Thursday, January 17, 2019

recommend segulos


Harav A.Y.L. Shteinman Zt"l  said, "The only Segulos one should pursue, are the ones that the Segula in itself is a מצוה."

Even if the Segulah won't work, the זכות of doing the מצוה might work.

Harav Hagaon R. Naftoli Friedler zt"l (R.Y. Ner Yisroel Toronto) said, "Some Segulos that are being pursued by the masses, are because of the

 "שמץ יצר הרע של ע"ז שעוד נשאר אצלינו
( trace of the Avoda Zara Yetzer Hora that wasn't eradicated from us)

Chocolate For Tu Bishvat


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Chocolate For Tu Bishvat

Some Chasidic Rebbes have a Minhag on ט”ו בשבט  to have pineapples decorating the fruit plate (some even eat it) at the Tish. 

There are Poskim who say not to eat any פרי האדמה with the Tu B’Shvat fruits so as not to confuse the Rosh Hashana of פירות האילן with פרי אדמה 

It might be more appropriate to have chocolates 
for Tu B’Shvat.


Many Poskim have difficulty understanding why our Minhag is to make a שהכל on chocolates when it should have been a פרי העץ

Both, Harav Y.S. Elyashiv zt”l & Harav S.Z. Auerbach zt”l held that the appropriate Bracha for chocolate should be פרי העץ   but since the velt makes a שהכל we follow Minhag Haolam and make a שהכל.

They both hold* if a פרי העץ was made on fruits
and chocolates were at the table, then you shouldn't make a שהכל  on the chocolates, being you were Yotzei with the פרי העץ.

The Mekor Habracha (Dayan R. G. Krausz shlita) says that the minhag of the velt is a mistake. 

It came about from the שערי תשובה ר”ב ס”ק י”ט who writes to make a שהכל on שעקלדי (chocolate)

R.G. Krausz says  the שערי תשובה  was referring to chocolate drink and the velt mistakenly assumed 
he meant chocolate (solid)

R.G.Krausz holds to Lekatchila make a פרי העץ on chocolates.
    


 * Igros Moshe 3:31 seems to argue

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WHY TO SAY PARSHAS HA'MAN


The Tur and the Mechaber write in the first Siman  of the entire Shulchan Aruch " טוב לומר" (It's good to say Parshas Haman etc.) If they say that it's good then we can rely on them that it's good.

The Mishna Verurah (sk 13) quotes the Bais Yosef the reason to say it so to believe that Parnasa comes with Hashgacha Pratis. The Mishna Verura explains, to believe that
increase in Hishtadlus doesn't help to increase Parnasah.

The Prisha quotes the Yerushalmi in Ms.Brochos  (Aruch Hashulchan couldn't find it,) "Whoever says Parshas Ha;man EVERY DAY* will be guaranteed  not to miss his Mezonos. (Parnasa)

The Tashbatz adds "ואני ערב" I am a guarantor.



*not only on Tuesday Parshas Beshalach

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Parshas Beshalach

This coming Shabbos, you should change your cholent recipe.


How & Why ?

The Bach (O.Ch. 208) writes, all year round we eat (on Shabbos), cooked barley
.
On Shabbos Shirah, the Minhag is to. eat cooked wheat instead
 Poskim have a problem
with the Bracha Achrona, therefore, it should only be eaten 
during  the meal.”
The Sefer  עוללות אפרים  writes,  the Roshei Teivos of, בשלח
בשבת שירה לאכול חטה
The Sefer Nachal Kedumim writes

"The Manna looked liked wheat kernels

Friday, January 11, 2019

Did You Know (200)

Did you know that (על פי קבלה (זהר you should be wearing Rashi's Tefillin (not Rabeinu Tam's)

According to both Rashi & the Zohar the order of the Parshiyos in the Tefillin are קדש - כי יביאך - שמע - והיה אם שמוע
 According to R.Tam the order is  קדש - כי יביאך -   והיה אם שמוע - שמע

3 questions 1 answer Parshas Bo


PARSHAS HASHAVUA בא

3 Questions:
1) Why don't the מדקדקים place two Mezuzos on each door post one vertical and one horizontal to be יוצא ידי שניהם?
2) Why don't we place the Parshiyos in the Tefillin at an angle to be יוצא ידי שניהם?
3) Why when placing the Mezuzah at an angle don't we say that you are not יוצא  according to both Rashi & R.Tam,
since it is not vertical and not horisontal?

 
1 answer:

The Gemoro (Menochos 33a) says  עשאה כמין נגר פסולה
if you placed the Mezuzah like a bolt/peg it is פסול.

The Machlokes between Rashi & R.Tam is what type of 
a bolt the Gemoro is referring to. (vertical or horizontal)

The Machlokes is not which position one should place the Mezuzah but which position not to place the 
Mezuzah so that it is not כמין נגר.

All agree as long it is not positioned like a peg it is כשר.

Positioning the Mezuza at an angle is not a compromise (doing it halfway like both) but is the proper לכתחילא  
way to place it, (according to both) being a peg is never placed at an angle.

Therefore when placed at an angle there is no need to place two Mezuzos. It is positioned according to both Rashi & R.Tam in the proper position.You are יוצא ידי שניהם  by placing it at an angle


This solution won't work by Tefillin. 

Placing the Parshiyos in the Tefillin the Halacha dictates how to place the Parshiyos and not how not to place
it.
Therefore by placing it at an angle both Rashi & R. Tam will agree that it is Pasul. 
אמבצי


The Gaon who holds to place the Mezuzah vertically 
(not angle) also holds it's not necessary to put on
R.Tam's Teffilin. In both cases since the Halacha is like Rashi there is no need to be יוצא ידי שניהם

Thursday, January 10, 2019

3 questions for Parshas Boi

PARSHAS HASHAVUA בא

3 Questions:


There is a מחלוקת רש"י ור"ת how to place the
Parshiyos in the Tefillin and the Mezuzah on the doorpost vertical  or horizontal.

To be יוצא ידי שניהם the Mezuzah is placed at an angle.

To be יוצא ידי שניהם the Medakdekim wear both Rashi & R.Tam Tefillin.

1) Why don't the מדקדקים place two Mezuzos on each door post one vertical and one horizontal to be יוצא ידי שניהם?

2) Why don't we place the Parshiyos in the Tefillin at an angle to be יוצא ידי שניהם?

3) Why when placing the Mezuzah at an angle don't we say that you are not יוצא  according to both Rashi & R.Tam,
since it is not vertical and not horizontal?