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January 12, 2017

There is a mitzva to light a candle to honor Shabbat.

There are three reasons for this: 1) to honor Shabbat, as a banquet without light is of no significance; 2) for oneg Shabbat, because one who cannot see his food does not enjoy it; 3) to bring shalom bayit (peace in...

December 9, 2016

Our Sages instituted a mitzvah to light candles all eight days of Chanukah, when the Jewish people celebrated and gave thanks to God for helping them defeat the Greeks, liberate Jerusalem, and purify the Holy Temple.  In addition, the oil in the Temple’s menorah burned...

December 2, 2016

One may brush one’s teeth on Shabbat to clean them and to treat bad breath.

Similarly, mouthwash may be used to freshen one’s breath. However, it is proper to refrain from using toothpaste, the same way we refrain from using bar soap or thick liquid soap.

While it is tru...

December 1, 2016

When a person prays in a synagogue with a congregation, his prayer is heard (see Berachot6a).

Even someone who missed praying in a minyan has a mitzvah to pray in the synagogue, since it is a permanent and special place of holiness in where prayer is more accepted.

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December 1, 2016

‘Yom Tov Sheni’ is equivalent to ‘Yom Tov Rishon’ in all its halachot, for everything the Rabbis instituted, is similar to what the Torah commanded.

Thus, all the prohibitions that apply to ‘Yom Tov Rishon’, including Rabbinical prohibitions, also apply to ‘Yo...

November 25, 2016

Last week we learned about the importance of one preparing for Shabbat by himself, this week we will learn about what are the preparations one should make for shabbat.

The Sages state that there are three things one must say in his home as it gets dark on Friday: (1) “H...

November 11, 2016

The Torah states: “On the sixth day, they shall prepare what they have brought in” (Shemot 16:5). It is inferred from here that there is a mitzva to prepare for Shabbat on Friday. Even a rich and dignified person who has servants who take care of all his needs during t...

November 4, 2016

The most frequent mistake made in the Amidah concerns the mention of, and the request for rain, because the wording is switched bi-annually. Throughout half the year, we become accustomed to a certain wording and tend to continue even though the time has come to change...

October 7, 2016

It is a Mitzvah to eat on the eve of Yom Kippur and to increase the amount one normally consumes (Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chaim 604:1). Seemingly, it would appear to be more appropriate to fill oneself with fear and trembling than food. What reason could there be for joy...

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