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Yeah, especially when a diaspora yom tov is adjacent to Shabbat, it sometimes feels like a long slog. I sometimes feel like I'm fighting an uphill battle because I didn't do this from birth -- it isn't a life-long routine. Here are some things that help me. (Some of these are dependent on your family and community situations, which I don't know.) Board ...


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I will start with the disclaimer that when I became religious, Yom Tov was a highlight for me, so I don't know how you will relate to what makes Yom Tov exciting for me. I am generally more of an intellectually-stimulated person, but something I found exciting about many mitzvos, but perhaps more so by Yom Tov, was understanding the meaning of the theme and ...


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This Star-K article by Rabbi Tzvi Rosen says: Although induction cooking offers a koshering benefit, the cooktop cannot be used on Shabbos or Yom Yov because the cooking connection is made once the pot is put onto the coil area. Similarly, one would not be able to remove the pot from the cooktop on Shabbos or Yom Tov because one would be “disconnecting” ...


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My parents were observant from before I was born, and I have been Shabbat- and Yom-Tov-observant my whole life. I can honestly say that I don't believe I have ever intentionally violated either. So no, based on one counterexample from personal testimony, for what that's worth, not everyone cheats. I do find that observance of Shabbat and Yom Tov, especially ...


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I sympathize with your story, but let's focus on the questions you stated: Does everyone actually cheat? Absolutely not. Most people who keep Yom Tov follow the normative Halacha. Why don't you hear other complainers? Try looking harder, as there are people willing to complain about anything and everything ; ) What do people actually do? They learn how to ...


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The idea of Shabbos originated at Ma'asei Bereishis. (Creation). The Jews accepted the Shabbos 2448 years later. The Shmoneh Esrei (actually, the Amidah) of each tefillah represents a different approach to Shabbos. A. Ma'ariv refers to haShem's Creation; therefore, it starts "Atta Kidashta" this is like a heading. then we go on to say " ... Tachlis... ...


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Yes, Shloshim is cancelled if Shiva ended before the holiday started. ShA YD 399:3


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The Torah mandates "simcha" on Yom Tov. The Talmud understands "simcha" to refer to eating meat and wine. Hence, the obligation to eat meat on Yom Tov. The exact parameters of this obligation are subject to much debate among the Poskim. The fours assumptions you quote are held by some Rabbis and rejected by others. As always, ask your LOR. The obligation ...


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As DanF already answered, the Torah only commands us to go for the 3 festivals. However, if you look in the Mishna in Yoma, 7:2, and its commentators, you will learn that there were people who attended the Yom Kippur services in the Bet HaMikdash - and that it was a Mitzva to do so. Mishna: הָרוֹאֶה כֹהֵן גָּדוֹל כְּשֶׁהוּא קוֹרֵא, אֵינוֹ רוֹאֶה פַר ...


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In brief, no, this is not permissible. Two issues: 1 - See here regarding the problem of bleeding and causing a wound on Shabbat. Some say it is a prohibition of shochet - slaughtering. Others say this is a prohibition of dosh b/c blood is "extracted" from blood vessels and capillaries. The article does specifically mention giving a blood test on Shabbat, ...


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from Halachipedia: Tosfot (Beitzah 30a s.v. Tenan) writes that the gezerah of Chazal only applied then when they were experts in fixing musical instruments but it wouldn’t apply to us since we’re not experts in that area. The Bet Yosef 339:3 writes that the implication of all the poskim who simply copy the prohibition of the Mishna is that ...


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Yalqut Yosef states (in Se'if 5) that Simhhat Torah was not part of the Rabbinic decree (of not clapping/dancing) to safeguard against fixing tools. He states that, out of honor for the Torah, HaZa"L did not include Simhhat Torah celebrations in the decree.


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Regarding Shabbat: In the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch סימן סח - דין תפלת הדרך ושאר דברים שצריכין לזהר בדרך it says: סעיף י"ב: מִי שֶׁהוּא בְּיוֹם שַׁבָּת קֹדֶשׁ בַּדֶּרֶךְ בַּמָּלוֹן וְיֵשׁ לוֹ מָעוֹת, אִם יָכוֹל לְהַפְקִידָן אוֹ לְהַצְנִיעָן, אָסוּר לְהַחֲזִיקָן בְּכִיסוֹ, שֶׁהֲרֵי הֵם מֻקְצֶה. וְאִם מִתְיָרֵא שֶׁמָּא יִגְנְבוּן מִמֶּנּוּ, יִתְפְּרֵן ...


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Tosefos to Beitza 2b s.v. והיה suggests that whether or not manna fell on Yom Tov is a dispute between conflicting midrashim. One medrash says: ויברך ויקדש ברכו במן וקדשו במן שבשבת לא היה יורד מן אבל בי"ט היה יורד "and He blessed it," "and He sanctified it" - He blessed it with manna and sanctified it with manna, as on Shabbos manna did not come ...


