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Parshas VaYishlach


Weekly Luach - Shabbat Shalom

New York City
CANDLE LIGHTING TIME
November 30, 2012 – 16 Kislev 5773
4:09 p.m. NYC E.S.T.

Sabbath Ends: 5:19 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Weekly Reading: VaYishlach
Weekly Haftara: Chazon Ovadiah (Obadiah 1:1-21)
Daf Yomi: Shabbos 58
Mishna Yomit: Sotah 6:3-4
Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 159:9-11
Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Zechiyah u’Matanah chap. 1-3
Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 6:03 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Latest Kerias Shema: 9:24 a.m. NYC E.S.T.

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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Question: If Abraham was commanded to circumcise his descendants on the eighth day, why do Arabs – who claim to descend from Abraham through Yishmael – wait until their children are 13 to circumcise them? I am aware that this is a matter of little consequence to our people. Nevertheless, this inconsistency is one that piques my curiosity.

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?

Her Loving Parents
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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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