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933. A Wall Between Courtyards
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Eiruvin 3:15 Let’s say that there is a wall four handbreadths wide (about a foot) in-between two courtyards, ten handbreadths tall (about 30”) to one courtyard and ground level to the other. The width of the wall is considered an extension of the courtyard for which it is at ground level since it is easy […]
Simchat Chatan V’kalla
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There is a tremendous mitzva to somehow contribute and participate in making a bride and groom happy on their wedding day, especially if one is attending the wedding.[1] This mitzva, known as simchat chatan v’kalla, is actually considered the highest form of chesed which one can show for another person.[2] The mitzva of simchat chatan […]
Shabbat Dinner
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Shalom Aleichem and Eishet Chayil A widespread (but not universal) custom before kiddush is to sing “Shalom Aleichem“; many men also sing “Eishet Chayil.” Blessing the Children A widespread custom is for parents to bless their children before kiddush on Friday night. Eating from the Start of Shabbat until Kiddush Once Shabbat begins for you—either at sunset or before (such as […]
Security Cameras and Shabbos
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——————————————— Rabbi Zakutinsky recently published a halacha sefer in English (with helpful Hebrew footnotes) addressing the laws and customs of the Jewish wedding, from the engagement period through shana rishona. Written for laymen and rabbis alike, The Gates of Joy elucidates and explains the halachos and customs of Ashkenazim, Sephardim, and Chassidim, including Chabad Chassidim. See a […]