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Purim

Sunday, 17th March 2019

They are easily remembered by their initials, the four "M"s!
Megillah - reading the Megillah, Mishloach Manos- giving presents to ones friends, Matanos La'evyonim - giving presents to the poor, Mishteh - Wining and dining!

Megillah: In the evening and in the morning we read Megillat Esther (the scroll of Esther), from a scroll written in accordance with Halacha (Jewish law), which relates the story of Purim. Everyone including the women must listen to the Megillah, as the women played a vital role in the miracle. One should refrain from speaking from the time of the blessings before the reading, until the end of the blessings after the reading. Upon hearing the name of Haman, the custom is to bang. The reason for this is that we are instructed to destroy the name of Amalek. (See Deuteronomy 25:19). Nowadays the only way we can destroy them is by banging when their name is mentioned, but in a reasonable manner!

Mishloach Manos: We give our friends presents. This should consist of two different types of ready to eat foods, given to two people. The reason for this custom is to increase unity amongst us, the thing which was the Jewish people lacked in the time of the Purim. It is preferable to send the package via a third party.

Matanos Laevyonim: We give a gift of money sufficient for one meal, to at least two poor people. The more the merrier! One may send the gift via a messenger. Funds must be available on the day of Purim. (No post-dated checks.)

Mishteh: We have a festive meal. Meat and wine should be served, as it says in Tehilim (Psalms) that wine will gladden the heart of a person. There is a commandment that on Purim we have to get drunk to the extent that we don’t know the difference between Mordechai and Haman.

 

Saying Amen

Thursday, 14th March 2019

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!

Finding Positive

Tuesday, 5th March 2019

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.

Lighting Shabbat Candles

Thursday, 21st February 2019

Although the obligation to light Shabbos candles in every Jewish home is for both men and women, traditionally it has become a Mitzvah for the women to light and thus exempt their husbands and other members of the household.  

One reason cited for this Mitzvah being the woman's Mitzvah is a practical one: the woman is in charge of the household needs and is more often found at home thus this household Mitzvah was given to her.  

Another reason given, based on the teachings of kabbalah, for this Mitzvah "belonging" to women is as follows: 

The first woman, Chava, Eve, extinguished the candle of the world, i.e. she caused Adam to sin, and thereby darkened his soul (which is likened to a candle as the Posuk, Mishlei 20:27,states "Ner Hashem Nishmas Adam- the candle of Hashem is the soul of man") and caused death to descend on mankind. 

Therefore, as a rectification for the first sin, woman-kind has been given the task of once again illuminating the world, via the kindling of the Shabbos lights. 

Since the man of the house is also obligated in the performance of this Mitzvah, he should prepare the candles for the woman by inserting the candles/oil into the candelabra or similar preparations, to at least have some part in the Mitzvah. 

Many men also have the Minhag (custom) of preparing the candles by lighting them and then extinguishing them, thus making them kindle easier when the woman later lights them for Shabbos.

Lying

Wednesday, 13th February 2019

The prohibition of lying applies not only to speaking untruths with the mouth, but also to writing untruths in letters, newspapers, emails, texts, etc.

Likewise, lying via a gesture with the hand or eyes is also prohibited.
 
Even if the lying is done in jest and/or without malicious intent, it is still prohibited. However, if it is evident to everyone that what was said is a joke and isn't true, there may be room for leniency.

Bikur Cholim

Wednesday, 6th February 2019

One who visits a sick person but does not pray for him/her and beseech Hashem to heal them has not [sufficiently] fulfilled the Mitzvah of Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick). 
 
Although the Tefilah (prayer) for the sick person can be said in one's own words, the "official" Tefilah to say [on weekdays] is "Hamakom Yerachem Alecha B'Soch Sha'ar Cholei Yisroel - Hashem should have mercy on you amongst all the ill people of the Jewish nation".
 
It is important when davening (praying) for a Choleh (sick person) to include in the Tefilah "amongst the other sick people of the people of Israel", as including a specific sick person amongst the other sick people will allow for the Tefilah to be more readily heard as it will have the Z'chus Harabim - the merit of the whole group.

Adar

Thursday, 31st January 2019

This Shabbos we are blessing the new month of Adar.

The Talmud (Ta'anis 29a-b) tells us "Mishenichnas Adar Marbin B'Simcha -  when the month of Adar arrives we increase our joy" as it says in Megilas Esther (9:22) "V'HaChodesh Asher NehePach M'Yagon L'Simcha - The month (Adar) that was turned from sadness to happiness".

If one has a court case with a non-Jew, it is a good idea to schedule it for the month of Adar.

A custom exists not to get married in the entire second half of a month, during the times when the moon is waning.

However, the rule is that this does not apply to the month of Adar, as the entire month, even the latter part, is referred to in the Posuk (verse) as a time of Simcha (happiness). 

In a leap year, like this year, when there are two months of Adar, this applies to the second Adar, although "Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B'Simcha" applies to both months.

 

Finding lost items

Wednesday, 23rd January 2019

One who finds a lost item must care for it and protect it, until its rightful owner is found. Simply placing it amongst his personal items is not necessarily an adequate protection. 
 
The finder is responsible to take the necessary steps to ensure that the item does not get ruined due to not being used, being used improperly or due to other outside elements.

Thus, for example, one who finds woollen garments should shake them out once every thirty days, one who finds [aged] books should air them out periodically, one who finds utensils should use them in a minimal way to ensure they don't get ruined from non-use, etc.

Unless using the item is beneficial to its protection, it is prohibited to make use of the found item. This is the case even if the finder is certain that the owner would not care if his item is used, and even if he is certain that the owner would be happy when he finds out that his item was used.

If the finder was not negligent in looking after the item and it nevertheless got lost or stolen, he is not obligated to reimburse the owner for its value.

Tu B’Shvat

Wednesday, 16th January 2019

The custom on Tu B’Shvat is to eat fruits from the seven species for which the Land of Israel is praised: "...a land of wheat, barley, [grape] vines, fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and [date] honey" (Deut. 8:8).

Kabbalistic tradition even includes a mystical Tu B’Shvat "seder" service (conceptually similar to the Passover seder), where the inner dimensions of fruits are expounded, along with blessings, songs and deep discussion. The 16th century kabbalist Arizal taught that eating 10 specific fruits and drinking four cups of wine in a specific order can bring one closer to spiritual perfection.

Some Jews preserve their etrog from Sukkot and eat it on Tu B’Shvat. This is also considered a propitious day to pray for a beautiful etrog on the following Sukkot.

Non Kosher Medication

Tuesday, 8th January 2019

In order to save a life, one may take medicine that is not Kosher.  One may also transgress any other Mitzva needed to save one's life, with the exception of murder, adultery and idolatry.

In non-life threatening situations:

* One should not take non-Kosher medicine, if there's a Kosher alternative readily available.

* If only non-Kosher medicine is available, it may be used.  However, if it has a pleasant taste, then one should spoil its taste, for example by adding something bitter to it, or wrapping it in tissue paper.

* If the medicine is a mixture of meat and milk, a Rabbi should be consulted, since normally meat and milk mixtures cannot be used as medicine. The same applies to Kil'ay Hakerem; grains and grapes that grew in close proximity.

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