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A reminder that anyone fasting may not eat until tzeis hakochavim–even on a Friday fast.
And then Kiddush must be made–Vayechulu and both berachos.
And then one must wash–or at least eat mezonos.
Someone cooking for Shabbos may taste the food (only a little bit) and then spit it out.
One may take a hot shower today, since it is erev Shabbos.
One who eats by mistake must continue fasting.
One who forgot that it is a fast day, and made a berachah, took the food item, and then remembered–this is a major shaylah.
Halachah lemaaseh—eat a minimal amount.
One should not spend a fast day waiting for it to be over,but must use it for inspiration and contemplation.Asara B’Teves is a perfect time to be mekabel on oneself not to talk in Shul–talking desecrates the kedusha of the Shul or Beis Medrash–our Mikdash Me’at.
Bulletin for Parshas Vayigash in PDF format
Tefillah Halachah For Assara B’Teves: If someone is not planning to fast the whole day, but is still fasting when davening Minchah, that person may say ‘aneinu’ in Sh’ma koleinu, with the regular nussach. If the person ate before Minchah, he or she may say ‘aneinu,’ but instead of saying “b’yom tzom ta’aniseinu,” he or she should say “b’yom tzom hata’anis hazeh” The Poskim teach us that talking in a Shul leads (chas veshalom) to its eventual destruction. If that is the case, then it seems logical that the equivalent of the events of Assara B’Teves (that Nevuchadnetzar surrounded Yerushalayim and laid siege to it , which eventually led to the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash, would be when people congregrate in Shul in groups–surrounding a center of attention. This will surely eventually lead to full-scale talking, and thus although seemingly innocuous, should NOT BE DONE .
Mikeitz Newsletter in PDF format
If possible, one should daven Minchah on Friday erev Shabbos Chanukah before lighting Chanukah lights.
- Because the afternoon tamid was brought in the Beis HaMikdash before the Menorah was lit..and
- Davening Minchah after the lights are lit appears contradictory, as Minchah says “it’s Friday” and Chanukah lights says “it’s Shabbos”.
But certainly if it is a question of davening Minchah without a minyan, it is better to light first and then daven Minchah with a minyan, rather than davening alone first.
There is an old minhag to light the Chanukah neiros in Shul in the morning as well. Some suggest that this took hold as reminiscent of the Rambam’s opinion, that the Menorah was lit in the Beis HaMikdash in the morning as well. And so the miracle was evident in the morning as well – and we remember this in the Mikdash Me’at (see last week’s attachment). This is also answer number 13,456 to the Beis Yosef’s Chanukah question – think about it!
Vayeishev Newsletter in PDF format
It is bettter to daven with a minyan even if one’s clothing are not dignified (obvious work clothing, for example) than to daven alone with properly dignified clothing. (This is a statement about the importance of davening with a minyan.) The same holds true regarding davening within the zeman Tefillah (even for shacharis, before zeman Tefilah, and not rely on davening before chatzos.) THIS HOLDS TRUE EVEN FOR WOMEN–so better in a robe, making zeman Tefillah, than to get dressed and miss it.
Talking during davening, besides everything else, causes a chillul HaShem, since it indicates a lack of respect and/or fear of HaShem.
There is no specific mitzvah to light Chanukah lights anywhere but one’s home, no matter how public and how much pirsumei nissa would result.
The only exception is lighting neiros Chanukah in Shul. Lighting in Shul reminds us of the lighting of the Menorah in the Beis HaMikdash, as the Shul is our Mikdash me’at, a miniature Beis HaMikdash (this is one of several reasons given for the Shul lighting).
Chayei Sara Bulletin (PDF)
Forgot V’sayn tal u’mottohr? (continued)
If you forgot v’sayn tal and have just concluded the shomei’a tefillah berachah, you can say the phrase there, before starting retzei. Once you have started retzei, you must return to the berachah bareich aleinu, and repeat everything from there, in order. Once you have said concluded shemoneh esraiy, and you have not said v’sayn tal, you must repeat the entire Tefillah.
What is called “concluded?
Next week, iyh
One must be as careful about the cleanliness of a Beis Kenesses or Beis Medrash as he/she is in one’s own house. This is in Shulchan Aruch O.C,151:9.
We would like volunteers to operate on a rotation system to help with the above halachah in the entire Shul building. A small bit of help (5 minutes) goes a long way in the whole tzurah (appearance ) of the Shul building.