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Obligatory Summary The Jewish day starts at night, but V'sein Tal Umatar is based on solar calendar, so it can sometimes be a day later. Plus the date was established in Julian Calendar, so there's also the Julian->Gregorian shift to keep us busy... Real Answer The Gemara (Taanis 10a) says that in Bavel we start saying V'sein Tal Umatar on the 60th day ...


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For sepharadim, Birkat HaGomel is said if you were in prison, bedridden for 3 days, or when you travel for more than 72 minutes outside the city (which seems to cover both the midbar and the yam). So just having a hurricane pass through doesn't make you chayav (or permitted, since safek berachot l'hakel) to say HaGomel. Upon seeing/feeling uncommonly strong ...


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Is a rainbow a bad sign? As was mentioned in the other answers, G-d tells Noach that he will never bring another flood to destroy the earth. The rainbow will be a sign, when G-d will see it he will remember the and refrain from destroying the earth (Bereshit 9:6-17). In particular, verse 14-15 says: "At a time when I bring clouds over the earth (i.e. ...


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http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=49716&st=&pgnum=30 Per the Machtzis HaShekel Siman 640:9 it is preferable to eat in a Sukkah with a Schlack, over eating in the house when it is raining since there are Poskim that consider it a Kosher Succah. The Bikurrei Yaakov Siman 626:12 says also that it is preferable to eat in a ...


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The Shulchan Aruch (OC in the 220's) lists a bunch of natural phenomenon that get special blessings including: Strong rains after an extended drought Blossoming fruit trees Meteors Comets Earthquakes Lightning Thunder Strong winds Seas Rivers (possibly only the four mentioned in Genesis 2) Uniquely tall mountains Uniquely tall cliffs Deserts Rainbows The ...


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Since geshem changing to gashem is dependent on whether the word comes at the completion of a phrase (esnachta or sof pasuk), the real question is: Is the ability to make rain a praise in itself (ending the phrase- hagashem), or is it only a praise if it is used to sustain life and must be followed by mechalkel chaim b'chesed (hageshem) There are many in ...


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True, but it's not visible beforehand like water. If dew weren't listed separately, we might think that it doesn't count, because it just condensed from the air rather than actually "falling" on the food. Besides, even water (or the other liquids) don't always make the food they touch muchshar (susceptible to tum'ah). Much of Maseches Machshirin discusses ...


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It looks like a general Chassidic custom. The Minchas Elazar writes that it is a tradition from the Ba'al Shem Tov. He explains the mishna that says that one stays is "comparable to a slave who mixes wine for his master and he spills it in his face." in a novel way. He says that there are two ways to explain "he spills in his face", is it the master ...


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Per Rabbi Aviner this is superstition and may be done. Opening Umbrella Inside Q: Is it unlucky to open an umbrella inside A: Superstition. (but not to be done on Shabbat, as an umbrella is Muktzeh)


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As long as it looks overcast, it's once per day. If it totally completely absolutely clears up bright and shiny, then later thunderstorms, you'd make a new bracha. SO: Once per day, OR Once per cloudy episode Whichever is more. (See Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 227:2 and Mishna Berura sk 8)


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Per Mishna Brura (229:1), when one sees a rainbow he should not inform a friend about it, but rather make a bracha and keep it to himself.


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Nope. If the s'chach isn't valid, it's not a sukkah. The practical advantage is, you can have all sorts of nice stuff in the sukkah; if it starts to rain, just put up the tarp; as soon as it stops raining you can pull off the tarp and get right back to your mitzva. Whereas if you didn't have the tarp, you have to rush everything out of your sukkah when it ...


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You are not supposed to gaze at it, however if you notice it you make a Bracha. When one sees a rainbow a bracha should be made. However, one should be careful not to stare at a rainbow for too long (Orach Chaim 229:1). The Be'er Hataiv 2 in Orach Chaim 229:1 says that looking at a rainbow weakens the eyes. ...


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As noted by Gershon, this is Mishnah Berurah citing the Chayei Adam. It seems that there might be room for manipulation according to other posekim. Thus: Q. (252) Mr. Danny Persoff: Is there an Issur to look at a rainbow? A. The Shulchan Aruch (229:1) writes that it is prohibited to look at a rainbow "B'yotair" for a prolonged period of time. The Gra ...


