When is/isn’t a bracha made on the spices of an idolater? What if an aroma is partly from a prohibited item or an item on which it’s not appropriate to make a bracha? The bracha made when visiting the site where a miracle happened to our ancestors. What are examples?
Mental Preparation When saying the shema, focus on the idea that God is: Everywhere, Infinite, Unique, Present now and always. Witness to God’s Uniqueness We are witnesses to the fact that God is unique, as alluded to in the word “eid“–made up of the “ayin” of shema and the “dalet” of echad. Love God We […]
What bracha do you make on smelling incense? Do you make a bracha on smelling an etrog even though you’re intent is to use it for a mitzvah? What, if any, bracha is made when you smell pleasant-smelling fruit or bread?
Shabbos 6:11 If a Jew buys a house in Israel from a non-Jew, he may instruct the non-Jew to draw up a bill of sale on Shabbos. Directing a non-Jew to perform acts of labor on Shabbos is a rabbinic law that the Sages did institute in such a case so as not to impede […]
Shabbos 6:9 A Jew is permitted to direct a non-Jew to perform an activity that is not an act of labor and that is only prohibited on Shabbos to encourage rest (shvus), so long as it is necessary for a person in discomfort, for a compelling matter, or for a mitzvah. Shabbos 6:10 Because of […]
Shabbos 6:7 If a city inhabited by both Jews and non-Jews has a bathhouse that is open on Shabbos, then if the majority of residents are non-Jews, it is permitted to bathe there immediately after Shabbos. If the majority of residents are Jewish, one must wait after Shabbos long enough so that the water could […]
Shabbos 6:5 Let’s say that non-Jews made a coffin, dug a grave or brought flutes to play dirges for a person who died. If this activity was carried out discreetly, one must wait until after Shabbos, long enough that the activity could have been performed on Saturday night, then the deceased may be buried using […]