Teaching your children to swim

Teaching your children to swim: The Talmud[1] records an opinion that states a father is obligated to teach his son how to swim. The reason recorded in the Talmud[2] for this is because on this matter “his life is dependent”. This means that since it is possible that if one […]

Tikkun Chatzos

Tikkun Chatzos:[1] In the first chapter in Shulchan Aruch Admur discusses the detailed laws of Tikkun Chatzos. It is no longer accustomed amongst most Jewry to perform Tikkun Chatzos[2]  and hence the detailed laws written by Admur have been omitted from this chapter. Nevertheless parts of this Halacha have been […]

Drinking during a meal

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 applies if one was thirsty during the meal [and nevertheless did not drink; if […]

Lag BaOmer

1. Historical background-What occurred on Lag BaOmer? It is accustomed to increase slightly in joy on Lag BaOmer.[1] Various reasons behind this celebration have been recorded.[2] The classical reason recorded in Poskim[3] is that on this day, Lag BaOmer, the last of the 24,000 students died. Others[4] however write that […]

Castrating an animal or human

Castration & Sterilization to humans and animals: The prohibition:[1] Male humans/animals: It is [Biblically] forbidden to destroy [i.e. castrate] the reproductive organs of any male creature, whether human, animal, bird [or even fish[2]].[3] This prohibition applies whether the species is Kosher or impure. This prohibition applies whether in Israel or […]

Rebbe’s opinion on Yom Haatzmaut

The Rebbe’s perspective on the Israeli day of Independence-Yom Hatzmaut: In a letter addressed to an educator of a school in Kfar Chabad in the year 1955, the Rebbe answered a query regarding how the educational institution should relate to the day known as Yom Hatzmaut. The Rebbe replied as […]