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SAM2: Correct. But it IS assur to talk with tefillin if the conversation is frivolous or something like that. to say a few words is fine.
Some repeat the bracha after going to the bathroom.
REALIST: Are you saying that it’s OK to lift up the shel rosh to talk b/c then it’s considered like you’re not wearing tefillin, and you just can’t keep your mouth shut?
One of the chevra – please give me a source for that.
Say AMEN to brachos properly.
It is not assur to speak while wearing tefillin. it’s assur to engage in frivolous or mundane conversation, but if it’s for a mitzvah then it’s ok, as you long as you’re not talking during davening.
when removing, there is a custom not to interrupt, but the practice is not accordance with this custom.
“Not that it is right, I have seen som people who raise their shel rosh slightly off their head so they can speak, and put back in situ when they have finished talking!” My rav said this is very bad b/c you’re obligating yourself in making a new bracha. you canNOT lift up the shel rosh.
The halacha is that we say a bracha when (a) there is nutritional benefit and/or (b) the taste buds get pleasure.
Water has 0 calories (therefore, no nutritional benefit) and it has no taste (so the taste buds get no pleasure from it). if, however, you are thirsty or you desire to drink water, then there’s pleasure so a bracha is necessary. if you’re drinking so that you will not become thirsty in the future (e.g., before a taanis), it’s a machkoles as to whether a bracha is necessary.
if you want to make a bracha, or you’re ever in doubt as to whether or not you’re thirsty, say it on something else and have in mind to exempt the water.
hope this helps.
You can definitely make a siyum if you learned in English, since it is all torah study.
As for reading silently, I asked a shayla and was told that if one is learning in-depth and reading silently helps him understand it better, then he should do that. There IS a mitzvah to know and understand halacha, as is brought down in the sefer tanya, and this mitzvah is even greater than oral torah study. But from time to time he should enunciate the words of Mishna/ Gemara with his mouth, like he’s explaining it to someone else – which may help him understand. It’s definitely MUCH, MUCH better to learn aloud, and this gives Hashem tremendous nachas.
It says in the Tanya that if one recites words of Chumash without understanding a thing, he is yotzei talmud torah. I also heard from a Chabad rabbi that by Chumash you must say it, and by gemara and things like that (Oral Law), you must understand it.
I also heard from my congregational rabbi that if a person is just thinking in learning, this is a very good use of time, as we learn in PIRKEI AVOS that if a person sits by himself and learns, the Divine Presence is with him, and even if he’s just thinking, this is also good – but saying is MUCH better.
As for Tisha B’av – let’s say that a Torah thought pops into your head; are you obligated to chase that thought away since it’s assur?
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Chabad doesn’t say Tehillim at night.
from halachafortoday Web site
There are many who are careful to avoid saying tehillim at night for kabbalistic reasons, but al pi din it is muttar.August 23, 2012 6:34 pm at 6:34 pm in reply to: Where to start becoming Jewish when family roots discovered #991052
Do you know what Chabad-Lubavitch is?
Answer from halachafortoday Web site-
There are two different Minhagim. One (L’Omer)is a count down “from” when the Korban
Omer was brought while the other (B’Omer) is in reference to how many days “in”
Sefirah we are in.
Most Poskim go with L’Omer. However it is only L’Chatchila, as either one is acceptable,
and even if it isn’t said at all, rather you just said “Today is the 21st day which
is three weeks” is Yotzei. See Mishna Berura 489:8.
It would probably be best to say the same Nusach each night. The Nusach that your
father (or husband, if you’re a married woman) says is the one you should follow.
thanks, WIY and sam2.
Since I’m in the shul anyway, would it be OK if I said the silent Amidah along with everywhere else even though I was already yotzei, keeping in mind that this should be a voluntary prayer? Would it make a difference here whether I davened alone or with a minyan, since davening with a minyan is preferable? Would it make a difference whether I davened mincha gedola or during the zman of mincha ketana, which is the same zman as I would be davening the second time?
I just don’t feel comfortable standing and pretending that I’m davening when I’m not. Can I answer half-kaddish even if I didn’t say ashrei? How can I answer kaddish if I didn’t say tachanun? And why am I required to say aleinu?January 17, 2012 4:00 pm at 4:00 pm in reply to: Its Official: many Price Tag attacks were carried out by Arabs! #844645
Yeah, and the latest hate crimes in Midwood were carried out by a Yid, just like the arson on Ocean Parkway, and the hate crime in Marine Park. What a world!
If you have peyos covering your ears during prayer, then the “Heavenly Ear” will not hear your tefillos. This is what i read in the cr on another thread. I could be wrong, though.
how about you stop judging people by their external appearance?
BTW, my rav told me that he never wore jeans in his life!
I think Hashem might be sending me a message with this kind of difficulty I’m experiencing with my menorah (the other nights, it wasn’t so bad – on Friday, they burnt out before nightfall, but this night I felt that I was REALLY having a hard time b/c the flame of the shamash kept dying out).
would you blow out the candles if c”v they were starting a fire – and then relight in a more careful way if 30 min. have not yet elapsed?
HaLeivi – thanks. i told my brother (a minor) that he could blow out the candles – which he always likes to do after 30 min. – so that we could relight all of them again (which, as you say, it is proper – even if not necessary – to do). How can I relight if I’m going to get burnt if I stick my hand there?
