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Volume 36: Number 98

Fri, 31 Aug 2018

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Message: 1
From: <mgl...@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2018 16:48:45 -0400
Re: [Avodah] Minyan, Including A Child

R' ZS:
Also note that the same heter for including a child also applies to a 
woman.   Either one follows this minority opinion or one does not, but 
if one does then there is no reason to use a boy rather than a girl or an
adult woman.

Per the Biur Halachah in Siman 55, even the minority opinion would not allow
including a woman. 


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Message: 2
From: Cantor Wolberg
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:07:34 -0400
[Avodah] KI TAVO "This Was the Purpose of the Whole

The central topic of Parashat Ki-Tavo is the blessings and curses. These
blessings and curses involve the establishment of a treaty between Israel
and the Almighty:  [29:11-12]
Some may find the following fascinating!
The curses in chapter 28 contain 676 letters. The word ra-ot (reish, ayin,
vov, tav) which can mean evil occurrences has the value of 676.  Now note
that God's holy four letter Name has the value of 26; and 26 squared is
According to the Itture Torah, Vol. Vl, p.165, the hidden meaning is that
the Torah threatens with raot, but from all of them HaShem will rescue us.
Any gift from God can be used for good or evil. When used for evil we have
the word ra-ot. However, when utilized for good, we can take the same
letters: (reish, ayin, vov, tav) and we now have ray-ut (friendship). 
Another commentary by the Ari regarding the pasuk in Devarim: Behold, I set
before you this day a blessing and a curse. [11:26]  The Ari questioned
this: But there is no curse in the heavenly realm! He then explained it as
follows: Take the word k'lalah, and write it backwards. Then instead of kuf
lamed lamed hay, we have hay lamed lamed kuf, which gives us hallel
followed by the letter kuf. This simply means that if we say 100 (kuf)
blessings every day which praise (hallel) the Almighty, then any curse
(against us) is reversed and converted into a blessing. 
You will also note that if you rearrange the English word curse by just
switching the last two letters, you have cures. So if we sincerely praise
the Almighty, the curse becomes the cures.
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Message: 3
From: Professor L. Levine
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2018 20:55:22 +0000
[Avodah] Can You Eat Salad in a Non-Kosher Restaurant?

Please see the OU video at https://goo.gl/grZRVs

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Message: 4
From: Zev Sero
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:07:05 -0400
[Avodah] Slichos without a minyan before midnight

If one will be saying selichos without a minyan, and will therefore be 
skipping the 13 middos, is there any reason to wait for midnight?

Zev Sero            A prosperous and healthy 5779 to all
z...@sero.name       Seek Jerusalem's peace; may all who love you prosper

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Message: 5
From: Rich, Joel
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2018 12:59:52 +0000
[Avodah] Shulchan Aruch, Interpretation

The phrase"Yeish me shenireh mdvarav"appears 3 times in Shulchan Aruch,
twice in O"C 158 (hand washing) and once in E'H 141. Any thoughts on the
meaning of this? Any good sources on unpacking the S"A's authorial keys
shorter than Ein Yitzchak Volume 3(like this one, or stam and yesh omrim,
or why certain unusual cases are included?)
Joel Rich

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Message: 6
From: Ben Waxman
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2018 21:19:52 +0200
Re: [Avodah] Can You Eat Salad in a Non-Kosher Restaurant?

Based on this, there shouldn't be an issue of going into a vegan salad 
bar that doesn't have a heksher. There may be other issues like bugs but 
RE didn't mention them.

On 8/29/2018 10:55 PM, Professor L. Levine via Avodah wrote:
 > Please see the OU video at https://goo.gl/grZRVs

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Message: 7
From: Micha Berger
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2018 13:35:23 -0400
Re: [Avodah] Slichos without a minyan before midnight

On Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 12:07:05AM -0400, Zev Sero via Avodah wrote:
: If one will be saying selichos without a minyan, and will therefore
: be skipping the 13 middos, is there any reason to wait for midnight?

The MA in hilkhos taaniyos (565:5) says "Don't say before chatzos
halaylah any selichos nor (velo) 13 Middos beshum panim le'olam CHUTZ

He doesn't make it specific to the 13 middos. And while his rule would
apply when davening beyechidus, it would apparently not explain why the
norm is after chatzos even in shul.

The Mateh Efraim (581:1) says that on nights other than motza"sh one says
Selichos "ba'ashmores". And that the time for Selichos is at the end of
the night, samukh le'or haboqer, and now we delay until the beginning of
amud hashachar. However, on Sunday it should be a bit earlier, so that
you can say the pizmon "BeZa'aqasam beOd Laylah". Someone who says Tiqun
Chatzos all year should say TH and then say selichos with the tzibur.

I don't know why the ME doesn't address BeMotza'ei Menuchah, which would
imply closer to Shabbos than just "when they cry when it's still night".

But leshitaso, the iqar of the timing is the second half of the night.
AND, relevant to you personally, I got these sources from Sefer
haMinhagim, as compiled by RMMS. (Although I tweaked the MA reference,
since TQKH [525] appears to be a typo and TQSH [565] wotked.) So perhaps
the MA and ME should be what you personally follow.

Tir'u baTov!

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