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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.

Teeth on Shabbos

Thursday, 8th November 2018

If the teeth need to be brushed on Shabbos, it may only be done softly, with a dry brush which is designated for Shabbos use, in a way that will not cause bleeding.

Toothpaste may not be used according to Rabbi Moshe Feinstein and most contemporary Poskim.

There is a Shabbos Toothbrush and tooth wash on the market which  is OK, if necessary.

The brush may not be rinsed off after use, as doing so is preparing it for the next use, which will be after Shabbos.


Thursday, 1st November 2018

When giving Ma'aser (a tithe - a proportion of your earnings given to charity) by cheque in a place where you know the cheque is usually changed at a money changer who takes a fee, does one need to add that amount to the cheque so that the recipient will get the full ma'aser?  
If the cheque can be deposited in a bank and thus be redeemed for the full amount, you have satisfied your obligation. The fact that the recipient may use an alternate method to cash the cheque, and thus lose a percentage is the recipient's choice, and not your concern. 

Gifts on Shabbos

Tuesday, 23rd October 2018

Gifts may not be given on Shabbos as it is considered like doing business. This includes birthday gifts, Bar Mitzvah gifts etc.

The exception to this rule is when the gift is for a Mitzvah (e.g. gifting someone a Lulav on Sukkos with which to fulfill the Mitzvah) or if it something necessary for use on Shabbos (e.g. a utensil or a food or drink brought for the hostess that is needed for the meal).

A way to give a gift, if necessary, is to have someone else to pick it  up and  be Koneh it (assume ownership) for the recipient before Shabbos, and then when it is handed to the recipient on Shabbos he is simply  taking something that is already his and no  transfer of ownership is taking place on Shabbos.

Alternatively, the recipient can take the gift but have in mind not to assume ownership of it at this time and only after Shabbos he can pick it  up again and be Koneh it.

Washing before bread

Tuesday, 16th October 2018

Before washing one's hands prior to eating bread, it is important to ensure that the table is set and ready for the meal and that the bread, salt and bread-knife  is already on the table. If one is simply eating a piece of bread or a sandwich and not setting the table, it is important to make sure that the bread or sandwich is prepared and ready to eat immediately after washing the hands. 

Before washing, it is important to check and make sure that a towel is available with which to dry the hands. All of the above is to ensure that there isn't even a short Hefsek (interruption), between the washing and the eating. 
The blessing on the bread should be recited as soon as possible after the washing.

It is forbidden to talk between the washing of the hands and the reciting of the blessing, even a short comment and even talking words of Torah is forbidden.

Saying words that are necessary for the reciting of the blessing such as saying "salt" or "knife" to indicate that those items are needed, is permitted.


Thursday, 11th October 2018

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!


Wednesday, 3rd October 2018

Every doorway of one's house is obligated in mezuzah. Even if a room has several doorways, each one is obligated in having a mezuzah.

The mezuzah should be put up on the doorpost which is to one's right upon one's entering the room.

While Sephardim place the mezuzah straight up[14], Ashkenazim place it on a slant, with the top leaning towards the inside and the bottom towards the outside.

The mezuzah should be placed at the beginning of the upper third of the height of the doorway. If it is not in the top third it isn't kosher.

If a doorway is very tall, according to Ashkenazim, one should put up the mezuzah at shoulder height.  However, according to Sephardim, one should place it in the upper third in all circumstances.

One should have one's Mezuzot checked by a sofer (Scribe) twice in seven years, or once in every three and a half years, and it is a praiseworthy practice to check them every year.

If one's mezuzah became wet one should check it immediately.


Thursday, 27th September 2018

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.


Thursday, 20th September 2018

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


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