Questions tagged [priorities]
Questions about which action takes priority in a specific case, usually when only one thing can be done.
15 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Parent dying overseas - visit now or attend funeral?
A person lives far away from a dying parent and cannot afford more than one visit. What do the halachic sources say about when they should visit? Should they visit the parent immediately and miss the ...
Catching Up When Saying Tachanun M/Th
On Mondays and Thursdays I often fall very behind during tachanun. I see two options — I can start with the congregation after having listened with proper intent during chazarat hashatz, or I can ...
Is one allowed to get a job where no minyan could be found?
If one lives in a Jewish community with access to synogogues, can one accept a job offer in a nearby city/location where there are no nearby synagogues to enable one to pray mincha with a minyan? Let'...
What's the definition of "not now" for priority-of-b'racha purposes?
Orach Chayim 211 is about what food to recite a blessing over (that is, and eat) first when one wishes to eat two foods. It's clear that (except according to the Rambam cited in 211:2) one does not ...
Which comes first after picking up shel rosh: talis or tefilin?
If a person picked up his tefilin before his talis, he puts on his tefilin first (Shulchan Orech OC 25:1). Additionally, if a person picked up his shel Rosh before his shel yad (ibid. :6) he puts down ...
Two people but only one kidney
if there are two patients about to die of kidney failure and there is only one kidney available, does the halacha have a way to choose who gets the kidney? (such as lottery) (assuming both cases are ...
Kavana vs. Minyan
If I find myself in a situation where davening with a particular minyan will be detrimental to my kavana, should I daven b'yechidut but with a better focus and concentration, or should I stay with the ...
One mezuzah, two outside doors -- which is preferred?
In a house with two outside entrances, what is the halacha if you only have one mezuzah? Is there a priority in entrances, or does the occupant choose? (Yes, one should acquire a second mezuzah, but ...
Does the proximity rule for hand washing water extend to b'racha precedence?
Assuming that one must wash one's hands before eating bread unless the water is very far away, and assuming one is near water, and assuming that the highest precedence b'racha is the b'racha for bread ...
Are there sources that permit or prohibit co-ed learning of self-defense?
Learning self-defense in a co-ed environment could be considered prevention of problems that could lead to pikuach nefesh (danger to life). Prohibiting a co-ed environment could be considered placing ...
Is it always a good idea to say an extra Shema' if you missed one?
According to Double AA's answer on a related question, "it can't hurt" to say an extra Shema' later if you missed the Zeman (set time) for it. While it may be true to a certain extent that saying ...
Davening in Disrespectful Clothing: Which is Better?
As discussed in these questions regarding shorts, underclothes, and nightgowns, among others, there are certain restrictions of what one may and may not wear when davening. I am assuming it's better ...
Priorities: Tefillah & Tachanun vs Tefillah w/o
In my synagogue, Mincha ketana is always right before sunset.By the time the Sh"tz finishes, it is past sunset and there is no Tachanun. I can go to Mincha gedola with Tachnun at a different place. I ...
Is it permissible to learn out loud while the tzibbur is davening?
In my local shul during mincha/maariv a daf yomi chabura learns out loud during davening in the same beis medrash as the rest of the tzibbur. Do they have a right to do so? The problem is that I can'...
Which witness testifies about a blasphemer?
In Rambam Hilchos Avodas Kochavim Perek 2 halacha 8 it says that if someone curses the name of God, the court examines the witnesses as to what they heard. The "great one" (Rambam's words) of all the ...