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

Parsha Yisro

UNIVERSAL TORAH: YISRO By Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum Torah Reading: YISRO Exodus 18:1-20:23 Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6 (Sephardi ritual: 6:1-13). WE ARE ALL CONVERTS It is fitting that the parshah which tells of the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai is named after Yisro (Jethro), Moses’ father-in-law — a convert. Indeed, all those who witnessed the Giving of the Torah were “converts”. Thus (as noted in … Continue reading Parsha Yisro

Jewish Aleppo, Lost Forever

The Syrian diaspora in Israel watches its once-vibrant ancestral home fall to ruin in the country’s civil war By Joseph Dana|August 23, 2012 7:00 AM|Comments: 0 PrintEmail Share251 Tweet1 0 0 Jewish family in Aleppo (left) and the Aleppo Citadel seen from the southwest, c. 1910. The original stereographic images have been altered into an anaglyph. When viewed through red-cyan glasses, the above image will produce a … Continue reading Jewish Aleppo, Lost Forever

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

Chanukah Candles

  The Proper Time for Lighting Chanukah Candles On Erev Shabbat Praying Mincha Before Lighting Candles On the Friday afternoon of Chanukah, it is preferable to pray Mincha before lighting the Chanukah candles. The reason for this is because the Mincha prayer was established in the place of the daily “Tamid” sacrifice that was brought in the Bet Hamikdash every afternoon, while lighting Chanukah candles … Continue reading Chanukah Candles

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

A Place With No Jewish Presence-A Military Base in a Far Off Place

In the previous Halachot we have discussed that according to the Sephardic custom, only the head of the household lights Chanukah candles with a blessing as opposed to the rest of the members of the household. For this reason, Sephardic Yeshiva students lodging at their Yeshiva for the duration of Chanukah should rely on the candles being lit at home and not light Chanukah candles … Continue reading A Place With No Jewish Presence-A Military Base in a Far Off Place

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

The Temple Mount

The Temple Mount ——————————— Clarification: As many of our readers have pointed out, an error was present in the last sentence of Sunday’s Halacha regarding cognac and brandy and should have read as follows: “Thus, there is certainly no room for leniency regarding this beverage (cognac/brandy) and one should point this out to those who act leniently for various incorrect reasons.” We apologize for the … Continue reading The Temple Mount

Non-Shabbat Observant

The Laws of a Jew Who is Non-Shabbat Observant Regarding Wine In the previous Halachot we have discussed the enactment of our Sages that all non-Jewish wine or wine touched by a non-Jew is forbidden for consumption. There are instances where the wine will be forbidden to benefit from as well as we have discussed. A Non-Observant Jew Let us now discuss the law of … Continue reading Non-Shabbat Observant