Time to Say Birchas Hachama; What if it’s Cloudy?

1. Lechatchila, the bracha of Birchas Hachamah should be said as early as possible after netz hachama (sunrise in NYC will be 6:28 a.m.)...

May Women Recite Birchas Hachamma?

There is a mitzvah to recite the bracha of Birchas Hachama once every twenty-eight years, when the sun and moon return to the exact...

Hilchos Chodesh Nissan: Birkas Ha’ilanos – Part II

If one did not make the beracha timely in Nissan because he did not see a tree, one may bi'dieved make the beracha until...

Hilchos Chodesh Nissan – Birkas Ha’ilanos

Rosh Chodesh Nissan (tomorrow, Thursday, March 26th) marks the beginning of the season for Birkas Ha'Ilanos - the blessing we recite once a year...

More Halachos of Netilas Yodayim

1)It is a good idea to raise the hands upwards after washing them to ensure that the water touches every part of the hands. If...

Halachos of Netilas Yodayim

1)When washing for Netilas Yadayim, the hands must be washed with the "force of a person" (in Halachic terms known as "Koach Gavra"). In...

Parshas Parah: This Shabbos

This Shabbos we read Parshas Parah (at the beginning of Parshas Chukas). Parshas Parah discusses the preparation of the Parah Adumah, the Red Heifer,...

When Must One Stop Eating Matzah?

One may not eat matzah on the 14th day of Nissan (i.e. erev Pesach, beginning from the night of the 14th) so that there...

The Famous Rogatchover Gaon On Neshima Achas

Nowadays, the minhag is for each person to say the names of the sons of Haman by himself in one breath, and not to...

Halachos of Purim

Halachos for Purim 1 1) Chazal have instituted that on Purim one should drink more than his usual share of wine. According to some opinions...