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Returning an Object

Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

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.

Insults

Thursday, 16th November 2017

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.

Bleeding gums

Wednesday, 8th November 2017

If you bit into food - a piece of bread or fruit, for example - and some blood (from your gums or elsewhere) gets onto the food, one has to remove the bloody part before eating the rest.

However, you may swallow your own blood originating in your mouth - from bleeding gums or a cut tongue, for example - if it did not leave your mouth.

Diverting trouble

Thursday, 2nd November 2017

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.

Sharing the same table

Wednesday, 25th October 2017

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.

Cutting nails on Shabbos

Thursday, 19th October 2017

One may not cut off nails on Shabbos, not with an instrument, not by hand and not even by biting it off.

If a nail is partly disconnected it may not be detached on Shabbos.

If a nail is almost completely detached - and will eventually fall off - and it is causing discomfort, one can remove it by hand but not with an instrument.

Sukkah Decorations and Shach

Tuesday, 10th October 2017

Since the S'chach (branches covering the Sukkah) were used for a Mitzvah, they deserve some respect even after having done their duty.

After Sukkoth when the S'chach is taken down, one should not trample on it.

One may throw them away, but one may not use them for disrespectful purposes like building an outhouse.

One may burn S'chach.

Care should be taken with decorations that have Torah verses written on them.

Preferably one shouldn't hang up such decorations, but if one did, then they need to go into Geniza/Sheimos or otherwise carefully looked after.

Mitzvos of Sukkos

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017

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

Eating Erev Yom Kippur

Wednesday, 27th September 2017

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) but before the start of the fast, 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).

The blast of the Shofar

Monday, 18th September 2017

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.

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