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Laws of Pesach – Digest #2

Probably the hardest area in the kitchen to kasher properly is the sink. The way to kasher the sink: One cannot kasher their sink unless it is made of stainless steel. 1) Do not use hot water in the sink for 24 hours prior to kashering. 2) Clean sink thoroughly. 3) Boil water. 3) Pour boiling water directly on more »

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Laws of Pesach #1

It is not only forbidden to eat chameitz, there is also an obligation to get rid of all chameitz that is in one’s possession. Biblically, one can relinquish ownership of chameitz that is in one’s possession and that would suffice. However, our sages were concerned that if one would have chameitz that is sitting around in one’s home they would inadvertently eat more »

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Digest of Purim Laws

– In the times of the Temple, announcements were made throughout the Land of Israel on Rosh Chodesh Adar that everyone should donate a half-shekel to the Bais HaMikdash to be used to pay for the daily sacrifices. Despite the lack of Bais HaMikdash there is an ancient custom that we donate money to the more »

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Daily Halacha – The Day After Sukkos

After Sukkos, one may dispose of their Lulav and Esrog in a way that is not degrading. Although some have the custom of burning them with their Chameitz so as to include them in another Mitzvah one may wrap them in a bag and place them in the regular waste.

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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #8

One discolored dot on the top of the Esrog invalidates the Esrog. The top of the Esrog is defined by where the Esrog begins to slant. Two such dots on any other part of the Esrog invalidates. However, for these dots to cause an invalidation they must be seen when holding the Esrog at a more »

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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #7

Discoloration of the Esrog can make it invalid. White, black, dark brown, and dark green are colors that can make an Esrog invalid. Please see tomorrow’s post to understand the parameters of when such a dot makes an Esrog invalid.

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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #6

One may use an Esrog whose pittum fell off on Chol Hamoed if no other Esrog’s are available.

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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #5

All Esrogs grow with a pittum but many fall off as it grows. If the pittum falls off after it is harvested it is invalid. If a little bit of wood of the pittum remains it may be used.

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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #4

If any part of the stem of the Esrog is missing it is invalid to be used on the first day of Sukkos. The same is true if any part of the flesh is missing (see Laws #3). On the second day of Sukkos, if a small part of the flesh or stem is missing more »

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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #3

There are three layers to an Esrog; the glaze on the outside, the green/ yellow skin, and the white flesh. When purchasing an Esrog, one of the things to look for is if any of the flesh is missing. If it is, the Esrog cannot be used on the first day and therefore should not more »

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