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Sweeping or Washing Floors on Shabbos
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 Courtesy of Ohr Olam Mishnah Berurah There are several halachic concerns as to why broom93 sweeping94 a dirt (untiled) floor might be forbidden on Shabbos and Yom Tov: Boneh (intentional) – Sweeping a dirt floor inside a home could be a violation of boneh, since the grooves and cracks in the dirt floor can be intentionally […]
May one Use Grape Juice for Kiddush?
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Yes. Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 272:2) writes that one may even squeeze a cluster of grapes (before Shabbos) and recite Kiddush on the juice. Some poskim (e.g. Minchas Shlomo I:4) write that reconstituted grape juice which is made from concentrate but is mostly water, may not be used for Kiddush. Rav Belsky, zt”l held that […]
Making Kiddush Before Davening
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My doctor has instructed me that I must eat first thing every morning. Should I make kiddush before eating? The Mishnah Berura (Bi’ur Halacha siman 289) writes that one who is required to eat before davening, should say Kiddush first. However, one should use grape juice for Kiddush, since one may not drink alcoholic drinks before […]
Sheva Brachot
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Introduction to Sheva Brachot At the end of the wedding meal, the seven blessings (sheva brachot) are said in birkat ha’mazon. The final blessing is on wine. This is the only required festive meal after the wedding. Any festive meal on the subsequent six days is optional but, when held, all the blessings are required. […]
Eating and Drinking before Kiddush on Shabbos Morning
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Is it permissible to eat or drink before hearing kiddush on Shabbos morning? There are two restrictions that apply to eating in the morning: Generally, one may not drink or eat before davening. This is true during the week and Shabbos. Nonetheless, there are some exceptions; it is permissible to drink water (Orach Chaim 89:3) and tea […]
Standing Up For The Chosson And Kallah
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The common custom is that the congregation stands as the chosson and kallah walk past them. Harav Yisroel Belsky shlit”a addresses this custom and writes that it is a bit unclear as to why everyone stands. The most logical explanation is that one stands before all people that are on their way to perform a […]
Eating and Drinking Before Kiddush on Friday night
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Is it permissible to eat or drink anything before hearing kiddush Friday night? What about a sip of water? Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 271:4) writes that from the time one accepts Shabbos until hearing Kiddush, it is forbidden to eat, drink, or even take a sip of water. However, Magen Avrohom permits rinsing out one’s mouth, […]