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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #2

The Sefer Hachinuch suggests another reason behind the Mitzvah of Lulav and Esrog. The holiday of Sukkos is described in the Torah as Chag Ha’asif, the festival of gathering, as the holiday coincides with the harvesting of one’s produce. The harvested produce would naturally bring great joy to the owners. The taking of the Lulav more »

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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #1

Who can think of Sukkos? We haven’t even celebrated Rosh Hashana! The Talmud instructs us to study the laws pertaining to a holiday 30 days before the holiday. It’s less than 30 days to Sukkos and the laws of Lulav and Esrog are complicated and many. So let’s begin! Before we get into the what, more »

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Laws of Shabbos #199

Toilet Paper The issue: korei’ah/ tearing (constructively)   The solution: Pre-cut toilet paper or tissues. If one is stuck somewhere without either, one may tear the toilet paper but not on the perforations.  

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Laws of Shabbos #198

Hairspray and Hair Gel The issue: memareiach/ smoothing, boneh/ building   The solution: One may not use hair gel on Shabbos. According to some, one may first style one’s hair and then apply hairspray.

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Laws of Shabbos #197

Brushing Hair The issue: gozez/ pulling hair out of a live being.   The solution: One may brush softly using a soft brush. One should also designate a special brush for Shabbos use.  

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Laws of Shabbos #196

Showering The issues: bishul/ heating, decree against bathing in hot water and possibly cold water, sechita/ squeezing liquid out of a solid (even hair)   The solution: If one is extremely uncomfortable one may take a cold shower on Shabbos. One should put shampoo on one’s hair before wetting their hair and then rinse it more »

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Laws of Shabbos #196

Makeup The issue: tzovei’ah/ coloring   The solution: Many are stringent and prohibit the application of any makeup on Shabbos. However, there is an opinion that allows powdered makeup, known as “shabbos makeup.” Due to the specific nature of this makeup, it is best to only purchase Shabbos makeup that has a certification, such as more »

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Laws of Shabbos #195

Perfume The issue: scenting clothing is forbidden on Shabbos.   The solution: perfume is not placed on one’s clothing and therefore permitted.   Deodorant The issue: mema’rei’ach/ smoothing   The solution: One should not use gel or stick deodorant on Shabbos. One may use spray deodorant or roll-on.   

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Laws of Shabbos #194

Brushing Teeth and Flossing The issues: mema’rei’ach/ smoothing (as it is applied to teeth), sechita/ squeezing (water/ toothpaste out of brush), drawing blood, (nolad/ creating something new as the toothpaste changes form coming out of the tube)   The solution: Gargle with toothpaste/ use mouthwash and use a dry toothbrush. This is only if one more »

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Laws of Shabbos #192

Lip Balm The issues: mema’rei’ach/ smoothing, refuah/ healing   The solution: If one is experiencing only a minor discomfort one may not medicate. If one was in a very uncomfortable situation there would be no issue of medicating. However, due to the issue of smoothing one should not use lip balm unless it is in more »

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