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Yes. The website uses UTC time. Since I live on the west coast in the US, each "website day" starts at 5 PM. Thus, I simply visit the site after 5 PM on Friday, which during the summer months is not yet Shabbos, and then visit again before 5 PM on Sunday. As far as the website is concerned, I just visited on two consecutive days. The only remaining problem ...


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Yes, we always light Shabbat candles, and at the usual time (non-primary source). The only time a holiday affects candle-lighting is that on the second day of a two-day holiday, so long as the second day is not also Shabbat, you don't light the second-day candles until dark so as not to encroach the first day. For Shabbat immediately after a holiday, or ...


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From Rabbi Torczyner: • May I braid challah on Yom Tov? This is actually more complex than it may sound. On the one hand, acts from kneading and onward in the bread-making process are permitted on Yom Tov. On the other hand, the reason we don't braid dough is because it is "construction", and construction is prohibited on Yom Tov. Indeed, Rav Shlomo ...


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http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=48844&st=&pgnum=168 http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=48844&st=&pgnum=169 http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=48844&st=&pgnum=171 http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=48844&st=&pgnum=173 1 - Although L'Chatchila we do not make Kiddush Levana Friday night and on ...


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Aruch HaShulchan 289:3 makes it clear that your assumption (in your question) that the beracha on the wine is preceded by "one or more" Torah verses is wrong. The gemara doesn't mention any verses and perhaps it's better not to mention any. ולכן אין בו רק ברכת 'בורא פרי הגפן', ובגמרא שם קראו לה 'קידושא רבה' על דרך סגי נהור, ועוד מפני שברכה זו יש בכל ...


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Shulchan Aruch OC 339:4 rules that one should not perform Kiddushin (betrothal) or Nissuin (marriage) on Shabbat or Yom Tov. However he notes that if one did so, even on purpose, it works and the couple is fully married.


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On a Biblical level you'd be allowed to cook on a Yom Tov even for a weekday, so long as there is enough time left in the day that you'd actually be able to eat the dishes you're preparing, if you're so inclined. The Eruv Tavshilin, then, is needed only because of the Rabbinical enactment forbidding preparations on Yom Tov for afterwards. It represents the ...


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Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 527:22) says that you should make the following declaration when making an Eruv on the first day of Yom Tov: "If today is a Yom Tov, then I don't need an Eruv [because tomorrow is really a weekday, and I can prepare for Shabbos as usual]. But if today is a weekday, then with this Eruv I shall be allowed to bake, cook, ...." Note ...


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Now that we've moved the clocks, I realized that it's possible to do the inverse of @jake's answer from the eastern time zone: shabbat ended this week before 6PM, so if I'd thought of it I could have gotten credit for the day by visiting in that last hour (7PM EST = midnight UTC). Shabbat won't end after 7PM again until March 10, and there are no chagim in ...


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The reason we have double parshiyos in the first place is in order to satisfy the four basic rules (given in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 428:4) about the distribution of parshiyos throughout the year. In particular, the first two are: that the Shabbos before Pesach has to be Parshas Tzav in a regular year, or Metzora in a leap year; and that the Shabbos ...


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Well it's technically possible to write a script (and I'm sure there have been scripts written already), but an important thing to note is that the homepage doesn't count for a visit, as well as "similar pages" (source). [and there may even be more secret algorithms preventing something like that] Of course, we would then have to analyze whether this would ...


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Levush (Orach Chaim 488:1) says that we start with הא-ל בתעצומות on Yom Tov, because all of them are "in remembrance of the Exodus from Egypt," when Hashem displayed His mighty power. He also says (ibid. 584:1) that we start with המלך on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (and change the wording to המלך יושב, "the King is sitting"), because these are the times ...


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Yes, Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh Chagim Holy Days However, people who desecrated Shabbat don't have any rest in Gehenom. Here's Zohar page that discusses it. (section 450-451) (Zohar Parshat Terumah, 150B)


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Shmiras Shabbos KeHilchasah (footnote to 3:60) quotes R' Shlomoh Zalman Aurbach that it is forbidden when the cover to the saltshaker is on. 3:60 מותר לתת גרגירי אורז (לפני שבת, ומשום אסור מוקצה) בממליחה פחותה ע"מ שיספגו את הלחות שבמלח, ובממליחה מכוסה טוב לא להוציא דרך המכסה שבה, גם אם נשאר הרבה מלח מעורב בתוך האורז footnote 179 שמעתי מהגרש"ז ...


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The Torah uses two different terms for "work," מלאכה and עבודה. In the case of Shabbos, the Torah consistently says that no מלאכה may be done on it (Ex. 20:9, 31:14-15, 35:2; Lev. 23:3; Deut. 5:13). By contrast, with Yom Tov, the Torah states in several places that מלאכת עבודה is prohibited (Lev. 23 passim, Num. 28-29 passim). Ramban (to Lev. 23:7) explains ...


