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711. Yom Tov
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98:1 Any labor that may not be performed on Shabbos may likewise not be performed on yom tov. Just as on Shabbos we may not have such labor performed for us by a non-Jew, so too on yom tov. Just as we must have our animals rest on Shabbos, so too on yom tov. (Rema […]
710. Interrupting Shema or Megillah for Kiddush Levana
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97:14 If the moon was visible at the beginning of the night before they started to daven maariv, if there are still several nights left in which one might yet sanctify it, they first daven maariv and sanctify the moon after. This is because when one has to perform a more frequently-occurring mitzvah and a […]
709. Does a Blind Person Recite Kiddush Levana?
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97:12 The moon is not sanctified on a Friday night, nor on a yom tov night, except in a case of emergency, i.e., that by Saturday night the time will have passed. 97:13 A blind person is allowed to sanctify the moon (though it’s better if another person recites the bracha for him – Bi’ur […]
708. Counting from the Molad
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97:10 One does not sanctify the moon until at least three days have passed from the molad – i.e., the moon’s first appearance in Jerusalem; some people wait seven days. If Saturday night falls before the seven days are up, we don’t wait. Rather, we sanctify the moon after Shabbos. We only sanctify it up […]
707. Where and When to Sanctify the Moon
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97:8 The moon should be sanctified only under the sky, not under a roof. If one doesn’t have a clean space or if there is some other compelling reason (like he’s sick and shouldn’t go outside – Mishnah Brurah 426:21), he may recite the bracha in the house, looking at the moon through a window. […]
706. Kiddush Levana
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97:6 On Rosh Chodesh, we are forbidden to fast or to give a eulogy. Likewise, the funeral prayer Tzidduk HaDin is not recited. 97:7 We are required to sanctify the moon (“kiddush levana”) every month. (Women are not obligated, since it is a positive time-bound mitzvah – Mishnah Brurah 426:1.) One only sanctifies the moon […]
705. Hallel
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97:4 Hallel should be recited standing, without interruption. (After the fact, if one recited it seated, he has fulfilled his obligation – MB 422:28.) One should try to say it with the congegration. If he arrived late to shul, close to the recitation of Hallel, he should say Hallel with the congegration and catch up […]
704. Celebrating Rosh Chodesh
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97:2 It’s a mitzvah to increase the amount of food at one’s Rosh Chodesh meal. (Doing this by day is sufficient; one need not do so also by night – Mishnah Brurah 419:2.) If Rosh Chodesh falls on Shabbos, one should cook one dish more than he normally does for Shabbos. (One need not have […]
703. Rosh Chodesh
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96:15 One who forgot to make havdalah on Saturday night, or who was prevented from doing so by circumstances beyond his control, or who did not do so intentionally, may make it until the end of Tuesday. (One should not intentionally delay it that long; he should make havdalah as soon as possible. Also, one […]
702. Melaveh Malka
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96:13 The meal after Shabbos is called “melaveh malka” – escorting the queen (i.e., Shabbos). When possible, one should have bread and hot food, and set his table nicely in order to honor Shabbos as he escorts it out. If one cannot have bread, he should at least have cake or fruit. (Melaveh malka is […]