Reflections

 
5th Adar, 5770

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Who is rich? One who is happy with his situation.
Pirke Abot

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A Little bit of Knowledge

 
3rd Adar, 5770

DID YOU KNOW THAT

If the Sheliah Siboor – the cantor – started the repetition of the Shemoneh Esre – Amidah – while there were ten men present and then people left leaving less than a quorum of ten in the room – he continues the recitation of the blessings until he completes the entire Amidah.

However, in situations where the Kohanim would bless the people in the middle of the Amidah’s repetition – ten must be present when the Kohanim start the blessings. Should some of the people who were present when the Sheliah Siboor began the repetition of the Amidah leave he may complete the Amidah but the Kohanim do not bless.

Once they do begin the blessings with a quorum of ten they may complete the blessings even if people leave and there are less than ten left in the room.
Source: Shulhan Arukh, O’H 128:1, with Mishnah Berurah and Biur Halakha loc. cit.

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Reflections

 
3rd Adar, 5770

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Through suffering we discover the great power of brotherly love. At no time are we as capable of giving love and receiving it as when suffering knocks on our door.
Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Carlebach

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A Little bit of Knowledge

 
2nd Adar, 5770

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One who is reciting the Keriyat Shema may not signal with his eyes, or mouth out words with his lips, or indicate with his fingers during the first paragraph, which, is the essential portion of acceptance of the yoke of Heaven. These activities belittle the Shema which, to the contrary, must be an established firm commitment not a casual one.
[Source: Shulhan Arukh, O’H, Siman 63:6]

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Reflections

 
2nd Adar, 5770

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For every breath we take, we ought to thank Hashem.
Beresheet Rabbah 14:11

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A Little bit of Knowledge 27th Shevat 5770

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There is a custom to eat dairy foods on Shabuot. The customs vary.

Some eat only dairy foods.

Others eat dairy foods before the standard holiday meat meal.

There are those that eat dairy foods as part of the meal. These people must eat a parve food, then drink and wash their hands before eating meat.

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Reflections 27th Shevat 5770

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Those who are besieged by anger have no life.
[Pesahim 1123b]

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A Little bit of Knowledge 26th Shevat 5770

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It is a Misvah to run when going to synagogue, and to perform other Misvot–even on Shabbat when it is forbidden to run. One should not stop on the way to synagogue to “chat” with a friend about personal matters. Conversely. one should not leave the synagogue in a rush which would indicate that staying in shul is a burden.
[Source Yalkut Yosef siman 90, paragraph 17]

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Reflections 26th Shevat 5770

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Until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change, we will never change.
Avi Shulman

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A Little bit of Knowledge 25th Shevat 5770

DID YOU KNOW THAT

If one leaves a rest room one must make netilat yadayim — ritual washing of the hands. This rule also applies to rest room facilities on airplanes and trains.

If one touched his or her shoes — one must wash hands. If one removed one’s shoes without touching them no washing is necessary. Should one try on a new pair of shoes for sizing — he or she need not make netillat yadayim so long as the old pair of shoes was not touched.
[Source: Yalkut Yosef, Sheerit Yosef, volume 1, Siman 4:20,21]

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Reflections 25th Shevat 5770

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A person is commanded to be more on guard to protect his or her thoughts and feelings than one is required to guard one’s property.
Rav Avigdor Miller zt’l

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A Little bit of Knowledge 20th Shevat 5770

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There is a custom to eat dairy foods on the Holy Day of Shabuot. One reason for this custom is that until the giving of the Torah the Jewish people were not subject to the laws of kashruth, meat and milk and other dietary laws. On the day the Torah was given they realized that their utensils were no longer suitable for use. They had no choice but to eat dairy foods until all of their utensils could be properly “koshered”.
[Source: Mishnah Berurah, Siman 494:2]

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Reflections 20th Shevat 5770

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If a person wishes to squander away his money, let him hire workers and not stay with them.
Baba Mesia, 29b

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A Little bit of Knowledge 19th Shevat 5770

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One who is reciting Grace After Meals [Bircat Ha Mazon] or the blessing “Al Hamihya” and hears Shema Yisrael or Kaddish or Kedusha or Barekhu should not stop to answer because these 2 blessings have the same rules regarding interruption as the Shemoneh Esreh [Amidah]. This rule applies even to the Fourth blessing of Bircat Ha-mazon –Tob U- Metib — even though its status is Rabbinical [as opposed to the first three blessings which are considered D’Orayta –Torah derived]. The long blessings like Asher Yasar, Boreh Nefashot, and Elohai Neshama are interrupted to answer in these situations [so long as one has said a word of the berakha AFTER the word Ha-Olam]. One does not interrupt the short blessings [like those on food, fragrance or morning blessings] to answer the above listed recitations [debarim b’kdusha].
[Source Yalkut Yosef vol 3, Siman 183:3]

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Reflections 19th Shevat 5770

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Everyone has the ability to be in a state of happiness. Do not allow another person’s having more than you rob you of your happiness.
Ahavat Mesharim, p. 138

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A Little bit of Knowledge 16th Shevat 5770

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If someone borrowed a loaf of bread, he may repay his friend with a different loaf, even if the loaf is slightly larger. This leniency applies only where the size difference is insignificant.

However, if he borrowed a number of items (such as six eggs), he may return only the number that was borrowed.
[Source: The Laws of Ribbis – Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, p. 34]

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Reflections 16th Shevat 5770

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Prayer is a sharp sword upon which the warrior relies for protection and to attack his enemies.
Rabbi Shemuel Pinhasi Shlit’a

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A Little bit of Knowledge 14th Shevat 5770

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One of the reasons the father of a child at a brit milah [circumcision] says the beracha [blessing] after the milah is completed, rather than before the misvah is done [with all other commandments-first we say the blessing and then we do the misvah] is because the blessing not only encompasses the performance of one of G-d’s commandments but is said to also thank G-d for the merit of being able to perform this happy deed.
[based on Abudarham]

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Reflections 14th Shevat 5770

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The principle for parents is that there must be a perfect balance between the left hand pushing away and the right hand drawing close. An extreme of one or the other can ruin the child and ruin the family..
Rabbi Simcha Wasserman zt’l

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A Little bit of Knowledge 13th Shevat 5770

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Every month one is required to say a blessing called Birkat Ha- Lebana i.e. the blessing for the moon. Sefaradim should wait a full seven days [to the minute] from the astronomical –molad –birth of the new moon.

The blessing should be said when it is truly night and when one can benefit from the beauty of the moon’s light. One should try and see the moon clearly without even a thin hazy cloud blocking it’s light.

Preferably one should say the blessing outdoors and under the open sky but should that be difficult ( Sha-at Ha Dahak) one may say the blessing under a roof.

One should not look directly at the moon when saying the blessing so as not to appear as one who is praying to the moon — G-d forbid.
[Source Ben Ish Hai]

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