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Brachos and Tefilos

1520 – Brachos and Tefilos – (Klal 3 Siman 15) – Tzoah 11 – Shiur of Distance 2

 We are beginning siman 15, where the Chayei Adam continues his definition of place as it regards tzoah. The Chayei Adam writes that if the tzoah is in an area which meets the criteria of an independent reshus hayachid (10 tefachim high, 4 x 4 tefachim wide), or if a person is in such a …

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1514 – Brachos and Tefilos – (Klal 3 Siman 10-11) – Tzoah 5 – Beis Hakisei

 We are continuing in siman 10. The Chayei Adam writes that people used to have a designated chair with a hole in it, which would be placed over the chamberpot. This chair has the halachic status of a beis hakisei, so even when the chamberpot is not there, the seat is considered graf shel re’i. …

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1508 – Brachos and Tefilos – (Klal 3 Siman 5) – Relieving Oneself Before Davening 6 – Synopsis 2

  We have finished siman 5 and have a few points to clarify. We learned that if one began shemoneh esrei when it was muttar (i.e., they did not feel an urge), and then they felt an urge, they may finish shemoneh esrei.    Once a person begins baruch she’amar, they are not supposed to …

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1504 – Brachos and Tefilos – (Klal 3 Siman 4-5) – Relieving Oneself Before Davening 2

  We are continuing in siman 4. The Chayei Adam had introduced the concept that if a person can control their urge to relieve themselves up to 4 milin, they could recite shema or brachos. Rav Akiva Eiger points out that the language used to describe these 4 milin is different from other places in …

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1503 – Brachos and Tefilos – (Klal 3 Siman 1-4) – Relieving Oneself Before Davening

  We are continuing Klal 3, beginning siman 1. The pasuk says barchi nafshi es Hashem, vechol keravai es sheim kodsho (Tehillim 103:1), which Chazal understand to mean that even a person’s insides need to bless Hashem. The pasuk is teaching us that not only does the neshama bless Hashem, but the body as well. …

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1502 – Brachos and Tefilos – (Klal 3) – Introduction to Ervah and Tzoah

 We are beginning Klal 3, which deals with the cleanliness aspect of a person’s Torah and tefillah. We will also learn Klal 4, which deals with a person’s body parts being properly covered for davening. We will begin with an introduction.  In Parshas Ki Seitzei (Devarim 23:10), the Torah tells us that when Klal Yisroel …

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1239 – Brachos and Tefilos – (Klal 64 Siman 4) – Tefilas Krach – 8 – 1

1We are beginning siman 4. The Chayei Adam discusses a halacha sourced in the Gemara and brought in the Shulchan Aruch but not commonly practiced. We will learn the Aruch Hashulchan’s explanation as to why it is no longer commonly practiced. From the fact that the Chayei Adam mentions it, it appears he held it …

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