Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Halocho #167 - Should one spend money on Jewelry or Charity?

There's a Mitzva to relish Jewish Holidays and therefore one must eat two Yom Tov meals; one at night and one during the day. (Se'udat Shlishi - the 3rd meal - is only eaten on Shabbat and is not required on Yom Tov.)

Each meal starts with Kiddush over wine and two Challot (loaves of bread) and should include meat and other delicacies.

It's also a Mitzva to ensure that others are happy:

- Children should be given treats

- Wives should get new clothes and jewelry according to ones budget

- Men should be served meat and wine

In order to prove that the extra expenses are for Yom Tov and not simply for self-indulgence, one must ensure that the poor and needy are also supplied with their Yom Tov needs; invite some over for the meals and donate generously to reputable charity funds before Yom Tov.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 103:3, 5, 9

Ktiva Vechatima Tova; may you always be on the giving end

- Danny Tuesday, 9 Elul 5768


  1. Hello, I want to thank you for the group you made - I love the halachos and I'm taking them to heart each time you send them. However, I frowned a little at the latest halacho you sent about it's a mitzvah to serve men meat. I encourage you to please look at this link and not encourage other Jews to think that eating meat is a mitzvah


  2. Thanks for the kind words regarding my daily Halocho.

    I am well aware of the sorry state of affairs in parts of the Kashrut scene, but that doesn't change the Halocho.

    Eating meat is a Mitzva despite the latest fads.

    Jews have Mitzvot to look after their animals' wellbeing including Tza'ar Ba'alei Chaim, making sure they get fed before humans eat, ensuring they are not overloaded and more.

    But not killing them for food is not a Torah concept. The Torah has many Mitzvot that require killing animals including all the sacrifices and the requirement to eat meat on Shabbat and Yom Tov.

    You cannot trust PETA; they have an agenda and they won't let facts get in the way.

    They also have a very anti-semitic record. Trying to get Shechita banned thereby causing Jews trouble is anti-semitic. why can't Jews be treated like cows and get what they need?

    PETA are also anti-human; why else would they goad women to disrobe in public in order to make a point? Surely human dignity is at least as important as animal-dignity.

    When people think that there's no difference between animals and humans, then they clearly aren't normal. Do they delouse their hair? How dare they kill the lice! Do they let the ants take over their kitchen? What about mice? And what should lions eat? Do you see how absurd this gets?

    For the past 3,000 years people have been trying to persuade us that they know better than the Torah; but there's no record of them and their ideas, but we're still here with the same Torah and Mitzvot.

    Beware of brain washing by well-financed campaigns :-)

    - Danny