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Chabad say For the havdalah candle we use the standard holiday candles which are on the table. It is not necessary to conjoin two candles. Halachipedia says similarly: When Motzei Shabbat is a Yom Tov If motzei shabbat is yom tov, one may use the Yom Tov candles for havdalah. It is preferable not to hold the two candles together. However ...


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Aruch Hashulchan 473:5 says that is one forgot to make Havdala and remembered once he began the Hagada, he should wait until the Second cup and make Havdala on the second cup. If he remembered in middle of Shulchan Aruch, if he had in mind to drink during the Seuda, he should make Havdala without saying Borei Pri Hagefen, if he did not intend to drink wine ...


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The Pri Migadim says this is the custom, and suggests it is for man and woman, pointing to Eliya Rabba, who explains what that means: A man has 248 limbs, a woman 252. נר (candle) is 250, so 250 times 2 equals the number of limbs in man and woman combined. The Eliya Rabba brings this as an alternative reason for two candles on Shabbos. There the Eliya Rabba ...


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Of course CYLOR, but the short answer is yes. The longer answer is look in Hilchos Yom Tov siman 510 siff two and three with the Mishna Berurah and Biur Halacha. Basically any Borer you can't do before Yom Tov due, for quality purposes, is allowed to be done on Yom Tov. So coffee which is only good fresh is allowed to be prepared in a way that ...


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The Gemara in Shabbat 117b (bottom of the daf) brings an argument between the Sages and Rabbi Chidka on how many meals one must eat on Shabbat. The Sages say 3 - 1 at night and 2 in the day; R' Chidka says 4 - 1 at night and 3 in the day. The halacha is like the Sages, but either way, we see that we need one at night. ת"ר כמה סעודות חייב אדם לאכול בשבת ...


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Eruv Tavshilin is required only when Yom Tov itself is on Friday. not Erev Yom Tov. This year, and next, it occurs on just one day during the Jewish year - the Thursday eve. prior to the beginning of the 7th day of Pesach. If the message referred to this Friday, it is an error.


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To flesh out andrewmh20's comment on the question, the Gemara (Chulin 26b) asks this and answers סדר הבדלות הוא מונה - we're giving the standard list of "divisions" mentioned in the Torah. As Rashi explains there, a division בין יום השביעי לששת ימי המעשה indeed isn't mentioned in those words in the Torah, but it is a suitable lead-in to the end of the ...


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According to http://shiurim.rabbibelovski.com/i/48.brushing%20teeth.shabbat.pdf (And note all the source there) The English Summary at the bottom: Given the number of distinct issues involved in brushing teeth, theoretically, there could be numerous opinions regarding which issues we must be concerned with and which issues are not of concern to us. ...


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As far as I know there is no requirement that says you have to keep your payoth 'looking good.' But if that is priority to you then there are two different options. If one has naturally curly hair that allows peyoth to develop naturally when drying, then on yom tov one may simply wet his hair in the morning when he gets up. For everything else, one should ...


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This actually can be answered by logic. On Yom Tov one is allowed to light a candle from an existing flame. As a result, one would light the candle at home upon returning there. Since one would do this at once, the light of the candles would now be used and be yotzei lighting the candles. For example Thus, if one eats out, one can light the Yom Tov candles ...


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The Art Scroll 51b2 and 52a1 explains that this is in a case in which the second day of Yom Tov was still a local custom. That is, it depended on where the messengers reached to determine which communities had a second day of Yom Tov. Because Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur caused the travel time to be curtailed in Tishrei, some communities had a second day of ...


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R' Hirsch in Horeb, ch. 100 para. 638 (p. 487 in the Dayan Grunfeld translation), writes regarding Rosh Chodesh and Chol Hamo'ed: These are days which have their special significance in the Musaf sacrifice, but which are otherwise characterized by the usual activities of life. In the Musaf sacrifice, the life-concept of the people, which finds its usual ...


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Along the lines of what has been noted in the comments, the Yaaleh V'Yavo prayer is included in the blessing whose theme most closely matches that of the prayer itself. In the Yom Tov service, the middle blessing is devoted to the sanctity of the holiday itself which is directly relevant to the holiday-theme of Yaaleh V'yavo. However, on chol hamoed, when ...


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I received the following answer from the Star-K but it doesn't include detailed sources: The way this system works is that, when you open a faucet, hot water exits the tank. Cold water enters the tank in order to replace the hot water which has exited. The system recognizes the change in temperature in the tank, and activates the tankless heater. ...


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A bag containing food is a one-use item and is discarded after it is emptied. Conversely, a can (such as a tin of tuna fish) is capable of being re-used and must therefore be rendered useless before opening (typically by punching a hole in the bottom) to avoid committing the melacha of makeh bepatish - finishing a utensil (literally: the final hammer blow). ...


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The answers in the question you linked cite Rav Heineman b'shem Rav SZ Auerbach as an authority who's lenient and Rav Shlomo Miller as opposed. I believe Rav Nahum Rabinovitch of Maaleh Adumim has also said one can rely on Rav Heineman's leniency here (though I think generally he is reportedly not so convinced of the reasoning behind Tzomet's grama ...



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