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The Prohibition against Counting Jewish People
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) “Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by families following their fathers’ houses; a head count of every male according to the number of their names.” (Bamidbar 1:2) The above parsha describes […]
Sheimot
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Introduction to Holy Written Objects By surrounding ourselves with reminders of the commandments and with objects for observing the various Jewish rituals, we can be constantly aware of what we should be doing to live our lives as Jews. There are two categories of items used for mitzvot: Holy items (tashmishei kedusha), such as tefilin […]
415. Beginning the Laws of Mezuzah
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 4:26 Even though the mitzvah is to wear tefillin throughout the day, it is most important to do so during prayer. The Sages said that reciting Shema without tefillin is tantamount to giving false testimony. Not wearing tefillin violates eight positive commandments because each of the four sections in the tefillin […]
414. The Holiness of Tefillin
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 4:24                              One may not engage in marital relations in a room with tefillin or a Torah scroll unless they are removed or placed into a container which is then placed into a second container that is not designated for them. If the second container is designated for them, then even ten […]