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Laws of Chanukah #2

Whereas one can use electric lights for Shabbos candles, one may not use electric lights for Chanukah lights. One may use candles but it is preferable to use oil as the Menorah in the Bais Hamikdash had oil.

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Laws of Chanukah #1

The Menorah that is used on Chanukkah should have branches that are of equal height and they should be arranged in a straight row. Like all mitzvos, there is significance in making the mitzvah beautiful. One should therefore endeavor to have a beautiful Menorah. If no Menorah is available one can still fulfill the mitzvah more »

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Who is Yakov Wrestling With? Parshas Vayishlach

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Laws of Shabbos #130

While creams and bars of soap may not be used, liquid soap may be used on Shabbos. The criteria to be called a liquid is if the soap moves quickly when the bottle is turned. For example, using Purel is permitted on Shabbos.

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Laws of Shabbos #129

One may not use creams on Shabbos as one is considered to be making the cream smooth. However, if a person is in severe pain, they may apply cream to the wound/ rash and place a bandage on top, allowing the bandage to rub the cream in.

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Laws of Shabbos #128

Included in the prohibition of smoothing an item is doing so even if it is not one’s intent. For example, when using a bar of soap or stick deodorant one smooths the soap or deodorant and is therefore forbidden to be used on Shabbos.

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Laws of Shabbos #127

One of the 39 prohibited activities on Shabbos is making an item smooth. Sanding a piece of wood or sharpening a knife are two more obvious extensions. In the days to come we will discuss some less obvious but rather relevant applications of this Biblical prohibition.

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Review of the Laws of Yichud – Part 2 of 2

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Review of the Laws of Yichud – Part 1 of 2

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Culture Clash: Abortion

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