There are 3 prohibitions regarding meat and milk:
- One may not eat them together
- One may not cook them together
- One may not derive any benefit from such a mixture
Some mixtures of meat and milk are forbidden even to be fed to one's pets.
From other mixtures of meat and milk one is allowed to derive benefit. A competent Rabbinic authority needs to be consulted on a case-by-case basis.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 46:5
Sunday, 13 Sivan 5775
Sunday, May 31, 2015
There are 3 prohibitions regarding meat and milk:
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
If one bit into food - a piece of bread or fruit, for example - and some blood (from one's gums or elsewhere) gets onto the food, one has to remove the bloody part before eating the rest.
However, one may swallow one's own blood originating in one's mouth - from bleeding gums or a cut tongue, for example - if it did not leave one's mouth.
Note that on Shabbat one cannot draw blood, or even suck out blood from between one's teeth.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 46:3, 80:54
Wednesday, 9 Sivan 5775
No H-a-D tomorrow; I'll be busy with my son's wedding. https://www.ourgiftlist.com/event/64288
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Kosher meat and fowl are kashered with coarse salt in order to remove as much blood as possible.
Since liver is full of blood, salting it is ineffective. Liver needs to be roasted over an open flame to remove as much blood as possible.
Blood spots in eggs may not be eaten, and usually the entire egg is discarded if it has a blood spot.
If a fish has fins and scales then it is Kosher, and its blood may be eaten. However, if the blood has separated from the fish and cannot be distinguished from non-fish blood then it is forbidden.
If a bowl of fish-blood has fish-scales floating in it, then it's permitted.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 46:1,2
Tuesday, 8 Sivan 5775
Monday, May 25, 2015
Today is the 2nd day of Shavuoth outside of Israel. In Israel it is already Isru Chag.
The day after Yom Tov is called Isru Chag.
One may not fast on Isru Chag and no Tachanun is said on Isru Chag.
Some do not say Tachanun for the entire week after Shavu'ot since the Korbanot you had to bring when coming to the Bet Hamikdash on Yom Tov could be brought for the entire week after Shavu'ot.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 22:8, 103:14
- Danny, Jerusalem
Monday, 8 Sivan 5775
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Erev Shavuot will be on Shabbat. Remember to leave a fire burning (like a Yahrzeit candle) so as to be able to light the Yom Tov candles on Motzai Shabbat from an existing flame.
In order not to spoil one's appetite for the Yom Tov meal, one should not eat a meal during the second half of the afternoon, on Erev Yom Tov.
This year - being Shabbat - this refers to the 3rd Shabbat meal (Se'udat Shlishi). One should not eat the 3rd meal during the second half of the afternoon on Shabbat, if possible.
At the very least, one has to be careful to limit one's afternoon meal so that one will have an appetite for the Yom Tov meal.
Outside of Israel, this also applies to the first day of Yom Tov; so as not to spoil one's appetite for the evening meal of the 2nd day of Yom Tov.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 103:2
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Same'ach
Thursday, 3 Sivan 5775, 47th day of the Omer
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Today - in they year 2449 - a few days before Matan Torah, Hashem informed us that we're a chosen nation:
As a result, today is often referred to as the Pedigree-Day; Yom-Hameyuchas.
No Tachanun is said during the first part of Sivan; until Isru-Chag Shavu'ot (or a week later - depending on local custom).
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 22:8, 198:14
Wednesday, 2 Sivan 5775, 46th day of the Omer
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Today - Tuesday - is Rosh Chodesh Sivan. It's the day the Yidden arrived at Mount Sinai, as it says in Parshat יִתְרוֹ (Exodus 19:1):
The Mitzva of Tefillin was given to the Yidden right after leaving Egypt - before they arrived at Har Sinai.
Men wear Tefillin every day during Shacharit (morning prayers) except for Shabbat and Yom Tov.
Rosh Chodesh has some aspects of a Yom Tov, yet work is permitted.
Tefillin are worn on Rosh Chodesh during Shacharit, Hallel and the Torah reading. They are removed before starting Mussaf.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 10:19
Rosh Chodesh Siva 5775, 45th day of the Omer
Monday, May 18, 2015
This year - 5775 - Shavu'ot will be on Sunday.
Outside of Israel Shavu'ot will also be on Monday.
It's customary to read Megilat Ruth on Shavu'ot, between Hallel and the Torah Reading.
In Israel, Megilat Ruth will be read on Sunday and in the Diaspora most places will read Megilat Ruth on Monday.
One has to remember to leave a flame burning (like a Yahrzeit candle or gas range) from before Shabbat so that one can light the Yom Tov candles on Motzai Shabbat - Saturday night after dark.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 75, Orach Chaim 490:9
Monday, 29 Iyar 5775, 44th day of the Omer
וְנוֹהֲגִין לוֹמַר רוּת בְּשָׁבוּעוֹת
P.S. Tonight & tomorrow (Tuesday) will be Rosh Chodesh Sivan. Don't forget יַעֲלֶה וְיָבוֹא in Birkat Hamazon and the Amida.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
The Kotel ("Wailing wall") is the Western retaining wall of the Temple Mount where the Bet Hamikdash (Temple) stood until it was destroyed over 1,900 years ago.
