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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 […]
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 […]