Standing in a private domain and stretching out your filled hand into another domain on Shabbos. Transferring from one private domain to another. What if you stretched out your hand before Shabbos? What if the other domain was a karmelit?
Is someone required to check vegetables for insects with a magnifying glass? The OU maintains that there is no obligation to check vegetables for insects with external visual aids, but they may be used if it will make the checking easier. Rav Shlomo Kluger in Tuv Taam V’Daas (Kuntres Acharon) and Aruch HaShulchan (Yoreh Deah […]
In the days of the Beis Hamikdash, challah was given to a Kohen who was required to eat it when he was tahor (ritually clean). Since today our challah is tamei (ritually unclean), it is not eaten by the Kohen. Instead, we have a mitzvah to burn it. Because challah may not be eaten, it is […]
Following the blessing of “sim shalom” at the conclusion of every shemoneh esrei, there is a supplementary paragraph which contains a number of inspirational readings. This paragraph, beginning with the words “Elohai Netzor”, is actually adapted from the personal prayers of the Talmudic sage, Mar son of Ravina. It is said that the fundamentals of […]
Do liquid batters such as cake batters require hafrashas challah? Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De’ah 329:2) writes that liquid batters also require hafrashas challah, provided that they contain the amount of flour for which one takes challah. However, according to Rabbeinu Tam, challah can only be taken after the batter has been baked. Therefore, one should first […]
Courtesy of Ohr Olam Mishnah Berurah Question: Is there any permissible way to reheat cold cooked food on Shabbos? Discussion: Reheating cooked food on Shabbos can involve two different prohibitions: The first is the rabbinic edict against placing cold cooked food on a heat source – even one which is covered by a blech – which […]
I sometimes buy several bags of pizza dough from the supermarket, and bake them together. Do I need to take challah? Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De’ah 330:1) writes that the dough of a non-Jew is exempt from the mitzvah of hafrashas challah. This is true, even if the dough is later given to a Jew who […]
Hilchos Kiddush HaChodesh 4:16 The Rambam says that it seems to him that the Sages’ statement about not declaring a leap year in a year of famine or in a Sabbatical year refers to not declaring a leap year due to the condition of the roads or bridges, or because of similar considerations. He still […]