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Dancing at a Wedding
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1.It is a mitzvah to dance before the chosson and kallah. (Shulchan Aruch 65) 2. The Shulchan Aruch (E.H. 23:6) rules that one must be careful when riding any animal to sit on a saddle. Sitting on an animal without a saddle can cause potential problems in the laws of tznius (modesty). Harav Chaim Palag’i […]
Tachanun When A Chosson Is Present
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1. The chosson does not recite tachanun during the seven festive days. Any minyan where the chosson is present does not recite tachanun. (Shulchan Aruch 131:4 and Mishnah Berurah) 2. If the chosson left the synagogue before tachanun the poskim disagree as to whether tachanun is recited. (Ishei Yisroel page 268) 3. If the chosson […]
The Sheva Brachos Meals
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1. It is a custom to make festive meals during the seven festive days. At each meal the sheva brachos are recited. 2. The sheva brachos are only recited at a meal in which bread is eaten and birchas hamazon is recited.(Hanisuin K’Hilchoson page 512) 3. Many rule that one only recites the blessings in […]
The Clothing of the Chosson under the Chupah
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1. In most communities, the chosson wears a a kittel (white robe) under the chuppah (see Shulchan Haezer page 27, Maharam Mintz 109 and Radvaz 1:693). There are many reasons given for this custom. Some explain that the white kittel is meant to remind the chosson of the white shrouds that he will wear when […]
Standing Up For The Chosson And Kallah
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The common custom is that the congregation stands as the chosson and kallah walk past them. Harav Yisroel Belsky shlit”a addresses this custom and writes that it is a bit unclear as to why everyone stands. The most logical explanation is that one stands before all people that are on their way to perform a […]
The Mitzvah Tantz (Part 2)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) Who Dances 1. Father- The Sefer Mor V’Ohalos (page 82b) maintains that the father of the kallah may dance with his daughter without using the gartel. He explains that many poskim rule that a father may have […]
The Mitzvah Tantz (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. Few customs in Judaism are as debated as the mitzvah tantz. The mitzvah tantz, or mitzvah dance, is the chassidic custom of honorable men (related to the chosson or kallah) dancing before the bride, after the […]
Lag B’Omer
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In this article we will discuss some of the laws and customs of Lag B’Omer. A number of reasons are given for commemorating Lag B’Omer: 1. It commemorates the students of Rav Akiva who ceased dying during this day (Shelah, Pesachim 525). 2. This day is the yahrtzeit of Rabi Shimon bar Yochai, who revealed […]
Peeled Eggs, Onions or Garlic Overnight (Part 3)
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Other Possible Exceptions- 1. The Gemara states a possible exception to the rule and that is if some of the original outer layer, peel, shell, or root hairs remain, then one need not worry about Ruach Ra’ah, as it is not considered to be peeled. 2. The Smak (171) understands this to mean that the […]
Attending a Simcha During Sefira
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1. The Gemara states that twenty four thousand students of Rabbi Akiva died during the period of Sefira, which is the time between Pesach and Shavuos. Since Talmudic times, the period of Sefira is treated as a time of mourning and the conducting of weddings is prohibited during this season. 2. There are various customs […]