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Sukkot

Thursday, 20th September 2018

1.     Whilst most Mitzvos (Commandments)  are performed with specific parts of the body - e.g. tefillin (Phylacteries) with the hand and head - the mitzvah of Sukkah is done with the entire body, where your whole body sits in the Sukkah.

2.     Whilst most Mitzvos are carried out for a limited period of time only, a person can remain in the Sukkah for virtually the entire holiday, and the longer you stay in the Sukkah, the greater the Mitzvah.

3.   The routine activities of eating, sleeping etc. are not generally Mitzvos, but during Succos, if these activities are done in the Sukkah, they acquire the status of Mitzvos

Erev Yom Kippur

Thursday, 13th September 2018

There is a Mitzvah to eat on Erev (the eve of) Yom-Kippur. 

The Mitzvah exists during the entire day.

One may not fast on Erev-Yom-Kippur.

One must eat at least the seudas Hamafsekes (the meal in the afternoon) prior to the beginning of the fast. 

There is a largely accepted minhag (custom) to eat two seudos (meals) on Erev Yom-Kippur: one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

One should eat meat for the Seudas Hamafsekes. 

There are those that eat Dairy for the morning meal, but many eat meat for both.

If one ate the Seuda Hamafsekes and then wishes to eat or drink more after the Seuda (meal), that person should make a stipulation to that effect before or while he is still eating the Seuda Hamafsekes. 

If one didn’t make a verbal stipulation, but did intend to eat after the Seuda Hamafsekes, then they may continue eating.

If one didn’t stipulate or intend to eat (i.e. didn’t give any thought as to whether or not one wished to eat again) it is advisable not to eat. If, however, there is a significant reason for eating more, one can do so.

If one thought that he was not going to eat more, then even if one didn’t verbally say so, one should refrain from eating. If there is a need to eat, one can do so.

If one actually said that he was not going to eat again then one may not eat again until after the fast.
Although it is a Mitzva to eat Erev Yom Kippur, we must stop eating some time before the fast begins, as we are obligated to add onto the Kedushas Hayom (holiness of the day).

Shofar

Thursday, 6th September 2018

The blast of the Shofar should remind us to awaken from our spiritual slumber and start taking our Torah study and Mitzvah observance seriously.

However, hearing the Shofar being blown on Rosh Hashanah is a Torah commandment! All of the other various symbolic reasons given for Shofar blowing are significant but the main reason that we blow the Shofar is because of the Torah Commandment.

Teshuva

Thursday, 30th August 2018

Let us excel in one Mitzva

Doing Teshuva - repenting - is a Mitzva mentioned in the Torah.

Even though Hashem – G-d -  is prepared to accept our Teshuva all year round, the days from Rosh Chodesh Elul (this year 12th August) until Yom Kippur (this year 19th September) are an auspicious period for improving one's ways.

This period dates back to when Moshe Moses went up to Har (Mount) Sinai to receive the second set of Tablets; Moshe went up on Rosh Chodesh Elul and returned 40 days later on Yom Kippur with the second set of Tablets.

At the very least let us choose one Mitzva or Halacha to improve on, during this period.

Diverting trouble

Thursday, 16th August 2018

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.

When Rosh Chodesh falls on Shabbos

Thursday, 9th August 2018

 

 

Shemoneh Esrei of Maariv-Shacharis-Mincha: When Rosh Chodesh falls on Shabbos one Davens the regular Shabbos Shemoneh Esrei, which contains seven blessings, for Maariv, Shacharis and Mincha, adding Ya’aleh Veyavo in the blessing of Avoda. 

Musaf Shemoneh Esrei:[4] When Rosh Chodesh falls on Shabbos one adds in the fourth/middle blessing of Shemoneh Esrei the paragraph of Ata Yatzarta which discusses both [the sacrifices of] Shabbos and Rosh Chodesh. One concludes the blessing “Mikadeish Hashabbos Yisrael Veroshei Chodashim”.

What is the law if one recited the regular Shabbos Musaf Shemoneh Esrei instead of Ata Yatzarta?

If he remembered prior to completing Shemoneh Esrei, then he is to retract to the blessing of Ata Yatzarta. If he already concluded Shemoneh Esrei, he must repeat the Davening.

Who has preference?

Friday, 3rd August 2018

A Talmid Chacham (Torah scholar) has preference over a Cohen.

Everybody else needs to give preference to the Cohen; he gets called first to the Torah, gets to speak first at functions, at meals gets served first and leads the Zimun (Grace after meals).

In a business partnership a Cohen does not get preferential treatment.

One may not use a Cohen to run ones errands or do other mundane tasks, unless the Cohen has agreed to relinquish his Cohen status for this purpose.

However, a Cohen always gets called to the Torah first, so as to prevent the unpleasantness of people arguing as to whether a specific person is a Talmid Chacham worthy of displacing the Cohen or not.

 

Tefilas HaDerech

Thursday, 26th July 2018

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).

When Tisha B'Av falls on Shabbos

Thursday, 19th July 2018

This year Tisha b’Av falls on Shabbos.

The usual seudah ha-mafsekes (last meal before the fast) restrictions do not apply on Shabbos. At the last meal before the fast - which is seudah shelishis on Shabbos - one may eat meat and drink wine and consume whatever food he desires. One should not, however, specifically say that he is eating in order to have strength for the fast, nor is it permitted to swallow a pill that makes it easier to fast, since he would then be preparing on Shabbos for a weekday. 

Eating seudah shelishis with family members is permissible. Company, however, should be avoided - unless one usually has company for seudah shelishis.

No preparations for Tishah b'Av may be made until Shabbos is over. Tishah b'Av shoes or Kinos [unless studied on Shabbos] may not brought to shul until nightfall, even in an area with an eiruv.

Simcha

Thursday, 12th July 2018

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.

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