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“Ein HaBaishan Lamed”; A bashful person cannot learn.
Avos 2:6
 
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Words of Wisdom

 

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People praise you for what you have done. Hashem judges you for what you could have done.
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Halacha Food 8th Elul 5769

 

Halacha – Food – 8th Elul, 5769

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When To Ignore Your Children

The Mechaber in the Shulchan Aruch paskens, that one may not answer amen to a bracha made by a tinuk (215:2). However, the Mechaber writes that if a katan above the age of chinuch makes a bracha for himself one may answer amen (215:3). The Mishna Berurah learns from there that if a katan who has not reached the age of chinuch makes a bracha one may not answer amen to his bracha (215:16). While the age of chinuch varies from child to child, the Piskei Teshuvos writes that for this purpose it is roughly the age of 5 (215:8).

However, many poskim hold that one may answer amen to a bracha made by a katan from the time he knows how to properly make a bracha (Piskei Teshuvos 215:8:46). It is brought down that the Steipler would answer amen to a bracha made by children over the age of 3 to teach them that one must always answer amen after hearing a bracha.

To alleviate this concern, R’ Shlomo Zalman Aurbach would answer amen without the “nun” at the end and simply say “ame” – this way the katan would think he was answering amen and learn that one must always answer amen, yet he would not really be answering amen to a bracha made by a katan who has not reached chinuch age.

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Halacha Tshuvos 8th Elul 5769

 

Halacha – Tshuvos – 8th Elul, 5769

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Divrei Malkiel & Rav Chaim Kanievsky: Naming Two Sons The Same Name? How About A Son & Daughter?

Dovid HaMelech had two sons named Elishama and two sons named Elipelet. Similarly Rav Chisda had two sons named Mar. Are we allowed to give the same name to more than one of our children? The Divrei Malkiel (3:75) discusses this after being asked if a person can name his son and daughter both with the name Simcha.

He says that since this is not a Din Gamur it is hard to really delve into it. However he distinguishes between the two approaches to naming. In days long gone by, people would name their children based on occurrences that transpired to them. Therefore, when appropriate, there is nothing stopping a person from naming another child with the same name. However choosing a name in this manner requires Ruach HaKodesh, which we lack, so we give names of our ancestors. That being the case it would be would be disrespectful to name two children after your parent.

The Divrei Malkiel says there is no difference between two brothers or a sister and brother and they should also not have the same name. Furthermore the Divrei Malkiel wonders how people use boys names for girls since this presents numerous problems. As a “Zecher L’Davar” he brings the pasuk of Lo Silbash, cross-dressing. However on this last point Rav Chaim Kanievsky (Taama Dikra Ki Seitzei) argues and brings 65 examples from Navi, Medrash, and Shas where we see the same name was used for both a girl and a boy.

Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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Daily Reminder 8th Elul 5769

 

Daily Reminder – 8th Elul, 5769

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Zechiras Miriam

Stop Loshon Hora
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Parshas Ki Seitzei: Ramban – Know When To Be A Lamdan

Hillel teaches us one of the golden rules in interpersonal relationships. Do not do unto others what you do not wish upon yourself. Although the following argument is so ridiculous to a person of the minimum level of intelligence, nevertheless since the Yetzer Hara for lashon hara is so strong, the Chofetz Chaim (5:6) feels the need to address it.

If I am a working man and support my family, I would be more than flattered if someone said about me that I learn 3-4 hours a day. So therefore based on Hillel’s teaching I take the liberty to say about a Kollel Yungerman that he learns 3-4 hours a day. Oh, I am embarrassing him? Why I’d love if someone said that about me. Nonsense, says the Chofetz Chaim. Similarly it would be vile gossip, if I said about the wealthiest member of our community that he gave $18 to a recent appeal, feeling justified because for me this is a nice donation.

Don’t be such a Chochom! Diracheha Darchei Noam. The torah’s words and ways are sweet and beautiful. Don’t let the Yetzer Hara talk nonsense into your head. If he wants to be such a lamdan tell him to stop enticing you to waste your time and let you open a gemara where your lamdus is appreciated.

“Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L’Miriam BaDerech B’Tzaischem MiMitzrayim”

The Ramban and other Rishonim count, among the Mitzvos Aseh Min HaTorah, the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each day what Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe. The Chofetz Chaim in Shaar Tvunah Perek 12 says that being Mikayem this mitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara. More than just saying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about the incident in order for it to have its intended effect.

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Halacha Tshuvos 5th Elul 5769

 

Halacha – Tshuvos – 5th Elul, 5769

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Rav Chaim Kanievsky & Pele Yo’etz: Can You Eat Before Feeding Your Children?

It is forbidden to eat prior to feeding one’s animals. How about eating prior to feeding your young children? The Pele Yoetz says that if one may not eat before the animals certainly it is forbidden to eat prior to feeding your young children who are dependent on you for their food. However R. Chaim Kanievsky Shlit’a says that the Pele Yoetz is only saying that b’Derech Musar, but Mi’Ikar ha’Din one may eat before the children as the Halachah only applies to animals, not to children.

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