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This Week's Luach

New York City
CANDLE LIGHTING TIME
Dec. 27, 2002 – 22 Teves 5763
4:15 p.m. E.S.T.
Sabbath Ends: 5:26 p.m. E.S.T.

Weekly Reading: Shemos
Weekly Haftara: Habaim Yashresh Yaakov (Yeshayahu 27:6-28:13;29:22-23)
Daf Yomi: Sanhedrin 107
Mishna Yomit: Bechoros 4:6-7
Halacha Yomit: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, 180:12
Rambam Yomi: Nusach Bircas Hamazon (to conclusion) – Hilchos Shabbos chapt. 1-2
Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 6:20 a.m. E.S.T.
Latest Kerias Shema: 9:38 a.m. E.S.T.

This Shabbos is Shabbos Mevorchim. We bless the new moon, Rosh Chodesh Shevat is next Shabbos (1 day). The molad is Friday morning, 50 minutes and 14 chalakim (a chelek is 1/18 of a minute) past 9:00 a.m.

Friday evening, Kabbalas Shabbos and the usual Maariv tefilla with inclusion of Ya?aleh VeYavo in the Shemoneh Esreh. Birkas Hamazon: In the Grace After Meals we add Ya?aleh VeYavo, as well as mention of Rosh Chodesh in Beracha Acharona (Me?ein Shalos) at all times.
The following chapters of Tehillim are being recited by many congregations and Yeshivos for our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisrael: Chapter 83, 130, 142.

About the Author: Rabbi Yaakov Klass, rav of Congregation K’hal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush, Brooklyn, is Torah Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at yklass@jewishpress.com.


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M. Goldman
(Via E-mail)

Question: My young daughter was recently diagnosed with autism. She does not function well socially and is extremely introverted, but we have noticed that she reacts very well to small animals. We reported this to her therapist who suggested that we get a dog or cat as a pet. We know that most religious people frown upon having pets, but we hate to see our daughter suffer and want to do anything that would make her happy. Would it be okay to own a pet in the circumstances we described?

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Question: My young daughter was recently diagnosed with autism. She does not function well socially and is extremely introverted, but we have noticed that she reacts very well to small animals. We reported this to her therapist who suggested that we get a dog or cat as a pet. We know that most religious people frown upon having pets, but we hate to see our daughter suffer and want to do anything that would make her happy. Would it be okay to own a pet in the circumstances we described?

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Question: My young daughter was recently diagnosed with autism. She does not function well socially and is extremely introverted, but we have noticed that she reacts very well to small animals. We reported this to her therapist who suggested that we get a dog or cat as a pet. We know that most religious people frown upon having pets, but we hate to see our daughter suffer and want to do anything that would make her happy. Would it be okay to own a pet in the circumstances we described?

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