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486. Shabbos
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72:1 Shabbos is a great sign and a covenant that G-d gave the Jewish people testifying that He made the Heavens and the Earth and all they contain in six days, “resting” on the seventh day. This is a basic tenet of Judaism. The Talmud Yerushalmi (Nedarim 3) equates Shabbos with all the other mitzvos […]
485. Bed
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71:4 If one did not recite the three paragraphs of Shema at night, he should then recite all three at when he goes to bed. (He must have specific intention to fulfill the mitzvah – Mishnah Brurah 239:1.) If he did recite them at night, he need only say the first paragraph at bed, though […]
484. Nighttime Activities
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71:2 A normal, healthy person should eat a smaller meal at night than he does during the day. This protects one’s health, keeps one from improper thoughts, help one’s dreams to be calm and pleasant – because excessive eating and drinking often leads to weird and disturbing dreams – and doesn’t cause a person to […]
483. Torah Study by Night
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70:5 If one person is still saying Maariv in shul at night, those who have finished should wait until he has finished so as not to disturb his concentration. If he began Shemoneh Esrei so late that he couldn’t have finished davening along with the congregation, they are not obligated to wait for him; his […]
482. Arriving Late for Maariv
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70:3 If a person comes to shul for Maariv and finds the congregation saying Shemoneh Esrei, even if it is not yet night but it is after plag hamincha, he should daven Shemoneh Esrei with them. He should say Shema and its brachos later, after it becomes night. (All this is only if he does […]
481. Maariv
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70:1 The time to recite Shema at night begins when three small stars appear. If the night is cloudy, one should wait until there is no doubt that it’s late enough. The current practice is to daven Maariv immediately following Mincha. Even though it is not yet night, this saves the congregation the effort of […]
480. Arriving Late to Mincha on Erev Shabbos
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69:8 If the Mincha service lasts until nightfall (that is, until the stars appear – Mishnah Brurah 131:16), Tachanun is not said, because Tachanun is not recited at night. One must be careful that Mincha not go past nightfall because one may not say the full Kaddish at night over prayers that were said during […]
479. Arriving Late to Mincha
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69:6 If the hour is late and it’s getting close to nightfall, the shaliach tzibbur starts to recite Shemoneh Esrei out loud immediately after finishing Kaddish. The congregation does not recite the silent prayer at that time. Rather, they listen and respond to the shaliach tzibbur until the end of the bracha “Ha(k)Eil HaKadosh.” After […]