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Laws of Seats

Halachically Speaking Authored by Moishe Dovid Lebovits Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita Piskei Harav Yisroel Belsky Shlita Reviewed by Harav Yisroel Belsky Shlita Volume 5 Issue 1...

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The Expectant Mother

Halachically Speaking  Authored by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita Piskei Harav Yisroel Belsky Shlita Reviewed by Harav Yisroel Belsky Shlita ...

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Cholov Yisroel and Stam

Halachically Speaking   Authored by Moishe Dovid Lebovits   Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita   Piskei Harav Yisroel Belsky Shlita Reviewed by Harav...

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Standing For a Parent

Halachically Speaking   Authored by Moishe Dovid Lebovits   Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita   Piskei Harav Yisroel Belsky Shlita Reviewed by Harav...

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Bishul Akum - The Basics

    Halachically Speaking Authored by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita Piskei Harav Yisrael Belsky Shlita Reviewed by Harav Yisrael Belsky...

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Calling A Parent by Name

Halachically Speaking   Compiled by Moishe Dovid Lebovits  Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita  Piskei Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita  Reviewed by Horav Yisroel Belsky...

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Customs During Sefira Part 1

Halachically Speaking Authored by Moishe Dovid LebovitsReviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer ShlitaPiskei Harav Yisroel Belsky ShlitaReviewed by Harav Yisroel Belsky ShlitaVolume 5 Issue...

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Customs During Sefira Part 2

Halachically Speaking Authored by Moishe Dovid LebovitsReviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer ShlitaPiskei Harav Yisroel Belsky ShlitaReviewed by Harav Yisroel Belsky ShlitaVolume 5 Issue...

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Hamotzei vs Mezonos

Halachically Speaking Authored by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita Piskei Harav Yisrael Belsky Shlita Reviewed by Harav Yisrael Belsky Shlita  ...

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Lag B'omer

Halachically Speaking Authored by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita Piskei Harav Yisrael Belsky Shlita Reviewed by Harav Yisrael Belsky Shlita  ...

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Bowing on a Stone Floor

  Halachically Speaking Authored by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita Piskei Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita Reviewed by Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita...

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Pas Akum, Pas Paltur, and Pas Yisroel (Part 1)

Halachically Speaking Authored by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita Piskei Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita Reviewed by Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita...

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Pas Akum, Pas Paltur, and Pas Yisroel (Part 2)

Halachically Speaking Authored by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita Piskei Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita Reviewed by Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita...

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Weekly Halacha-Do I need to "tear kriah" upon seeing the Old City or the Kosel?

By Rabbi Chananya Berman   Question: Do I need to "tear kriah" upon seeing the Old City or the Kosel? Discussion: The Shulchan Aruch (561:1) writes that upon seeing...

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Blood Spots in Eggs

Halachically Speaking   Authored by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits   Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita   Piskei Horav Yisroel Belsky...

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Kol Isha and other Tznius Issues

Halachically Speaking     Compiled by Moishe Dovid Lebovits   Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita   Piskei Horav Yisroel Belsky...

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Coloring on Shabbos

Halachically Speaking     Compiled by Moishe Dovid Lebovits   Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita   Piskei Horav Yisroel Belsky...

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Maris Ayin

Halachically Speaking     Authored by Moishe Dovid Lebovits   Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita   Piskei Harav Yisroel Belsky...

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Matanas L’evyonim

Halachically Speaking     Authored by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits   Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita   Piskei Horav Yisroel Belsky...

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Halachos of Coffee

Halachically Speaking     Authored by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits   Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita   All Piskei Harav Yisroel Belsky...

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Separating Too Much Food

By Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe    If one separates food in a permissible manner on Shabbath, one must still eat it right away at the upcoming meal and may not change one's mind and...

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Halacha-Hearing Thunder

By Halacha Hotline   Q) How soon after seeing lightning or hearing thunder must I say the bracha?   A) The bracha should be recited within two to three seconds (toch k'dei...

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Selichos Without a Minyan at Home & in Shul

By Halacha Hotline     (כִּי הַמִּצְוָה הַזֹּאת אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם לֹא נִפְלֵאת הִוא מִמְּךָ...

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Treating Mitzvos with the Proper Respect

The Gemorah[1] says that while doing the mitzvah of kisuy hadam, one should not cover the blood with his foot as this is a disgrace to...

