Shabbos Parsha Vayeira Bulletin, Tefilla Halacha, and a Poll Question

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayeira

If one forgets to say ‘v’sein tal u’matar —

  • If he remembered before saying the shem HaShem of the conclusion of the berachah, he goes back to vesein tal….and says from there.
  • If he said the shem HaShem of the conclusion of the berachah, even if he just said Baruch Atta HaShem (and nothing else yet), he continues, and says vesein tal.. in shema koleinu.
  • If he did not insert it in shema koleinu, but remembered that he forgot after saying shem HaShem of the conclusion of the shema koleinu berachah, but nothing else (i.e, he said Baruch Atta HaShem), he should conclude lamdeinee chukechoh, say vesein tal u’matar livrachah, and continue ki atta shome’a…(continued iyh next week)

The Kaf HaChaim (siman 151:8) describes the severity of the aveirah of talking in Shul , and says that one who talks in Shul inappropriately would be better off not coming to shul at all.

Poll question:Do you think the Kaf HaChaim’s statement should be our Shul policy?

Lech Lecha – Shabbos Bulletin and Tefilla Halacha

Lech Lecha Bulletin in PDF format

An Eretz Yisrael fellow in Chu”l–If you go after today, continue saying v’sen tal u’mottohr in the birkas hashanim..try to avoid being the shali’ach tzibbur; if you end up being the shali’ach tzibbur, you should daven the way the tzibbur is saying.

If you have been there from before today, say it while there in shema koleinu, till you get back here. After that, say it in the regular place. 

Chu”l person here–If he is here already now, or will be coming, and he is staying till Dec 4, he should say it like we do here.

If he is leaving before Dec 4, he says it in shema koleinu. 

After an edifying session at the Oneg last leil Shabbos, where the subject of talking in Shul was fleshed out over delicious cholent, Rav Malinowitz feels a certain consensus was reached, and there is no need to address the matter publicly–at this point. There will be steps taken in the coming days iyh to make the davening atmosphere in the Shul even better than it is.

Parshas Noach Shabbos Bulletin and Tefilla Halachos

Bulletin Parshas Noach

It is forbidden to “shmooze” stam idle talk (to have a friendly conversation) in a Shul or Beis Medrash, even to catch up on news. Even if it is purposeful (but not necessarily a mitzvah).

See OC 151:1 with MB (especially s.k. # 2)

See also Be’er haGolah YD # 334, at the very end…(we don’t want to scare you, but that’s Hilchos Niduiy V’Cherem…)

This issur is even when it is NOT davening time-this is purely due to the kedushas mokom.

There is another issur to talk during davening .Sometimes it is objectively ossur to be mafsik (to interrupt) the davening (e.g, you are in the middle of pesukei d’zimrah)…This includes during chazzaras haShatz.

And sometimes it is because it is seen as a bizayon davening, and shows that your attitude to davening to HaShem is severely lacking. And this would hold true, even when davening at home, privately.

Many times people wonder why their Tefillos are seemingly not answered…h’mmmmmm…

See Taz 55:4, who uses very sharp words . If he’d be a Rav of a Kehillah, no question he’d be fired, forthwith.

If one is disturbing others —See RamBam Hilchos Teshuvah 4:1 (see number one there) .

One may greet another person, ask how he is, but then the “conversation” must cease. (This is true when dealing with the issur of the kedushas mokom. When the other issurim are involved, a shayloh must be asked.)

If a mitzvah is being discussed, generally it is muttar- again, ONLY when the issur is the kedushas mokom or the attitudinal one.

If the conversation (beyond the bare-bones greeting described above ) IS the mitzvah (cheering someone up ), as sometimes is the case, a shayloh must be asked. And again, this is ONLY when confronted with the issur of kedushas mokom, and the attitudinal one.

Rabbosaiy: Read this well, study some sources, so that you will know what is being dealt with.

Sukkos Bulletin

Sukkos & Parshas Bereishis Bulletin in PDF format

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.