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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.

Transporting Kosher Food

Thursday, 3rd January 2019

Kosher meat that is given to a non-Jew to store or transport, needs 2 seals, to ensure it's not tampered with.

The same applies to wine that is not cooked and to fish that no longer have their scales attached.

Cooked wine, wine-vinegar, milk, bread and cheese only need one seal.

The above applies whether a non-Jew is involved, or even a Jew who cannot be trusted to keep Kosher.

Kiddush

Thursday, 27th December 2018

May one use a disposable cup for kiddush (literally, "sanctification," is a blessing recited over wine or grape juice to sanctify the Shabbos and Jewish holidays), or must it be a silver cup?

The material for a cup used for kiddush, can be of any material, e.g. gold, silver, copper, glass etc. It is however ideal to use a nice, respectable cup.

Regarding disposable cups, the Rabbis have long debated if it considered a utensil and thus acceptable, or since it is meant to be disposed of, it isn't acceptable.
 
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein ruled stringently, and did not allow it except in cases of great necessity where no other cup is available. This is also the ruling of Rabbi Yitzchok Weiss. He goes so far as to necessitate "designating" this disposable cup as the one you will always use in the future when no regular cup is available.
 
Other Rabbis, including the Tzitz Eliezer and Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach are more lenient and consider a disposable cup an acceptable utensil. However, he rules that although it's acceptable, it is lacking in "Hidur Mitzvah - the beautification of a mitzvah" to use such a cup. 
 
If using the hard plastic cups available nowadays, which are much more durable than the regular disposable cups and indeed are used by many at respectable meals, many Rabbis feel that these are indeed acceptable.
 
Some people, when using a disposable cup, put one cup into another one and make kiddush using this double cup. It isn't clear exactly how or why this would solve the problem.
 
For a final ruling a Rabbi must be consulted.

Visiting the sick

Thursday, 20th December 2018

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.

Returning borrowed items

Thursday, 13th December 2018

When returning an object that you were asked to safeguard, or when returning a loan, it must be returned to the person who gave it to you.

Giving it to a member their household is not acceptable; if something happens to the item you would be held responsible.

However, giving it to the owner's spouse is permitted, unless you were explicitly asked not to do so, since spouses trust each other to look after each other's property.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 188:5

When Rosh Chodesh Tevet occurs on Shabbat

Thursday, 6th December 2018

When Rosh Chodesh Tevet occurs on Shabbat, the weekly Torah portion is divided into six Aliyot and read from the first scroll, followed by the Rosh Chodesh reading from the second scroll, which comprises the seventh Aliya. Kaddish is then recited, followed by the Maftir reading in the third scroll, for which we read the appropriate section for the given day of Chanukah. Kaddish is then repeated, followed by the Haftara for Shabbat Chanukah. If seven Aliyot were called for the weekly Torah portion, Kaddish is recited after that reading, as well.

Lighting Chanukah Candles

Wednesday, 28th November 2018

All Jews are obligated in the Mitzvah (commandment) of lighting Chanukah candles. 

This applies to men, women and children (who have reached the age of Chinuch - being educated - approximately 5 or 6  years of age), as all Jews were saved in the miraculous victory of the Macabbees over the mighty Greek army. Additionally, women are specifically  obligated in the Mitzvos of Chanukah, due to their being saved from the harsh decrees levied against them, via the heroic act of Yehudis, a woman.

The prevalent Minhag/custom is for the male head of household to exempt all the female members of the house (adults and children alike), through the lighting of his menorah.(Amongst Sephardim, the head of household exempts everyone in the house, even other males)

The females being exempted should make sure to be present and listen to the recital of the Brachos/blessings [and answer Amen] while the menorah is kindled.

 
If no man is available to exempt her, a women may light [and make the blessings over] her own menorah. A woman can also exempt other people with her lighting, when no man is available to do this. 

[Ashkenazic] Boys who have reached the age of Chinuch should preferably light their own menorahs [with all the Halachic details involved] and not rely on the head of the household's lighting.

Sharing a table

Friday, 23rd November 2018

Two acquaintances are not allowed to share the same table, if one is eating a meat meal and the other is eating a milky meal.

This applies to friends, family and even casual acquaintances who wouldn't feel comfortable sharing their food.

If there is some sort of separation on the table, then they are allowed to share the table. For example, if they each have their own place mat, or there is something between them on the table that normally is not on the table.

They should not share the same cup, jug or bottle, since food can get stuck on it and passed from one to the other.

They also should not be sharing the same loaf of bread. The custom is that they do not even share the same salt cellars.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 46:6, 7

Bat Mitzva

Wednesday, 14th November 2018

On the day a girl reaches Bat Mitzvah, many have the custom to make a Seudas Mitzvah (a  festive meal that follows the fulfillment of a mitzvah) celebrating this milestone, just as a Seudah (festive meal) is made for a boy who reaches the age of thirteen, and allow this Seudah to take place in a Shul (Synagogue).

Others do not make a Seudah, and refrain from doing so in a Shul, rather a more modest celebration takes place in the girl's home or in her school together with her friends.

According to those opinions that no Seudas Mitzvah is made for a Bat Mitvah, it is proper for the girl to wear a new article of clothing on her twelfth birthday, and recite the bracha (blessing) of "Shehecheyonu" (a common Jewish prayer said to celebrate special occasions) on the clothing and have in mind that the bracha also be a praise for her reaching the milestone of her becoming a Bat Mitzvah.

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