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Pas Akum (Part 3)
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(Before reading this post please read Pas Akum parts 1 and 2) The Definition Of Pas Palter: 1. The Rama (112:2) explains that although palter is a baker, pas palter, regarding the halachos of pas akum, is defined as bread that was baked with the intention to be sold. Therefore, the bread of a non-Jewish […]
Pas Akum (Part 2)- Pas Palter
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(Before reading this article please read “Pas Akum Part 1”) Pas Palter And Pas Baal Habayis- 1. The Tur writes that when the prohibition of pas akum was originally instituted, it was not widely accepted by Klal Yisroel. The reason that the decree was not accepted was that bread is a staple food upon which […]
Pas Akum (Part 1) – Bread Baked By Non-Observant Jews
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The Source 1. Our Sages forbade all bread baked by a non-Jew. This prohibition is referred to as pas akum. Chazal created this prohibition as a precaution against unnecessary socialization with non-Jews that could lead to intermarriage. (Avodah Zara 35b, Rambam Machalos Asuros 17:9, Tur and Shulchan Aruch Y.D. 112) 2. It should be noted […]
Washing One’s Hands In The Bathroom
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1. The Shulchan Aruch (3:18) writes that merely going into a bathroom requires you to wash Netilas Yadayim when exiting. The Mishnah Berurah explains that one is required to wash his hands even if he did not use the bathroom since there is a ruach ra’ah that resides in the bathroom and clings to all […]
Netilas Yadayim (Part 3)
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When To Recite The Bracha 1. The poskim discuss whether one should recite the bracha while his hands are still wet or perhaps wait for his hands to be dried. 1) The Ben Ish Chai (Toldos 5) writes that immediately after washing the hands a blessing is to be said and one is not to […]
Netilas Yadaim In The Morning (Part 2)
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Preparing Water By The Bed 1. As stated in the previous post, the Gemara states that upon waking up in the morning an evil spirit rests upon one’s hands. The Gemara severely warns that one may not touch certain parts of the body before washing his hands as the ruach ra’ah can cause damage to […]
Netilas Yadaim In The Morning (Part 1)
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1. The Sages enacted that every morning upon waking up one should wash his hands and recite the blessing al netilas yadaim. (Brachos 15.) 2. The Rishonim offer two reasons for this obligation: 1) The Rosh (Brachos 9:23 and Shu”t 4:1) writes that it is inevitable that while one is sleeping he will come in […]
Blessing Children On Friday Night
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. It is a custom for parents to bless their children on Friday night. [Parenthetically, it is also a custom for the chosson and kallah to be blessed by their parents before they walk down the aisle […]
Fish and Meat (Part 4)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) Fish and Dairy- 1. Harav Yosef Karo zt”l in the Beis Yosef (Yoreh Deah 87), the Shulchan Aruch’s commentary on the Tur, writes that “one should not eat fish and milk together because of the danger involved, […]
Fish and Meat (Part 3)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) Cooking Fish In A Meat Pot- 1. The Torah requires us to use separate utensils for meat and milk because we assume that the taste of the food becomes absorbed in the utensil and would then impart […]