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The sefer "Zikaron L'Moshe" (pg. 65) writes that the Chasam Sofer originally understood that the reason one must wait six hours after meat, is because that is how long it takes to digest the food, and therefore this only applies to one who ate a meal in the day. However, when one sleeps the food digests quicker, and he may eat milk even before six hours are ...


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The Gemara (Yoma 78b) writes that one who sleeps with shoes on, 'has tasted a taste of death', and since tasting death is probably not a good thing, some poskim write that sleeping with shoes on should be avoided (see Kaf Hahayyim Y.D 116:211, for example). The book Shemiras Haguf Vehanefesh (no. 115) also writes that wearing shoes to sleep causes someone to ...


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This is sort of an argument from absence, but... Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 8:16) describes a case where a person sleeps at night wearing his tallis, as to whether he has to recite a berachah on it the next morning. If there were indeed any problem with what parts of the body the tzitzis strings touch, then I would think this would be a logical place for ...


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Taamei Haminhagim (citing Machazeh Avraham, by R. Avraham of Buczacz) says that it is because the ushpiza for the seventh day of Sukkos is King David, and he used to stay up all night studying Torah - so we do the same to evoke his corresponding Divine attribute. R. Chaim Vital (Pri Eitz Chayim and Shaar Hakavanos, cited in Nitei Gavriel) give a different ...


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The Mishna Berura (2:11) quoted in the linked article brings from the Shaloh Hakadosh that while not required by the strict letter of the law it is considered "midas chassidus" (pious behavior) to cover one's head while sleeping.


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I heard this from Rav Shmuel Eliyahu: Dina D'malchuta Dina is limited to laws that are: Enforced in practice by the government, Apply equally to all citizens, and do not contradict Torah. Even if a consumer of a mattress were forbidden by law to remove the label there would have to be some kind actual enforcement of that law to bring it ...


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In SHU"T SHOEL UMASHIV he answers that according to the MORDECHAI only when a garment is worn in a way of clothing (DERECH LIVISHA) is one obligated in Tzitzis. The SHUT of the MARSHAM adds that Tzitzis are meant to surround one on four sides so you could see them when looking in every one of the 4 directions. A blanket does not have that, which might be ...


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See Yeshiva.org here (under heading תיקון ליל שבועות, number 15 [טו]): לימוד נשים - נשים אינן חייבות בתיקון ליל שבועות, ואם הן באות ולומדות תנ"ך וכד' תבוא עליהן ברכה (שו"ת רב פעלים א, או"ח סוד ישרים, סי' ט). And here (second paragraph under heading "staying up at night") Responsa Rav Pa’alim (Sod Yesharim 9) points out that for mystical reasons ...


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This answer is marked "community wiki"; please add to it. The first night of Shavuos. (MB 494:1.) The second night of Shavuos. (Custom mentioned by Shaloh and Yesod Veshoresh Ha'avodah, though practiced by only a select few.) The night of Yom Kipur. (Implied by Rama 619:6.) The night of Hosha'na Raba. (MB 664:1 talks about being up that night. He doesn't ...


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As I see it, this question must be divided into two separate issues: How does standing by while another person is in pain affect you, your soul and middot? How does the Jewish tradition view allowing a child to CIO (Cry It Out) from the perspective of the child? ie. Does anyone discuss how this activity may affect the child in the long run? Let's start ...


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Maybe the reason to fall asleep specifically through the process of drinking wine is to remember the miracle which was done through wine at the different wine parties in the Book of Esther as outlined here: Can you use Liquor to fulfill Ad Dlo Yoda? EDIT: I challenge your assumption that the two rules are separated. The Rambam writes in Megillah 2:15: ...


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As part of "Naps in Jewish Law", R' Gil Student discusses this: The Shulchan Arukh (Orach Chaim 231:1), following the Talmud (Sukkah 26b) [English here], rules that napping for more than half an hour is forbidden and even that little sleep should only be undertaken if your intent is to gain strength so you can learn Torah and serve God better. This is ...


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2 potential answers, neither of which has been researched. First, psychological: Achashverosh didn't want to owe anyone anything. He didn't actually care about Mordechai or his people; he cared about his record (the potentially public knowledge that he doesn't repay his debts). Second, textual: As far as I can tell, Haman never identifies his ...


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The minhag to say Hamapil at the end is so the beracha is semucha to (just before) sleep. That is that there should be no hefsek (break) between the beracha and falling asleep. The minhag held by the Gra and other achronim is to day Hamapil first. They reason that the psukim said afterwards are not considered a hefsek. I am basing what I wrote on Siddur ...


