Hilchot Shabbat: Chicken Grease on Fingers

Hilchot Shabbat: Chicken Grease on Fingers

Avramy ate chicken at the Friday night seuda. Now his hands are greasy. He remembered that last week his father, after eating a pomegranate, cleaned his hands with water as opposed to with a cloth napkin. Avramy is now wondering if he must do the same.

Hanging Things on a Tree During and Before Shabbat

Hanging Things on a Tree During and Before Shabbat

A Mishna in masechet Shabbat2 lists kotzer (reaping) as one of the avot melachot. The definition of kotzer is detaching a living thing from its source of nourishment3. This melacha applies even to things that are not growing from the ground. For example, the Gemorah says that a person transgresses Shabbat if he removes mushrooms that grow on the edge of a bucket, since they receive their nourishment from the water that is located there4.

Halachot Shabbat: Separating the Juice from the Fruit

Halachot Shabbat: Separating the Juice from the Fruit

If a person wants to drink the juice that’s part of the compote, he is permitted to select it from the container with the juice and fruits. One may do so by tilting the container, thereby letting the juice come out and allowing the fruits to remain in the vessel.

6th of Sivan-9th of Sivan: Yahrtzeits of Famous Jewish Scholars this Week

6th of Sivan-9th of Sivan: Yahrtzeits of Famous Jewish Scholars this Week

Rav Avraham Mordechai Alter, the Imrei Emes of Ger, (1866-1948). The son of the Sefas Emes and a great-grandson of the Chidushei HaRim, he was the third Rebbe in the Gur dynasty, the leader of over 250,000 chassidim in pre-WW II Poland. The Imrei Emes was instrumental in establishing and expanding Agudas Yisroel, and was at the forefront of strengthening the Jewish community of Eastern European.

Squeezing Out Lemon Juice into a Salad

Squeezing Out Lemon Juice into a Salad

It is permitted to squeeze out lemon juice into a salad in order to improve the taste of the vegetables*. One must squeeze the lemon directly on the vegetables (i.e., it is not permitted to squeeze out the lemon juice into a cup and then add it to the salad).

Squeezing out lemon juice into a salad is permitted even if the lemon juice will not be absorbed into the vegetables of the salad.