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Halachos of Daily living

  • August 15, 2019

Halachos of Tefillas Haderech I had just started out on a business trip and recited Tefilas Haderech, and then my boss called to cancel the trip. Am I obligated to travel a parsah out of the city so that the bracha should not be a bracha…

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Halachos of Daily living

  • August 8, 2019

Eating Food Cooked with Meat or Wine Vinegar During the Nine Days Beginning Rosh Chodesh Av until after Tisha B’Av (the Nine Days) the custom of Ashkenazim is not to eat meat or drink wine, in remembrance of the destruction…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • August 1, 2019

May I Purchase a New Tallis or Pair of Tefillin During the Three Weeks? The bracha of Shehecheyanu is made when one purchases a talis gadol, if the tzitzis are attached (Shulchan Aruch OC 22:1 and Mishna Berura 22:1), just as Shehecheyanu is recited when purchasing new garments. Since Shehecheyanu is not recited during the Three Weeks,…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • July 24, 2019

May One Get engaged During the Three Weeks? Yes, one may get engaged throughout the entire Three Weeks including Tisha B’Av. Prior to Rosh Chodesh Av (excluding the fast of 17 Tammuz), a formal meal may be served as well. From Rosh Chodesh Av until Erev Tisha B’Av,…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • July 11, 2019

I’m going on a trip and I don’t have a proper netilas yadayim cup. Can I use a disposable cup?( The halacha requires that one use a keli (vessel) for netilas yadayim. Poskim differ as to whether a disposable cup (such as a paper cup, or plastic bottle) is…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • June 6, 2019

Can one satisfy the minhag of consuming dairy food on Shavuos by eating cheesecake after Kiddush on Shavuos morning? The Darchei Teshuva recommends this method to fulfill the minhag of eating dairy on Shavuos. However, there is an issue which needs to be dealt with.  The…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • May 16, 2019

What is the correct bracha for pizza? We learned previously that pies are one form of pas haba’ah b’kisnin, and the bracha is Mezonos. Similiarly, dough filled with jam (such as a hamentaschen) is a classic example of pas haba’ah b’kisnin. The bracha on calzones and the like, filled…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • April 15, 2019

Laws related to Pesach On Pesach, can one use paper plates, paper towels and napkins that are not certified kosher for Pesach? Paper plates, paper towels and napkins generally contain starch. Some forms of raw starch are kitniyos, such as corn…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • April 8, 2019

Laws related to Berachos We learned previously that if one eats an entire meal of an item that is considered pas haba’ah b’kisnin, the brachos recited would be Hamotzi and Birkas Hamazon. Is the amount of pas haba’ah b’kisnin that would mandate Hamotzi the same for everyone? No. To require…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • April 2, 2019

Laws related to Berachos The Chayei Adam (61:4) writes that the bracha on cloves is “borei minei b’samim”. He explains that although cloves are the fruit of a tree and rightfully the bracha should be “Hanosain raiyach tov b’peiros”, nonetheless since cloves are completely…

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