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In theory I see no reason per se that would prohibit a non-Jew from buying and selling books, menorahs, and the like, if s/he really wanted to do so. An item on which the seller's word is required that it is ritually okay would be more problematic, but these days your matza, myrtle-branches, and the like come shrink-wrapped and pre-certified, so it's really ...


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First of all, note that opinions brought in Avnei Nezer 2:500 that you need to have the candles lit in some sort of kli (vessel) and not just loose. According to these opinions, the menora itself is a mitzva object. That said, even if you don't rule that way we have a notion of hiddur mitzva even for things that aren't direct mitzva objects such as the ...


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You cannot benefit (hana'a) from items of Hekdesh or you may violate the Biblical prohibition of meilah. Viewing an item would not be meilah, but may be forbidden rabbinically if it is avoidable. I'm not sure if viewing an ancient item in a museum would be considered hana'a, but if it is, then it seems it would be rabbinically forbidden. This means even ...


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I would first start with the Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 282:7: אסור לישב על המטה שספר תורה עליה. הגה: וכל שכן שאסור להניחה על גבי קרקע. והוא הדין שאר ספרים (ב"י בשם הר"ר מנוח ובשם א"ח וכל בו). ואפילו על המדרגות שעושין לפי ארון הקדש אסור להניח ספרים (הנמי"י). ולא יניח אדם ספר תורה על ברכיו וב' אצילי ידיו עליו (מהרי"ל). ונראה לי דהוא הדין שאר ספרים One ...


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It seems from the Mishna in Arachin (25a) and the Rambam (Hilchot Arachin 4:19,20) that anyone has the ability to redeem a field that has been pledged as hekdesh. The only difference between the original owner and a secondary individual redeeming the field would be the need to add a fifth to the redemption price and the fact that if the original owner ...


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Mishna Brura סימן צו ס"ק ז: " נפל ספר על הארץ ואינו יכול לכוין מותר להגביהו כשיסיים הברכה שהוא עומד בה ואי לא"ה לא יפסיק ". It says that only if you can't keep on focus the prayer you need to pick it up immediately, but by the way we learn that you should pick it up immediately if it's not during a prayer. To kiss it is a 'Hidur'. BTW, Sefer Hasidim says ...


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I did not read the whole article yet (discovered through a comment on this site, it's on my 'to-read' list), but the cheat sheet found on page 15 of this magazine (Kosher Spirit Pesach 5768 [from the OK]) says that "A posuk of Tanach (if it was read)" must be put into sheimos.


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The 4 holy cities correspond to the 4 elements. Earth (Hebron) because of the cave of the patriarchs, Fire(Jeruselem) because of the temple sacrifices, Water(Tiveriah) because of lake Kineret, Air (Zfat) because it is high in the hills and the buildings being painted blue to keep out the evil eye and the spiritual, airy nature of kabalah which sprouted from ...


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I believe what you are referring to is the concept of kis b'toch kis or a 'pocket within a pocket'. This is a halachic wrapping for words of Torah, tefillin, siddurim, sifrei Torah, etc. being brought into a situation of uncleanliness like a bathroom. The halachot are as follows (this is all based on learning from my Rabbi, so I don't have sources for you, ...



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