Q & A HALACHA
What is the minimum amount of flour required to take Challah?
- 2 lb. 10 oz of flour but you do NOT say the bracha
- Some Rabbis are of the opinion that you say the bracha if using 3 lb. 10.7 oz of flour
- Other Rabbis are of the opinion that you only say the bracha if using 4 lb 15.2 oz of flour or more
- Whole wheat flour: 4 cups = 1 pound
- All purpose flour 3 3/4 cups = 1 pound
- Gluten Flour 3 1/4 cups = 1 pound
How do we 'take' Challah?
- With you right hand, separate off dough the size of an egg or a ping pong ball
- You can wrap the challah you've separated in aluminum foil& burn it with the flame from a gas stove top OR you may wrap it up in two separate layers & throw it in your garbage
- Say the bracha in Hebrew, Transliteration or English
When my kids were younger, I jumped out of bed
to get everyone ready for school. Now they're older so I'd like to do the
morning hand washing but I'm embarrassed to ask my husband how to do it.
- You do NOT have to remove your ring(s) if you wear them
all the time
- Use a cup with two handles
- Hold the cup in your right hand & fill it with water
- Place the cup in your left hand & pour some water over the
- Move the cup to your right hand & pour some water over the
- Repeat this procedure 2 more times - a total of 3 times
- Dry your hands
- Say the bracha - View this bracha in English & Hebrew
- 'Say the Modeh Ani with the 'Reishis Chachma' paragraph if you are doing this at bedside
With kids coming in & out of our bedroom
it's not practical to keep the water next to my bed.
Is there another way to do it?
If you follow 1 of the procedures below then you may 'Modeh Ani'
before you get out of bed
- You may place the pitcher of water & the bowl 8 feet from your bed perhaps on a dresser
where a child can't reach it. When you are finished, say the 'Reishis Chachma' paragraph.
- You may do the ritual washing with a two handle cup
in a bathroom but you
need to step out
of the bathroom to say the 'Reishis Chachma' paragaph
I want to serve the food as hot as possible for the Friday night meal.
Can I pre-arrange with a non-Jew so I'm not instructing her on Shabbos
to turn the oven off after Shabbas has begun?
- The rules that apply as to when & how one may ask a
non-Jew or a Jew to do a prohibited act on the Shabbas are very extensive & complicated
- The same standards generally apply whether you ask the non-jew on Shabbas or before Shabbas.
I was raised to pour water up to my wrist 3 times.
But I've seen others go up only to their knuckles & only 2 times.
What is the correct way?
- Remove your ring(s)
- Washing to the knuckles is all that is required but the majority of Rabbis say that you should wash to the wrist
- Twice over the right hand & then twice over the left hand is all that is required
- Say the bracha:
- How many people must we give Shaloch Manos to on Purim? One
- What is required in a Shaloch Manos basket? 2 food items or a food & a drink.
Each should have a different bracha.
- If you are in you in mourning, do you give Shaloch Manos? Yes but keep it simple
- Should I sent Shaloch Manos to my friend who lost her mother this year? If there is someone else in the home who is not in mourning, you may send Shaloch Manos to the home
- Click on Purim Customs to learn more about Purim
I was taught I have to give Tzedaka
to everyone who comes to my door.
But during the recession there are so many needy people.
I can't afford to give everyone $ 18 like I used to do.
You do have to give to everyone
- Who comes to your door asking for charity
- Who asks your for charity on the street
You do not have to give what you can't afford
- If all you can afford is $ 1 you need not feel guilty about giving this amount
- If someone is at your door collecting for an orgaznization or an institution you never heard of before you aren't obligated to give even the $1 no matter if they
have the endorsement of a
a well known Rabbi or your local Va'ad HaTzedaka
- You do not have to respond to mail asking for charity if you do not know
even if a letter by a well known Rabbi is included
Should I continue to buy glatt kosher
meat & cholov yisroel milk
when it means that I can't pay even the reduced tuition for my kids yeshivas?
- Your children's Jewish education takes precedence
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