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In Israel, we shift to Tal UMatar on the 7th of Cheshvan, because that is generally when the rainy season starts in Israel. In Bavel, the rainy season started 60 days after the equinox, so that is the date used by Bavel. Likely your confusion comes from the fact that general Jewish practice is to follow the dates of Bavel even though the country they ...


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I found a German source in the Tur, Orach Chayyim 625: "...in the seventh month, when it's rainy, and people generally leave their summer shade huts and go into their houses, we leave our houses and sit in our huts so that everyone will see that it's because of the commandment of The King to do so." And a friend pointed me to a Mediterranean source in ...


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http://hirhurim.blogspot.com/2008/12/shoveling-snow-on-shabbos.html http://nefeshchaim.blogspot.com/2007/03/shoveling-snow-on-shabbos.html


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There is water from rainfall and wells, and then there is water that has condensed from vapor in the air. The former is one kind of water, and the latter is a different kind, halachically speaking. The fact that they are chemically identical doesn't make them halachically identical. For example, if one were to synthesize grape juice using chemicals and ...


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If she just lit them but didn't yet say the bracha, and it's still before sunset, she hasn't yet accepted Shabbat. So relight them and then make the bracha. If she already made the bracha but it's still before sunset, she can't relight them because she accepted Shabbat. But if her husband is still home and hasn't accepted Shabbat yet for himself (he ...


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The Mishnah Berurah (227:3) quotes the Chayei Odom. However, he also says (227:5) that one should make a brocha right away upon seeing lightning, without waiting for thunder. Apparently, there are cases where one need not suspect that it is because of heat. Maybe when it is cold? or raining?


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Well said. I heard Rabbi Herschel Welcher address exactly this question. There's a disagreement in the Achronim whether pushing muktza indirectly is subject to the "indirect" loophole if that's the normal way it's done, e.g. snow with a shovel; Rabbi Welcher concluded as you did, that yes even so, as you're not actually touching the snow, the "indirect ...


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http://hirhurim.blogspot.com/2008/12/shoveling-snow-on-shabbos.html Most authorities hold that snow is not Muktza on Shabbos, since it is not Nolad, as the moisture was in the air earlier. However according to "The Halachos of Muktza" in the name of HaRav Moshe Feinstein Zatzal snow is Muktza even if it fell before Shabbos since it is not normally used for ...


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If by "ends", you mean the sky cleared, then yes you make another one. However, just stopping and starting doesn't count. On an aside, if it's the next day you make a Bracha even if the sky didn't clear.


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The Maharsha (to Berachos 59a) explains that the end of the beracha on the rainbow וקיים במאמרו refers to the fact that the rainbow was created during the 6 days of creation (as listed in Avos 5:6). So perhaps you could make an argument that by saying עושה מעשה בראשית you are including such things as the rainbow?


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This question is, of course, the subject of a large part of the 1st Perek in Ta'anis. The reason we begin to mention Hashem's power of rain on Shemini Atzeres (Mashiv Haruach) is discussed in Ta'anis 2a-3a and is related to the Nisuch Hamayim in the Bais HaMikdash. The reasons we don't actually begin asking for rain then (V'Sain Tal Umatar)are: Rain on ...


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There is a Rav in Lakewood that personally shoveled the snow from the steps of his Shul on a Shabbos morning (In an area that there was an Eiruv - so there was no Issur of moving it from one Reshus to another). However there were many people that felt it was an Uvda D'Chol. Since that time he has not done it as they hired a non Jew to shovel when it snows on ...


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A description of the color-shade of tzara'as. Whether it counts as water vis-a-vis a mikva.


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There is a ma'ala in sitting outside, even if the succah is covered. This is in accordance with the shita of the Rabbeinu Tam on maseches succah 10a SV 'piress'. The Shulchan Aruch (OC 629:19) only brings this down as a yesh omrim, but the MB says to be machmir to sit in the succah (without a brocha), b'shaas ha'd'chak, in other words, if you live in the UK ...


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I suggest that the purpose of the wind was so that people who chose to doubt the miraculous nature of the splitting had something with which to rationalize it.



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