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Rashi on 21b points to the continuation of the gemara on Moed Katan 23a which provides the answer ואם אין לו בנים מותר לישא לאלתר משום ביטול פריה ורביה הניחה לו בנים קטנים מותר לישא לאלתר מפני פרנסתן And if he does not have children, he is permitted to marry another wife immediately due to the need to not neglect the mitzva to be fruitful and ...


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See Yevamot 62b. The juxtaposition of the sentences in Gemara leads to understand that he learned this from a verse (Ecclesiastes 11.6). ר"ע אומר למד תורה בילדותו ילמוד תורה בזקנותו היו לו תלמידים בילדותו יהיו לו תלמידים בזקנותו שנא' בבקר זרע את זרעך וגו' אמרו שנים עשר אלף זוגים תלמידים היו לו לרבי עקיבא מגבת עד אנטיפרס וכולן מתו בפרק אחד מפני שלא נהגו ...


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Upon hearing bad news, one says the blessing ברוך אתה יקוק אלוקינו מלך העולם דיין האמת"‏" (OC 222:2). Regarding mourning, the Shulchan Arukh rules (YD 374.6): כל מי שמתאבל עליו מתאבל עמו אם מת לו מת ודוקא בעודו בפניו אבל שלא בפניו אין צריך לנהוג אבלות...: הגה וי"א דהאידנא נוהגין להקל באבילות זה של המתאבלים עמו דאין זה אלא משום כבוד המתאבלים ועכשיו נהגו ...


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Presumably, R' Hoffman is referring to two mourning practices that the Talmud Bavli lists as required but that Tosafot discuss being no longer practiced in their time and place: covering one's face and overturning one's bed. The Talmud says in Mo'ed Katan 15a: אבל חייב בעטיפת הראש מדקאמר ליה רחמנא ליחזקאל (יחזקאל כד, יז) ולא תעטה על שפם מכלל דכולי עלמא ...


4

I found it on the OU site: Tachanun is not recited in a house of mourning even if the mourners are not present (Shaarei Teshuva OC 131:10).


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R Yaakov Goldstein in his book The Laws & Customs of Mourning Vol. 2 writes (here online) An Avel [who is the son of the deceased, whether the deceased is his father or mother], is to lead the prayers as Chazan for every weekday prayer, if he knows how to do so. [This applies even if there are other potential Chazanim available. He is to push ...


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I recently learned Mikvaot for the MiYodeya 10-year siyum Mishnayot and noticed artscroll there explains The study of the [seventh chapter of Mikvaot] is considered especially meritorious, because the first letters of the last four Mishnas spell neshama (soul) at the end of the chapter [R Yitzchak Isaac of Komarna]. It is therefore customary to study ...


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Art Scroll Gemara Moed Katan 21b2 note 14 says As we will see later, there are circumstances when a man may remarry within sheloshim, as, for example, when he has no children (and thus has not yet fulfilled the mitzvah of procreation) Rashi, (from the gemara below 23a) Also consider the kohen gadol before Yom Kippur who must remarry in order to ...


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It might be noted that Kaddish is considered to be a benefit for the neshamah of the niftar (soul of the departed) and is considered to be part of Kivud Av v'Em (under those circumstances where it applies). As to how far you have to go or exert yourself to say kaddish, it seems it would be about the same length that you need to go to daven with a minyon. ...


2

Yes. Aveilus obligates the mourner, not the deceased. The nature of the deceased is irrelevant; the mourner would follow his mesorah on any differences between Sephardic or Ashkenazic customs.


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I have never seen or heard of this minhag, nor does there seem to be mention of it on the internet. Here is one possible justification/support: According to the Or Zarua (Hilchos Tish'a B'Av, end of 415) and Biur Hagra (OC 559:3, both sources are cited in this article about Nichum Aveilim on Tish'a B'av), for the entire 9th of Av, we have the status of "...


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This question is based on a false premise: That the congregation says Tachanun because the Aveil is present. if an aveil (mourner) is present in shul during his week of shiva, the congregation does say Tachanun but the aveil doesn't. It's the opposite: If an Aveil davens at home in a Minyan, the entire Minyan doesn't say Tachanun, because he can't. Since ...


2

If an Aveil is in Shul during the month of Nissan when Tachanun is not said, or if an Aveil is in Shul on Rosh Chodesh when no Tachanun is said, then no Tachanun is said by all, remains the rule. The rule of saying Tachanun when an Aveil is present is only that an Aveil does not make the Shul not say Tachanun. Thus in the case of a Chassan and an Aveil being ...


1

Given that we say kaddish on the yahrtzeit even though the neshama is assumed to be in Gan Eden, we should say kaddish for the first 11 months in any case. We would be saying kaddish so that the neshama should have an aliyah no matter how small any aveiros might be or even if the neshama immediately is placed at an initial level in Gan Eden. I am assuming ...


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Many semikha programs, including RIETS for example, require that students study Niddah & Avelut. There is no requirement that students enrolled there be married or mourners.


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My understanding is that the mention of teruma in the vidduy is to fully list the different things that had to be given. The mishna in Bikkurim says that ma'aser and bikkurim both require vidduy, whereas teruma doesn't require vidduy. The Bartenura comments on this mishna that although teruma is mentioned as part of the vidduy in the words וְגַם נְתַתִּיו, ...


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Rav Chaim Kanievsky was asked if a sick person is in critical condition is it permissible for the relatives to learn hilchos aveilus or is it poseach peh l'Satan? Rav Chaim answered that when it comes to learning Torah and halachos there is no concern, and one is able to learn these halachos, but it is preferable to give a little bit of tezedaka before to ...


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