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The Five After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona)
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I. Al HaMichya Type and Volume of Foods Say al ha’michya after eating at least 1.3 fl. oz. (39 ml, or 1/6 cup) of non-bread foods baked from the Five Grains (wheat, rye, oats, barley, or spelt) within four minutes. Say al ha’michya if you ate a total volume of crust + filling of at […]
1,347. Exchanging Greetings
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210:7 Since the mourner is not permitted to exchange greetings, it goes without saying that he may not engage in laughter. Therefore, the entire week of shiva, the mourner may not hold a child in his arms so that he shouldn’t come to laughter. Similarly, the mourner is not permitted to engage in excessive conversation […]
1,346. Leading the Service
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210:5 A mourner during the week of shiva should not lead the prayer service unless there is no one else available who is able to do so. However, if he is mourning for his father or mother, our practice is for the mourner to lead the service even if there is someone else present who […]
1,345. Davening During Shiva
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210:3 Even if the mourner is a kohein and there is no other kohein in shul, he may not be called for an aliyah. 210:4 During the week of shiva, the mourner does not recite Pitom HaKetores or Maamodos. In Eizeh Mekoman, he does not say the Yehi Ratzons. This section asks G-d to consider […]
1,344. Torah Study During Shiva
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210:1 A mourner is not permitted to study Torah because, as we learn in Psalms 19:9, “The statutes of the Lord are right, causing the heart to rejoice,” and a mourner is forbidden to have joy. This prohibition includes the Books of Torah, Neviim (Prophets) and Kesuvim (Writings), Mishna, Talmud, halacha and aggadah (the non-legal […]
1,343. Marital Relations During Shiva
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209:7 If a mourner is on a journey, he may wear shoes. He should, however, put some dirt in his shoes. Similarly, anywhere he must wear shoes, he may follow this course of action. 209:8 Marital relations are forbidden during shiva, as are hugging and kissing. Other acts that demonstrate the couple’s closeness, such as […]