Author Archives: Ari Enkin

Gezel Sheina: Stealing Sleep

by R. Ari Enkin To disturb someone who is sleeping or to prevent someone from falling asleep is a violation of gezel sheina.1 In fact, some sources maintain that stealing sleep is even worse than stealing possessions.2 This is because one who steals another person’s possessions can usually make restitution by returning the stolen items or reimbursing the owner for ...

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Hats & Jackets

by R. Ari Enkin Is one required to wear a hat and jacket when praying, as is common in many orthodox circles? The answer is no. However, one is required to dress in an appropriate and respectful manner that is consistent with the social norms of where one lives.1 In previous generations, a hat and jacket was standard dress for ...

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Leaving A Sefer Open

by R. Ari Enkin There is a lesser-known halacha that one is not permitted to leave a sefer open when one is not using it. The source for this is based on a ruling in the Shulchan Aruch.1 The Shulchan Aruch writes that after a sofer writes a column of a Torah scroll, he may not place the column face ...

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Chol Hamo’ed: Meat, Wine, and Clothing

by R. Ari Enkin The Torah1 requires one to be “b’simcha,” to be happy, on Yom Tov. One must also ensure that the members of one’s household are in a joyous mood, as well.2 This mitzva is known as “simchat yom tov.” Although many don’t realize it, the requirement of “simchat yom tov” includes Chol Hamo’ed and not just the ...

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Shaking Hands

It was a wonderful surprise to find a review copy of Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits’ latest installment: Halachically Speaking 3. As with the previous volumes, Halachically Speaking thoroughly tackles about twenty five different halachic topics providing readers with lesser-known information and sources on each one. Many of the newer and more novel rulings in the sefer are the opinions of ...

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Hachnassat Orchim

By: Rabbi Ari Enkin The mitzva of Hachnassat Orchim in its purest form consists of hosting and serving the needs of those who are destitute and have no place to eat or sleep. In the olden days, before the proliferation of inns or hotels, a Jew who had found himself stuck in an unfamiliar village would be at the mercy ...

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An Israeli in the Diaspora: How Many Days of Yom Tov?

by R. Ari Enkin I was excited to get my hands on R. Shlomo Brody’s new English halacha sefer, A Guide to the Complex – Contemporary Halachic Debates (Maggid), adapted largely from his regular Ask the Rabbi column in The Jerusalem Post Magazine. R. Brody treats us to well over 100 different exciting and practical issues of the day, providing readers with ...

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