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Although it does not list a source - Luach Davar Be'ito says (29 Kislev 5755): המדקדקים מכינים כבר עתה את פתילות נרות החנוכה שלמחרת ליל מוצש׳׳ק, למען ימצאון מוכנות בבואם מחר מביהכ׳׳נ ויהיו זריזים מקדימים.‏ Those that are careful prepare before Shabbos the Chanuka candles in order to light as soon as possible after Shabbos. (abridged ...


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First, let's address the issue of shaving during the 3 weeks generally. According to R' YB Soloveichik, Shiurei HaRav Al Inyanei Aveilut V'Tisha B'Av, pp. 20-21, there is "a basis for shaving one's beard during this period. He contends that the observances of the three week mourning period are patterned after the twelve month period of mourning that one ...


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Strictly speaking, as Shalom wrote, you can probably* rely on the 18 minute "window". Many people do. I have, whenever necessary, arranged with my employers and/or clients to allow me to leave work at a time deemed (by me) adequate to allow me to commute home and prepare for Shabbath and (deemed by them) adequate to allow me to complete my work. This has ...


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The best thing to do, by far, is to work with your boss to rearrange your schedule so you're not cutting it anywhere near that tight. But for theory's sake, if you somehow find yourself stuck: the most-common practice in North America is to publish candle-lighting times that are 18 minutes prior to sunset. (Among other things, this is to accommodate one ...


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Per Shmiras Shabbos Khilchasa 42:61 on Erev Shabbos during the Nine Days, you may also taste the food. However, one should try not to swallow food containing meat ingredients


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In O.C. Siman 551, the Rema, who extends the issurim of the week of tisha b'av to the previous Rosh chodesh, permits wearing "linen garments" for the honor of Shabbos. [ The Magen Avraham (14) extends this to washing clothes on Thursday for Shabbos. The Magen Avraham then brings the Darkei Moshe who says that the practice was not to wash in honor of ...


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I once heard someone ask Rabbi Shlomo Halberstam Zatzal of Bobov - what Kavanos one should have when he puts on his Tallis? He responded the main Kavana one should have is that he is not hitting the person beside him with the Tzitzis when he is wrapping himself in the Talis. Based on this I would say the Kavana one should have is not to hurt anyone nearby, ...


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Per Shulchan Aruch HaRav Orach Chaim 260 One should not take a haircut on Rosh Chodesh, even if it comes out on Friday and the haircut will be taken in honor of the Shabbat. However Rabbi Monsour says that a Sephardi may take a haircut on Rosh Chodesh


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The custom to sharpen one's knife on Erev Shabbos comes from the Kolbo (Siman 31) and Sefer Chayei Olam from Rabbeynu Yona (Siman 309) and is quoted by the Beis Yosef (OC 250 "V'yashkim") and Rama (250:1). The Rama explains that it is considered honoring Shabbos to prepare for the meal, and the Mishna Berura (S"K 5 based on Rokeach) adds that if the knife is ...


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In the sefer Tshuvos Avigdor Halevi (Rav Nebontzal) page 390:24 he holds even to taste is assur.



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