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Counting the Omer

Thursday, 12th April 2018

One should stand while counting the Omer.

If one asks someone else after sunset, what day in Sefirah (the counting) is it, and the other individual has not yet counted the Omer, he should not tell him what day it is now. Rather, he should say that "yesterday was such a number of days."

However, if while it was day, he said that "tonight is such and such a day in the Omer," he would be permitted to count the Omer at night with a Brocho (blessing)

 

Counting the Omer

Wednesday, 4th April 2018

If one forgot to count the Omer one night, he/she should count during that day (without a Brocho - blessing) and then can resume counting the following night with a Brocho. 
 
However, if one didn't remember to count on that day and sunset of the next day arrived, he/she must count the remainder of the Omer days without a Brocho, and preferably hear the Brocho from someone else who is counting.
 
The above rule is only if you are certain that you forgot to count on one of the nights. However, if you are unsure (Safek) if you missed a night, you may continue the rest of the Omer counting with a Brocho.

Chometz

Tuesday, 27th March 2018

The Torah forbids us to waste or destroy items that can still be used.

The Torah commands us to burn - or otherwise destroy - all Chometz in our possession on Erev (the eve of)  Pesach (Passover) morning.

Can we reconcile these 2 Laws?

Seeing that it is a commandment not to have any chometz in our possession, it becomes a positive action, however, this can be fulfilled with a bare minimum of Chometz, preferably with leftovers that nobody would be able to use.

Usable Chometz can be donated to various charity organizations which will bo sold for the duration of Pesach and then distributed it to the needy.

Alternatively, Chametz can be sold to a non-Jew.

Finding Chametz on Pesach

Wednesday, 21st March 2018

If a person finds chometz in his house on chol hamoed, he must take it out and burn it.

If there is at least an olive-sized amount (k’zayis), he first recites the bracha of al bi’ur chometz.

One does not recite the bracha on less than a k’zayis (nor on something that is not actual chometz).

If one found chometz on yom tov, on Shabbos of chol hamoed, or on Shabbos that is erev Pesach – on a day of which he would not be permitted to handle the chometz because it is muktzeh – he should cover it with a vessel until after yom tov or Shabbos, then burn it.

If it was found on the last days of yom tov, when the first opportunity to burn it would therefore be after Pesach is over, he burns it without a bracha, even if it is more than a k’zayis.

Shabbos candles

Thursday, 15th March 2018

When lighting the Shabbos candles, it is best to light the candle that is closest to you first and then move on to the one behind that and continue to the ones further away until they have all been kindled. 
 
The reason for this is due to the rule of "Ain Ma'avirin Al Hamitzvos", the obligation to not pass over any Mitzvah that is in front of you in order to do a different Mitzvah that is further away.

If, however, by lighting the front candles first it will be difficult or dangerous to then reach over the already lit candles and light the rear candles, the rear candles may be lit first.

Melaveh Malkah

Thursday, 8th March 2018

Melaveh Malkah (literally "Escorting the queen" - this is the meal eaten after Shabbos as a means of escorting the Shabbos Queen)
 
Eating Melaveh Malkah, besides for being a Mitzvah, is also a Segulah (remedy) for various good things. 
 
The following is a list of various possible benefits:
 
a)   Refuoh (healing)
b)   Parnossoh (livelihood)
c)   Arichas Yomim (long life)
d)   Bonim (children)
e)   Tikun HaBris (rectification of breaches in holiness)
f)    For women to have easy labor
g)   For general Yeshuos (salvation) for problems in any area

Matonos Le'Evyonim

Wednesday, 28th February 2018

One of the 613 commandments in the Torah is to obey the Torah Sages.  The Sages instituted Purim and its commandments.

One of the commandments of Purim is Matonos Le'Evyonim - to send gifts to at least two needy people. This gift is usually money.

Even somebody who lives off charity needs to fulfil this commandment.

One needn't hand the gifts directly to the needy; one can send them via messenger or charity organization.

Purim is the only day of the year one does not check credentials; anybody who asks for charity on Purim is given something.

Both men and women have an obligation to give Matonos Le'Evyonim.  Men may send Matonos Le'Evyonim to women and vice versa.

 

Saving lives

Thursday, 22nd February 2018

How was Esther halachically allowed to go into the king's inner chamber and risk her life to save other lives? It is forbidden to put one’s life in danger!

Under the normal rules of halacha, it would have been forbidden for Esther to do this. Mordechai had a prophecy that Esther should do this. Esther fasted for 3 days before going into the king and put everything into the hands of HaShem (G-d), and did not worry about her physical safety according to the normal rules of nature.

Another answer: Esther was also in danger - she knew that she would have anyway been killed along with the rest of the Jews, and so she could risk her life to save her own life as well as everyone else’s.

Which cup for kiddush?

Thursday, 15th February 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.

Brachot

Thursday, 8th February 2018

What is the correct brocho on shnitzel (breaded chicken cutlets)?
 
Rabbis Moshe Feinstein, Yaakov Kamenetsky and Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg hold that for breaded chicken or fish, if the coating is thick, and there for its own taste, it is definitely Mezonos. 
 
If, however, it is a very thin coating which isn't there for itself, rather to lend taste to the chicken or fish, then it isn't considered to have its own Chashivus (importance/qualities) and is therefore shehakol.

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