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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
I have rearranged The Halacha Corner to put the latest items first and added dates on each item.

The coming Shabbat is Shabbat Hagadol, followed by בדיקת חמץ - checking for Hametz - on Sunday evening,
then בעור חמץ - nullifying and burning the Hametz on Monday morning.
Monday night is the start of Pesach with the Seder night, the reading of the Hagadah, the festive meal, the four cups of wine,
our first taste of Matza, maror, egg in salt water and so on. See Chapters 114-118

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The Halacha corner - דין המים - The Laws of the Water.
Matza should be kneaded with water which has stood over night.
Now if someone dies in the house, all standing water should be poured out, because of the "evil spirits", this also applies if the spring or vernal equinox occurs at this time.
However we need this water for the matza, so we suspend a piece of iron in the water, on a thread so that we can take it out without touching the water, and this stops the "spirits" getting into the water.
See The Laws of the Water.

The wellsprings of the Torah - מעינה של תורה
By Alexander Zusha Friedman - 1897-1943
Veyikra - Acharei Mot 18:6 איש איש אל כל שאר בשרו לא תקרבו לגלות ערוה
"Any man, to any that is near of kin to him shall not approach, to uncover their nakedness"
This section of the Torah is read on Yom Kippur at the afternoon service, to teach us,
that even at the most elevated and holy moments we have to beware of (descending into) the worst and most debased state...
From one of the sages of ethics.

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The linear translation of Genesis includes the text and commentaries such as Rashi.
The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch is a concise version of the laws that govern the day to day life of a religious jew.

My translation into English is a Linear one, that is I try to keep to the Hebrew text order and phrasing, because my objective is to help people who want to learn in Hebrew, even though this sometimes makes the English less flowing.

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Sources and references used for the Hebrew and English texts - Sources

Genesis Linear Translation
Go to the Genesis Index page and choose a chapter or Portion (Parasha), and also the text type:

  • English Main Text (Hebrew "pop-up" text) - under "English"
  • Printer friendly version - under "English/Hebrew"
  • Hebrew Main Text (English "pop-up" text) - "עברית "
  • PDF versions of the Printer friendly files (No Hebrew fonts needed at all) - click on the Heb/English PDF Files icon.
  • Portion (the weekly portion read from the Torah) - under "Portion" - this jumps to the appropriate chapter and verse of the English Main Text page or " פרשה" for the Hebrew Main Text page.

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Linear Translation
Go to the Kitzur Index Part 1 for Chapters 1-97 or Kitzur Index Part 2 for Chapters 98-221

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