Torah Thoughts

Don’t sing along with the Baal Korei!!

We know you knew Trop, and we know you have a good voice, and we know it's a cool trop, but it doesn't mean you should prevent others from listening to Torah Reading!! אג"ק אדמו"ר מוהרש"ב חלק א עמוד קפ Read more →

Why are the Chanuka lights lot inside?

What was the decree which forced us to light the Chanuka lights inside? Rashi said it was the Chabarim who banned all light outside of their temple. So they wouldn't find the Chanuka lights, we moved then inside. The Bach argues, saying that such a decree wouldn't be considered Shmad  (since it also affected non-Jews*), and hiding it inside the house wouldn't have saved the Jews anyways, as the Chabarim also did house inspections. Read more →

Eiruvin in Big Cities Part 4

The Mishna Berurah (364:8) says that a Baal Nefesh shouldn't rely even on a *small city* eruv if it's surrounded by a "Tzuras HaPesach"/wire (if there is a street going straight through the city or if the street is wider than 16 amma/7.8 m (in contrast, Burbank is about 30 m wide!!)) However, he says you shouldn't protest against those who are lenient. Read more →

Eiruvin in Big Cities Part 4

The Mishna Berurah (364:8) says that a Baal Nefesh shouldn't rely even on a *small city* eruv if it's surrounded by a "Tzuras HaPesach"/wire (if there is a street going straight through the city or if the street is wider than 16 amma/7.8 m (in contrast, Burbank is about 30 m wide!!)) However, he says you shouldn't protest against those who are lenient. Read more →

Eruvin in Big Cities Part 3

Rabbi Shimon Shwab's letter on the Manhattan Eruv. He doesn't really discuss the Halachas behind it, just the potential danger to religious observance. Note, that the original plan for the Manhattan Eruv was to use the Island itself or the buildings around it as a wall, so many of his claims only apply to Manhattan (or other islands). But one of his points is that since people don't know (or care) about Shabbos technicalities, " Read more →

Gigantic Eruvs?

Igros Moshe (Orach Chaim 5:28) says that one is not allowed to build an eruv in a way that will cause people to forget the laws of carrying Read more →

Eruvin in Big Cities Part 1

Igros Moshe (Orach Chaim 4:88) says that even when people only *think* that a city has 600,000 people in it (even if all statistics say otherwise), one should not build an eruv there Read more →

The most important day of the year

The Frierdiker Rebbe quoted his father, the Rebbe Rashab (in his second to last Maamer) that 19th of Kislev is the New Year for true intent of creation. Interesting that the Maamar is based on זה היום, which is a traditional Rosh Hashana ד"ה Read more →

How long should Davening last?

A regular davening should take an hour. This is not referring to davening at length or with meditation. Just a regular davening From a yechidus printed in דעם  רבי'נס קינדער. Guest posting from http://torah.hsdm.com Read more →