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Checking Mezuzos and Tefillin

Thursday, 17th August 2017

Some people have the custom to get their Tefillin (phylacteries) and Mezuzos checked yearly during the month of Elul.

At the very least one should check ones Mezuzos twice every 7 years.

Tefillin that are used daily, do not need to be checked unless they get wet. However, one should check them every few years since they do wear out eventually.

Tefillin that are only used occasionally should be checked twice every 7 years.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 128:3, 11:25, 10:26

Brachot

Wednesday, 9th August 2017

When seeing the ocean one says the Bracha (Blessing) of "Baruch... Oseh Ma'aseh Breishith" - "Blessed... Who makes the work of creation".

ברוך אתה ה' אלקינו מלך העולם

עוֹשֶׂה מַעֲשֶׂה בְּרֵאשִׁית

When seeing mountains that are famous for their height one says the same Bracha.

These Brachot (Blessings) can only be said if one hasn't seen the ocean or that specific mountain for 30 days; excluding the day one last saw it and excluding the day of the current sighting.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 60:5, 12

Tefilas HaDerech

Tuesday, 1st August 2017

One usually says Tefilas HaDerech (traveller’s prayer) only once a day.

If one arrives at one's final destination for the day, and subsequently decided to take another trip, then one says Tefilas HaDerech again.

One who travels through the night says Tefilas HaDerech on the second day without the final Brocho (Blessing).

The Nine Days

Thursday, 27th July 2017

The severity of the prohibitions of the 'three weeks' increase for the last 'nine days' from Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av through Tisha B'Av and increase even further for the actual week in which Tisha B'Av falls.

During the nine days we do not eat meat or poultry, and we don't drink wine. 
 
However, if someone is ill (this includes a mother of a newborn or similarly ill individual) and meat will make them feel better, he/she may eat meat. However, If possible, the ill person should abstain from meat from the 7th of Av (the day the idol worshippers entered the inner sanctuary of the Temple) until after Tisha B'Av
 
The prohibition against eating meat does not apply on Shabbos or at a Seudas Mitzvah (e.g. Bris, Pidyon Haben, and Siyum on a tractate of Talmud) 
 
There is a discussion in the commentaries whether one may eat leftover meat and meat dishes from Shabbos on Motzaei Shabbos (Saturday night) and Sunday. The prevalent custom, based on the consensus of most contemporary commentaries is to be stringent with this. 
 
Regarding the cup of wine at Havdalah, according to many commentaries it is best to have a child drink it.  If no child is available, the one who recited Havdalah may drink it.

The month of Av

Wednesday, 19th July 2017

The Mishna (Ta'anis 26a) States "Mishenichnas Av M'ma'atin B'simcha, When the Month Of Av Enters We Diminish our Expressions Of Simcha (happiness).

Some commentaries Go So Far As To Say That Not Only Must We Diminish Our Simcha, We Must Refrain From It Altogether. 

Of Course This Does Not Mean We Should Be Depressed, As A Jew Should Never Be Depressed, Rather It Means We Must Feel The Pain And Sadness Of The Destruction Of The Holy Temple, And Do Our Part To Try And Hasten The Geulah (Redemption). 

While Davening (praying) And Learning And During The Performance Of Mitzvos We Are Still Obligated To Do It With Simcha.

The three weeks

Thursday, 13th July 2017

The destruction of the Beis Hamikdosh (Temple) started on 17 Tammuz (this year 23rd July) with the breaching of the walls, and ended 3 weeks later when it was set alight.

During this period of mourning, we do not get married.

Getting engaged is permitted during the 3 weeks.

Until Rosh Chodesh Av (this year Thursday night 4th August) one may even celebrate with a festive meal, but without music and dancing. After Rosh Chodesh Av one may not have a festive meal, but one may serve refreshments.

One may even get engaged on a fast day, but no food may be served.

Fast Days

Thursday, 6th July 2017

One who accidentally drank or ate during a fast day still must continue to fast.

Fast days were instituted in remembrance of the tragic events which occurred thereupon. Therefore, even if a person accidentally breaks the fast and will no longer be able to recite "Anenu" (a prayer which is combined with the sixteenth blessing of the afternoon service's "Amida" prayer), the prohibition against eating and drinking continues to be in effect.

One who has performed one transgression is not permitted to perform additional transgressions (Shulchan Arukh 368:1). 

There is no need, though, to fast on a different day as recompense for the fast he broke, for the obligation to fast applies only to the particular day designated by the Sages.

Diverting Trouble

Thursday, 29th June 2017

One may not divert trouble if it will then go to a fellow Jew.  However, before the damage arrives, one may protect oneself from being damaged, even if somebody else may suffer as a result.

For example:  If a river overflows into one's garden, one may not divert nor drain it, in a manner that will then flood a neighbour's garden.

However, before the river arrives near one's property, one is allowed to create a barrier, even if it would then go to a neighbour should it overflow, since the neighbour could also protect himself beforehand.

 

Ear Plugs

Wednesday, 21st June 2017

Many people use ear plugs for various reasons during the day or when they sleep to block out noise.

Regarding their use on Shabbos, it would depend on what kind of earplugs they are.

An earplug that is like a small sponge which does not assume the shape of the inner ear when inserted and reverts back to its original shape upon being removed from the ear, may be used on Shabbos.

However, earplugs that are made from silicone, wax or similar materials which assume the shape of the inner ear that they are put in to and retain that shape when being removed may not be used on Shabbos

Travelling on Friday

Thursday, 15th June 2017

 If possible, one should not travel more than 3 Parsa on Fridays, unless one is sure that Shabbos (Sabbath) preparations are ready at ones destination.

(A Parsa is either 4 KM, or the equivalent time to travel 4 KM by foot, which is assumed to be 72 minutes. Thus on Fridays one should not undertake trips longer than 3.5 hours unless one is sure that Shabbat preparations are ready at one's destination.)

Special care should be taken at this time of year where one can become complacent due to Friday being a longer day than other times of the year. It's important to plan one's trip such that even with unexpected heavy traffic one arrives at one's destination long before candle-lighting, so that one has time to wash before lighting.

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