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Learning Tanach At Night (Part 1)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) The Source- 1. Harav Chaim Vital zt”l cites the Arizal that, based upon kabbalistic reasons, one should not read the written Torah (Tanach) at night. (Shaar Hamitzvos Veschanan page 35b) This teaching is also cited by the […]
Lechem Mishnah On Shabbos (Assorted Halachos)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. The Torah (Shemot 16:22) records that in the Midbar two portions of Mann fell on Fridays (see Rashi). The Gemara (Shabbos 117b) writes that based on the Pasuk we are obligated to take Lechem Mishneh on […]
Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. Many people have the practice to wear two pairs of tefillin each day, Rashi Tefillin and Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin. Rashi and Rabbenu Tam disagree with regard to the sequence of the Scriptural text contained in the […]
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 […]
Inviting The Departed To A Wedding
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. The poskim tell us that the souls of the departed come to the wedding of their children and grandchildren (see Zohar Pinchas, Shu”t Maharash Engel vol. 7 page 119, Yesod Veshoresh Haovodah Shaar Hakolel 15, and […]
Printing Pesukim In Wedding Invitations
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. Many people print pesukim that are related to marriage in the invitations. The poskim point out that one may not discard an invitation if it contains within it pesukim (Shu”t Radvaz 2:45, see also Ain Yitzchak […]
Melavah Malka
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. The Gemara (Shabbos 119) rules that after Shabbos one should eat a meal. This meal is referred to as Melavah Malka – literally “escort the Queen”. 2. The poskim disagree as to whether one is obligated […]