Tikkun Chatzos (Assorted Halachos)

(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) Tikkun chatzos is a midnight ritual which focuses on mourning over the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash and beseeching God to rebuild it speedily. The poskim and the mekubalim stress the importance of performing tikkun chatzos (See […]

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Is It Permitted To Not Attend A Wedding?

(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) The Gemara in Pesachim (113b) states that there are seven types of people who are banned (excommunicated) by Heaven. After describing each type the Gemara adds, “Some say, also one who does not eat at a meal […]

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The Obligation To Wait Between Meat and Milk

(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) Introduction- Waiting after meat There are three places where the Torah states that one should not cook meat and milk together (Shmos 23:19, 34:26 and Devarim 14:21). Chazal tell us that one verse is prohibiting cooking meat […]

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Praying For The Sick

(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) “And Hashem will remove from you all illness, and all of the evil diseases of Egypt which you knew, He will not set upon you, but He will lay them upon all your enemies.” (Ekav 7:15) One […]

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Tevilas Keilim- Immersing New Utensils

(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) The Mitzvah of tevilas keilim is alluded to in Bamidbar 31:23 where Elazar HaKohen instructs the army returning from war with Midyan regarding the booty they have captured. The verse states: “Kol davar asher yavoh ba’aish ta’averu […]

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Semichah in the Talmud and Today

(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) In Parshas Pinchas we are told of Moshe Rabbeinu giving semichah to his prized student, Yehoshua [He laid his hands upon him and commanded him, in accordance with what G-d had spoken to Moshe. (Pinchas 27:23)]. Many […]

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