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433. Competition
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62:6 A shopkeeper is allowed to distribute things like nuts to children in order to accustom them to buy from his store. One may likewise sell items at below the going rate in order to encourage business; the other merchants have no legal right to stop one from doing so. 62:7 One who measures or […]
432. Tricking a Buyer
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62:4 When selling an item, we are not permitted to make it look more attractive in order to trick the buyer into overestimating its value. For example, one may not feed an animal things that would make it swell or do other things to make it appear fatter than it is. One may likewise not […]
431. Buying and Selling
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62:2 Just as one is forbidden to take advantage of another person in buying and selling, one may likewise not take advantage of another when hiring, contracting, or changing money. 62:3 A person who buys and sells honestly does not have to worry that he may come to cheat others. For example, a seller tells […]
430. Honesty in Business
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61:10 What bracha does one recite when it rains following a drought? If one does not own a field, he says, “We give thanks to You, Hashem our G-d, for each and every drop that You have brought us,” continuing with the prayer “Nishmas” from “Were our mouths to be filled with song” until “May […]
429. A Bar Mitzvah
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61:8 One whose son becomes bar mitzvah recites the bracha “Baruch shepatrani,” that he is no longer responsible for his child’s deeds. (There are different opinions as to whether or not this bracha should be recited including the mention of G-d’s Name and His Kingship – Mishnah Brurah 225:8.) This is typically recited when the […]
428. A Prayer in Vain
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61:6 If a person prays about something that has already happened, he prays in vain. For example, if one hears a scream coming from the city, it is useless to pray, “Please, G-d, let it not have come from my house” because either it did or it didn’t. Similarly, if one’s wife is expecting, it […]
427. A Prayer for Healing
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61:4 When a person would go to let blood (which people used to do for medical reasons) and before one eats or drinks something for medicinal purposes or does something else intended for healing, he should first recite this short prayer: “May it be Your will, my G-d and G-d of my fathers, that this […]
426. Reciting Birkas HaGomeil
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61:2 Birkas hagomeil should be recited in front of a minyan of ten, not including the one saying the bracha. (Mishnah Brurah 219:6 allows the one reciting the bracha to be included in the minyan.) Two of the ten optimally should be Torah scholars involved in the study of halacha as per Psalms 107:32 “They […]
425. Birkas HaGomeil
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60:15 One who sees particularly beautiful trees, animals or people – including non-Jews – recites the bracha “shekacha lo b’olamo,” praise to G-d that He has such beautiful creations in His world. One only recites the bracha the first time he sees the object of beauty; he would not recite the bracha again, even on […]
424. M’Shaneh HaBriyos
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Please note: The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch was written in eastern Europe in the 19th century, a time and place very different from the world we know. While we take diversity for granted, one might have lived his entire life there without ever seeing a person of a different color or abilities. These brachos praising Hashem […]