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The Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chaim Siman 199 Paragraph 7 says: שולחן ערוך אורח חיים סימן קצט:ז נשים מזמנות לעצמן - רשות. אבל כשאוכלות עם האנשים, חייבות ויוצאות בזמון שלנו. Women can do a Zimun alone. It is a רשות (optional). But if they are with three men, then the women are obligated (with the men), and a man would lead. The Beiur Halacha quoted below ...


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One should have Lehem Mishneh by Seudas Shlishis and it is preferable to have Lehem Mishneh by any meal one has on Shabbos, even if he decides to have a fourth or fifth meal as well! Shulhan Aruch, Orach Haim, Siman 291, S'if 4


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There is a good summary of the pros and cons, and the various halachic opinions, here. In a nutshell: R' Moshe Feinstein and R' J.B. Soloveitchik seem to have little or no problem with such a meal, while R' Yitzchak Hutner (all three zt"l) argues that it is prohibited as a gentile custom.


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According to this website it is Because Shabbos it self is a queen http://www.askmoses.com/en/article/205,152557/Why-do-we-recite-the-Aishet-Chayil-A-Woman-of-Valor-on-Friday-Night.html


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The simplest answer is to show gratitude to the woman of the house who lead the preparations for Shabbos. She is likely tired and over-worked and deserves our sincere thanks! Rabbi Eliyahu Lopian zt”l (1872-1970) recounted a great mystery which he set out to solve. When he first came to learn under the Alter of Kelm, Rabbi Simcha ...


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It is said in name of Rav Chaim Soloveitchik that when we say Elokenu it makes the Zimun into a Davar Shebikedusha. That is the reason why some people stand when they say Elokenu, since according to some the Minhag is to stand during a Davar Shebikedusha. This Minhag is not universal. Sefardim do not stand by Kaddish in many cases.


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See the Otzer Dinim U'Minhagim quoted in this answer, discussing Shir HaShirim. Quoting Minhagei Yeshurun, one of the answers is that Friday night is the time of intimacy between a man and wife.


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An idea (lechatchila), yes, and meat as well. Though they are not strict requirements. (Mishna Berura 300:1, Aruch haShulchan 300:3)


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I was at a wedding where they did not serve soup and there were placecards on the table that stated the reason was because of the aformentioned reason and had the Shuchan Aruch written out; I was intrigued as until then I had not heard of it.


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I'll ask it even stronger: What if someone is feeding you and you have no intention of using your hands to interact with the food at all? Well, the Shulchan Aruch rules in OC 163:2 that in such a case, only the one eating must wash his hands and not the one feeding. He doesn't mention that one would not say a bracha and the implication is that it's the same ...


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One should not be quick to assume that one should make a new "al netilas yadayim". Although MB says in BH that one should, and Aruch Hashulhan says that no one would say that you should not say the bracha if you defecated, he must have missed the Taz (and the Maharshal) who brings a proof from the Rema that the opinion of the Maharshal to not make a new ...


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There is such a minhag, but the language of the Rema in 291:2 is: Some say that it is forbidden to drink water between mincha and maariv on shabbos because that is when the souls return to purgatory (reasoning needed?). Therefore, one should not eat seudah shlishis between mincha and maariv, rather he should eat it before mincha. Yet ...


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No. The Kaf HaHaim 181:10 rules that one isn't required to use a Keli that is proper for Netilat Yadayim (see Levush and Kol Bo Siman 23).


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It says in Hayom Yom (22 Adar Aleph) that the Rebbe Rashab (5th Lubavitcher Rebbe, 1860-1920) said that one one is not required to eat bread by the third meal because the third time it says "hayom" (the three meals are derived from the three "hayom" mentioned in chumash) it says "Hayom lo" which means today no.


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Rabbi Marc Angel of Shearith Israel in NYC wrote a very interesting blog post on the subject. Worth noting, he writes: When President Washington called for a day of Thanksgiving, Jews observed this day with joy and pride. At Shearith Israel in New York, the Rev. Gershom Mendes Seixas arranged a suitable service of prayer, and delivered an address ...


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Not to replace, but to add to, Alex's link and synopsis, R' Mordechai Willig gave a great Shi'ur about xmas in which he touched on other holidays, including Thanksgiving. I listened to it a long time ago, so I don't remember everything he said, but he addressed it, and I found the Shi'ur very enlightening and informative on a whole range of related issues. ...