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As you've said, first of all you should never be smoking. Secondly, you have no idea what they're putting in those cigarettes so you shouldn't use them on Pesach. As far as davar hashaveh lechol nefesh: the Talmud says you can cook fresh food on YomTov because freshly-cooked food is something universally appreciated. The Talmud then says that mugmar, some ...


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Again, according to Rabbi Yaakov Emden, you keep 1 day if you're in Israel right now, no matter where you come from or where you intend to be. If you follow his opinion, this question is moot. The prevalence of this opinion has had a resurgence in recent years, especially as we all move around so much, no one really is "of" a specific place like they used to ...


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Say it only during kiddush. The women too should only say it during kiddush. Why would one assume the two would be any different? They are both obligated in kiddush and both obligated to have the lights lit. The Talmud in Sukkah (47b) implies already that the shehechiyanu is said with the kiddush. (The Tur OC 519 deems it an "enactment of [the sages] to say ...


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In SA OC Siman 263 M"A Sif-Katan 12 he writes that if one makes the bracha before lighting (on Shabbos) then that's considered to be "Kabbalas Shabbos" and it's then ossur to light candles. However he then says if that's the case ("v'im cain"), then on Yom Tov one should make the bracha and then light. (Since there is no problem of lighting a candle on yom ...


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There are two main Regalim - Pesach and Sukkot. Each one has another one-day mini yom-tov without special mitzvos afterwards. They are each called an "Atzeret" since they have no special mitzvot and are a culmination of the previous holiday. 7 weeks after the beginning of Pesach is Shavuot/Atzeret, and the day after Sukkot is Shemini Atzeret. The ...


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The Torah spells out (Lev. 23:32) that Yom Kippur begins בתשעה לחדש בערב, in the evening of 9 Tishrei, and that it runs מערב עד ערב, from evening to evening. As explained by the Gemara, Rosh Hashanah 9a, the words בתשעה לחדש בערב teach us that מוסיפין מחול על הקדש - we have to start Yom Kippur a little earlier than sunset and end it a little after ...


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Amman has never been under Jewish rulership (it was the capital of the Ammonite kingdom). By contrast, Eilat (or neighboring Etzion Gever) was controlled by Shlomo (I Kings 9:26), Yehoshafat (ibid. 22:49), and Uzziah (II Kings 14:22) - it was permanently wrested away only in Achaz's times (ibid. 16:6) - so there is much more reason to consider it part of ...


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Today we don't treat the second day of yomtov as a "maybe it's yomtov"; it has been rabbinically enacted for us (non-Israel-dwellers) as a full-fledged yomtov. The Talmud established long, long ago that rabbinic law has the power to order someone to be passive rather than fulfill a Torah obligation, e.g. not putting on tefilin on 2nd day yomtov (or not ...


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There is a dispute in Beitzah 20b whether voluntary offerings can be brought on Yom Tov, but the final halachah is that they cannot; the only private korbanos that can be brought on that day are the ones in which one is obligated for Yom Tov - the olas re'iyah, shalmei chagigah and shalmei simchah (Rambam, Hil. Chagigah 1:8). [The mishnah you quoted means ...


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Nitei Gavriel (Hilchot Yom Tov, volume 1, chapter 21, paragraph 4) says: ‫ד. מותר לשים ביו״ט קדירה של מים ע״ג האש כדי שיעברו על‬ ‫שפת הקדירה ויכבו את האש מתחתיו, אכן יש לו להשתמש במים‬ ‫לבישול קדירה וכדומה דהו״ל לצורך יו״ט, ודוקא במקום צורך כגון‬ ‫שמפחד שהילדים יתקרבו להאש, אז מותר למלאות קדירה מים, כדי‬ ‫להרתיח על האש לצורך שתיה, בכוונה שהמים ...


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http://www.dinonline.org/2010/08/10/filter-on-faucet/ Ayil Meshulash chapter 7 note 110 & Shemiras Shabbos 3:60 both say it is permitted to use a salt shaker with rice inside on Shabbos. The reasoning is because the salt shaker is made solely for immediate use, and therefore its use is not considered Derech Bereirah but rather Derech ...


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The answer to your first question about the meaning of the expression "sowing" can be found in Rashi in the gemara Bechoros 22a (fruits of my learning in this program!): One puts the vessel containing the impure water in the mikveh until the water of the mikveh passes over the mouth of the vessel and makes contact with the water that is in the vessel. ...


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The truth is that while originally the practice was because of doubt about when Yom Tov would occur, that problem was solved when the calendar was fixed. Nevertheless the practice of two days of Yom Tov was retained as a custom. In general an individual who travels to another local must retain their own customs while not publicly deviating from the local ...


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I just found this relevant article on the Five Towns Jewish Times website: http://www.5tjt.com/component/content/article/25-halacha/6685-showering-on-yom-tov.html



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