Halakha: Prayers & Holidays

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On the Status of Minor Fasts In the Talmudic discussion of the minor fast days (3rd of Tishre, 10th of Teveth, 17th of Tammuz), fourth century rabbis conclude that their observance depends on the status of the Jewish People: בזמן שיש שלום – יהיו לששון ולשמחה, יש שמד – צום,…

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Kippur Quick Guide

Kippur Eve and Teshuva The guiding rule in observing Kippur is maintaining a balance between respecting the sanctity of the day and one’s physical health. According to Shulhan Arukh, the practice of doing Kapparot with chickens should be eliminated. (see appendix) We must ask for forgiveness and reconcile with those…

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