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Shaimos and invitations

By The Halacha Hotline     Q) We are invited to many chasunas (weddings). Many invitations contain pesukim (verses) such as "od yishama b'arei Yehudah" or...

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V'sein Tal Umatar

By Halacha Hotline   Beginning Ma'ariv this coming Wednesday night, December 4th, we say V'sein Tal U'matar Livracha in the b'rachah of Bareich Aleinu, instead of...

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Refusing to Be the Hazzan

By Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe    Someone who is not the official Hazzan of the Synagogue, should refuse a little if he is asked to go up to the Teba and be the Hazzan. However, he...

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Inflating Air Mattress On Shabbat

By Halacha Hotline      Q)  On Erev Shabbos, unexpected guests showed up and we do not have enough beds for them. On Friday night we realized that we have an old air mattress...

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Honoring Parents

By Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe    כבד את אביך ואת אמך "Honor Your Father and Mother" (Shemoth, 20:12). There is a story about Hakham Ezra Attiyah,...

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Responding During Amida

By Halacha Hotline        The past two articles dealt with making personal requests during the weekday Sh'moneh Esrei. In those articles, we discussed briefly the...

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Shema w/o Paying Attention

By Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe   The Shulhan 'Arukh (Code of Jewish Law) brings down as Halakha (law), that when one recites the Shema' Yisrael, it must be with intent, fear,...

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Tefilas Haderech-Part 1

By Halacha Hotline       The Gemara (Berachos 29b-30a) writes that when one is "yotzei l'derech" ("going out" [to...

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Knot or Not a Knot (Part one - Shoelaces)

By Halacha Hotline Q1)   One of the thirty-nine melachos (forbidden forms of labor on Shabbos) is kosheir - tying. How may one tie one's shoelaces on Shabbos in a permissible...

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Accepting Shabbat Early

By Halacha Hotline   Q) During the summer months, our family generally accepts Shabbos "early" (after plag haminchah),[1]before the standard time for candle lighting. If...

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Reciting the Bracha of hamapil

By Halacha Hotline     Q) If I have reason to believe I might not fall asleep at night, should I recite the b'rachah of hamapil? Need I be concerned that if I do not fall...

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Food Placed Beneath Someone Who is Sleeping

  With Permission to reprint From The Halacha Hotline - Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst, shlita  Q1) I send my son food-care packages to his sleepaway camp in...

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Ice Cubes and Frozen Beverages on Shabbos

With Permission to reprint From The Halacha Hotline - Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst shlita The Gemara (Shabbos 51b) states that one may not crush snow or hail...

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Stealing From Tallis Bags

With Permission to reprint From The Halacha Hotline - Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  Q) I have strong reason to believe that a particular person is stealing items regularly...

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Reciting B'rachos when Re-Donning a Tallis/Tallis Katan (Part 1)

With Permission to reprint From The Halacha Hotline - Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst shlita   Before donning one's tallis gadol,...

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Reciting B'rachos when Re-Donning a Tallis/Tallis Katan (Part 2)

With Permission to reprint From The Halacha Hotline - Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst shlita   Background Information (culled from last week's article) Before donning...

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Shabbos: Applying Medical Cream for Children

With Permission to reprint From The Halacha Hotline - Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   Q) My three year old child was stung by a bee...

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Washing Hands After Cutting Nails (Part 1)

With Permission to reprint From The Halacha Hotline - Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst shlita The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 4:18) enumerates several types of...

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Purchasing an Esrog for Succos Following a Sh'mittah Year

With Permission to reprint From The Halacha Hotline - Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst Although the year of Sh'mittah [1] is nearing the end, the effects...

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Halachos of Cutting Nails (Part 2)

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst It is a mitzvah to cut one's nails on Erev Shabbos lichvod...

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Halachos of Cutting Nails (Part 3)

 From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst In two previous articles we discussed numerous halachos regarding cutting nails, including washing one's hands after...

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Washing Hands After Cutting Hair

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  After cutting one’s hair, one must wash one’s hands,[1] whether one cut one’s hair with a blade,...

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Chanukah

 From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  Q) I understand that the common practice is to kindle the Chanukah lights at tzeis hakochavim (nightfall).[1],[2] If the...

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Using Nebulizers on Shabbos

    From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  Q)  My six-year-old son is asthmatic and often needs to use a nebulizer to help him breathe. This time...

