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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, […]
Is It Permitted To Not Attend A Wedding?
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) The Gemara in Pesachim (113b) states that there are seven types of people who are banned (excommunicated) by Heaven. After describing each type the Gemara adds, “Some say, also one who does not eat at a meal […]
The Mitzvah Of Making Aliyah (Living In Israel) Today
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) We are all aware of the terrible sin of the Meraglim (spies) and the devastating affect it had on Klal Yisroel. If ever one questions the importance and beauty of Eretz Yisroel one need not look any […]
The Obligation To Wait Between Meat and Milk
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) Introduction- Waiting after meat There are three places where the Torah states that one should not cook meat and milk together (Shmos 23:19, 34:26 and Devarim 14:21). Chazal tell us that one verse is prohibiting cooking meat […]
Praying For The Sick
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) “And Hashem will remove from you all illness, and all of the evil diseases of Egypt which you knew, He will not set upon you, but He will lay them upon all your enemies.” (Ekav 7:15) One […]
Tevilas Keilim- Immersing New Utensils
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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 tevilas keilim is alluded to in Bamidbar 31:23 where Elazar HaKohen instructs the army returning from war with Midyan regarding the booty they have captured. The verse states: “Kol davar asher yavoh ba’aish ta’averu […]
Semichah in the Talmud and Today
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) In Parshas Pinchas we are told of Moshe Rabbeinu giving semichah to his prized student, Yehoshua [He laid his hands upon him and commanded him, in accordance with what G-d had spoken to Moshe. (Pinchas 27:23)]. Many […]