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HALACHA GUIDE

Laws & customs of SIVAN & SHAVUOS

Please see Halacha Guide, relevant to Sivan & Shavuos 5780: https://bit.ly/Shavuos

And a Guide for Eruv Tavshilin, performed this year on Thursday, Erev Shavuos: https://bit.ly/EruvShav
 
With best wishes for Kabolas Hatorah BSimcha ubPnimiyus, and may we merit the Torah Chadasha with the speedy coming of Moshiach now.

Rabbi Shmuel Lesches​​​​​​

Laws & customs of SEFIRAS HAOMER

Please see this link for a Guide to Sefiras Haomer and the period between Pesach and Shavuos: bit.ly/LCSefirah
 
As many of us are not able to daven with a Minyan, it is worthwhile considering a reminder service such as Omer Counter offered by Chabad.org.

If you still require it, please see this link for the Pesach Guide: bit.ly/LCPesach

May we celebrate the ultimate זמן חרותנו  today!
 
Gut Moied,
Rabbi Shmuel Lesches​​​​​​

Laws & customs of Nissan & Pesach

Please see Halacha Guide, relevant to the month of Nissan and Pesach:  http://bit.ly/LCPesach.
And a Guide for Eruv Tavshilin, performed this year on Wednesday, Erev Pesach: http://bit.ly/EruvTav.
 
You will note that the Halacha Guide is not perfectly typeset, leaving some blank space on the last page. Furthermore, the Pesach Guide contains a link which currently points to last year’s Sefirah Guide, and it may be another week or two until that link will point to this year’s Sefirah Guide. It is not a time for perfectionism. It’s a time to be content with getting the job done effectively, without fretting the semantics. Please do the same as you Pesach clean. (On that note, see message below.)

May we celebrate the ultimate זמן חרותנו today!

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Coronavirus, Chumros and the Pesach Clean

“These are very unusual times…” begins every email in my inbox, a reminder from every company whose services I have ever (or never?) used.
 
’Tis so.
 
As if we didn’t know.
 
As you forge ahead with Pesach preparations, please, I IMPLORE YOU to get your priorities straight. Number One is the health and happiness of your family unit. Trust me, your children will remember this period of time forever, and its effects will linger far beyond 2020. Take care of THEM more than worrying about peeling your Pesach tomatoes. This is a Chinuch opportunity like you never had. As the proverbial saying goes, don’t make THEM the Korban Pesach.
 
Adjust expectations. Personally, if I will have Shmurah Matzah and wine, I will be content. I am reassured in the knowledge that our good Aussie mates are not stockpiling those products. My children’s Mah Nishtana will be way more succulent than any meat I may or may not have, and I won’t be closely examining my Gefilte fish to see if it was processed (the horror!) instead of homemade.
 
Find out what Pesach cleaning REALLY requires. (One resource for that: kollelmenachem.com.au/Pesach.) If you can do the full run as you would any other year, that’s great. But if your homebound family makes that impossible, don’t worry about it! As long as you are conforming with Halacha, that is what is required.
 
If you’re a Chumra person, be realistic of what is doable this year. And if you really insist, don’t dump the burden of it on your spouse or parent. If you believe in it so much, then its DIY.
 
I am not suggesting Chumros aren’t important. They are. And whatever you can realistically keep while maintaining calm and order, you SHOULD keep. But I am also suggesting that your health and sanity, as well as that of your entire family, is far more important.
 
In all likeliness, a lot more of Pesach will fall into place than you imagine right now. Your calm and cheer will facilitate that. But even if it doesn’t, well then … “These are very unusual times…” begins every email in my inbox, a reminder from every company whose services I have ever (or never?) used.
 
May we all have a Kosher un Freilichen Pesach Clean.

Rabbi Shmuel Lesches

 

Laws & customs of purim

Please see this link for a Halacha Guide relevant to Parshas Zachor, Taanis Esther and Purim: http://bit.ly/PurimLC

With best wishes for a Freilichen Purim and much Simcha year-round too. 

Rabbi Shmuel Lesches

 

customs of Shabbos Shirah & Tu B'Shevat

Please see this link for customs relevant to Shabbos Shirah and Tu B'Shevat:
http://bit.ly/15Shevat

Rabbi Shmuel Lesches
Yeshivah Shule – Young Yeshivah

 

Yud Shvat preparations & customs

As a preparation for Yud Shevat, please see this link for a booklet containing: 
• Letters of the Rebbe in Hebrew (page 3) or English (page 9)
• Bosi Legani 5710 (page 15) 
• Bosi Legani 5711 (page 27) 
• Mishnayos (Hebrew/English) of the Frierdiker Rebbe's name (page 37) 
• Tanya Igeres Hakodesh (page 81)
 
The customs of Yud Shevat, some of which are applicable the Shabbos prior, can be found in the Rebbe’s letter printed in Hebrew on pages 5-7 and in English on pages 11-14.
 
Additionally, please see this link for a separate booklet containing the Bosi Legani Maamorim of 5720 and 5740, which correspond to this year, 5780. For more resources in relation to Basi Lgani, please visit: basilgani.com.
 
For many more wonderful resources to prepare for Yud Shevat, please visit: YudShevat.org.

May we merit the coming of Moshiach תיכף ומיד ממש. 

Rabbi Shmuel Lesches
Yeshivah Shule – Young Yeshivah

Laws & Customs: Asarah B’Teves

Please view this link (http://bit.ly/10Teves) for a Halacha Guide relevant to the fast of Asarah B’Teves. 

