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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 […]
Tikkun Chatzos (Assorted Halachos)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) Tikkun chatzos is a midnight ritual which focuses on mourning over the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash and beseeching God to rebuild it speedily. The poskim and the mekubalim stress the importance of performing tikkun chatzos (See […]
The Mitzvah Of Pidyon Haben: (Assorted Halachos)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) The mitzvah of Pidyon Haben, redeeming of the firstborn, is a rare mitzvah than can only be performed once in a lifetime and does not apply to everyone (kohanim, leviim etc.), as we shall discuss. In addition, […]