Halacha Category: Weekly Gilyon

The New Reality of Nuri

The joke goes that on Pesach there is nothing to eat, and on Sukkot there is nowhere to eat. On Shavuot we are too tired to eat, on Purim we are too drunk to eat and on Chanukah the food is much too oily and fattening to be able to eat. On Rosh Hashana there […]

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Wake Up!

In our Parasha, Dina gets kidnapped by Shechem, and her brothers Shimon and Levy come to the rescue. The Bet Yosef[1] brings a machloket Rishonim regarding a case in which a girl was kidnapped by Goyim, if one may violate the Shabbat in order to save her. Of course, everyone agrees that if there is […]

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Q&A – Folding laundry on Shabbat, Yashan

May one fold laundry on Shabbat? Regarding regular clothing from the washer/dryer (as opposed to clothing from a dry cleaner/laundromat that have creases, and thus have different Halachot), many poskim permit one to fold laundry if the intention is to just keep the house looking neat and clean. However, if the intention is to lessen […]

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Gid Hanashe and The Spiritual Fight Throughout History

“Therefore, the children of Israel should not eat the displaced tendon/sinew (גיד הנשה)”. the Torah commands us to refrain from eating Gid Hanashe, not merely as a reminder of Yaakov Avinu’s fights with the Angel of Esav, who is the Yetser Hara, the evil inclination; but as a message for the future: the spiritual damage […]

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The Great Mask Debate

At a certain synagogue in the city, the board met for one of their usual meetings. Amidst the discussion, the question was raised as to the requirement of wearing a mask in the synagogue. Some of the representatives were extremely careful to wear a mask in public, and they demanded that others in the synagogue […]

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Doing Mitzvot For Our Own Sake

Our Parasha starts with a commandment to Avraham Avinu to leave his home town, his place of birth and go to the unknown. In Pirkei Avot, Chazal count this to be one of the ten tests of Avraham Avinu. But the question arises, how is this considered a test, if we know, as Rashi tells […]

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Mashiach and Baseless Hate

In Parshat מסעי we read about the 42 voyages in the desert, and the מפרשים who lean towards the סוד explain that the number of the voyages (מסעות) is corresponding to the שם קדוש — Holy Name that comes out of “אנא בכוח” as there are 42 letters; and 42 מסעות . The Gemara[1] states […]

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Backing Out of A Minyan

Some shuls have hard time gathering ten men for their prayers, and many times they ask members to commit to come and help. If one agreed to attend such a minyan which is having a hard time getting ten men, may he back out if it becomes inconvenient for him to go? Anyone who has […]

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Ahavat Hashem & Ahavat Yisrael

תחת אשר לא עבדת את ד’ אלקיך בשמחה ובטוב לבב מרב כל The Torah tells us that the curses befell upon Bnei Yisrael due to the fact that we failed to serve Hashem our G-d with joy and a good heart from all [that we had]. This is seemingly puzzling; we were performing the Mitzvot, […]

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