Sukkos Bulletin

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The right thing to do is to bentch licht in the Sukkah. It is wrong, however, to bentch licht in the Sukkah, and then to take the licht into the house.  If absolutely necessary, at least stay in the Sukkah for a few minutes with the licht, then, if you must leave and the licht would then be left alone, and you are afraid to do so, take it into the house,  and bring it back out for the seudah, when people go into the Sukkah. 

On Yom Tov (NOT on Shabbos), you can bentch licht later (when people are in the Sukkah), so it may be less of an issue.

If you CANNOT have the licht in the Sukkah, or if it is not practical to do so, you must bentch licht where you will at some point in time benefit from its light.

I highly recommend, in the above case where you CANNOT have the licht in the Sukkah, to include the electric light in the Sukkah in your licht bentching as if it’s another candle. This is TRICKY now, because on Yom Tov, many women make the beracha first, and then light. You CANNOT do that if the electric light is one of your candles.

So:

  1. Turn off the electric light in the Sukkah
  2. Light the candles (BEFORE the berachah, as if it were Shabbos)
  3. Turn on the Sukkah light, as your last candle (if you always light 2 candles, the electric light in the Sukkah is now your third, for example)
  4. THEN make the berachah.

Shabbos Bulletin & Davening Halachos for Yom HaKippurim

Shabbos & Yom Kippur Bulletin

Women should make sure not to say”shehecheyanu” twice (by licht bentching and by Shul)

(The best way to bentch licht today is to include the electric light in your ‘licht bentching’…turn it off…and then,when you ‘bentch licht’ ,  turn it back on as if it were another candle that you are lighting.The reason for this is too complex to explain in this forum-it was explained one evening in the 60-second dvar halachah slot) 

This was not clear to some people.

When do you turn on the light,having in mind that it is one of the lights of your licht bentching?

Whenever you would light another candle.

Let us say you light 2 candles, then make the berachah. You now are lighting 3 before the berachah, the third  being turning on the light.

Let us say you light 4 candles,then make the brachah. You now are lighting 5 before the berachah,the fifth being turning on the light.

Hopefully,this was illuminating

When davening maariv,one should have in mind to fulfill the mitzvah of being mekadesh Yom Kippur (Kiddush)..and, this year, kiddush Shabbos , as well!

If one forgets to conclude the berachah in Shemonah Essrai  with “mekadesh haShabbos ” , one must repeat the Shemonah Essrai.

Rosh Hashona Bulletin and Teffilas Rosh Hashona Halachos

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Print this page and put it in your machzor!

Some Halachos Of RH Davening:

  • Some have the minhag to daven Shemonah Esraiy while being bent over; there are places in the amidah where they would have to straighten up; if you have the minhag, but don’t know what those places are, check with the Rav. 
  • Better to daven with a straight body but a bent heart. 
  • Some daven a bit louder than normal during the amidah. Some hold this is inappropriate–lema’aseh, one should do whatever allows him more kavanah, but he or she MUST make sure not to disturb others. 
  • We see in halachah more of an attention to detail in pronouncing the words of davening properly on RH and YK. 
  • If one concluded properly ‘hamelech hakodosh’ but left out the lengthy nussach of the third berachah, he is yotzei. 
  • If one concluded the fourth berachah ‘mekadesh yisrael vehazemanim’, one is NOT yotzei. 
  • The most common Eretz Yisroel minhag is to conclude the last berachah with the usual conclusion ‘hamevareich ess amoh yisrael bashalom.” 
  • If one said the entire lengthy nussach of the third berachah, and is not sure if he said hokail or hamelech hakodosh, he may assume he said hamelech hakodosh. Otherwise, one must repeat the amidah from the beginning. 
  • If one forgot the 2 insertions in the first or last berachah of the amidah, if one remembered before saying the shem haShem of the berachah, one says the forgotten insertion at that point, and then continues from that point (as if he had not forgotten). If not, then just continue.

Kesiva Vachasima Tova!

Nitzavim/Vayeilach – Shabbos Bulletin and Tefilla Halacha

Shabbos Bulletin – Netzavim Vayeilach

A person entering a Shul or a Beis Medrash for a personal matter,must stop and say a possuk , or a Tefillah , or just sit or stand there about 3 seconds.This allows his entering to be seen as entering for a dvar mitzvah,not for personal use.(just sitting in a shul is considered a  dvar mitzvah)This last idea(just sitting) should only be used if for some reason saying a possuk or a Tefillah is not possible.

Saying the “13 Attributes” (Middos of HaShem) is a דבר שבקדושה and requires a minyan to say it.If an individual is saying selichos without a minyan ,one eitzah is to  read the words as it appears in the possuk,complete with the ‘trop’ (ta’amei mikrah).Another is to simply skip it.

The minhag is that when one hears the tzibbur saying the 13 Middos, he says it along witth them.One should NOT do so if in the middle of pesukei d’zimra , and of course not in the middle of birchos keri’as Shema.

Ki Savo – Shabbos Bulletin and Tefilla Halacha

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When davening at kivrei Tzadikim (say, for example,Me’oras HaMachpeila) one must take care not to daven TO those buried there; according to MB, one should not even be asking those Tzadikim to daven for  us;  rather, one davens to be helped bizechusom ( in their merit)….however, according to many, it is legitimate to ask that they daven for us.

Of course, those not in Chevron do not have to worry about this, at least not this Shabbos.

When in a place , especially a room, that is a mokom Tefillah, but also a tourist site (say, for example, Me’oras HaMachpeila ) one has to remember that it has kedushas Beis K’nesses, and act there accordingly.

Of course,those not in Chevron do not have to worry about this, at least not this Shabbos.