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Heaven’s Knocking on Our Door Yizkor Pesach

Exactly two weeks ago, on March 24th, somewhere between 1 and 2 million people nationwide demonstrated in support of tighter gun-control laws. March for our Lives, as the demonstration was named, was unique, not only because of the size of the demonstration; one of the largest in American history, but far more significantly because of more »

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Laws of Shabbos #164

Any forbidden food cannot be moved on Shabbos/ Yom Tov. On the Yom Tov days of Pesach, if one finds Chameitz, one may not move it and should cover it until after the holiday is over. (Ask your local Orthodox rabbi what to do with the Chameitz at that point.)

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Laws of Shabbos #163

A roll of toilet paper or paper towel, even though one cannot rip pieces from it, is not Muktzah and may be moved. The reason for this is two-fold, the toilet paper can be ripped (not along the perforations) if one does not have a tissue. Additionally, although it is not commonly used in this more »

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Laws of Shabbos #162

If a page tore from a book and is not usable it cannot be moved at all. This would be true as well for a page of a holy book. One would have to leave the page on the floor if that is where it is lying (Chazon Ish). However, if the page can be more »

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Laws of Shabbos #161

Based on the principal discussed yesterday it would be permitted to move food that can people eat even if it is not so typical. As long as it is a food that push come to shove one would eat raw, one can then move the food item.

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Laws of Shabbos #160

Although most foods that need to be cooked are Muktzah Machmas Gufo and cannot be used at all, there is some debate about raw meat being allowed to be moved. The reason for this is that since dogs can eat raw meat, it is therefore a product that one can feasibly need on Shabbos. According more »

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Laws of Shabbos #159

We started discussing the some of the categories of Muktzah before Purim and we will now continue with a discussion of Muktzah Machmas Gufo. This is a category of Muktzah which cannot be moved for any purpose at all (unlike the category of Muktzah called Kli Shemilachto L’issur which can be moved if one needs more »

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Daily Halacha – Blessing on Blossoming Trees

When one sees blossoming trees for the first time one should say the following blessing: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁלֹּא חִסַּר בְּעוֹלָמוֹ כְּלוּם וּבָרָא בוֹ בְּרִיּוֹת טוֹבוֹת וְאִילָנוֹת טוֹבוֹת לֵהָנוֹת בָּהֶם בְּנֵי אָדָם. (Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, Who has made nothing lacking in His world, and created in it more »

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Post-Pesach Purchasing

Chameitz that was owned by a Jew over Pesach cannot be eaten after Pesach. This poses a problem when stores or their distributors are owned by Jews and do not sell their Chameitz. In such stores one must wait until we can safely assume that food from Pesach is no longer on the shelf. The more »

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Fixing Things That Aren’t Broken: After the Freedom of Soviet Jewry Parshas Tzav

This past week, Vladimir Putin made news by insinuating that Jews were behind the Russian meddling of the American elections. What did not make the news was that he was also “elected” president of Russia yet again. But we kind of saw that one coming now, didn’t we? There are many Russian Jews who are more »

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