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Honouring parents

Wednesday, 15th January 2020

Women and men are equally obligated in the Mitzvah to honour their parents.

However, a married woman's obligations to her husband supersede her obligation to honour her parents in situations where she must choose between the two. 

Single girls, as well as married women whose husbands do not have an issue with them choosing to honour their parents even at the husband's expense, must follow all the laws of Kibud Av V'Eim - honouring one's parents - just like males.

Studying Torah

Thursday, 9th January 2020

When one is in a Shul (Synagogue) and prayers are going on around him/her, even if he/she is not participating in the prayers, at certain points in the prayers one must answer with the congregation - Kedusha, Modim, Aleinu , Kadish or amen. 

The commentaries discuss a situation where one is studying Torah and it comes time to answer Kedusha, Modim, Aleinu , Kadish or amen. 

Should one interrupt to their Torah study to respond as this could result in pausing in one's study? 

The consensus is that you do not need to interrupt your learning to respond to every Amen, Barchu, Kaddish etc. if doing so will lead to Bitul Torah.  Kedusha, however, where it will be blatantly noticeable that you are not joining the Minyan (Quorum), you should stand up and respond.

Travel on a Friday

Wednesday, 1st January 2020

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.

Lighting a Menorah

Tuesday, 24th December 2019

Someone who, for whatever reason, will not be able to light his own Menorah, and nobody will be lighting on his behalf in his home, recites a bracha (blessing) upon seeing any lit menorah that somebody else kindled.

He cannot recite the 1st bracha as he is not actually kindling. On the first night of Chanukah  he should recite the 2nd and 3rd bracha, and on the subsequent nights he should only recite the 2nd bracha.

Lighting the Chanukiah

Friday, 20th December 2019

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.

Non Kosher Medicine

Thursday, 12th December 2019

In order to save a life, one may take medicine that is not Kosher.

One may also transgress any other Mitzva (commandment) 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 above would also apply to Kil'ay Hakerem (grains and grapes that grew in close proximity).

Blessings for grapes and wine

Thursday, 5th December 2019

The correct Blessing before eating grapes is בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָעֵץ - "who creates the fruit of the tree".

The correct Blessing before drinking wine is בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגֶּפֶן - "who creates the fruit of the vine".

If one mistakenly says the blessing of בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגֶּפֶן - "who creates the fruit of the vine" on grapes, one can eat the grapes without making another Blessing since grapes are also the "fruit of the vine."

If one mistakenly says בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָעֵץ - "who creates the fruit of the tree" on wine, then one should try correct it immediately (within the time it takes to say 3 words). If one delayed longer than that, one can still drink the wine without making another Blessing.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 56:1,3

On awakening ...

Thursday, 28th November 2019

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.

Shabbos Candles

Thursday, 21st November 2019

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.

Tefilas HaDerech (traveller’s prayer)

Thursday, 14th November 2019

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).


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