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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 […]
The Night After Tisha B’Av This Year
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The strictures that were observed during the Nine Days apply to the night following Tisha B’Av and the next day until hallachic noon (Chatzos). Therefore, one does not wat meat, drink wine, launder clothes, take a haircut or take a hot shower etc. until chatzos the next day. (Shulchan Aruch 558:1 and Mishnah Berurah 3) […]
Praying Towards Jerusalem Or Towards The Aron
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Today’s article is dedicated to the memory of Yaakov Chanoch Henech ben R’ Baruch Naftali Hertz a”h. (This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. When one is praying shemoneh esrei one should always face the direction of Jerusalem (Brachos 30a and Shulchan Aruch […]
Chanifa – Flattery in Halacha
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) “And you shall not corrupt the land in which you live, for the blood corrupts the land, and the blood which is shed in the land cannot be atoned for except through the blood of the one […]
The Obligation for a Man to Wear a Yarmulka
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From the gemara, covering one’s head appears to be an act of great piety. How did it become the normative practice? (This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) [The following is a translation from the authors hebrew work Umekareiv Biyamin.] 1. The source for […]
Paying The Shadchan (Part 2)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) Section 2: Who Is Obligated To Pay The Shadchan 1. The Avnei Nezer (Choshen Mishpat 36) writes that the obligation to pay the shadchan belongs to the chosson and kallah. However, the parents customarily pay the shadchan. […]
Paying The Shadchan (Part 1)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) There is a mitzvah for one to be involved with making shidduchin between a man and a woman. Hashem was the very first shadchan uniting Adam with Chava. Section 1: The Obligation To Pay The Shadchan- 1. […]
Dancing on Shabbos
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. Fixing an instrument on Yom Tov and Shabbos is a biblical violation of the melacha of maka b’patish. The use of instruments on Yom Tov and Shabbos is also forbidden because chazal was concerned that if […]
Praying While Carrying A Weapon
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) “Pinchas the son of Elazar the son of Aaron the kohen saw this, arose from the congregation, and took a spear in his hand.” (Balak 25:7) The Gemara (Sanhedrin 82a) cites the above verse regarding Pinchas’ courageous […]