The Kotel "plaza" is outside the Temple Mount. Every prayer of ours - Amida and Birkat Hamazon - includes a supplication to once again be able to serve Hashem on the other side of the Kotel; from inside the rebuilt Bet Hamikdash.
When seeing the place where the Bet Hamikdash stood, one needs to do Kri'a; tear one's clothes in the same way that mourners do.
One only needs to tear Kri'a if one hasn't been in Jerusalem for more than 30 days.
Source: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 561
The prevalent Yerushalmi custom is to not tear Kri'a on days one doesn't say Tachanun, including Friday afternoons.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Fruit that was picked on Shabbat may not be eaten on that Shabbat - even if a non-Jew picked it for himself.
Even fruit that is lying under a tree is forbidden, since it may have fallen off on Shabbat.
Such fruit is Muktza and may not even be moved, until after Shabbat.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 80:8
Thursday, 25 Iyar 5775, 40th day of the Omer
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
In the Torah, Shavu'ot does not have a fixed date, but happens on the day after finishing counting 7 full weeks - 49 days - of the Omer.
Since we currently have a fixed Jewish calendar, with Nissan always 30 days long and Iyar always 29 days long, so Shavu'ot is always on 6 Sivan.
Outside Israel, it's 2 days long - 6 and 7 Sivan.
Source: Vaykira 23:15 - 19
Wednesday, 24 Iyar 5775, 39st day of the Omer
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Minhag is to eat food made from milk products on the first day of Shavu'ot, for various reasons.
One should also eat foods with honey since the Torah is compared to honey.
One should also eat meat, since - like every Yom Tov - there's a Mitzva to eat to meat on a Chag.
One needs to plan the meals carefully since one may not eat milk after meat, and one may not eat both together at the same meal.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 103:7
Tuesday, 23 Iyar 5775, 38th day of the Omer
Monday, May 11, 2015
As we learnt, one may light fire from an existing flame on Yom Tov.
One may not chop wood on Yom Tov, not with an ax and not by hand.
On Yom Tov one may not collect firewood that is scattered.
On Yom Tov one should not use bellows, however, the custom is to use non-commercial bellows by turning them upside-down.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 98:4
Monday, 22 Iyar 5775, 37th day of the Omer
Sunday, May 10, 2015
One is allowed to cook on Yom Tov for Yom Tov; though not from the first day for the second day.
One is not allowed to make cheese or butter on Yom Tov.
Those spices that can be ground before Yom Tov without losing any of their taste should be ground before Yom Tov.
Spices that are better when fresh can be ground on Yom Tov; but not in the usual fashion. For example, one can grind onto the tabletop.
One may only grind what is needed for that day. This applies to grinding Matza as well.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 98: 2, 3
Sunday, 21 Iyar 5775, 36th day of the Omer
Thursday, May 7, 2015
We mourn for 33 days between Pesach and Shavu'ot in memory of the 33 days during which Rabbi Akiva's students perished.
There are various customs as to which 33 days are kept as mourning-days. Everybody agrees that on the day of Lag B'Omer - the 33rd day of the Omer - there is no mourning, as a reminder that they stopped dying on the 33rd day.
Those who have the custom to mourn from Rosh Chodesh Iyar, resume the mourning customs after Lag B'Omer.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 120:6, 7
Note: Many Sefradim only stop the mourning on the 34th day of the Omer.
Thursday, 18 Iyar 5775, 33rd day of the Omer
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
One does not say Tachanun on Lag B'Omer, nor at Mincha the day before (this afternoon).
The mourning-customs of the Omer apply to the night of Lag B'Omer as well.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 22:8, 120:6
Traditionally Lag B'Omer is celebrated as the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.
Wednesday, 17 Iyar 5775, 32nd day of the Omer
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
One of the differences between Yom Tov and Shabbat is carrying.
On Shabbat, one may not carry outside unless there is an Eruv.
On Yom Tov, one may carry even without an Eruv.
One can carry anything - even if it's not related to food - as long as it has some purpose.
One should not carry large items that make it look the Yom Tov is a weekday; unless one needs to do so in order to feed a large crowd of people.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 98:34
- Danny Tuesday, 16 Iyar 5775, 31st day of the Omer
Monday, May 4, 2015
Extinguishing fire is forbidden on Shabbat and Yom Tov.
Even though one may light fire from an existing flame on Yom Tov, one may not extinguish fire on Yom Tov.
One may not even lower a flame on Yom Tov (nor on Shabbat). (Some Poskim permit one to lower a flame during cooking, but only to prevent the food from burning.)
On Yom Tov (and on Shabbat) one may not put a candle in a windy place so that it will blow out.
(Yom Kippur has the same status as Shabbat; one may not light nor extinguish fire on either.)
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 98:25
Monday, 15 Iyar 5775, 30th day of the Omer
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Today - Sunday - is Pessach Sheni - the 2nd [minor] Pessach.
In the time of the Bet Hamikdash, if a person can't bring the Korban Pessach on Erev Pessach, they have a 2nd chance a month later.
In the afternoon of 14th Iyar they would bring the Korban Pessach and roast it. After nightfall they would eat it with Matza and Marror. The leftovers were burnt the next morning.
Unfortunately this year we again missed both chances to bring the Korban Pessach.
Source: Bamidbar 9:9-12
- Danny in Jerusalem
Sunday, 14 Iyar 5774 - 29th day of the Omer