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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.

Shabbos candles

Thursday, 8th June 2017

Shabbos candles must be lit using wicks and a burning substance that produces a nice and even flame.

The ideal way to perform the Mitzvah of Shabbos candles is by using olive oil.

One who is scrupulous to use olive oil to light the Shabbos candles will merit children who will light up the world with their Torah [knowledge], which is compared to olive oil.

The wax candles that are common nowadays burn beautifully, and may indeed be better than any other substances, possibly even better than olive oil, as the candles burn brighter and steadier and often give off more and brighter light.

Thus, in order to satisfy all opinions, many scrupulous people light the two main lights using olive oil and for the rest they use candles. This is a praiseworthy thing to do.

Saying Amen

Thursday, 1st June 2017

Upon hearing someone recite a Brocho (blessing), one is required to answer "Amen". There is no difference if the person reciting the Brocho is exempting the listener with the Brocho or not; the obligation to answer Amen is the same. 

The simple meaning of the word "Amen" , and the minimum one should think when  saying Amen after hearing a Brocho, is: "The Brocho that was just recited is true, and I believe it", for example when one recites a "Shehakol"  on a glass of water, by reciting "Amen" you are affirming that indeed it is true that Hashem (G-d) created everything with His word, and that you believe that Hashem can ,and does, create everything!

Simchas Yom Tov

Monday, 29th May 2017

The Torah (Devarim 16:14) states "v'samachta b'chagecha," one must rejoice on the festivals. This is known as the mitzvah of simchas Yom Tov. What is the requirement of simchas Yom Tov? The Gemara, Pesachim 109a, states that in the times of the Beis HaMikdash (Temple) one can only fulfill the mitzvah by eating the meat of the korban shelamim (sacrifices). Nowadays, when there is no Beis HaMikdash, men fulfill the mitzvah by drinking wine, and women fulfill the mitzvah by wearing nice clothing.

If in the times of the Beis HaMikdash, one can only fulfill the mitzvah by eating meat from the korban shelamim, what allows one to fulfill the mitzvah nowadays through other means? Tosafot, Moed Katan 14b s.v. Aseh, write that the biblical mitzvah of simchas Yom Tov can only be fulfilled with the korban shelamim. Fulfillment of the mitzvah with wine and clothing is only rabbinic in nature.

However, Rambam, Hilchot Yom Tov 6:17-18, implies that even nowadays there is a biblical mitzvah of simchat Yom Tov. If so, how is it possible to fulfill the mitzvah without eating the korban shelamim? R. Chaim Soloveitchik (cited in Emek Beracha pg. 108) explains that there are two aspects to the mitzvah of simchas Yom Tov. The first aspect is an objective form of simchas Yom Tov that one can only fulfill by eating the meat of the korban shelamim. The second aspect is a subjective form of the mitzvah that one can fulfill by partaking of things that bring happiness to oneself. In the times of the Beis HaMikdash, both aspects of the mitzvah were in place. However, nowadays, when it is no longer possible to eat the meat of the korban shelamim, only the subjective aspect of the mitzvah exists.

Insults

Wednesday, 24th May 2017

It is wrong to insult or belittle someone due to their having a physical handicap or otherwise having a less than pleasant appearance, even if this is said not in their presence. It is also wrong to harbour such demeaning thoughts about the person even if they aren't verbalised.

The reason for this is that if one has an issue with the vessel, i.e. the handicapped person, he should express his grievances with its creator, G-d.

In general it is important to know that every single human being has Ma'alos (good attributes) and Chesronos (flaws). Nobody is perfect, be it in intellectual properties, physical attributes or personality traits.

Why then should a person focus on the negative, when it's much wiser to seek and find the positive about our fellow Jews and accentuate that positive?

People who never find the positive about others are themselves flawed people.

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.

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