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Likutei Halevi - note #11 - in the name of Sefer Matamim is since there is a special Bracha of "Samcheinu" on Shabbos and Yom Tov by the Haftora where we request for the arrival of Mashiach there is no need to say ותגלה ותראה עלינו בזמן קרוב. He says that by a fast day even though there is this Bracha there is a need to increase Tefilos for the Geula.


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I'd say if an average human, using an average human brain and eye, can't figure out the pattern, that's good enough. Rabbi Asher Weiss discusses the criteria of "does an unaided human notice it?" with regards to triggering some change deep instead some semiconductor someplace that I'd never notice. He points out that I may not drag a heavy bench on shabbos ...


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If you really need to, you can say Maariv and Havdalah (omitting the blessing on the candle) from Plag HaMincha (1.25 hours before sunset) (ShA OC 293:3) just as much as you can say Maariv and Kiddush after that time on Friday. The blessing on the candle can be recited separately after nightfall. All labor remains forbidden until after nightfall (even after ...


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The Gemara in Shabbat 117b (bottom of the daf) brings an argument between the Sages and Rabbi Chidka on how many meals one must eat on Shabbat. The Sages say 3 - 1 at night and 2 in the day; R' Chidka says 4 - 1 at night and 3 in the day. The halacha is like the Sages, but either way, we see that we need one at night. ת"ר כמה סעודות חייב אדם לאכול בשבת ...


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I've heard that it is this way because Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz composed it in his circle who was made up of the greatest Achronim. Rabbi Alkabetz was one of the members of the esteemed Safed circle of scholars and mystics, which included Rabbi Yosef Caro, Rabbi Moshe Cordovero and Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, the holy Ari. They accepted it and that caused all their ...


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The Pri Migadim says this is the custom, and suggests it is for man and woman, pointing to Eliya Rabba, who explains what that means: A man has 248 limbs, a woman 252. נר (candle) is 250, so 250 times 2 equals the number of limbs in man and woman combined. The Eliya Rabba brings this as an alternative reason for two candles on Shabbos. There the Eliya Rabba ...


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The Chasam Sofer gives the following explanation (I heard this quoted, don't know where to find it) for why it is called Shabbos HaGadol. Every Motzai Shabbos we say ויהי נועם to lengthen the return of the souls that were released from Gehinnom for Shabbos who must go back on Motzai Shabbos (Tur O.C. 295). However, when Yom Tov is during the week, we don't ...


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The Chasam Sofer gives the following explanation (I heard this quoted, don't know where to find it) for why it is called Shabbos HaGadol. Every Motzai Shabbos we say ויהי נועם to lengthen the return of the souls that were released from Gehinnom for Shabbos who must go back on Motzai Shabbos (Tur O.C. 295). However, when Yom Tov is during the week, we don't ...


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This comes from the Ohr HaChaim commentary to כי ששת ימים עשה ה' את השמים ואת הארץ (Shemos 31:17). Ohr HaChaim notes that the verse does not say בששת ימים, in six days, but rather ששת ימים, six days. Thus the verse reads "Six days Hashem created the world" meaning Hashem created it for a six day period, at the end of which it is renewed through the next ...


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According to the Aruch Hashulchan, סימן קכח - כל דיני נשיאת כפים there is no reason for this Minhag. אמנם זה שהיה מנהג מקדם דיום טוב שחל בשבת לא היו נושאים כפיהם – כבר נתבטל בימינו, כי אין במנהג זה טעם וריח, כמו שהאריכו מפרשי השולחן ערוך בזה (ט''ז סעיף קטן ל''ח, ומגן אברהם סעיף קטן ע'). ‏ He references the ט''ז and מגן אברהם as sources. The ט''ז ...


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My understanding is that the concern of avsha milta is (at least primarily) the public nature of the (albeit automated) melocho of grinding. In this case, there would seem to be no such problem since air-drying would not seem to be a melocho. (I believe that even according to the Yerushalmi that has a strict and broad interpretation of the melocho of ...


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Eruv Tavshilin is required only when Yom Tov itself is on Friday. not Erev Yom Tov. This year, and next, it occurs on just one day during the Jewish year - the Thursday eve. prior to the beginning of the 7th day of Pesach. If the message referred to this Friday, it is an error.


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According to chabad.org "A further reason why we recall the miracle on Shabbat rather than on the tenth of the month is that, forty years later, Miriam died on that day and the well which accompanied the Children of Israel and provided them with water in the wilderness, disappeared. When the anniversary of Miriam's death fails on a weekday, some observe it ...


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There's a theoretical halachic category of someone who publicly, purposely violates the Shabbat; but practically, that's not what you'd call your average non-Shabbat-observing Jew today. A community could certainly enact its own higher standards, but essentially it's permissible. Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch has a responsum to a small town in South Africa which ...


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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in סימן קג - דיני שמחת יום טוב says that the first day of Yom Tov is always treated as an Erev Yom Tov: אֵיזֶהוּ כִּבּוּד. זֶה שֶׁאָמְרוּ רַבּוֹתֵינוּ זִכְרוֹנָם לִבְרָכָה, שֶׁמִּצְוָה עַל הָאָדָם לְגַלֵּחַ בְּעֶרֶב יוֹם טוֹב, כְּדֵי שֶׁלֹּא יִכָּנֵס לָרֶגֶל כְּשֶׁהוּא מְנֻוָּל. וְכֵן מִצְוָה לִרְחוֹץ בְּחַמִּין וְלָחֹף רֹאשׁוֹ ...


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It's understandable that the synagogue rules would ban photography inside the synagogue on the sabbath, even for gentiles. (As far as I'm aware, Jewish law does not.) Photography is forbidden for Jews then; therefore, having someone around snapping photos can be disconcerting and disturb people's sense of sabbath. That may even apply in the synagogue ...


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A bag containing food is a one-use item and is discarded after it is emptied. Conversely, a can (such as a tin of tuna fish) is capable of being re-used and must therefore be rendered useless before opening (typically by punching a hole in the bottom) to avoid committing the melacha of makeh bepatish - finishing a utensil (literally: the final hammer blow). ...


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I'm not observant, but I live in a NY suburb and the tragic loss of seven children and the anguish of their father while their mother and an eighth child struggle for their lives has been the lead story on the news since Saturday morning. According to news reports, the home had no functioning smoke detectors. Apparently the fire was started by a hot plate ...


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A Chabad rabbi told me that Chabad considers water filters which stay in place all the time an example of a "grama" with respect to Shabbos use (they allow their use Shabbos.)


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@DoubleAA says that you might be asking for the transliteration of the bracha so here it is. "barukh attah adonay eloheinu melekh haolam asher kiddeshanu bemitzvotav vetzivvanu lehadlik neir shel shabbat" Yes, the answer to your question is that he can use a transliteration in order to be able to say the blessings properly. As a practical matter, it ...


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Being in this exact scenario, I asked my Rav this same question about two years ago. His answer was that, since my friend relied upon our 'eiruv, his carrying from reshut to reshut on Shabbat on my behalf is permissible. He added that, just because I hold that our 'eiruv should not be relied upon, does not forbid his carrying on my behalf - because according ...


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Only actually cooking using the direct sunlight is permitted. Toldat hachama, where the sun's energy is used indirectly, e.g. by heating the cooking surface first, is prohibited Rabbinically. This would mean that "solar power" where the solar energy is converted into electrical energy would always be forbidden (including for cooking; see ...



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