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Rambam Hilchos De'os 5:3 ג. כשהחכם שותה יין אינו שותה אלא כדי לשרות אכילה שבמעיו וכל המשתכר הרי זה חוטא ומגונה ומפסיד חכמתו ואם נשתכר בפני עמי הארץ הרי זה חילל את השם ואסור לשתות יין בצהרים ואפילו מעט אלא אם היה בכלל האכילה שהשתיה שהיא בכלל האכילה אינה משכרת ואין נזהרין אלא מיין שלאחר המזון.‏ My loose translation: A Chacham only drinks wine ...


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If you follow the "plag distinction", then Mincha can be davened until 1.25 relative-daylight hours before sunset, and Maariv any time after that. If you follow the "sunset distinction", then Mincha can be davened until sunset, and Maariv any time after that. I believe there are those who will allow Mincha until 11.5 or 13.5 minutes post-sunset, if you're ...


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Aishel Avraham (Buchach) Orach Chaim 149 says that the reason that Minhag Ashkenaz returns the Sefer Torah before Ashrei on the weekdays was since there are some people that take off their Tefilin while they are saying 'יהי רצון שלא נבוש' which is in Uvo L'Tziyon and it is improper to remove Tefilin in front of the Sefer Torah therefore they return the ...


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R. Yitzchak Abadi has told me that it's no problem, at any point in the prayers. There is also no need to make a shehakol if one is drinking the water for the sole purpose of lubricating one's throat. Shehakol is only recited on water when the drinking serves the purpose of quenching one's thirst (see Shulchan Aruch OC 204:7).


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There's an audio by Rabbi Uziel Milevsky z'tl (former chief rabbi of mexico) on love and marriage which answers this. basically, he points out that in the secular new year people greet each other "happy new year" in the Jewish new year, we don't say "shana semecha" (happy/joyous new year) rather we say "shana tova" (a good year). He explains there, that ...


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The Kehos annotated siddur says (p. 47): On days when Tachnun is said, gently strike the left side of your chest (over the heart) with a closed fist at the words חטאנו and פעשנו.


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As part of "Naps in Jewish Law", R' Gil Student discusses this: The Shulchan Arukh (Orach Chaim 231:1), following the Talmud (Sukkah 26b) [English here], rules that napping for more than half an hour is forbidden and even that little sleep should only be undertaken if your intent is to gain strength so you can learn Torah and serve God better. This is ...


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Ben Ish Chai Shemot Shana Bet, the drasha at the beginning. He states that the action you do in Torah on Shabbat is 1000 times greater than that action during the week.


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It seems clear from Shulchan Aruch (119:1) that you can use any text you like. I use the form found in the ArtScroll sidurim: ‫יהי רצון… שתשלח מהרה רפואה… ל[name] בתוך שאר חולי ישראל.‬ For multiple names, I make it: ‫יהי רצון… שתשלח מהרה רפואה… ל[name] ול[name]… בתוך שאר חולי ישראל.‬ ...


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The prayer for knowledge (atah chonen...) in the Amidah includes all kinds of knowledge. This includes the spiritual awareness that everything is for the good. See Likutei Moharan 250 (identifying da'at with the awareness that everything comes about through Divine providence). Internalizing this knowledge causes happiness and prevents depression. The ...


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למה לי קרא? סברא הוא It is logical that a person should know about the world about him. In some communities, fencing off the world is an ideal, and you would expect to find explicit teshuvot against reading of newspapers. But in other communities, this would not even rise to the level of a question, such that of course one may read the news. And it would ...


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Kitzur Shulachan Aruch 128:6 ואם אין בנמצא טלית כלל, יכולין לומר סליחות ושלש עשרה מידות גם בלא טלית which means that you can say Shlosh Esrei Midos if necessary without a Talis.


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The Talmud records two opinions as to the line of demarcation between latest time for reciting Mincha ("afternoon") and Maariv ("evening") prayers: Sunset (and yes we can go into questions of observed sunset vs. astronomical sunset, elevations, and so on, but let's assume "sunset" is "sunset.") Plag HaMincha, i.e. 1.25 relative hours prior to sunset. ...


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Aruch HaShulchan 55:4 says that the reason there are 2 Kaddish Yasoms at the end of Shacharis is due to the many Yesomim. (I would presume that only one person said each Kaddish, and this way more Yesomim were able to say a Kaddish at the Tefila).


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Here it quotes in the name of Kuntres Ish Itair 51, that it is dependent upon anatomy, which means a left handed person uses the right hand. He is talking about "Ashamnu" which only some Nusachos ever say with Tefillin on, so it isn't explicit that Tefillin doesn't change the consideration. Here it specifically addresses Slach Lanu (#27) and says that the ...


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Jewish Prayers: Tahanun states The reason that extra sections are added on Mondays and Thursdays is because, according to tradition, these days are favorable times for God to respond to our pleas. Ever since court sessions began to be held on these days in the Temple era, they have been seen as days of judgment. Also, Moses ascended Mt. Sinai on the ...


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Assuming the Shofar was not previously blown for a mitzvah: Yes, as explicitly written in Psalms 150:3, where the shofar is listed among other musical instruments: הַלְלוּהוּ, בְּתֵקַע שׁוֹפָר; הַלְלוּהוּ, בְּנֵבֶל וְכִנּוֹר. (See also Ps 81:4, 98:6) In addition, the Gemara (Rosh haShana 33b) includes a discussion about whether one fulfills his ...


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From the Teshuvas HaRambam (106) this issur is to prevent going too far in what you are doing and it leading to doing an Issur DiOraisa on Shabbos. Based on Tosfos Shabbos 126b ומדבריהן Shulchan Aruch HaRav (O.C. 106:18 (from the Magen Avraham) learns that there is an Issur of doing weekday-looking work as this denigrates Shabbos. In other words, Tosfos ...


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Mishna Berura 90:29 says that it’s permissible to miss a minyan in order to prevent a loss of money. In your first example where You would have to live more than walking distance away from Shul. However, you could drive to Shul during the week, you would not have this dispensation on Shabbos as on Shabbos you have no loss of money. However in the second ...


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Since on Yom Tov we are commanded explicitly to rejoice and be happy (Deuteronomy 16:14–15.), it is mentioned explicitly in the Yom Tov Prayers. During the weekdays it is not a mitzvah to be happy it is not mentioned. p.s The Chassidic Masters say that while it is not a mitzvah to be happy - being happy can lead to a lot of mitzvahs. p.p.s Rambam/Ramchal - ...


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Abarbanel explains this verse - that one may work the other 6 days - not that one is required to work. http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pagefeed/hebrewbooks_org_33655_43.pdf


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I have heard that the source of this Ben Ish Chai is a Zohar, however I have as of yet been unable to locate it. The wording of the Ben Ish Chai is על פי המקובלים, שהלימוד בשבת פועל פי אלף מהלימוד בימות החול



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