Mourning the Loss of the Bet Hamikdash

Originally posted on Sefardi Beit Sefer:
We now find ourselves during the three weeks between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the Ninth of Av, the period of time during which the holy city of Jerusalem was besieged by our enemies. During this time, we cry for the loss of our Holy Temple and our exile from the holy land. We must therefore ask: What is… Continue reading Mourning the Loss of the Bet Hamikdash

“Chadash” As It Applies Nowadays

“Chadash” As It Applies Nowadays-The Opinion of the Sha’agat Aryeh In the previous Halacha we have explained that any byproduct of the five grains produced before the Pesach holiday are forbidden for consumption until the Seventeenth of Nissan (the Eighteenth of Nissan outside of Israel). This grain is referred to as “Chadash”. Grain which the Pesach holiday has “passed over” is called “Yashan”. Maran Ha’Shulchan … Continue reading “Chadash” As It Applies Nowadays

Sending Mishloach Manot to a Diabetic

Question: If one sends sweets to one’s friend as Mishloach Manot and the recipient does not partake of these sweets since he is a diabetic and abstains from eating foods containing sugar, has the sender fulfilled his obligation of Mishloach Manot? Answer: Let us introduce this topic by saying that there is a disagreement among the Poskim regarding whether or not one can send uncooked … Continue reading Sending Mishloach Manot to a Diabetic

Parsah TETZAVEH

UNIVERSAL TORAH: TETZAVEH By Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum Torah Reading: TETZAVEH Exodus 27:20-30:10 LIFE IN THE HOUSE In last week’s parshah of TERUMAH, the Torah taught us the form and shape of the House of G-d with all its vessels. In this week’s parshah of TETZAVEH, we receive instructions about the daily activities that are to take place in that House. The central core of the … Continue reading Parsah TETZAVEH

Elimination of Shevi’it Produce

In the beginning of the Shemitta year (the current year, 5775), we have explained the primary laws of Shevi’it. We have explained that there are several laws which apply to fruits and vegetables grown during the Shemitta year. Elimination of Shevi’it Produce, In Israel and Abroad Let us now discuss the laws of elimination of Shevi’it produce. We should point out that this law applies … Continue reading Elimination of Shevi’it Produce

Motza’ei Shabbat Chanukah

On Motza’ei Shabbat Chanukah, in the synagogue, Chanukah candles are lit first and only following this is Havdala recited in order to delay the departure of Shabbat as much as possible. Although the one lighting the Chanukah candles removes the sanctity of Shabbat from himself, nevertheless, the rest of the members of the congregation who have not yet lit still retain the sanctity of Shabbat. … Continue reading Motza’ei Shabbat Chanukah

A Guest On Motza’ei Shabbat Chanukah

Question: If one is staying as a guest at one’s parents’ or in-laws’ home for Shabbat Chanukah, where should one light Chanukah candles on Motza’ei Shabbat? Answer: Regarding a married individual who is staying as a guest at his father’s home, according to the Sephardic custom that only the head of the household lights Chanukah candles, the son (and his family) will have fulfilled his … Continue reading A Guest On Motza’ei Shabbat Chanukah

The Order of Lighting Chanukah Candles

We have already established that in order to publicize the miracle of Chanukah, our Sages enacted that one must light Chanukah candles every night during the holiday of Chanukah. The Order of the Blessings When lighting the Chanukah candles on the first night of Chanukah, one must first recite three blessings before lighting: “Baruch Ata Hashem Elokeinu Melech Ha’Olam Asher Kideshanu Bemitzvotav Vetzivanu Le’Hadlik Ner … Continue reading The Order of Lighting Chanukah Candles

Entering a Synagogue with a Weapon

Question: May a soldier or a citizen armed with a pistol or a rifle enter a synagogue with his weapon? Answer: The Mechilta (end of Parashat Yitro) states regarding the verse, “And when you shall build Me a stone altar, you shall not build it of hewn stone; for you will have waved your sword over it and desecrated it”: “Rabbi Shimon ben Elazar said: … Continue reading Entering a Synagogue with a Weapon

Behavior at the Western Wall

In the previous Halacha we have discussed the special reverence of the Kotel, the Western Wall, for Hashem’s divine presence never moves from this wall since the presence of Hashem is in the west. Hashem has sworn that the Kotel will never be destroyed, for it has been established by King David. For this reason, Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt”l writes that one who enters the … Continue reading Behavior at the Western Wall