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In Hayom Yom (22 Adar I) the Rebbe quotes the Rebbe Rasha”b (Meheirah Yishamah 5648) as saying, “The obligation to eat Shalosh Seudos is learned from the Passuk “Hayom Lo”, therefore we don’t need to eat bread, but one must taste something. As Rabbi Yossi said (Talmud, Shabbos 118b) “May my portion be among those who eat Shalosh Seudos”. So Minhag Chabad is ...


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Halachically Speaking Vol. 3 Issue 9 (Avoiding Danger) brings many reasons why fish is eaten on Shabbos (footnote 45) - Some of these were brought in other answers: Some say just like fish have their eyes opened, Hashem has his eyes opened at those who fear him and have compassion on us (Otzer Hayidios Shabbos page 82:11). Water is the source of life for ...


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The Talmud (Megillah 7b) very clearly rules that one who ate his Purim meal at night has not fulfilled his obligation to have a meal on Purim. The Mordechai (Moed, Remez 787) quotes the Raavyah who (as understood by the Bach OC 695) rules that the night of Purim should have a seudah, and the Gemara is only saying that the obligation for the main meal must ...


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You can't eat without drinking! That is the idea of drinks being secondary to the meal and exempt from a bracha. (Psak of the [Shulchan Aruch 174:7][1], see there for the machlokes). An exception is wine which, although it is part of the meal, retains its bracha because of its prominence (SA OC 174:1). There is a debate on the practical usage of hard ...


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The source for this is Hayom Yom, entry for 22 Nissan. R' Michoel Aharon Seligson, who has written extensively on Hayom Yom, suggests (Kovetz Haoros Ubeurim 936, Acrobat page 216) that this is in order to fit in the two daytime meals needed on this day (the regular Yom Tov meal, and "Moshiach's Seudah"). So the kiddush (with matzah balls or something ...


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The rules of eating a meal in the same place one made or heard kidush are written among the rules of Friday night's kidush (and applied to both). Thus, the rule (Mishna B'rura 273:25) that cake suffices for this (so one need not immediately eat bread) applies to the nighttime as well as the daytime kidush. (However, even if he is famished during the day and ...


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Orach Chaim 188:10 says that one who starts a Seuda before the end of Chanuka and completes it after Chanuka would say Al HaNisim.


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I have seen it brought down in the name of the Belzer Rebbe (looking for the citation) that the three things that immediately follow the word ויברך in ma'ase b'reshis are humans, shabas, and fish. Therefore the intersection of all three (humans eating fish on shabas) is a particularly strong conduit of b'racha. No mention of a chiyuv.


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If the bris was on 10 Teves (Friday).


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There are a lot of different practices (and I believe a stira in the Mishna Brurah), and it may depend on your practice. BUT: Here's what I was told in yeshiva: Fresh fruit (including "ha'adama fruit" like watermelon and bananas), candy, ice cream -- all get a bracha. Anything mezonos, anything liquid, cooked fruit -- included with the meal.


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This memra comes from Tikunei Shabbos. The M.B. 242:2 adds on the word "tov" (not a very strong language). The B'er Hetiv there says each person according to his nature. The idea is you should have oneg shabbos and fish was considered a nice dish. If you don't have the appetite, don't eat it (next phrase in the M.B there).


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I think that R. Ovadia Yossef says it's good to do Mayim Emtsaiyim even if some poskim say it's not necessary since we use spoon, knife... You can see in Yalqut Yossef (Kitsur Shulhan Arouch) hilchot Seouda. (For the end of your question, I practice this halacha)


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The Dagul M'Rvava (Yoreh Deah, Siman 89) holds that one must wait 6 hours from when he finishes eating meaty until he starts the meal with the milky. Aruch HaShulchan says one must wait from the end of the meaty meal until the beginning of the milky meal. Rav Elyashiv says that the prevailing minhag is to wait from when one finishes eating meaty until he ...


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From HalachaForToday.com 1) Mayim Achronim does not require a utensil, nor does it require "Koach Gavra, force of a human" like the washing of Netilas Yadayim. The source is from the Mishna Berurah, 181:21 As far as whether to wash into a keili or not, the same site says this: Rather, the water should be washed into a utensil that is designated ...



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