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“Mezonos” Bread
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During many wedding meals there is bread available for all the guests. Many caterers offer “Mezonos” bread for the occasion. This allows the guests to eat without washing and reciting Birchas Hamazon. The question is are these “Mezonos” bread really Mezonos or must we wash on these forms of bread and recite Hamotzei? 1. The […]
Holy Books
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Definition A Jewish holy book is any book that contains: God’s name in any language, not just Hebrew, Any lines (psukim) of Torah, Midrashim, Halacha in any language, or Mishna/Talmud and their commentaries. Correct Orientation Put holy books in their correct location: Remove a holy book from an inappropriate place to a place suitable for holy […]
431. The Special Letters and Crowns
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 7:8 One must be careful with the oversized letters, the undersized letters, the letters with dots, the letters with unusual shapes like the bent letters pei, and the crooked letters. The scribes have copied these from their predecessors in an unbroken tradition. Care must likewise be taken with the crowns and […]
429. The Parchment and Columns
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 7:4 If a sefer Torah was written on unscored parchment, or if it was written partially on g’vil and partially on klaf is invalid. The Torah must be written either completely on g’vil or completely on klaf. (G’vil and klaf are different kinds of parchment; see halachos 1:6-9.) A sefer Torah […]
428. The Sefer Torah of a King
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 7:2 A king is commanded to write a second sefer Torah for himself, in addition to the sefer Torah that he had before he ascended to the throne as per Deuteronomy 17:18, “When he sits on his royal throne, he shall write….” This Torah should be checked against the Torah in […]
427. Starting the Laws of Sefer Torah
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 6:13 One must be careful in the mitzvah of mezuzah since it is an obligation that applies constantly to every Jew. Whenever a person enters or exits his home, he will be presented with this sign of the unity of God’s Name, which will cause one to recall his love for […]