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Benefiting From A Non-Jew’s Work On Shabbat

27 Shevat 5773 – February 6, 2013
If you yourself may not perform a melachah, you may not ask a non-Jew to perform it for you. This is true both for biblically prohibited acts, melachot de’oreita, and rabinically prohibited acts, melachot de’rabbanan. This applies even if the non-Jew was instructed before Shabbat to perform the melachah on Shabbat.

Prayers For The Government

21 Shevat 5773 – January 31, 2013
Question: Is it proper to recite prayers for a non-Jewish government during davening?

Minor Seller

A group of fifth-grade boys was playing ball in the park one afternoon. Yosef zoomed into the park on his rollerblades, with a broad smile on his face.

Daf Yomi

Neighbors To The Rescue ‘He May Tell Others: Come, Save For Yourselves’ (Shabbos 121a)

Muktzah On Yom Tov

There is also an additional category of muktzah, applicable mainly to food on Yom Tov, known as muktzah mechamat hachana, which means muktzah because one had no intention on Erev Yom Tov to eat such food on Yom Tov.

Missing Money

14 Shevat 5773 – January 24, 2013
"We're flying to Israel tonight for a month to visit our children who live there," Mr. Hirsch told his neighbor, Mr. Feiner.

Muktzah On Shabbat

Sunday. Many of us do not go to work. There is, however, so much to do at home. How many of us have the self-control to make Sunday a voluntary day of rest and refrain from balancing our checkbooks, paying our bills, clearing out the attic, or mowing the lawn?

Ga’al Yisrael

Question: Many chazzanim say the words “ga’al yisrael” before shemoneh esrei quietly. Is this practice proper?

Daf Yomi

The Carpenter’s Folly ‘All Holy Writings…Require Geniza’ (Shabbos 115a)

Warming Food On Shabbat; Blech And Hotplate

7 Shevat 5773 – January 17, 2013
Whereas a person may not cook food on Shabbat, there is no biblical prohibition against food cooking itself on Shabbat. Therefore a person may place raw meat in a pot on Friday afternoon Erev Shabbat before sunset and allow it to cook through until the following day for the Shabbat lunch meal.

Daf Yomi

By All Means Rescue! ‘If One Removes A Fish From The Sea’ (Shabbos 107b)

Check It Out

Outside the beis medrash of Yeshiva Gedolei Yisrael, Mr. Gross sold framed pictures of many gedolim. Dani loved to stand and admire the pictures as he walked in and out of the beis medrash. Looking at him were the Sages of the previous generation: Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt"l, Rav S.Z. Auerbach, zt"l, Rav Y.S. Elyashiv, zt"l, and many others.

Stand Or Sit?

Question: Should one stand or sit during chazarat hashatz?

My Loss Or Yours

29 Tevet 5773 – January 10, 2013
Dan and Shai were standing in the train station. They had just finished a shopping spree and each carried a bag, which they put down next to them. "I got a gift for my parent's anniversary," said Shai. "It cost quite a lot, but it's a very special occasion."

Daf Yomi

A Murky Dispute ‘Water Does Not Affect Its Status’ (Shabbos 100a)

Hats At Meals

Question: Must one wear a hat during Shabbat meals?

Bathing, Washing And Swimming On Shabbat

One may not bathe in, wash or shower with water heated on Shabbat. Whether one may perform these activities with water heated before Shabbat is debated by Rav, who maintains that one may wash one’s entire body, limb by limb, in such water, and Shmuel, who maintains one may only wash one’s face, hands and feet in such water.

Kesubah Corrections

23 Tevet 5773 – January 4, 2013
Rabbi Dayan received a phone call from his nephew, Rabbi Federman, who had recently taken his first position as a pulpit rabbi. "Sholom aleichem," Rabbi Dayan greeted him. "How is the new Rav managing?"

Why Do We Say Korbanot?

22 Tevet 5773 – January 3, 2013
Question: What is the purpose of reciting korbanot in the morning?

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