As for why I’m having a problem, the candles just burn out. First, they burn very strongly, and then they die out. You’re saying that if I lit properly and one or more of the candles goes out before 30 min., it’s fine and I have no need to relight it? (The obligation is to have ONE candle per night, but we light an additional candle each successive night for hiddur mitzvah.)
we have a rule that there should be no interruption or speech between a bracha on a mitzvah and the performance of the mitzvah itself. (think tefillin, kiddush, etc.) So if I light the shamash, bless, and then it goes out before I can transfer the flame to even a single candle, I THINK it might be proper to repeat the blessings (especially if the going out of the flame causes me to speak). However, wouldn’t the previous blessings then become blessings in vain? Discuss.
what did i do wrong, dude?
Numbers have great significance in yiddishkeit. 7 = nature, mundane, ordinary (sheva brochas, seven tefillin straps, seven colors of the rainbow, seven days of the week, seven nations of Canaan, etc.) The number 8 means transcending, or rising above, nature. Klal yisrael is not bound by the “laws” of nature. That’s why the oil was found and burnt for so long.
onegoal: maybe if the person is at work or on a bus and will light late in the night (8 PM, e.g.), can he drink before – or must you fast from sunset until you get around to lighting?
itche – do i know you (at BC)?
menorah lighting is at 5.
yungerman – I learned that when you have a choice between two or more (equally convenient and good) minyamin, you should choose the farthest one so that you receive reward for your steps. but at the same time, a shul is better than a shoe store (or any other non-shul minyan) b/c of its inherent holiness (every shul is a miniature Bais Hamikdosh – may the real one be rebuilt speedily in our days!). Maybe you can give us a halachic analysis of whether it’s better to daven in a nearby shul or a far-away non-shul minyan. I guess it all depends on the quality of the davening, as well.
yungerman – I know that most shuls don’t have a minyan at that time, but that’s the time I needed and yes, I went there on Monday – but I didn’t like it.
also, it is walking distance – i walked there in about 20-30 minutes after finishing my history final.
itchesrulik: i know that there is a minyan in hillel at 1:45, but the rav said that there wouldn’t be a minyan during finals weeks unless it was arranged (for obvious reasons).
therefore, i have not been inside hillel during finals week and don’t know whether there was or will be any minyan. however, we do have menorah lighting there wednesday and thursday.
Today, I davened in the shul at the end of 17th Street and J on the right side, and it was awesome. Their davening is very enjoyable, maybe b/c the chazzan works in the shul and does not have to run out to be back at work, so he’s not rushing, etc, etc. (he even puts on a tallit for mincha and lights candles!!)
there is also the yeshiva of flatbush on 16th street and avenue j. Having said all this, I don’t feel comfortable walking into a yeshiva unless I specifically know where and when the minyan is, b/c I’m a BT and don’t “fit in.”
Thank you very much, Jothar. I will iy”h bli neder daven at the Ave J Mens’ Shoes minyan @3PM tomorrow.
agreed. kahane was right.December 7, 2011 4:11 pm at 4:11 pm in reply to: Lights on Shabbos and Thanking Someone for Doing an Aveirah on Your Behalf #840947
Imagine if your house is on fire on Shabbos c”v and you pasken that it is assur to put out the fire in order to save your property. However, another Yid puts out the fire and saves your property. Do you thank him?
Saying “thank you” is the polite thing to do. If I were the person, I would say: “Thank you for your concern and time, but don’t you think that it is better to pray to G-d than to the Rebbe?”
My parents are deeply ashamed that their forefathers exterminated the 7 nations of Canaan. They are ashamed that they belong to the nation that H’ chose from among all the nations and raised above all tongues, etc, etc. BTW, the Gemara says that shame is one of the attributes of klal Yisrael.
Notice I said frei yidden (in this case, my parents) in my original post. However, if a goy asks you questions at work or wherever, of course you should try to answer in a general way.
gyms are assur. jk.
you can stand out in terms of character and good deeds, not dress. the inside is more important than the garments on the outside.
relax. you’ll do fine. daven. and let us know how you do.
My rav said to say L-rd or Ado–, not H—.
Shabbos is always equally long, at least here in the US – 25 hours. What you meant to say is that it ends early on Saturday.November 27, 2011 2:01 am at 2:01 am in reply to: Give Thanks To The YWN Staff, Editors And Moderators Today #1034453
thanks, mods. you’re the best.
Are you trying to offend me the same way you offended ayc? I am NOT a stalker; I am just interested in who goes to Brooklyn College. is that a crime?
That sounds like it’s in Borough Park.
I do not know where the BC Starbucks is, and of course it’s closed – it’s THANKSGIVING Day!
mayan: i don’t know, but probably yes
it slows down the legislative process so that laws are not rushed through
you can talk about how much you hate the police, etc, and they’ll kick you out.
it’s assur to read other people’s mail. if you can’t resist the yetzer hara, don’t touch other people’s phones.
i’m not sure about t’shuva, but it’s just not a nice thing to do – since the person trusts you and gives you his or her phone
c”v. I forgot that Shabbos ends kind of early, so maybe the stores will still be open at night. This SMS thing is all day long, right?
you plan on shopping this Shabbos c”v?
cool. do i know you? (he he you have no way of answering that question)
do you daven with our minyan?
I say “Hashem our G-d King of the Universe, etc.” (sometimes I say L-rd instead of Hashem”) should i instead say “Ado—“?
as for davening in two languages, sometimes when I know a certain phrase in Hebrew, I say it instead of English (for instance, I know “bonay yerushalayim”)November 22, 2011 9:45 pm at 9:45 pm in reply to: EVERYTHING appears in the Torah – even the whole sad AYC saga! #829538
Can someone please explain the situation to me?
When davening in English, am i required to say ‘Adon–” or can I just say “Hashem” or “Lord”?