Inyan: Parshat Terumah

Q&A The Halachot of Snow

May one pick up snow on Shabbat? Is snow Muktza? Snow isn’t Muktza. The Gemara says that rain water isn’t Muktza, and this is also how the Shulchan Aruch rules (סי’ שלח ס״ח). The Mishnah Berurah says that one is permitted to drink that rain water or wash with it. The reason given is because […]

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Halacha: Beracha Of Hagomel After Traveling

Since so many people have just returned from vacation it seems like the perfect time to discuss the Beracha Of Hagomel and see if, when and how one should say the Beracha. Hagomel was initially established for four scenarios in which one was saved from danger: When returning from travel at sea After traversing the […]

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Keruvim: Non-Verbal Communication

ופניהם איש אל אחיו (שמות כה,כ) When people look at each other, it creates a positive reinforcement and bond, forming trust and friendship. As for those who turn away their faces, it indicates the opposite, whether it’s mistrust, discomfort and lack of friendship, or even worse. We find various Gemarot showing instances where a person […]

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Priorities

The Gemara (כתובות סב,ב) brings a story of two great rabbis (רבי ורבי יוסי בן זימרא) that were marrying their children off to each other. In those times, after getting engaged the boy usually would go to study Torah in a Yeshiva away from home for a few years before getting married. This Chattan, the […]

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