Topics in Practical Halacha Vol. 3




This Sefer is the third volume of the practical Halacha series which provides the reader with a clear summary of selected practical Halachic subjects in Orach Chaim, Yoreh Deah, Even Haezer, Choshen Mishpat. Many subjects in Halacha are obscure, complex and filled with a variety of opinions, which at times leaves even the Torah scholar confused as to the outcome of the laws. This book is the third in a series to tackle various practical Halachic subjects in a concise and clear manner, leaving the reader certain as to the application of the final law. A wealth of footnotes gives the reader all necessary background, reasons and variety of opinions so each topic can be studied in its full breadth, and give the reader encyclopedic style knowledge of the given topic. Over 100 interesting topics have been selected from the four sections of Shulchan Aruch, as stated above. Some of the featured topics are: Placing a hand on one’s head suffice in place of a Yarmulke; The issues with having a pair of night Tzitzis; Placing the head tefillin by the hairline; Writing, text messaging, whatsapping, during davening; Sof zeman kerias Shema; Unsure as to which blessing in Shemoneh Esrei he is holding by; Spitting by Aleinu; Should one stand during Kerias Hatorah; Bringing small children to shul; Washing hands for bread with a band-aid/bandage? The blessing over onions; Are women to perform Mayim Achronim? Covering the knife during Birchas Hamazon; Saying a blessing upon seeing a rainbow, earthquake; Making and filtering Turkish/ground coffee on Shabbos; Cutting a table cloth on Shabbos; Are flowers Muktzah on Shabbos? Are pets Muktzah on Shabbos? Extinguishing the match after lighting candles; Blessing of Besamim upon smelling a tea bag; Sof Zman Kiddush Levana; Checking books/sefarim for crumbs of chametz; Did Rashbi pass away on Lag Baomer; Going fishing on Chol Hamoed; The secret fast day of the 9th of Teves; Women reading the megillah on Purim; Entering a non-kosher restaurant; May a child check eggs for blood; Waiting 6 hours if tasted a meat food; Bishul yisrael by candies and cereals; Is Christianity considered Avoda Zarah; The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s opinion on vaccinations; Are women commanded in the laws of Shemiras Eiynayim; Woman visiting a male doctor/gynecologist; Talking and flirting with the opposite gender; Must a divorcee, or widow cover her hair; Yichud between a brother and sister; Must a kallah cover her hair during the chuppah/wedding; Using a Kesuba of a besula for a Beula; Child support; Repossession-collecting possessions of a debtor in order to collect a debt; The law if a neighbor’s tree is encroaching onto one’s property; Reading another person’s mail or emails; Hasagas Gvul in Torah education and occupations; Tips and gratuity fees; Paying rent on time; Paying owed bus fares in Israel; Destroying a fruit tree; May one visit the temple mount; Living or visiting Egypt; Teaching your children to swim; Bas Mitzvah celebration

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