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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.

Pesicha

Thursday, 5th July 2018

The Chida (Avodas HaKodesh; Moreh B'etzba 3:4) writes that as a Segulah (an action that is expected to lead to an alteration of one's natural fortune for the better) for a woman to have easy labour, her husband should do Pesicha (open the ark) in the 9th month of her pregnancy.

Some people try and get as many Pesichas as possible during the 9th month, however, the Chida states that this should be done only once during the 9th month and not more often. The reason stated is that if one gets many Pesichas people will realize that his wife is expecting and it is not in the spirit of Tzniyus (Modesty) to "announce" that to the entire congregation, and can actually counteract any benefits of this Segulah through Ayin Hara'a (the evil eye).

Swimming in the 3 weeks

Friday, 29th June 2018

Swimming in a pool or lake is permitted during the 'three weeks' until Rosh Chodesh (the beginning of the month of) Av, at which time it is customary to refrain from swimming until after Tisha (the 9th of) B'Av.  

When swimming in the 'three weeks' extra care should be taken to avoid dangerous activity as this time period is predisposed to Sakana (danger).

Writing on Shabbos

Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Writing and drawing is forbidden on Shabbos - even if it's temporary.

One may not use one's finger to write or draw on the condensation of a window.

One may not write or draw using the water that spilled on a table.

One may not use one's nail to make an impression on a page, to enable one to find the place again, or for any other reason.

Bracha Acharona

Thursday, 14th June 2018

Is a Bracha Acharona (last blessing, to be recited after eating a snack) required after the consumption of a hard sweet, or lollipop?

Being that it is less than a kzayis (the size of an olive), and even if it is a Kzayis or more but it is consumed in more time than Kdei Achilas Pras (Lit. the time to eat a half-loaf - the volume of three or four eggs), no Bracha Achrona is recited.

Can one answer Omein (Amen) to the blessing of a child?

Wednesday, 6th June 2018

 
If a child is old enough to know a brocho (blessing), and knows L'mi mevorech (to whom he is reciting the Brocho), can one answer Amen?

According to Rabbi Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach, you even can answer Amen to a young child's Brocho if he does not know L'Mi Mevarech, as doing so is training him that Amen is answered after Brochos are recited!

The Mishna Berura (Siman 2215:16) doesn't seem to hold this way, but many contemporary commentators agree with Rabbi Auerbach, and in fact it is the prevelant custom to answer Amen after very small children's Brochos.

Some want to suggest that if possible, only part of the word Amen should be said, as the child should think you are answering Amen, while in fact you havent said the real word, and thus would satisfy both the Mishna Berura and Rabbi Auerbach's view.

Netilas Yadayim

Wednesday, 30th May 2018

Netilas Yadayim (washing one's hands prior to eating bread) should not be washed in a bathroom, even if the hands are dried only after walking out of the bathroom, as the hands will once again become impure from being in the bathroom.  

Likewise, if the hands were washed outside of the bathroom and the bathroom was then entered while the hands were still wet, the hands must be rewashed outside of the bathroom. 

In cases of extreme necessity (Sha'as HaDchak) some Poskim (Commentaries) allow the washing in a bathroom as long as the hands were not dried until after leaving the bathroom. This is common when traveling and the only sink available is in a rest stop bathroom or when on an airplane. 

One may take water from a bathroom sink, and wash with that water outside of the bathroom.

 

Feeding the animals

Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

One who owns animals or birds may not begin his/her own meal before feeding them.

However, it is permitted to drink before giving the animals to eat or drink.

According to some opinions, this is a biblical requirement.

This directive includes feeding fish in a fish tank that you own.

This only applies to animals that one owns, and not to any other animals that may be in his/her home or property.

If one has small children that cannot feed themselves, they take precedence over the animals and he/she must feed them first.

If one has guests, feeding the guests takes precedence over feeding the animals.

Shevuos

Thursday, 17th May 2018

Unlike most other Jewish holidays, Shevuos has no prescribed Torah commandments other than the traditional festival observances, such as having joyous feasts, special holiday prayers and abstention from work. Shavuos does, however, have many customs.

All Night Torah Study: According to Midrash (Rabbinic literature), the Israelites went to bed early the night before receiving the Torah in order to be well-rested for the momentous day ahead, but then overslept and had to be woken by Moses himself. To atone for this national mistake, many Jews study Torah all night long, in symbolic anticipation for receiving the Torah on Shavuos day.

Greenery: According to Midrash, Mount Sinai suddenly blossomed with flowers and greenery in honour of the giving of the Torah. So today, many Jewish families decorate their homes and Synagogues with greenery in honour of the holiday.

Dairy Foods: It is customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuos for a number of reasons: 1) Shavuos occurs during the milking season. 2) Before receiving the Torah, the Israelites did not follow its laws of ritual animal slaughter, so their utensils were not yet purified for kosher meat use. So instead of meat, the Israelites celebrated with dairy foods. 3) King Solomon compares the Torah to milk in the Song of Songs: “Like honey and milk, it lies under your tongue” (4:11).

 

Washing Hands

Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Upon awakening one should wash one's hands from a cup, alternating between the right and left hand until each hand is washed 3 times.

Two reasons are given:

1) You are starting a new day of serving Hashem (G-d); similar to a Cohen (priest) who had to wash his hands before serving in the Bet HaMikdash (Temple).

2) Part of the soul leaves the body when one sleeps, therefore sleeping is considered a mini-death which generates impurity which needs to be washed away.

One should then wash one's face in honour of one's Maker, since the verse states that man was created in Hashem's image.

One should be careful to dry one's hands and face, for health reasons.

One should also rinse one's mouth, in anticipation of saying Hashem's name during prayers.

On fast-days one may not rinse one's mouth.

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