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Teaching Torah

Thursday, 18th May 2017

Even though a woman is not obligated in teaching her children Torah and its observance, if she does assist her children (or her husband) in their study of Torah, she shares the great heavenly reward with them.

If the father is deceased, and the mother is raising her children on her own, according to all opinions she is now obligated in educating her children in the study of Torah as well as in the observance of Torah.

Shaving in the Omer

Thursday, 11th May 2017

Many people observe the custom to refrain from shaving (in addition to refraining from haircutting) during the Omer period, until Lag Ba’omer.

It is customary among Ashkenazim to permit shaving on the Friday before Lag Ba’omer when Lag Ba’omer falls on Sunday, out of respect for Shabbat.

Sepharadim, however, do not follow this practice.

The reason for this practice is because the custom of the Sepharadim is not to allow haircutting or shaving until the morning of the 34th day of the Omer – meaning, the morning after Lag Ba’omer. In a year when Lag Ba’omer falls on Sunday, then, Sepharadim may not shave or take a haircut until Monday morning, therefore, there is no basis for permitting shaving on Friday.

The provision allowing shaving on the Friday before Lag Ba’omer applies only to those who observe the custom to allow shaving on Lag Ba’omer itself; according to that custom, shaving is allowed on Friday if Lag Ba’omer falls on Sunday, out of respect for the Shabbat.

Counting the Omer

Thursday, 4th May 2017

If one forgot to count the Omer one night, he/she should count during that day (without a Brocho - blessing) and then can resume counting the following night with a Brocho. 
 
However, if one didn't remember to count on that day and sunset of the next day arrived, he/she must count the remainder of the Omer days without a Brocho, and preferably hear the Brocho from someone else who is counting.
 
The above rule is only if you are certain that you forgot to count on one of the nights. However, if you are unsure (Safek) if you missed a night, you may continue the rest of the Omer counting with a Brocho.

Counting The Omer

Thursday, 27th April 2017

There are basically three types of acappella.

One is where the musical sounds originate from human voices but the natural properties are digitally modified with computer software to attain quality of sounds that are not humanly possible, thus making it sound more like regular music. Such acappella is halachically not viewed as being any different from regular music.

There are other forms of acappella which sound very similar to regular music, although no digital modification is done to the voices. These types of acappella should also not be listened to during Sefirah/Omer.

The third type of acappella is where regular songs are sung by an individual or choir. There is nothing halachically objectionable about listening to such acappella during Sefirah/Omer.

Counting the Omer

Thursday, 20th April 2017

One should stand while counting the Omer.

If one asks someone else after sunset, what day in Sefirah (the counting) is it, and the other individual has not yet counted the Omer, he should not tell him what day it is now. Rather, he should say that "yesterday was such a number of days."

However, if while it was day, he said that "tonight is such and such a day in the Omer," he would be permitted to count the Omer at night with a Brocho (blessing)

Chometz is Muktzah

Thursday, 6th April 2017

Chametz is Muktzah (not allowed to be touched) on Pesach, since it may not be used for anything and is therefore rendered useless.

Chametz (that was not sold to a non-Jew) found in one's possession on Pesach needs to be burned.

If one finds Chametz on Yom Tov or Shabbos during Pesach, (to ensure that one doesn't eat it accidentally), one covers it with a bowl until after Havdalah - and then one burns it.

When burning Chametz on Pesach one says the blessing of "Al Bi'ur Chametz" if the Chametz is the size of a Kezayis (size of an olive) or larger.

Chametz found on the closing Yom Tov days of Pesach, must be burned after Pesach but without a blessing.

 

 

Chometz on Pesach

Wednesday, 29th March 2017

The Torah forbids us to waste or destroy items that can still be used.

The Torah commands us to burn - or otherwise destroy - all Chometz in our possession on Erev (the eve of)  Pesach (Passover) morning.

Can we reconcile these 2 Laws?

Seeing that it is a commandment not to have any chometz in our possession, it becomes a positive action, however, this can be fulfilled with a bare minimum of Chometz, preferably with leftovers that nobody would be able to use.

Usable Chometz can be donated to various charity organizations which will bo sold for the duration of Pesach and then distributed it to the needy.

Alternatively, Chametz can be sold to a non-Jew.

Checking for Chometz

Thursday, 23rd March 2017

 

All Rooms Where Chometz (unleavened bread) May Have Been Brought Into Must Be Checked.

One's Office, Car And Clothing Must Also Be Checked If There Is A Chance That Chometz Was Placed There. 

Before Starting Bedikas (checking for) Chometz The Brocho (blessing) Of "Baruch Ata Hashem Elokeinu Melech Haolam Asher Kidshanu B'mitzvosav V'tzivanu Al Biur Chometz" Is Recited. (This can be found in most prayer books)

After Reciting The Brocho The Searching Should Begin Immediately, And No Talking Or Interruptions Should Take Place Between The Brocho And The Starting Of The Search.

It Is Best Not To Talk Or Make [unneccesary] Interruptions Throughout The Entire Bedikas Chometz Process. Talking For The Purpose Of The Search At Hand Is Permitted.

It Is Customary To Place 10 Pieces Of Bread Throughout The Home, Which The One Doing Bedikas Chometz Should "find".

One must be Be Very Careful Not To "hide" Them Too Well, Lest They Be Forgotten And Left In The Home Throughout Pesach (Passover).

The Lights In The Room May Be Left On During The Bedikas Chometz.

After Bedikas Chometz Is Finished, It Is Important To "nullify" Any Chometz That May Be In Your Property. There Is A Special Text Of Nullification That Should Be Said, Which Is Printed In Most Siddurim (prayer books).

It Is Important To Understand What You Are Saying And Not Just Say The Aramaic Words In The Siddur With No Clue That You Are Nullifying And Making Your Chometz Hefker (ownerless), As Simply Saying The Words As A "tefilah - prayer" And Not Understanding Them Is Worthless.

The Text May Be Said In English Or Any Other Language, As Long As The One Saying It Understands What They Are Saying.

 

Eating Matzah

Thursday, 16th March 2017

Some people refrain from eating Matzah starting 30 days before Pesach (Passover), in order to properly enjoy the Matzah on Pesach.

Others have the custom to stop eating Matzah from Rosh Chodesh (the 1st day of) Nisan. 

On Erev (the eve of) Pesach it is forbidden to eat Matzah according to all opinions.

Haman's sons

Wednesday, 8th March 2017

The names of the ten sons of Haman HaRasha (the wicked one), until after the word "Aseres" after their names, must be said by the one reading the Megilah in one breath, to remember the fact that they were all hanged and died at one time. 

Ideally this should start a few words earlier, and from "Chamesh Me'Os Ish" until "Aseres" should be said in one breath.

If these words were not read in one breath, even if one took a long break between them, you have still fulfilled the mitzva. 
 
The congregation need not read these names, and they can simply listen to the Ba'al Koreh (reader), however, the prevalent Minhag (custom) is for the congregation to indeed read these names [in one breath] before the Ba'al Koreh reads it. (The reason is possibly, that since the Ba'al Koreh reads it very quickly, the congregation may not hear it properly, thus developed the minhag of everyone reading it themselves).

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