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First: The `Arokh HaShulhan, Hilkhoth Tefillin, siman 43:1-14, explains the laws relating to bodily functions and the proper donning/treatment of tefillin at those times. Although the Rambam appears to be more mahmir and only allows one to urine in his tefillin under duress or if he forgot and began to relieve himself (see there), the Shulhan Arukh (and ...


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In all likelihood he was surgically 'circumcised' before the eighth day, being that the newborns are sent home by day two or three. As such, he is not considered circumcised according to halacha. Even if we would rule with any other leniency such as circumcision at night (probably not in a hospital setting) and circumcision by a nonjew (very likely). The ...


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Dailyhalacha.com says as follows. The Agudah says it is permitted as saliva not a food that is consumed. Others say it is not even considered food. Chasam Sofer differentiates between the evening and the morning. At night, you should not swallow saliva, as the saliva still has the flavor of the food that one ate at the Seuda HaMafsekes. However by day, he ...


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My wife heard a drasha from a chasidic source that may apply. The left side is considered din and the right side is considered Rachamim. By banging on the left side of the chest we are "suppressing" din and asking for rachamim. I checked the Art Scroll machzor, the Art Scroll daily (Hebrew only and with translation), and the Koren (Rabbi Sacks) daily ...


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I thought there was an exception for people who are ill. If not taking your meds on Yom Kippur will make you seriously sick or cause serious adverse affects, you should just take your meds. Somewhere that's recognized. There are many life-saving exceptions like that all over Judaism.



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