Purim Carnival February 25

Daily Halacha

Laws of Shabbos #137

A further decree around the prohibition of reaping is riding an animal. Since it was common that while riding one would break off a branch in order to use a switch for the animal, the rabbis therefore forbade riding all animals on Shabbos.

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Laws of Shabbos #136

Lifting or moving a perforated flower pot that is sitting on soil is forbidden on Shabbos. A non-perforated pot may be moved.

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Laws of Shabbos #134

One may not use anything that is directly connected to a tree. For example, one may not use a ladder that is leaning on a tree on Shabbos. However, if the item is attached through something else, such as a peg, the decree does not exist. Therefore, if one has a tree-swing it should not more »

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Laws of Shabbos #133

Due to the prohibition of harvesting one may not even move a tree or branch in any way. One may touch a tree if one knows it will not move when they do so.

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Laws of Chanukah #10

The lights of the Menorah must burn for at least a half hour after nightfall. This is especially important to keep in mind on Friday afternoon when one lights the candles before candle lighting. Thus for example, in Baltimore this Friday, Shabbos candle lighting time is 4:26 PM and nightfall is 5:28 PM, so one’s more »

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Laws of Chanukkah #9

The latest time to light the Menorah is at dawn. One may say a Bracha when lighting as long as it not yet  dawn. If one missed a night of lighting, one can light the next night with a Bracha.

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Laws of Chanukkah #8

The appropriate time to light the Menorah is a matter of dispute. Some state that is should be lit at sunset, others argue that it should be lit at nightfall, and others suggest that a compromise be made and the candles should be lit in between, approximately 25 minutes after sunset. The prevalent custom outside more »

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Laws of Chanukah #7

If one is traveling on Chanukkah but some members of the family stay at home, one technically fulfills their obligation by having those at home light. The widespread custom is that even in such a scenario one lights wherever they are staying. However, one must light before the members of one’s home are lighting. If more »

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Laws of Chanukah #4

One should light by their window even if they live in a high rise apartment. The assumption is that people from the street or people in other tall buildings will see the Menorah. When staying at a hotel on Chanukkah one’s lighting options become limited. To light at the window would be pointless because [most] more »

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Laws of Chanukah #4

The prevalent custom outside of Israel is to light the Menorah indoors. The Menorah should be lit by the window that can be seen by the most people possible (this is not always the most convenient window). When lighting at one’s window one should light on the right side of the window (right side from more »

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