A fundamental difference between Yom Tov observance and Shabbos observance is the allowance of ochel nefesh, food preparation on Yom Tov. “Ach Asher Yei’achel L’Chol Nefesh Hu Levado Yei’aseh Lachem…“1 The Torah permits us to cook, bake, and prepare food onYom Tov proper, in order to eat the prepared (more…)
Star-K Kosher Certification website’s tag line reads, “Kosher–It’s Just Not About Milk and Meat.”True to its word, the non-profit agency’s latest non-food related initiative is providing a public service (more…)
1)It is a Mitzvah on all Jewish men, women and children to partake of a festive Seudah, meal, on Purim.
The Purim Seudah needs to be eaten on Purim day, and if it was only eaten Purim eve, or Purim night, you (more…)
As we all know, Purim is a time when people - even adults - dress up. Thus, a Litvak might wear a shtreimel if he so chooses in the Purim spirit. The halacha clearly states (Orach Chaim 91), though, that one must (more…)
Rav Shmuel Eliyahu, chief rabbi of Tzefas and a son of former Chief Rabbi Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, issued a p’sak twoyears ago that all men are forbidden to dress as women even on Purim, since the issur of “Lo yiulbash gever simlas(more…)
The שלחו ערוך (סימן רצ”א סעף ה’) brings four opinions as to what a person should eat for סעודה שלישית. The first opinion holds that one must eat bread. The second opinion holds that a person can fulfill (more…)
On Erev Shabbos, if a woman is running late to light Shabbos candles on time, she is permitted to light the Shabbos candles immediately, once her husband has lit even one of the lights on the Chanukah menorah,(more…)