Reishit Bikkurim: A Guide to Shavuot Observance
Prepared for the RIETS Shavuot Yarchei Kallah
Expanded and Updated Edition for Shavuot 5772
According to the rulings of Rav Hershel Schachter, Shlit”a Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
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Eating a Meal on Erev Shabbat: 1. One should refrain from eating a large meal on Erev Shabbat in order to eat the Shabbat meal with an appetite. 2. Magen Avraham cites the opinion of the Shelah that one should not have a meat meal on Erev Shabbat.
1. The Mitzvah to light Shabbat and Yom Tov candles should ideally take place in one’s home. In a hotel, this refers to one’s private guest room. However, hotels prohibit lighting candles in guest rooms because this poses a fire hazard. Therefore, the obligation is best fulfilled by turning on an electric light in one’s room, provided that it is incandescent (not neon or fluorescent, etc.), as many Poskim maintain that a Bracha can be recited on a light bulb that contains a filament. 2. If this option is not feasible, one should light candles in a place where people will derive benefit from them, such as the dining room, especially if it will enhance the Yom Tov meal. It does not appear proper to light candles in a place where no one will benefit from the candles’ light, and a Bracha may not be made in this scenario.
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