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Birchos Hatorah after a Daytime Nap

 From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   A little over a year ago, we discussed some halachos relative to one who took a daytime nap or a nighttime nap –...

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Spending Shabbos in a Hotel: A Traveler’s Companion (Part 1)

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  Introduction The purpose of this series is to help create an awareness of some of the issues one might encounter while staying in a...

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Spending Shabbos in a Hotel: A Traveler’s Companion (Part 2)

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   Last week, we began a series of articles to discuss a number of halachic issues that might be relevant when staying in a hotel over...

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Spending Shabbos in a Hotel: A Traveler’s Companion (Part 3)

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   The last two articles were the first two in a series of articles to discuss a number of halachic issues that might be relevant when...

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Spending Shabbos in a Hotel: A Traveler’s Companion (Part 4)

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  This is the fourth article in a series discussing halachic issues that might be relevant when staying in a hotel over Shabbos. As...

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Spending Shabbos in a Hotel: A Traveler’s Companion (Part 5)

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  This is the fifth article in a series discussing halachic issues that might be relevant when staying in a hotel over Shabbos. As...

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Spending Shabbos in a Hotel: A Traveler’s Companion (Part 6)

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  This is the sixth article in a series discussing halachic issues that might be relevant when staying in a hotel over Shabbos or Yom Tov....

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Spending Shabbos/Yom Tov in a Hotel: A Traveler’s Companion (Part 7)

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  This is the last article in a series discussing halachic issues that might be relevant when staying in a hotel over Shabbos or Yom...

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Netilas Yadayim

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   Q) Occasionally, I use the restroom before eating a bread meal. Afterwards, should I wash my hands twice – once for using the...

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Enhance Your Shabbos Table with the Halacha Hotline: Parshas Ki Sisa

 From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  Q)  What should I do if when saying Shema during davening (prayers) I did not have the proper kavanah...

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Repeating Words in Krias Shema Al Hamittah

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  In last week’s article we discussed halachos regarding repeating the first pasuk (verse) of Shema by one who did not have proper...

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Matanos La'evyonim

Q) I am a fifteen-year old in high school. Am I obligated to give my own matanos la’evyonim (monetary gifts to poor people) on Purim, or am I exempted through my parents’ fulfillment of...

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Accepting Shabbos Early

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  Q) During the summer months, our family generally accepts Shabbos “early” (after plag haminchah),[1] before the standard...

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No Confession/Tahanun in Nissan because the Whole Month is Considered Holy

By Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe   Vidui (confession) and Tahanun (supplication prayer) is not recited the entire month of Nissan. The reason for this is that since the majority of the...

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Bikas Ha'ilanos (Blessing of the Fruit Tree)

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  Q) During the course of running my pre-Pesach errands, I have seen from up-close[1] many fruit-trees in blossom, but have yet to recite...

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Placing a Mezuzah Too High or Too Low

By: Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe           Since a Mezuzah must be placed at the bottom of the upper third of a door post, a Mezuzah which was placed...

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Halachos for One Who Did Not Count Sefirah at Night

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   Background Information  The Torah commands us to count 49 days of the omer, beginning from the second night of Pesach.[1]...

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Counting Sefirah During Bein Hash’mashos

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst Q) Last night’s count for sefiras ha’omer (Wednesday night) was 12. I forgot to count last night and also did not count today...

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Parshat Behar: Forgetting To Recite the Blessing Until After Drying One’s Hands

By Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe          When washing one’s hands (Netilat Yadayim) for bread and the like, one should, strictly speaking, say the...

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Parshat Emor - Overcoming Anger

By: Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe          Anger is a most serious character trait. The Ari z”l was more strict about the need to avoid anger than...

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Which Nusach to Daven? Part 1

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  Q) My family and I frequently spend Shabbos at my in-laws. My minhag (custom) is to daven (pray) Nusach Ashkenaz, but the shul...

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Halachically Speaking - Customs During Sefira Part 1

Authored by Moishe Dovid Lebovits Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita Piskei Harav Yisroel Belsky Shlita Reviewed by Harav Yisroel Belsky Shlita  The time from Pesach to...

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Halachically Speaking - Customs During Sefira Part 2

 Authored by Moishe Dovid Lebovits Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita Piskei Harav Yisroel Belsky Shlita Reviewed by Harav Yisroel Belsky Shlita   The last article...

