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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 […]
Shana Rishonah (First Year of Marriage)
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Shana Rishonah 1. The Chinuch (582) writes that during the first year of marriage (Shana Rishonah) the chosson should rejoice with his wife. He should not leave the city without her in order to fight in a war or for any other reason. The Chinuch concludes, “A chosson who leaves his kallah during the first […]
The Shushbinim (Part 2)
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Who May Not Serve As The Shushbinim- 1. A couple that is divorced should not serve together as the shushbinim. (Sefer Mates Yado 132 and Sefer Yivakshu Mipihu page 528) 2. Harav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zt”l rules that a divorced couple may serve as the shushbinim if the men are escorting the chosson and the […]
The Shushbinim (Part 1)
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Who Generally Serves As The Shushbinim- 1. The shushbinim, or attendants, are those who escort the chosson and kallah down the aisle. (Rama Y.D. 391:3, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 147:5, Tashbeitz Katan 465 and Mateh Moshe Hachnasas kallah) 2. A chosson and kallah have attendants serving them just as a king or queen would have. The […]