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Per the following health websites - sleeping on the left side avoids heartburn http://www.ehow.com/way_5206251_sleeping-positions-better-digestion.html http://www.livestrong.com/article/69972-sleeping-positions-better-digestion/ The Rambam in Hilchos Deios Perek 4 Halacha 5 also mentions to start off sleeping on the left and then switch over to the right. ...


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With regard to Birchas Hatorah, Mishna B'rura (47:28) brings a difference of opinion if one should recite Birchas Hatorah after a sleepless night, and therefore rules that one need not say the b'racha (ספק ברכות להקל). However, if possible one should hear it said by someone else and respond "amen", as is usually done Shavuos morning. If no one slept, though, ...


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From the link above (emphasis added): It is forbidden to store [raw or cooked] food or drinks(23) under a bed [even if the food is wrapped and sealed in metal containers or in a suitcase] in which someone will sleep.(24) But if, inadvertently, food or drink was stored under a bed and someone slept on the bed, many poskim hold that the food does not ...


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It is permitted to place food underneath a bench, even if the bench is used for sleeping, since a bench is not a bed. [It is recommended that food not be placed under an airplane seat, since airplane seats are regularly used as beds Kuntress U'vlechtecha Baderech 4:2 and note 30, quoting contemporary poskim. http://torahsearch.com/page.cfm/2930


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Kitzur Shulcah Aruch1 17:1 says of the Sh'ma: After a third of the day has passed, one should recite the Shema alone, without the blessings, because it is forbidden to recite the blessings beyond this time. The Shema itself, though, may be recited the entire day. (Other authorities also allow the recitation of the blessings throughout the day.) A ...


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One may not inflate a mattress for the first time on Shabbos, as this would violate makeh b'patish. However, one may inflate or reinflate a mattress on Shabbos as long as it is not the first time the mattress was inflated, since deflating a mattress that is not being used is the standard mode of use. Therefore, the mattress is not considered broken when it ...


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The Rashb"o in Chindushai HaHagodos (Mosad Horav Kook) to Brochos 54b states that after a long halachik discussion the Ameroim switched to Agadato to awaken the students.


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Short answer: no, it's not a formal prohibition, but it's still wrong to prevent someone from sleeping. From http://www.dinonline.org/2013/11/05/gezel-sheina-stealing-sleep/ The sefer “Ve-Ahavta Le-Re’acha Kamocha” notes that Rav Chaim of Brisk used the expression “gezel sheina,” implying that waking somebody up needlessly is a form of theft. ...


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The Ta'amei Haminhagim (618) mentions this reason: The reason that we are awake all night on the night of Shavuos and are busy with (learning) Torah is because the Bnei Yisrael slept all night and Hashem had to wake them, as we see in the Midrash. Therefore we need to fix this. (Magen Avraham OC:494) Magen Avraham was written mid-17th Century


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Simple answer no. Complex answer, there is a mahloket as to exactly why we wash our hands in the morning. Some hold that is is because we have touched an unclean part of the body, some hold that is is because of a ruah ra that rests upon a person while they are asleep, some hold that is not a ruah ra but rather klipot or hiztoniut that rest upon a person ...


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The answer I was always told (need to look this up; I think it's Mishnah Brurah?) is: A.) If you'd already fallen asleep, there's no problem of talking-after-HaMapil as you already slept some. B.) If it's just urination, no bracha is needed as it will be covered by the Asher Yatzar you say in the morning. Just go back to sleep. (Well, washing for ...


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According to Rav Ovadia Yosef (for sepharadim), you say morning berachot as normal starting from אלהי נשמה (and including birkat hatorah) at Alot HaShachar.


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The reason Chabad Chasidim do not sleep in the Succah is Kabalistic. The enclosed links explains it. http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=30466&pgnum=245 through http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=30466&pgnum=255


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As stated, in the mattress example, that tag is there to prevent mattress manufacturers from putting all sorts of awful stuff in their mattresses and consumers not knowing. Once you've read the "ingredients label" and have bought the mattress, you can do whatever you want with it. (Well if you go to sell it to someone else it gets tricky ...) So rip away! ...


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The Rebbe actually addressed this question in a letter dated 7 Cheshvan, 5715 [1954]: Re Sleeping in the Succah In order to safeguard and inspire a greater feeling toward the Succah, sleeping in it is not practiced by us. The basis for this is two-fold: First, we have a rule that Hamitztaer putter min HaSuccah (suffering exempts one from dwelling ...



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