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Laws and customs concerning daily activities such as dressing and eating, and special events such as visitintg the sick, moving to a new home, and Rosh Chodesh.

Miscellaneous Laws and Customs

Miscellaneous Laws and Customs

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Parshah Halachah
Halachic Issues Culled from the Parshah
Discussions of laws related to daily Jewish living as sourced in the weekly Torah readings.
Laws of the Morning Routine
The laws of rising in the morning, washing the hands in the morning, dressing and walking, decency in the lavatory, cleanliness for prayer or torah study, benedictions, morning benedictions and the laws before prayer
The Skullcap
A brief treatise on the significance of covering one's head with a Kipah
Provides an understanding of the why and how as well as the accompanying laws and a philosophical explication
The Laws of Visiting the Sick
The basic laws of how to fulfill this important mitzvah.
The Laws of Stealing
"Thou shall not steal." Some of the precepts that are included in this prohibition.
Moving to a New Home
What are the Jewish preparations for moving into a new home?
Thinking of moving? Judaism offers insight on where to move, and there are several traditions and customs associated with new homes.
The Laws Upon Awakening in the Morning
When we awaken in the morning, we immediately recognize and appreciate the kindness G-d has done with them.
The Laws of Using The Right Side
We find in the Torah in a number of verses citing the preference of the right side of the body; we thus give the right side of the body honor and preferential treatment
The Laws of the Meal
Laws, customs and advice from the sages on how to conduct oneself while eating
The Laws of the First Blessings
Making a blessing before eating is how we acknowledge the creator who provides us with the food; now that you know the why, read of the what and how
The Laws of Responding Amen
What is Amen? When to recite Amen; when to refrain from saying amen; the laws of Yehie shmie Rabbah
The Priestly Blessing
Learn all about the Priestly Blessing: Who blesses and when, the preparations, the procedure of the actual blessing, the congregation’s role, and the Kabbalah behind it all.
The Laws of the Blessing of Thanksgiving
Birkat HaGomel
The blessing of thanksgiving recited when one is saved from tragedy with its attendant laws and particulars
The Laws of Rosh Chodesh
The beginning, or “head,” of the Jewish month
The Jewish calendar follows the lunar year. The renewal of the moon marks the beginning of the month; special laws apply on this day
The Laws of Giving a Half of Shekel
Machatzit HaShekel
In commemoration of the custom in the Holy Temple to give charity towards its building, we give coins half the value of the countrie's currency once a year
The Laws of Reading the Megillah
To relive the miraculous events of Purim, listen to the reading of the Megillah (the Scroll of Esther) twice: once on Purim eve and again on Purim day.
The Laws of Sending Gifts on Purim
Mishloach Manot
On Purim we emphasize the importance of Jewish unity and friendship by sending gifts of food to friends. We send a gift of at least two kinds of ready-to-eat foods (e.g., pastry, fruit, beverage), to at least one friend on Purim day.
The Laws Concerning the Thirty Days before Passover
Some laws and customs observed in connection to Passover during its preceding days: we are more careful with our leaven and begin learning the laws of the holiday
The Laws of the Blessing on Trees
During the month of Nissan, when one sees a blossoming fruit tree, we make a blessing thanking G‑d for giving us trees that grow fruit.
The Laws of Challah
Giving from what you knead
Every time we bake bread of any of the five grains, we must remove a portion for challah. The how and why of this mitzvah.
The Traveler’s Companion
Halichos Mordechai
A Halachic guide and handbook for the Jewish traveler
Dedicating a New Torah Scroll
The dedication of a new Torah scroll is traditionally celebrated with great festivity. This article is a basic guide to the traditional induction ceremony.
Jews and Shoes
Shoes have always played a role in history and culture. What about Jews and shoes?
It's About Time
All about the Jewish calendar and how it works
Hand Signs of the Jew
Throughout history, many societies have had secret, and not-so-secret hand signs. Jews are no different.
Kaparot
If we were destined to be the recipients of harsh decrees in the new year, may they be transferred to this chicken in the merit of this mitzvah of charity....
The Mysteries of Shaatnez
Of all the ancient laws and customs of the Jews, one of the most mysterious is that of the law forbidding shaatnez.
Abi Gezunt!
Health and Jewish Tradition
Does Judaism have anything to say about eating healthy and being healthy? Actually, Judaism has always been well ahead of the times in this area.
The Kippah (Skullcap)
Traditionally, Jewish men and boys wear the kippah at all times, a symbol of their awareness of, and submission to, a "higher" entity.
Bringing Back the Wimpel
A 400 year old German Ashkenazi custom which had almost disappeared is making a comeback. This is the custom of making a "wimpel." Most know it as the binder which is wrapped around the Torah scroll.
What Is an Eruv?
The literal meaning of the word is blending or intermingling, but that really does not tell us much... Some think that an eruv has something to do with baby strollers—and to a certain extent they are right...
Raise Your Hand If You’re A Kohen
Throughout the centuries, Jews identified themselves as kohanim simply because their fathers were kohanim. But are these tribal affiliations just a matter of folklore and tradition? Can such claims actually be proven?
May I Shake the Lady’s Hand?
People of the opposite gender do not even touch each other, let alone shake hands. What is the rationale for the Jewish prohibition on men and women touching, let alone shaking hands?
What Are the Six Remembrances?
Some events right at the birth of our nationhood were so significant that G‑d commands us to remember them forever.
Synagogue Etiquette
The synogouge is a holy place some laws on how one should conduct themselves
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