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1,215. Donations in the Currency of the Time
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Shekalim 1:4 There was also coin that was worth two sela, was called a darkon. All of these coins (in halachos 1:2-4) are the standard financial measures in Jewish law. The Rambam defines them here so that he will not have to define them every time he mentions them. {Readers may therefore wish to make […]
1,214. The Value of Various Currencies in Halacha
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Shekalim 1:2 The amounts mentioned in the Torah for fines to be paid by rapists, seducers, slanderers or for the death of a servant are all in shekalim, a denomination of silver coin weighing 320 barley corns. The Sages increased the value of a shekel, making it equal to a sela, which was a coin […]
1,213. Beginning Hilchos Shekalim
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Hilchos Shofar, Succah v’Lulav 8:15 Rejoicing in the performance of mitzvos and love of God is a great form of service to Him. One who restrains himself from such rejoicing is deserving of punishment as per Deuteronomy 28:47, “because you did not serve Hashem your God with joy and a glad heart.” Whoever considers himself […]
1,212. The Simchas Beis HaShoeivah
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Hilchos Shofar, Succah v’Lulav 8:13 At the Succos celebration in the Temple, flutes were sounded and songs were played on harps, lutes and cymbals. Participants would play any instrument they knew, or they would sing, dance, clap or whistle, each according to his ability. Songs and praises were recited. This celebration was not held on […]
1,211. Brothers Who Jointly Own Esrogim
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Hilchos Shofar, Succah v’Lulav 8:11 If two people jointly purchase a lulav or an esrog, neither one of them can fulfill his obligation with it on the first day of Succos unless his colleague grants him his share as a gift. Let’s say that brothers buy esrogim using money from their father’s estate that has […]
1,210. Conditionally Gifting a Lulav on Shabbos
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Hilchos Shofar, Succah v’Lulav 8:9 All the examples of the four species that have this far been defined as invalid because of various defects or because they were stolen are only invalid for use on the first day of Succos; on subsequent days of the holiday, they are valid. Species that were invalid because of […]