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Laws of Shabbos #63

The Gemara in Shabbos states that it is forbidden to put salt on radish. However, if it is only one piece of radish and it will be eaten immediately it is permitted. It is also clear from the Gemara that it is not limited to radish but rather includes other similar types of vegetables. There more »

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Laws of Shabbos #62

Making items smooth is prohibited on Shabbos (more on this in the weeks/ months to come). According to most Halachic authorities this prohibition does not apply to food. Therefore, one may make dips (chummus, etc.) flat at the top although it is preferable not to. Similarly, spreading a spread on bread is permitted but one more »

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Laws of Shabbos #61

Changing the color of an item is prohibited on Shabbos. Food, however, is not included in this prohibition according to most authorities. Therefore, if for example one would like to change the appearance of a white cup of wine and make it red by adding some grape juice, this would be permitted. However, if the more »

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Laws of Sefiras HaOmer

Starting the second night of Pesach men and women are obligated to count Sefiras HaOmer. One should ideally count after nightfall (tzeis hakochavim). However, some shuls (like ours) have the custom to recite Sefira after sunset, and some even after Plag HaMincha. If one who attends services is confident that they will remember to say more »

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Laws of Pesach: The Day After

There is a prohibition against eating chameitz that was owned (and not sold) by a Jew over Pesach. This poses a potential issue in purchasing from a number of stores in Baltimore immediately after Pesach as one of the major the distributors in the area is Jewish and does not sell his chameitz. Please see the attached more »

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Laws of Pesach #20

Tomorrow, Monday, April 10, chameitz cannot be eaten past 10:30 AM (all times are for 21209 area code). There is a Mitzvah to destroy one’s Chameitz on Erev Pesach. This should be done no later than 11:49 AM. (Contrary to popular belief, there is no Mitzvah to go to Dunkin Donuts on Erev Pesach.) One more »

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Laws of Pesach #19

There is an obligation to eat marror twice during the seder; once on its own and the other time in a sandwhich. The proper amount of marror to be eaten each time is one ounce worth of marror. If one is using lettuce to fulfill the mitzvah of marror, one big leaf or two stalks more »

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Laws of Pesach #18

There is an obligation to eat matza three separate times at the seder; motzi matza,korech (Hillel’s sandwich), and for the afikomen. The amount a person needs to eat is as follows: Motzi Matza and Afikomen – 1/3 of a hand-made and 1/2 of a machine matza. Korech – 1/4 of a hand-made and 1/3 of more »

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Laws of Pesach #17

One of the major themes of the seder is a celebration of our freedom. To demonstrate our freedom, the rabbis instituted the drinking of four cups of wine at the seder. Ideally, the cups should be of a good wine. If one is concerned that the alcohol will affect them negatively or if they really more »

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Laws of Pesach #16

Male firstborns must fast on Erev Pesach. The reason for this fast is because the Jewish firstborns were spared on Pesach night from the plague of the firstborn. Therefore, Jewish firstborns acknowledge that they were not worthy of being saved and therefore fast as a sign of repentance on Erev Pesach. There is another reason, more »

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