Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Mikeitz 5778

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Mikeitz 5778

Tefilla Halacha

If one is in middle of Hallel on Chanukah, and hears a Bracha or Kedusha, one has the status as if they were in the middle of Birchos Krias Shema.

Thus, in middle of a chapter, one may only interrupt for “Amen, YeHei Shemei Rabbah”, “Amen” of “D’Amiran B’Alma V’Imru Amen”, the verses “Kadosh” and “Baruch” in Kedusha, the “Amen” of “HaKel HaKadosh” and the “Amen” of “Shomea Tefilah“; responding to “barchu”, “baruch HaShem…” ; and the first 3 words of modim deRabononmodim anachnu lach.”

If one is between 2 chapters, he/she may answer “Amen” to all Brachos.

NOTE THAT THE CHAPTERS ARE THE ONES AS THEY APPEAR IN TEHILLIM (perakim 113-118), NOT the paragraphs in the siddur.

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayeishev 5778

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayeishev 5778

Tefilla Halacha

If one hears kaddish or kedusha from another room; or if one is outside and hears it coming from a Shul, one may respond, but there is no obligation.If you overhear the “silent” shemonah esrei of another person, you do not answer “amein”.

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayeitzei 5778

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayeitzei 5778

Tefilla Halacha

There is a mitzvah (some say mid’oraiysa) to accept Shabbos some time before sheki’a. One must therefore be careful to daven Mincha on Friday early enough that there will be time to accept Shabbos before sheki’a. Women must daven Mincha before lighting Shabbos candles.

One accepts Shabbos early preferably verbally. However, even if one only thinks in his mind that he accepts Shabbos, it is binding and he has fulfilled the mitzva.

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Toldos 5778

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Toldos 5778

Tefilla Halacha

It’s that Shabbos with the vexing problem again: What to say in bentching of Seudah Shlishis on Shabbos Erev Rosh Chodesh?

  1. Best Option: Don’t eat “pas” (challah, bread, cake) after sheki’ah, and only say “retzei”.
  2. Next Option: If you did eat “pas”, but not past 20 minutes after sheki’ah, only say “retzei”.
  3. If you did eat “pas” past 20 minutes, you have a problem. Aruch HaShulchan says to say only “retzei”, MB says to say only “ya’aleh veyavoh”, or maybe both. So don’t do this. Exercise that self-control muscle that the Chovohs HaLevavohs is always talking about.

As a public service, we will be shortening Minchah by not saying “Tzidkosscho tzedek,” thus enabling everyone to start their seudah shlishis that much earlier.