Anyone vacationing outside Melbourne should note that Zmanim in the Halacha Guide will not be accurate for them, vacationers need to confirm the correct Zmanim for their location.

May we merit that יהפכו ימים אלו לששון ולשמחה ולמועדים טובים – these days shall be transformed into days of joy and happiness – with the coming of Moshiach בקרוב ממש. 

Rabbi Shmuel Lesches

Laws & Customs: chanukah

Please view this link for a Halacha Guide relevant to Chanukah: http://bit.ly/LChanukah

Best wishes for a Freilichen Chanukah.

Rabbi Shmuel Lesches

Laws & Customs: V'Sein Tal UMotor

One begins reciting V’sein Tal Umotor this Thursday night.

If one forgot V’sein Tal Umotor Livrocho:

  • If one realized before saying Hashem’s name at the end of the Brocho, he goes back to V’sein Tal Umotor Livrocho and continues from there.
  • If one already concluded the Brocho, he says V’sein Tal Umotor Livrocho before starting the Brocho of Teka B’Shofar.
  • If one already began the Brocho of Teka B’Shofar, he says V’sein Tal Umotor Livrocho in the Brocho of Shma Koleinu, immediately before the words Ki Atoh Shomea Tefillah.
  • If one forgot to say it then, but realized before saying Hashem’s name at the end of the Brocho of Shma Koleinu, he should say V’sein Tal Umotor Livrocho and continue with Ki Atoh Shomea Tefillah.
  • If one already concluded Shma Koleinu, he says V’sein Tal Umotor Livrocho before starting the Brocho of Retzei.

If one already began Retzei, there is a difference between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
In the Southern Hemisphere:

  • If one already began Retzei, he does not go back, and instead relies on the opinions who maintain that one does not daven for rain during the local summer months.

In the Northern Hemisphere:

  • If one already began Retzei, he must go back to the beginning of the Brocho of Borech Aleinu, and continue from there until the end of Shmoneh Esrei. If he already began reciting (the second) Yih’yu L’ratzon, he must repeat the entire Shmoneh Esrei.
  • If one did not realize his omission until the time for that Tefillah has passed, he must daven the next Tefillah twice. [E.g. If one forgot to say V’sein Tal Umotor Livrocho during Shacharis, he must recite the Shmoneh Esrei of Mincha twice.] Between the two Tefillos, he should wait the span of time to walk four Amos (approximately two metres), and preferably, he should recite words of supplication between them.
  • If one forgot V’sein Tal Umotor Livrocho in Mincha of Erev Shabbos, he does not repeat Shmoneh Esrei of Friday night.
If one is in doubt whether he said V’sein Tal Umotor Livrocho, for the first thirty days he should assume that he did not, and after thirty days he should assume that he did.

Laws & Customs: Month of Nissan and Pesach

Please view this link for a PDF containing a Halacha Guide relevant to the Month of Nissan and Pesach.

 
With best wished for a Chag Kosher vesameach

Laws & Customs: Shabbos Zachor, Taanis Esther and Purim 5779

Please view this link for a PDF containing a Halacha Guide relevant to: Parshas Zachor, Taanis Esther and Purim.

 
With best wishes for a Freilichen Purim and much Simcha year-round too.
 

Laws & Customs: Asarah B’Teves 5779

Please view this link for a Halacha Guide relevant to the fast of Asarah B’Teves.

May we merit that יהפכו ימים אלו לששון ולשמחה ולמועדים טובים – these days shall be transformed into days of joy and happiness – with the coming of Moshiach בקרוב ממש. 

Laws & Customs: Chanukah 5779

Please view this link for a PDF containing laws and customs relevant to Chanukah. 

Best wishes for a Freilichen Chanukah.

 

Laws & Customs: Simchas Torah 5779

Please view this link for a PDF containing laws and customs for Simchas Torah Including Hoshanah Rabbah, Shmini Atzeres, Simchas Torah and Shabbos Breishis.

Laws & Customs: Sukkos 5779

Please view this link for a PDF containing laws and customs for Sukkos Including the leadup to Sukkos, first days of Sukkos and Chol Hamoied.

Laws & Customs: Yom Kippur 5779

Please view this link for a PDF containing laws and customs for Yom Kippur including Erev and Motzei Yom Kippur.

Laws & Customs: Tzom Gedalya 5779

Please view this link for a PDF containing laws and customs for Wednesday Tzom Gedalya.

Laws & Customs: Ba’al Tokeiah Guide

Please view this link for a PDF containing laws and customs for a Ba’al Tokeiah: Relevant to anyone who will be blowing Shofar, whether in Shule or on Mivtzoim.

Laws & Customs: Rosh Hashana & Aseres Y’mei Teshuvah 5779

Please view this link for a PDF containing laws and customs of Rosh Hashana & Aseres Y’mei Teshuvah 5779: Including the afternoon of Erev Rosh Hashana, Rosh Hashanah, Shabbos Shuvah and the Aseres Ymei Teshuvah.

Laws & Customs: Week Of Selichos 5778

Please view this link for a PDF containing laws and customs of the week of Selichos: For the week of Selichos, up to and including Erev Rosh Hashana morning.

Laws & Customs: Month of Elul 5778

Please view this link for a PDF containing laws and customs of Elul (up to but not including the period of Selichos).

Mon, 1 June 2020 9 Sivan 5780