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There are four reasons some permit chodosh, as described in this article: 1 Many authorities permitted the new grain, because the new crop may have been planted early enough to be permitted, and, in addition, the possibility exists that the available grain is from a previous crop year, which is certainly permitted. This approach accepts that chodosh ...


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This article is quite detailed on explaining when you don't need to make a bracha. The article contains source references, as well. Excerpts: A bracha is recited when we experience pleasure from eating the food that God has provided. This primarily includes pleasure due to “taste” – i.e. pleasure in the mouth or throat. Similarly, if a food is ...


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Shulchan Aruch HaRav O.C. 158:3 paskens that any food normally eaten without using ones hands directly does not require washing of hands without a Bracha. Salad, as far as I know, is eaten with cutlery, so it would not require washing according to that.


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According to Rav Bentzion Abba Shaul 2:perek 12:5 that if the dough is plain(not mixed with milk or oil) and tomato sauce and cheese is placed ontop not inside the dough it is hamotzei. See footnotes as well. It also seems that the amount of slices make no difference since it is considered pas.


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The non-junk-food items I've most appreciated getting, and that aren't burdensome to prepare or store, include: Durable fresh fruit: apples, oranges, bananas, etc. Berries and other fragile fruits are nice if you can keep them from getting squished during delivery, but that's more work. Dried fruits: raisins, figs, dates, plums, mango, etc. Raisins can be ...


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This is a big discussion among the halachic authorities. The Rivevos Ephraim 8:86 brings down that its a machlokes so he came up with an idea to take oneself out of the safek. He suggests after drinking the coffee he should drink a cup of water so he can definitely make a bracha achrona. Rav Chaim Shaul Eizenstaht told the Rivevos Ephraim that he heard from ...


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The Taz to Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 210:1 writes regarding liquor that since it cannot be drunk as quickly as would be required for the normal shiur of beracha acharona on a drink, its shiur is at the standard of whatever people normally drink. This logic can be applied to hot drinks as well, and the Ba'er Heitev Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 204:12 cites ...


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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in סימן נא - כללים בברכה אחרונה says: סעיף ו': שָׁתָה מַשְׁקֶה חַם בִּמְעַט מְעַט, (כְּגוֹן טֵה אוֹ קַאפֶע), כֵּיוָן שֶׁאֵינוֹ שׁוֹתֶה בְּפַעַם אַחַת כַּשִּׁעוּר, אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁדֶּרֶךְ שְׁתִיָּתוֹ בְּכָךְ, מִכָּל מָקוֹם אֵין מִצְטָרְפִין וְאֵינוֹ מְבָרֵךְ בְּרָכָה אַחֲרוֹנָה (ר"י). ‏ If you drink anything hot in small ...


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Last year, my community had a program where people would send things that are actually able to be used for the se'udah, with assigned people to give to. We received fresh-baked pitot, much appreciated. (We got them early in the morning, and had nothing for breakfast yet. They didn't last until the se'udah. ;)) We gave a lasagna, also appreciated by the ...


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This article starts from the point that the Torah Devorim 20:19 prohibits destroying fruit trees during a siege. It goes on to say: The general prohibition against needless destruction, derived from the verse on fruit trees, concerns not destroying directly or indirectly anything that may be of use to people. The Talmudic sage Rabbi Yishmael ...


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The Oirah Vesimcha on the Rambam (Ma'acholos Asuros 9:6 says the same thing: המעושן. כתב בפרישה (סי' פ"ז ס"ק ט') פירוש מעושן שנתחממו בשר בחלב בעשן כמו בחמי טבריה [ר"ל שהיה הבשר והחלב בתוך הקדירה ומתחת הקדירה לא היה אש אלא עשן חם עובר מתחתיה וכך נתחממו ונתבשלו], או י"ל שנשרה בחלב ואח"כ תלאו בעשן ע"כ, ונראה יותר כפירוש הב' דאופן הראשון נראה שהוא בישול גמור דהא ...



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