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561. A Servant Who Declines to Be Circumcised
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Milah 1:5 If a person bought a maidservant so that he would own her children, or if he bought a maidservant with the intent that he would not immerse her as a servant, even though her son is born in his household, the child is circumcised on the day he is born (rather than on […]
Leaving The Wedding Before The Sheva Brachos
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. After birchas hamazon is recited at a wedding, the sheva brachos are recited. Harav Yitzchak Weiss zt”l (Minchas Yitzchak 2:43) writes that one may leave a wedding before the sheva brachos. He explains that the obligation […]
560. Circumcising Servants
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Milah 1:3 A master is obligated to circumcise both servants who are born the property of Jewish owners and those purchased from non-Jews. Those born into a Jewish home are circumcised on the eighth day, while those purchased are circumcised on the day of the sale. Even if he was purchased on the day he […]
559. Beginning the Laws of Milah (Circumcision)
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Milah 1:1 Circumcision is a positive mitzvah, failure of which to perform renders one liable to the punishment of kareis (spiritual excision) as per Genesis 17:14, “An uncircumcised male who does not circumcise his foreskin – this soul shall be cut off from his people.” A father is obligated to circumcise his son, and a […]
558. Concluding the Laws of Brachos
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Brachos 11:15 When taking the lulav, one recites the bracha that God commanded us “regarding taking the lulav.” This text is used because one fulfills his obligation when he picks up the lulav. If he recites the bracha before taking the lulav, then he should use the text “to take the lulav,” the same way […]
Where To Pray
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Set Place (Makom Kavu’a): Enhancement of Prayers It is an enhancement of your prayers to set aside a regular place for praying (makom kavu’a), but it is not required. Note: If you have a regular seat/makom kavu’a in synagogue and you find someone sitting in your seat, it is not proper to ask that person […]