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April 26, 2017

Making a Hefsek during Hallel

Daily Halacha

  Hefsek-Making an interval to answer Amen and the like:[1] Complete Hallel: When the complete Hallel is recited, the laws of making a Hefsek [speech interval] during Hallel has the same laws as a Hefsek during the reading of the...

April 24, 2017

Checking flour for insects-Part 1

Daily Halacha

Checking flour for insects: A. Flour insects: Worms and other insects that are found in flour are forbidden to be eaten.[1] This applies even if the flour was kept in a vessel.[2] This applies irrelevant of the size of the insect [so...

March 30, 2017

The Chumra of Gebrochts

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Matzah Shruyah/Gebrochts:[1] What is it? Matzah that has come to contact with water either by cooking with water or dipping in water. The Law: The Chassidic custom is not to eat any Matzah dipped in water due to a suspicion that...

March 26, 2017

Egg Matzah-Matzah Ashira

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  A. Understanding the liquids that turn flour into Chametz: Water and water derivatives:[1] The Biblical definition of Chameitz refers only to dough that has been kneaded with water or with water derivatives. Only water or water...

March 16, 2017

Broken glasses on Shabbos

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  May one fix broken glasses and are they considered Muktzah? Lens came out: It is forbidden to reinsert the lens into the frame even loosely.[1] However, the lens itself is not considered Muktzah[2] unless it shattered or the...

March 13, 2017

Shushan Purim

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Shushan Purim: Increasing in festivities in un-walled cities:[1] One is obligated to slightly[2] increase in joy and festivities on Shushan Purim [during the day[3]], and so is the custom.[4] [However, on the night of the 15th,...

March 7, 2017

The Mishloach Manos Menu

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Mishloach Manos-What is one to send-Must one send two different blessings?[1] One needs to send at least two[2] gifts of meat or other foods to one person. [Today the custom is to send sweets as Mishloach Manos.[3] There is no...

February 27, 2017

Using secular dates

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  May one use the English dates verbally or in writing?[1] The years: Some Poskim[2] rule it is Biblically forbidden to write English dates.[3] Other Poskim[4] however rule it is permitted.[5] Practically, the custom is to be...

February 26, 2017

Marbim Besimcha

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Marbim Besimcha:[1] One is to increase in joy throughout the month of Adar.[2] [Hence one is to rejoice himself, his wife and children during this month, similar to the Mitzvah of rejoicing them on Yom Tov.[3] Included in this...

February 15, 2017

Value of Peruta

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  How much is a Peruta?[1] The Peruta was the smallest form of currency in the times of the Mishna and Talmud. It was a copper coin. Its silver worth is the weight of half a barley which is about .025 grams.[2] Thus, the worth of...

February 9, 2017

Tu Beshvat

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  The Laws and Customs of Tu Beshvat  Introduction: The day of Tu Beshvat is a Halachic date that affects the laws of Kashrus of fruits. Due to this, it has become known as Rosh Hashanah Leilanos.[1] Throughout the generations...

February 9, 2017

Shabbos Shira

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Standing for Shira:[1] The custom is to stand for the reading of Shira. Zeicher/Zecher:[2] There is dispute amongst Poskim[3] as whether one is to read Zeicher Amalek or Zecher Amalek. Practically one is to read both...

February 7, 2017

How to attach to a Tzaddik?

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  How to attach to the Talmid Chacham/Rebbe/Sage/:[1] The Sages[2] commanded and said that one is to attach to the dust of their feet and drink their words with thirst. [Women are also commanded to listen to the words of the Sages...

January 30, 2017

Jewish Cemeteries

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Burying in a Jewish cemetery Burying near a Tzaddik, and near a Rasha and near a non-Frum Jew:[1] One may not bury a Rasha near a Tzaddik [and certainly may not bury a Tzaddik near a Rasha]. Furthermore, one may not even bury a...

January 29, 2017

Drinking during a meal

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  Drinking during a meal of bread:[1] Some Poskim[2] rule one is not Biblically obligated to recite Birchas Hamazon after eating [a satiating meal of bread[3]] unless he drank [a liquid[4]] during the meal.[5] This however only...

January 24, 2017

Yichud in Taxis

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

  Yichud in a taxi:[1] When a woman takes a taxi with a male taxi driver, or a man takes a taxi with a female taxi driver, the possibility of a Yichud prohibition arises.[2] This is dependent on several factors as will be...

January 3, 2017

Bayis Malei Sefarim

Audio & Video, Daily Halacha

Bayis Malei Sefarim-Purchasing Torah literature:[1] It is a Mitzvah [and obligation[2]] to publish [and purchase[3]] Chumashim, Mishnah, Gemara and their commentaries.[4] Some Poskim[5] rule that today this Mitzvah is a positive...

January 2, 2017

Tallis Katan covering chest

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  Tzitzis covering the chest:[1] Based on Kabala[2], the Tallis Katan is to cover the entire chest area [up until the neck]. Hence if one has a V neck Tallis Katan he is to sew or button the sides. [If one has a Tallis Katan with a...

December 28, 2016

Moving the Menorah

Chanukah, Daily Halacha

Moving a Menorah May one move the Menorah after it is lit? What if the Menorah is blocking the doorway, or one fears from the children? The Sages decreed against moving the Menorah while its Mitzvah is fulfilled. The following are the...