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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 […]
Praying To Angels And To The Dead: A Halachic Analysis
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) “They (the spies) went up in, the south, and he (Calev) came to Chevron, where there were Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of the giant. Now Chevron had been built seven years before Zoan of Egypt.” […]
Getting Dressed In The Morning (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. One should cover his head before getting dressed because the head is the most important part of the body and we want to show it the proper respect (Ben Ish Chai Vayishlach 17). Indeed, it is […]