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777. Drawing the Water
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109:1 Matzah should only be kneaded with water that stood overnight, meaning that it was drawn at twilight and stood by itself all night. Even if the night is longer than twelve hours, one may not knead with this water until daylight. If the night is shorter than twelve hours until daylight, one must wait […]
776. Washing the Flour Sacks
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108:6 It is advisable to make new sacks to hold the flour, or at least to open the seams of the existing sacks and to wash them thoroughly with hot water, detergent, abrasion and beating. (After the fact, if one didn’t open the seams before washing the sacks, the flour is still permitted – Mishnah […]
775. If the Flour Got Wet
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108:4 If a bag of flour got wet in only one spot, whether it’s still wet or has already dried, one takes hold of that part (with the sack and the surrounding flour – Mishnah Brurah 466:11) in his hand and removes the rest, which may still be used; only the part that got wet […]
774. Cleaning the Mill
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108:2 If some of the wheat is found to be split or sprouted, the rest may still be used so long as one separates them; otherwise, we must be very careful to make sure that the acceptable wheat outnumbers those that split or sprouted by a ratio of 60:1. Optimally, one should also be careful […]
773. Wheat for the Mitzvah of Matzah
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107:3 On Shabbos HaGadol (the Shabbos before Pesach) at mincha, the practice is not to recite Barchi Nafshi (Psalm 104). Instead, we recite Avadim Hayinu (“we were slaves…,” from the Haggadah) because Shabbos HaGadol was the start of our redemption from Egypt and the accompanying miracles. (The Gra disagrees with the custom because of the […]
772. The Month of Nisan
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107:1 The entire month of Nisan, we do not recite Tachanun, nor Tziduk HaDin (which is a prayer recited at funerals). Also, we do not recite Tzidkascha Tzedek at the Shabbos mincha service (nor do we recite the “yehi ratzons” that follow Torah reading on Mondays and Thursdays – Mishnah Brurah 429:8). The practice from […]
771. Lending Money on Chol HaMoed
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106:7 It is permitted to lend money with interest to a non-Jew who is a regular customer because it’s considered a loss if his client becomes accustomed to going to someone else. If he lent money to a non-Jew who isn’t a regular customer, he should spend the interest earned during chol hamoed on things […]
770. Transactions Permitted on Chol HaMoed
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106:5 Items like fruits and spices that are needed during chol hamoed may be sold as usual, even in public. Since one may open his shop for the needs of Jews, he may also sell to non-Jews. 106:6 We permit collecting debts on chol hamoed even from Jews because a debt is considered something that […]
769. Extenuating Circumstances
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106:3 If, on chol hamoed, a fair comes – meaning a market day that happens only rarely – or if the regular market day comes every week but this time is before yom tov and is expected to attract a larger-than-average crowd, one may do business. This is because these circumstances aren’t common so a […]
768. Doing Business on Chol HaMoed
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106:1 It is forbidden to buy or sell merchandise on chol hamoed (even through a non-Jewish agent – Bi’ur Halacha 539:1 s.v. bein liknos) unless one has the opportunity to make a large profit, in which case he may then conduct business in private and have more to spend in honor of yom tov than […]