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The Yerushalmi (Sukka 1:2) and Tosefta (Brachos 6:9) write that one should make a bracha on 'the mitzvah of building a sukkah'. However, the Bavli (Sukka daf 46a and see Rosh there) disagrees. The simplest way to explain the dispute would be to say that the Yerushalmi believes that there's a mitzvah to build the sukkah, and the Bavli disagrees. I believe ...


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Yes, as HaRav Eliyahu Mansour explains (citing specific poseqim), the poseqim (Halakhic authorities) are divided on whether building a sukkah is a mitzwah itself or simply a preparatory activity for a mitzwah. He summarizes that: "[...] There is a Machloket if building the Succah is a Mitzvah itself. We hold that it is a preparatory Mitzvah. There is no ...


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The reason there is a minhag to build Sukkot the day after yom kippur is to start the year off immediately with mitzvoth. Due to this reasoning, it is quite clear that building a sukkah is a mitzvah, or this reasoning would not be applicable.


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In Shulchan Aruch Even Ha'ezer siman 1 siff 8, the Mechaber as explained by the Beis Shmuel, has multiple levels of chiuv for a person to marry a woman of childbearing capabilities, and what his chiyuv would be to sell a Seffer Torah in order to marry her. If he has kids (i.e. yotzeh pru urvu), or if he does not have kids, or just to get married so as not ...


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There's a tosfos out there (don't recall where, heard it on a shiur) that there were donations to the Mishkan of gold, silver, and copper. Tosfos comments: a "gold-level donation" is when a young, healthy person gives tzedaka. A "silver-level" donation is when they're older or sick. And a "copper-level" donation is what they leave in their will. Maybe not ...


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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch writes in סימן קצג - הלכות בקור חולים סעיף ו' אֵין לִתֵּן נְכָסָיו בְּמַתָּנָה לַאֲחֵרִים וַאֲפִלּוּ לִצְדָקָה וּלְהַנִּיחַ אֶת הַיּוֹרְשִׁים בְּלֹא כְלוּם. וְכָל הָעוֹשֶׂה כֵּן, אֵין רוּחַ חֲכָמִים נוֹחָה הֵימֶנּוּ, וַאֲפִלּוּ אֵין הַיּוֹרְשִׁים נוֹהֲגִין כַּשּׁוּרָה. אֲבָל אִם מַנִּיחַ גַּם לַיּוֹרְשִׁים דָּבָר ...


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A person who basicaly keeps the mitzvos and has an honest job, but doesn't learn Torah, is called an Am Ha'aretz, see Pirkei Avos ch 2 mishna 6 an am ha'aretz can not be a chasid, someone who goes beyond the call of duty. This is contrasted there by a boor, someone who does nothing at all, upon whim it says will never fear sin. There are many ideas in ...


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At the Shabbos Shuvah Drasha, my rov pointed out that the main requirement is "ameilus" (usually translated as "effort") rather than accomplishment. Some people put in an hour and it would be accounted as "doing more" than other people who spend an entire day at learning. When a person puts in the time that he can and works at it, he gets the schar of that ...



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