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Washing One’s Hands After a Funeral
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The custom is to wash one’s hands three times, alternating between hands, after attending a funeral.(Mishnah Berurah 4:43) The Sefer Ishei Yisreol (page 28) writes that according to the Pri Megadim and Chochmas Adam one is not required to wash hands after a funeral unless he was within four Amos of the corpse. However, the custom […]
Sleeping Alone in a House
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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 in Shabbos (151b) states, “Rav Chanina said: It is forbidden to sleep alone in a house, and whoever sleeps alone in a house will be seized by Lilith (Lilith or Lil’ is the mother […]
How Far Must We Go to Save Another Person’s Life?
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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 commands us not to stand idly by while someone’s blood is being spilled (Lo Saamod Al Dam Re’acha). We must therefore do everything in our power to save another Jew from a life threatening […]
Eating Food That Was Cooked on Shabbos
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Rabbi Zakutinsky recently published a halacha sefer in English (with helpful Hebrew footnotes) addressing the laws and customs of the Jewish wedding, from the engagement period through shana rishona. Written for laymen and rabbis alike, The Gates of Joy elucidates and explains the halachos and customs of Ashkenazim, Sephardim, and Chassidim, including Chabad Chassidim. See a sample […]
Listening to Multiple Women Sing in Unison
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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 forbidden for a man to hear a woman sing. This prohibition is called “Kol B’Isha Ervah.” (Brachos 24a and Shulchan Aruch Even Haezer 21) 2. The Sdei Chemed (Kuf 42) cites an argument amongst […]