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608. Lighting a Fire Before Shabbos
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Shabbos 3:18 We may not place bread in an oven shortly before Shabbos, nor may we place a cake on the coals unless there is enough time for the surface stuck to the wall of the oven (as their ovens were) or the side facing the fire to form a crust. If this is in […]
607. It’s Not About Cooking
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Shabbos 3:16 Meat, onions and eggs may not be roasted over a fire unless they can be roasted sufficiently before Shabbos that they would be fit to eat. If this is the case, they may be left on the fire to roast more on Shabbos. This is because increasing the heat would prove detrimental; if […]
606. Air Getting in the Oven
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Shabbos 3:14 Whenever something would be spoiled by air getting into the oven, we do not prohibit heating it in an oven because there is no danger that one will open the oven to stoke the coals. This is why we may put flax into an oven before Shabbos because if the oven is opened, […]
Learning Tanach At Night (Part 1)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) The Source- 1. Harav Chaim Vital zt”l cites the Arizal that, based upon kabbalistic reasons, one should not read the written Torah (Tanach) at night. (Shaar Hamitzvos Veschanan page 35b) This teaching is also cited by the […]
Airplane Travel
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Although it is not widely known, there is a view among halachic authorities that Tefillat Haderech is not recited for airplane travel.[1] This is based on the Talmudic teaching that air travel is something associated exclusively with birds and not with people.[2] According to this approach, the reason Tefillat Haderech is not recited when flying […]
When to Pray
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Introduction to Morning Prayers/Shacharit (Weekday): Order of Prayers Here is a typical order of waking/morning prayers for weekdays (many people say these blessings at the synagogue instead of at home): Wake Wake and wash hands (Three-Times Method). Bathroom Take care of any toilet needs, wash your hands (One-Time Method). Say blessings al netilat yadayim and asher […]