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Per Mishna Berura Orach Chaim 567:3:11 if a person is bothered by the lack of brushing their teeth or the smell/taste in their mouth, they are permitted to rinse their mouth on public fasts, however one should tip their head forward in order that it should not reach their throat.


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I am not a chemist but with the information I do have this could be why your friend's tzitzis crumbled: If you look at the ingredients of Tide and other similar laundry detegents you will find both surfactants and enzymes. Surfactants decrease the surface tension of the material as well as the surface tension between oil and water. The enzymes, such as ...


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Based on my answer here, I think you can clean it in the bathroom because it has no inherent holiness.


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There is a story of a great Rav (no official source) who would shower after the mikvah. When asked about his custom he answered: Before going into the mikvah I shower because of the mitzvah "ואהבת לרעך". When coming out I shower because of "כמוך".


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The source for this is Shabbos 14a and Yorah Deah 201:75 Rama. http://www.dailyhalacha.com/displayRead.asp?readID=1814 As in many Halachos there is a Machlokes. In summary according to the custom of the Ashkenazim, a woman should not bathe or shower after immersing in the Mikveh. Sepharadim, however, do not follow this custom, and thus ...


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I was taught as a child to wear several sets of clothing one after another for a short period of time in the days prior to 1 Av, and I've encountered others who follow the same advice, though the time varies (half-hour, 1 hour, 2 hours). As I grew older and became responsible for my own time and personal hygiene, I began running into a problem of not having ...


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A few suggestions: Tie your own tzitzis using the thick tallis strings. When possible, try to hand wash them. Try not to get the braid and strings wet at all. If washing them in washing machine, wrap the entire braid and strings in aluminum foil. Hand wash wool tzitis in Woolite When you first get/make tzitzis, dip ends of strings (each separately) in ...


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Chicago Community Kollel Parsha Encounters Oct 23, 2009 discusses the issues with bar soap. The Rama (326:10) writes that it is forbidden to wash one's hands with soap on Shabbos. Three reasons are given for this prohibition. The Rama explains that using soap on Shabbos causes it to turn into liquid, which is a violation of Nolad (creating a new ...


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I would buy a new pair once or twice a year.


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Put water and dishwashing detergent in a basin; let the entire menora soak in it.


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Today's HalachaText said that clothing should be worn for at least 30 minutes. I asked them for a source and they said this number came from Rav Elyashiv Ztl. שוב מצאתי I was looking for something else in Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen's Laws of the Three Weeks, and found that he quotes Rav YS Elyashiv there as saying a half an hour (page 85); in a footnote he ...


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I have a Book called The 39 Melachos, it says you should not remove as it is a form of ripping (pg.1407)


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Since I'm using a cotton beged, I use the washing machine, and I put the tzitzis in a delicates bag. Then I hang the tzitzis to dry. Using this method, the tzitzis tend to outlive the beged. I haven't figured out what do do with a wool beged. I have three that have been essentially ruined by the washing machine -- the fabric has shrunk and become very ...


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I just found this relevant article on the Five Towns Jewish Times website: http://www.5tjt.com/component/content/article/25-halacha/6685-showering-on-yom-tov.html


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Supplementing, not supplanting, SethJ's good answer, I've known people to put their clothes on the floor and tread on them. Note, however, that I do not know about the halachic status of this action (whether it suffices for these purposes).


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The OU has the following on their website. Secondly, the determination of tevilah depends on the owner's designated use for the object: a utensil purchased for non-food purposes and occasionally used to hold food (such as a screwdriver which might be used in a pinch in the absence of a fork) does not require tevilah (Aruch Hashulchan, Y.D. ...


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The Chizkuni addresses this, and explains that on the first occasion they were not with Yosef for an extended amount of time and would probably not pick up on the fact that he had been crying. However, on the second occasion they would be spending an entire meal together and it was more likely that they would notice he was crying and he therefore had to wash ...


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See Shabbos Kehalacha (vol. 2 12:39-42). Borer is not a problem if you don't want either thing but just want to separate them in order to dispose of them properly. (For example separating recycling from other garbage, papers for geniza from papers for garbage, Shemita fruit peels from other fruit peels to throw out). Similarly here were you don't want either ...


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The page you link to indicates that the solution disinfects the lenses. Per Torah.org a disinfecting solution may not be used on Shabbos. On Shabbos, the lenses may be soaked in saline solution [so that the lenses do not harden] but not in disinfecting solution. See also Rabbi Kaganoff.


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I got this in an email from a "dailyhalacha" service: During the Nine days (beginning Rosh Chodesh Av) the custom is that one does not wear freshly laundered clothing. Therefore, one should wear all the clothing one will need during the Nine days for a short while (according to many Poskim - 20 minutes), sometime before the start of the Nine ...


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The Mechaber (551:3) debates whether cleaning with plain water is forbidden. He only forbids because our water cleans well, unlike that of Bavel. Dry vacuuming is a far cry from laundering. This must have been a misunderstanding on the part of the second party.


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Let us first address a clearly delineated case: There is a law that when urinating in the middle of a meal and using only one hand to clean oneself, one need only wash that hand - Yoma 30a, Shul'han Arukh Ora'h 'Haim 170:1. No differentiation was made regarding the fingers used, so I would assume that in a meal it would be required to still wash the whole ...


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http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/pdf/Pesach_Gram_Q_and_A_2011.pdf Chazal obligated each person to search for Chometz on the night before Pesach. [If one leaves town before that time, he is still obligated to search for Chometz the night before he leaves, although no blessing is recited for that search.] In the opinion of many Poskim, the ...


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Great trick for keeping zizit from tangling. My wife takes my cotton begged zizit and washes with other clothes, buy she has a great trick for making sure the actual zizit strings don't get tangled. She takes the four zizit and puts them inside a sock, then makes a knot of the sock, with the zizit inside and tosses it in the washing machine with ...


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I've found that the most reliable way to keep tzitzit untangled is to hand-wash them, and hang dry. Putting them in the dryer will most definitely tangle them. I've found that when they do get tangled, they can be safely untangled while wet. I have found that to be easier than when dry.


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The best I can offer as an explanation to what went wrong, is some kind of chemical reaction. At some point the tzitzit must have come in contact with some sort of chemical agent that either was activated by the water and/or soap, or reacted to it violently. Disintegration of a natural fiber takes a pretty strong chemical agent to accomplish. Did your ...


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The Shulchan Aruch HaRav writes: סכין או אחד משאר כלים הצריכין הגעלה שיש בו גומא או סדק או נקב שאינו יכול לחטט בתוכן לנקרן ולנקותן היטיב אין הגעלה מועלת להם אם הן במקום שמשתמשין בו בקבע דהיינו מצד הפנימי של הכלי לפי שיש לחוש שמא יש שם משהו ממשות החמץ בעין ואין הגעלה מועלת למה שהוא בעין לפיכך צריך להניח גחלים בוערות על הסדק והגומא וישהה אותם שם עד שאם יגע ...


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Cotton beged here too. I put each corner's strings in a plastic baggie and rubber-band it shut. When it works well, the strings just get a little wet -- enough to clean them, not enough to destroy them. But it's labor-intensive. To remove the baggies, I usually just cut the rubber band. Then hang dry. The strings will be all tangled up -- DO NOT TRY ...


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I haven't had a lot of success, but the best results are when I tie the ends of the tzitzis and wash them tied in a pillow case. This probably would work better with a nicer washing machine with a good gentle cycle. I usually hand wash, but will this will keep the garment "clean" it doesn't do much for making it look "clean".



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