Hilchos Yom Tov

On Yom Tov, it is forbidden to request a gentile to do anything that a Jew is forbidden to do, even on the second day of Yom Tov in the Diaspora. If a gentile violates the prohibitions of work on Yom Tov the sake of a Jew, he is forbidden to benefit from it. The… Continue reading Hilchos Yom Tov

Hilchos Tefillin

Because of the great sanctity of Tefillin, great care should be taken to prevent them from falling on the floor. If they do fall, the custom is to fast. If they are still in their pouch, it is sufficient to make a donation to charity. Fasting, or a donation to charity, is required even when… Continue reading Hilchos Tefillin

Forbidden and Permitted Trapping on Shabbos (Part II)

An insect on a person’s body that has stung him can be seized and removed. Because of the pain of the sting, the rabbis did not forbid this. Some are more lenient—and people who conduct themselves according to this leniency should not be rebuked—and permit the insect to be seized and removed even before it… Continue reading Forbidden and Permitted Trapping on Shabbos (Part II)

Lechem Mishnah (III)

If a person has both a complete loaf of bread and a sliced loaf of bread that he could use for the third meal on Shabbos, he should use the whole loaf and save the sliced loaf for his melava malkah because the third meal is more important than the melavah malkah. It is best… Continue reading Lechem Mishnah (III)

Birkas HaGomel

There are four people who are obligated to express gratitude to G-d: a person who has been at sea, a person who has traveled across the desert, a person who recovers from an illness, and a person who has been released from prison. (Brachos 54a) There are three kinds of miracles: Manifest miracles that involve… Continue reading Birkas HaGomel

Kedushas Tefillin

The kedushah of the Tefillin is very great, for so long as the Tefillin are on a person’s head and hand he is humble, he has yiras Shamaim, and he is not drawn after frivolity, empty chatter or evil thoughts. He turns his heart to truth and justice. (Rambam Hil. Tefillin. 4:25) While wearing Tefillin,… Continue reading Kedushas Tefillin

Tithing of Income (Part 3)  

All income that a person receives, even as a gift or an inheritance, should be tithed after deducting all expenses, such as taxes, traveling expenses, salaries paid to workers, damage caused to merchandise by theft, fire, etc., when the loss is not covered by insurance. (Money received from an insurance company in compensation for damaged… Continue reading Tithing of Income (Part 3)  

Lechem Mishnah (II)

It is preferable to use a loaf of bread that is at least the size of an olive. But, since, according to most of the poskim, the mitzvah of lechem mishnah is rabbinical, it seems to me that it is possible to use a smaller loaf when necessary. Two loaves of bread that stuck together… Continue reading Lechem Mishnah (II)