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Which Nusach to Daven? Part 2

    From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   In last week’s article, we began discussing the proper procedure for one whose minhag (custom) is to...

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Moving Trash Cans on Shabbos & Yuntiv (Part I)

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   Q) This year, Shavu’os falls on Sunday and Monday. I anticipate our family generating large volumes of trash over the course of...

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Moving Trash Cans on Shabbos & Yuntiv (Part II)

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  In last week’s article, we began discussing under which circumstances and how one may bring one’s trash cans...

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Techumin[1] – Part 1

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  During the summer months, many people travel to camps, bungalow colonies, camping sites, and other summer vacation spots, many...

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Forgetting to Recite the Blessing Until After Drying One’s Hands

By Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe         When washing one’s hands (Netilat Yadayim) for bread and the like, one should, strictly speaking, say the beracha...

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Techumin – Part 2

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   In last week’s article we presented an introduction to the prohibition of techumin. In this week’s article we begin to...

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Techumin – Part 3

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  In part 1, we presented an introduction to the prohibition of techumin. In part 2, we began to present some basic principles and...

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Techumin – Part 4

 From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst In parts 1–3, we presented an introduction to the prohibition of techumin, some basic principles and halachos of techumin, and...

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Weekly Halacha: Wedding and Engagements During the 22 Days

By Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe           The custom is not to hold weddings from the seventeenth of Tammuz until the ninth of Av. This applies even to one...

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A Summary of Halachos of the Three Weeks[1] – 5776/2016

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  The three weeks beginning with Shiv’ah Asar B’Tammuz (the seventeenth of Tammuz) and ending end Tish’ah B’Av...

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Swallowing Words in Kaddish Causes Damage

 By Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe  There are those who race through the Kaddish, swallowing and skipping letters and entire words. It says in Meqabsiel that those who read it like that...

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A Summary of the Halachos of the Nine Days[1] – 5776-2016 – Part 1

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst During the period from Rosh Chodesh Av until Tish’ah B’Av (and alsoMotz’ei Tish’ah B’Av until chatzos...

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A Summary of the Halachos of the Nine Days[1] – 5776-2016 – Part 2

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   In last week’s article we began discussing the halachos of the Nine Days. In this week’s article we continue the...

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A Summary of Halachos of the Fast of “Tish’ah B’Av” on Sunday – 5776/2016

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst This year, since the Ninth of Av falls on Shabbos, we fast on the tenth of Av– on Motz’ei Shabbos and Sunday day. Accordingly,...

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Thunder and Lightning

  From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst  Q) How soon after seeing lightning or hearing thunder may I recite the b’rachah?   A) The b’rachah should be...

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Zeicher L'churban (part 1)

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   Following the churban habayis,[1] Chazal[2] enacted a number of edicts as a zeicher l’churban (remembrance of the destruction)....

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Zeicher L'churban (part 2)

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   In last week’s article, we began discussing one of the edicts that Chazal[1] enacted as a zeicher l’churban habayis[2]...

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Lost Tzedakah

By Rabbi Meir Orlian, Halachah writer for BHI STORYLINE  For many years Mr. Jacobs served as gabbai tzedakah. In addition to a general tzedakah fund that he managed, he also collected...

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Using Flypapers on Shabbos

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   Q) I just came back from a stay in the country and my kitchen is swarming with flies since I inadvertently left exposed garbage there....

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Arba'ah Minim[1] – Part One

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   On the first day of Sukkos, there is a mitzvas asei d’oraysa[2] to pick up (see note)[3] arba’ah minim; on the ensuing...

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Arba'ah Minim[1] – Part Two

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin Forst   Choosing a Proper Lulav   In last week’s article we presented an introduction to the halachos of arba’ah minim. In...

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The Halachos of V’sein Tal U’Matar – 5777/2016

From The Beis Hora'ah, under HaRav Binyomin ForstBeginning Ma’ariv this coming Sunday night, December 4th, in the b’rachah of Bareich Aleinu,...

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Halacha for the Week of Vayechi: May We Change a Parent’s Specific Request if the Result is Better?

 By Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe         There are times when a parent asks a son or daughter to do something for them in a very specific manner. But the...

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Saying the Wrong Blessing Over a Food and Quickly Fixing It

By Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe Let us consider a case of someone who is eating a food requires the Bracha of Borei Pri  HaAdamah (a vegetable and the like), and by mistake says the...

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