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Ear Plugs

Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Many people use ear plugs for various reasons during the day or when they sleep to block out noise.

Regarding their use on Shabbos, it would depend on what kind of earplugs they are.

An earplug that is like a small sponge which does not assume the shape of the inner ear when inserted and reverts back to its original shape upon being removed from the ear, may be used on Shabbos.

However, earplugs that are made from silicone, wax or similar materials which assume the shape of the inner ear that they are put in to and retain that shape when being removed may not be used on Shabbos

Boneh

Thursday, 25th January 2018

Many infant cots and playpens are equipped with small wheels to enable them to be easily moved from place to place. 
 
These wheels are not screwed in, and it is common for them to sometimes fall out when the item is being moved, and when they fall out they are easily pushed back in.

These wheels may be replaced on Shabbos even if they will now stay in if the cot is lifted, so long as they are loose enough that they can easily be pulled out, as this would not be considered Boneh.

Travelling

Thursday, 18th January 2018

If one is driving on a journey and is delayed for example in traffic, can one daven (pray) in the car whilst driving?

If one must stop to daven and it is pouring with rain outside or it is a bad location and one is worried for their safety, can they daven inside the car or must they exit to daven?

Davening (praying) whilst driving a car is absolutely prohibited, as it is impossible to concentrate on the road and on davening at the same time. 
  
If you pull over to the side of the road it is preferably you should go outside and stand at least for the Shemona Esrei part of davening.  If that isn't possible either due to rain or if it is a dangerous neighbourhood, then you may indeed daven sitting down in your car.

All of the above is provided that you are running against the clock and will not be able to daven normally when you get to your destination safely.

Visiting the sick

Wednesday, 10th January 2018

It's a Mitzva (commandment) to visit sick people, irrelevant of the social standing of the visitor or the patient.

Close friends and family may visit immediately, but others should wait until the 4th day.

However, if a person becomes very ill very suddenly then all may visit immediately.

One may visit numerous times a day - as long as it doesn't bother the patient.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 193:1

Education

Monday, 1st January 2018

A father must educate his children to do all Mitzvos (Torah and Rabbinical) that are appropriate to their age.

One also needs to prevent a child from doing any sin which he is capable of relating to, starting with telling the truth, eating only Kosher and not carrying things on Shabbat (in areas where one may not carry, i.e. where there is no Eruv.)

A child who stole must return the theft if it exists.  If it no longer exists then he needn't return its value even after he becomes an adult. However, in heaven he will be required to account for the theft, so it's recommended to make amends.

Travelling

Thursday, 28th December 2017

Even when travelling, you needs to wash both hands with a cup of water before eating bread.

If there's water within 4 Km in the direction you travelling, or 1Km behind, then you have to go wash your hands properly.

If you are scared to leave your travelling companions, or if you cannot find water to wash before eating bread, you can cover your hands or wear gloves.

Shabbos candles

Wednesday, 20th December 2017

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.

Chanukah

Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Chanukah is an eight day holiday which begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. It marks the miraculous victory of the Jews, led by the Maccabees, against Greek persecution and religious oppression.

In addition to being victorious in war, another miracle occurred: When the Maccabees came to rededicate the Temple, they found only one flask of oil with which to light the Menorah the candelabra in the Temple). This small flask lasted for eight days instead of the usual one day.
In order to commemorate this miracle, we light a Menorah for the eight days of Chanukah.
On the evening before each one of the days, the corresponding number of Chanukah candles are lit, one candle for the first night, 2 candles for the 2nd night etc.

Lighting the Chanukiah

Friday, 8th December 2017

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.

Blessing on fruit pips

Thursday, 30th November 2017

 

If one eats fruit pips that are bitter and inedible, one does not make a Brocha (blessing) when eating them.

If one improved bitter pips by roasting them (or otherwise), one says the Brocha of "Shehakol".

If one eats fruit pips that are naturally edible, one says the Brocha of "HoAdomo".

If one eats the pips while eating the fruit , then they are included in the Brocha of HoEtz that one made on the fruit.

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