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The sefer Semeichim Leshomro asks if a person with BO may pray. The author answers: He may pray. The odor probably comes from a lack of washing, not from excrement. Since he is probably used to his own smell, based on the Mishna Brura (86:1), there wouldn't be a problem. But wait. It seems to me personally: This Mishna Brura implies the opposite: that ...


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From here: 1)One who recites a Bracha on a pleasant smelling item and puts it down with the intent of not smelling it anymore, and then wants to smell it again , must recite a new Bracha, as the intent to put it away is considered an interruption (Hesech Hada'as) If, however, his/her intent was indeed to pick it up again soon and smell it again, no ...


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The Shulchan Aruch (OC 614:1) rules: אסור לסוך אפילו מקצת גופו, ואפילו אינו אלא להעביר הזוהמא It is forbidden to anoint even a part of ones body, even if it is only to remove bad filth/odor/?. This site cites Rav Elyashiv as recommending against spray deodorant because it is a "cosmetic", implying that on a more basic level it should be permitted. ...


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The primary source is the in Gemara in Bietza 23a which discusses Molid Re'ech - creating a smell on an object. Rashi (D'Ka Molid) there explains that it's a Rabbinic prohibition; it's similar to doing work. This does not apply to food items, according to most Poskim - and according to how we Pasken. The earlier Poskim argue if this applies to the body. ...


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The issue is whether the smell bothers you, and will ruin your concentration. Eruvin 65a says that R. Samuel did not pray in a house that contained beer, because the smell bothered him. And R. Papa did not pray in a house that contained fish. So, if your BO isn't gross to you, it shouldn't be a problem.


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Tosfos in Pesachim asks why do we not use Besamim in Havdala which is recited in the Kiddush on Yom Tov which immediately follows Shabbos? Rabbi Frand answers by quoting the Avnei Neizer who states that there is a Neshoma Yiseira on Yom Tov and therefore we do not smell Besamim in Havdala after Yom Tov? Since the Neshama Yiseira does not depart after Yom ...


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After a Correspondence with Rabbi Belsky he said that the Brocho is Nosson Reiach Tov Lapri. It seems Reb Yitzchak Yosef agrees(Yalkut Yosef 216:7) as does Ginas Veradim 1:42. But the Ketzos Hashulchan 62:9 in Badei Hashulchan both agree mith Mekubal and say its Minie Bsamin. Source


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Yeshiva.org.il Ask the Rabbi writes: Both opinions are mentioned. I personally use besamim. On Motzei Shabbat which is yom tov, no besamim are used since the bessamim "revive " us from the shock of losing our elevated status (neshama yetara), but the joy of yom tov makes this unnecessary. Chol Hamoed also has joy, but not to the same degree. ...


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The question starts with when you can fulfil someone else's obligation by saying a blessing for them. The Rambam (Brachot 1:10) writes (based on Bavli RH 29): כל הברכות כולן, אף על פי שבירך ויצא ידי חובתו, מותר לו לברך לאחרים שלא יצאו ידי חובתן, כדי להוציאן--חוץ מברכת ההניה שאין בה מצוה, שאינו מברך לאחרים אלא אם כן נהנה עימהן. אבל ברכת ההניה שיש בה ...


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I found this "Ultra Regeneration Serum" via Amazon. It costs $83.99 per bottle and claims to contain "Commiphora Gileadensis Bud Extract- (Balm of Gilead)." However, its description mentions "Balm of Gilead from the balsam poplar tree," and the balsam poplar tree is Populus balsamifera, which is a North American species and distinct from the Middle Eastern ...


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It seems that others identify Michvar as Machaerus, site of a Hasmonean and later Herodian fortress, mentioned by Josephus, whose remnants are still extant. That's a lot closer to Jerusalem - about 28 miles as the crow flies. Granted, that's still twice as far as Jericho, but since about a third of that distance is over the Dead Sea, maybe indeed that would ...


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Generally, saying blessings, studying Torah aloud, and thinking about Torah matters are all prohibited when in the presence of a foul odor. As the Shulkhan Aruch states (OC 85:2): א אפי' להרהר בד"ת, אסור בבית הכסא ובבית המרחץ ובמקום הטנופת, והוא המקום שיש בו צואה ומי רגלים. הגה: ואפי' הלכות המרחץ אסור ללמוד במרחץ (ר"ן פ' כירה וב"י בשם א"ח). דברים של ...


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In Mishna Brurah 216:54... The discussion is brought (see Shulchan Aruch and Rama) whether a bracha is said when one smells hot bread and what nusach is said (rayach tov...bpeiros ...bpas) it seems since it is a safek we try not to intentionally smell breads or cakes for pleasure in order to take ourself out of a safek which is at hand.



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