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Laws of Shabbos #101

Closing the door behind a fly or small insect is not considered trapping as there is plenty of room for it to fly around. However, closing a window, if an insect is stuck between the window and screen would be trapping. There are two scenarios where closing an insect between a screen and window is more »

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Laws of Shabbos #100

A fully domesticated animal is considered perpetually trapped as it comes back to its owner on its own. Therefore, closing it into a small area is allowed on Shabbos. Regarding an animal that is not fully domesticated, one may not close a door of the room they are in as it is a form of more »

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Laws of Shabbos #99

It is Biblically forbidden to hunt on Shabbos. Included in this prohibition is trapping animals. We will discuss a number of exceptions to this rule. One may trap a bee or any type of stinging insect as long as it is not done with an actual trap. A mosquito or gnat may not be trapped more »

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Laws of Erev Tisha B’Av

It is customary to have a a meal before Tisha B’Av begins, known as the Seudas HaMafsekes. One shout ideally sit on the floor for this meal, or at the very least on a low stool, or pillow. One should only eat plain bread and ideally only drink water. If need be, a person may have more »

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Laws of Tisha B’Av

On Tisha B’av one is not supposed to do anything that can be seen as joyful.The following things are therefore forbidden: – Eating and drinking (If one has any medical concerns please contact me before the fast) – Intimacy with one’s spouse – Studying Torah that does not pertain to Tisha B’av – Washing oneself in any way. This includes more »

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Laws of Shabbos #97

As discussed earlier, saturating something in liquid is a form of laundering. This is normally applicable to placing clean water on a spot. However, one may not place even dirty liquid on a clothing if a) the fabric is saturated to the point that the moisture is transferred to something it touches b) the liquid more »

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Laws of Shabbos #96

If dirt is soft and will leave a stain behind, one may remove it by scraping it with one’s fingernail, using the back of a utensil, wiping it gently with a dry cloth, or using the reverse side of the clothing to rub it off. If it is dry, one may not remove it as more »

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Laws of Shabbos #95

Dusting one’s clothing can be a form of laundering and therefore forbidden. If one’s clothing is a little dusty or dirty, but not to the point that it would deter one from wearing it in public in its current state (this is subjective), one may dust the clothing. If one’s clothing is dusty or dirty more »

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Laws of the Three Weeks and the Nine Days

It is customary not to say the blessing of She’hechiyanu during the Three Weeks. Therefore, one should avoid eating fruits that they have not eaten for a year, as this would necessitate saying the blessing. In addition, one should not wear new clothing that requires making the blessing of She’hechiyanu. This includes new suits and new coats. more »

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Laws of the Shiva Asar B’Tammuz

Today is Shiva Asar B’Tammuz. The fast begins at 4:37 AM and ends at 9:23 PM. If one is fasting and feels truly incapable of functioning due to the fasting, they should break their fast. Feel free to contact me if you are uncertain as to whether you meet that criteria. If one has a more »

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