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Kindness, Rebuke, Revenge, Intimate Contact and more
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Hosting Guests (Hachnasat Orchim) To Whom To Give Food and Lodging We are commanded to give food and accommodation (hachnasat orchim) to people who do not have food to eat or a place to sleep.  This applies to any day, not just to Shabbat and Jewish festivals. Inviting Friends for Meals Inviting friends to your […]
392. Buying and Checking Tefillin
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 2:10 If one buys tefillin from a seller who is not expert in them, he must inspect them. If he bought 100 tefillin, he should inspect three – either two tefillin of the head and one of the arm or two tefillin of the arm and one of the head. If […]
391. Crowns on the Letters in Tefillin
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 2:8 One must be careful regarding the crowns on the letters, which are like little letters zayin on top of letters that have crowns as in a sefer Torah. Following are the letters that have crowns in the four sections of tefillin. Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 2:9 Only one letter in […]
390. Malei and Chaseir in Tefillin – part 2
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Editor’s note: Malei (“full”) means including an “optional” letter vav or yud as part of a vowel; chaseir (“deficient”) means lacking that letter. Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 2:6 In the third section of tefillin: The letters ayin of shema and daled of echad are written oversized; m’odecha – chaseir; l’vanecha – malei; b’veisecha – without […]