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Forgetting The Torah (Part 1)
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) Jewish law places a tremendous amount of importance on amassing Torah knowledge and not to G-d forbid forget one’s learning. Throughout the Gemara and Medrash our Sages tell us of numerous activities which one should avoid since […]
Can I Change My Nusach of Davening?
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——————————————— Rabbi Zakutinsky recently published a halacha sefer in English (with helpful Hebrew footnotes) addressing the laws and customs of the Jewish wedding, from the engagement period through shana rishona. Written for laymen and rabbis alike, The Gates of Joy elucidates and explains the halachos and customs of Ashkenazim, Sephardim, and Chassidim, including Chabad Chassidim. See a […]
Security Cameras and Shabbos
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——————————————— Rabbi Zakutinsky recently published a halacha sefer in English (with helpful Hebrew footnotes) addressing the laws and customs of the Jewish wedding, from the engagement period through shana rishona. Written for laymen and rabbis alike, The Gates of Joy elucidates and explains the halachos and customs of Ashkenazim, Sephardim, and Chassidim, including Chabad Chassidim. See a […]
The Jerusalem Ban Against Music
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1. The Rabbis of Jerusalem, in the second half of the nineteenth century, declared a self-imposed prohibition upon the Jewish community in Jerusalem, (not in the rest of Eretz Yisrael), forbidding the use of instrumental music at weddings, with the exception of drums to keep the beat for the singers. 2. Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld […]
Pesukim in Songs
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1. The Gemara (Sanhedrin 101a) states that, “One who reads a pasuk from Shir HaShirim and transforms it into a sort of song or sings a pasuk in an inappropriate time such as at a party (beis hamishtaos) brings evil to the world, since the Torah wears sackcloth and complains before Hashem, ‘Your children have […]
Pas Akum (part 4)
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(Before reading this post please read Pas Akum part 1, part 2, and part 3) Jewish Participation In The Baking Process 1. The prohibition of pas akum applies only if a non-Jew did the entire baking process. However, if a Jew contributed significantly the bread is considered pas yisroel. 2. There are three significant acts […]
Pas Akum (Part 3)
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(Before reading this post please read Pas Akum part 1 and part 2) The Definition Of Pas Palter: 1. The Rama (112:2) explains that although palter is a baker, pas palter, regarding the halachos of pas akum, is defined as bread that was baked with the intention to be sold. Therefore, the bread of a […]
Pas Akum (Part 2)- Pas Palter
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(Before reading this article please read “Pas Akum Part 1”) Pas Palter And Pas Baal Habayis- 1. The Tur writes that when the prohibition of pas akum was originally instituted, it was not widely accepted by Klal Yisroel. The reason that the decree was not accepted was that bread is a staple food upon which […]