Author Archives: Daniel Mann

This column is produced on behalf of Eretz Hemdah by Rabbi Daniel Mann. Rabbi Mann is a Dayan for Eretz Hemdah and a staff member of Yeshiva University's Gruss Kollel in Israel. He is a senior member of the Eretz Hemdah responder staff, editor of Hemdat Yamim and the author of Living the Halachic Process, volumes 1 and 2 and A Glimpse of Greatness.

Extended Purim Seuda

by R. Daniel Mann Question: My family likes to have the Purim seuda toward the end of the day, and then we eat well into the night. What are the halachic implications (if any)? Answer: According to the normal rules, we would think that this is not an optimal practice. Presumably, every moment and element of festivity of Purim adds ...

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Davening Late with a Minyan

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I went for Shabbat for a family simcha to a community with one shul, which started tefilla at 10:00 AM, after sof z’man tefilla. Was it better to daven with a minyan or by myself at the right time? Answer: There is a machloket Tannaim (Berachot 26a) whether the last time to daven Shacharit is ...

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Trying on Tefillin at Night

by R. Daniel Mann Question: May one try on tefillin at night, or does that fall under the category of not putting on tefillin at night? Answer: I have not found this exact question in the poskim, so we will extrapolate based on the principles and similar cases, The gemara (Menachot 36b and several other places) cites a machloket between ...

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Davening in Front of a Mirror

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is the prohibition against davening in front of a mirror or reflexive glass a chumra or a serious halacha? Answer: The matter of not davening in front of a mirror is not a Talmudically mandated halacha, but it is modeled after, an extension, or perhaps even an application of one or more halachot of Chazal. ...

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Sefarim Under Seats

by R. Daniel Mann Question: In our shul, the seats have drawers underneath them to store chumashim, siddurim, etc. Thus, we sit over these books. Is that allowed? Answer: A few gemarot are relevant. One (Berachot 18a) forbids putting a sefer Torah under one’s saddle when riding an animal unless it is necessary to protect it. Another gemara (Menachot 32b) ...

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