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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rabbi Bodner (Halachos of Refuah on Shabbos) writes (page 242) that insomnia is classified as a מיחוש בעלמא, an "ailment" that isn't serious. (though if someone suspects that they suffer from chronic insomnia, they should see a sleep specialist after Shabbos) The rules for מיחוש בעלמא are found in chapter 1 of that work; the most basic rule being that one ...


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In Tephichas BeDevash 24 by Rav Chiya Pontromili (a Sefardi Rav from the 19th century quoted here) writes: ואף שנהגו ישראל להיות ערים בליל שבועות אפילו שחל בשבת, מכל מקום שונה ליל שבועות מליל שבת, משום שבליל שבועות יש בו סודות גדלים, שעל ידי נדידת השינה ולימוד התורה בעשרה הנעשה באותו הלילה, מתקנים תכשיטים לכלה, וכמה מעלות טובות מפורשות בזוהר הקדוש על ...


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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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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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I'll go you one better - if the purpose is to not know the difference between "arur Haman" and *"baruch Mordechai", why bother drinking or sleeping at all? Of course, I'm not referring to the highly intelligent community that patronizes this site, but do you really think that most of the rest of us really know the difference while we're sober? This is ...


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The Mitzvah isn't to pass out or even to space out. The Mitzvah is one of Simhah. The Gemara, in my opinion, is simply saying that the revelry ought to be great. Asked to quantify it, it just went for the most extreme. I think it is, essentially, a license to get totally hammered. Not as a Mitzvah in and of itself, but rather as a function, or a measure, of ...


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No sources that I know of, but a couple of possibilities: It shows how devoted these students were to their teacher - they wanted to be able to study from him at all hours (and, if he wasn't up to teaching, they'd at least be able to review what they had already learned). Conversely, it shows how devoted the teacher was, that he'd be sitting and teaching ...


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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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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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NOTE: both of these are only partial answers; the 1st may be against the Rashba and the 2nd is disputed First Answer The simplest answer might be that the times of getting up and going to sleep are based on when non-Jews, who are exempt from Shema, wake up (after all, non-Jews do make up the vast majority of the human population). Rishonim (see Tos. 2b) ...



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