodziensky zt”l (Achiezer 3:60), Harav Isser Zalman Meltzer zt”l (Haskama to Sefer Chelkas Yaakov), amongst others. The question that […]
Food Under The Bed (Part 2)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) Read part one here The Food 1. The Gemara (Pesachim 112a) states that one should not place food or drink under one’s bed. This clearly indicates that all foods are susceptible to the evil spirit. However, the […]
Food Under the Bed (Part 1)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) Section 1: The Source 1. The Gemara in Pesachim (112a) states that if any foods or beverages are left under a bed, even if they are enclosed in a vessel made of iron, an evil spirit rests […]
Marriage During the Aseres Yemei Teshuva
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1. Harav Ephraim Zalman Margolis zt”l, in his Sefer Mateh Ephraim (602:5), writes that the custom is to refrain from marrying during the Aseres Yimei Teshuvah (Ten Days of Repentance, beginning with Rosh Hashana and ending with Yom Kippur). The opinion of the Mateh Ephraim was also cited by the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (130:4). 2. […]
Laws and Customs of Rosh Hashana
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Birchat HaTorah before Selichot, the controversy over saying Machnisei Rachamim and davening at Kivrei Tzadikim May one recite selichot before midnight? Selichot without a minyan Fasting on Erev Rosh Hashana The correct greeting for Rosh Hashana Simanim and the accompanying Yehi Ratzon. Standing when the Aron is open. Shofar – eating before shofar, making the […]
Writing Surnames in the Kesubah
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. The names of the chosson and kallah are written in the Kesubah. If the names are omitted or written incorrectly, the Kesubah is invalid. (Nisuin K’Hilchosom page 345) 2. Harav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l, citing the […]