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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 […]
Using Secular Dates In Halacha
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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 stress the importance of using the Jewish calendar for calculating years (ex. 5774), as apposed to using the Gregorian calendar (ex. 2014). The Chasam Sofer (Drashos Chasam Sofer 7 Av year 5570) writes that […]
“Mezonos” Bread
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During many wedding meals there is bread available for all the guests. Many caterers offer “Mezonos” bread for the occasion. This allows the guests to eat without washing and reciting Birchas Hamazon. The question is are these “Mezonos” bread really Mezonos or must we wash on these forms of bread and recite Hamotzei? 1. The […]
The Prohibition against Counting Jewish People
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) “Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by families following their fathers’ houses; a head count of every male according to the number of their names.” (Bamidbar 1:2) The above parsha describes […]