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The Kabbalas Panim at the Wedding
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It is customary for the chosson and kallah to host pre-nuptial receptions shortly before the chuppah ceremony. This gives the guests time to greet the chosson and kallah and wish them mazal tov. These receptions are called the kabbalas panim. The kallah hosts a women’s reception in one room, while the chosson hosts a reception […]
Marriage During the “Three Weeks” and on Tisha B’Av
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The custom of ashkenazic Jewry is not to get married during the three weeks between the seventeenth of Tamuz and Tisha B’Av. The sefardic custom is to permit weddings until Rosh Chodesh Av, but from Rosh Chodesh until after Tisha B’Av, it is prohibited. (Shulchan Aruch and Rama 551:1 and Yabia Omer 6:43) Harav Ephraim […]
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 […]