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B'di'avad (bih-dee-ah-vahd) — lit., After the fact or action; something halachically questionable that may receive a lenient ruling since it has already happened and was without initial intent
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What To Pray: Set Prayers: Amida: Pre-Prayer
Amida: Bathroom Needs
If you need to use the toilet, you may not say the amida. Note...
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Condiments
Cold Condiments Used for Dairy and Meat
B’di’avad , you may scoop out mayonnaise or mustard and...
Introduction to Morning Prayers/Shacharit (Weekday): Order of Prayers
Introduction to Morning Prayers/Shacharit (Weekday): Order of Prayers
Here is a typical order of waking/morning prayers for weekdays (many...
When To Pray: Shacharit: What Time To Begin
Introduction: Shacharit: When To Begin
B’di’avad , you can say shema and amida as early as 72...
Halachic Decisions (Psak): Mitigating Circumstances
Accidental or Intentional
The ideal and preferred means of observing or fulfilling a halacha is...
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Dishwashers
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Dishwashers: Neutral/Pareve Item
You may not wash a neutral/ pareve dish in a meat or milk...
Lulav: Hold, Bless, Shake
Lulav: Hallel at Home or in Synagogue
Ideally, take your lulav and etrog to synagogue and say hallel...
Rosh Hashana: Shofar
Rosh Hashana: How Many Shofar Blasts To Hear
Men are required to hear at least 60 shofar blasts on Rosh Hashana...
Havdala: When To Say
When To Say Havdala
B’di’avad, havdala after Shabbat may be said day or...
Passover: Kashering
Passover: When To Finish Kashering
When kashering an oven or utensils for Passover , you may kasher:...
When To Pray: Shacharit: Shemoneh Esrei/Amida
When To Say Morning Amida
Say the morning amida by the first third of the day (by the 4 th...
Tzitzit: What To Wear
Tzitzit: Placement
Like all tzitzit , tzitzit on a talit gadol should hang over the...
Kashrut: Soap
Kashrut: Non-Certified Soap
Soap must be considered non- kosher unless it is certified...
Nida/Taharat HaMishpacha
Four Most Common Nida Questions
  What Makes a Woman a Nida  ...
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Stovetop
Stovetop Surfaces: Clean, Cold Utensil
Situation A dry, clean, cold utensil is put on a dry, clean, hot...
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Stovetop
Stovetop Surfaces: Hot Utensil with Food
Situation A hot (120° F--49° C--or more) lid or utensil...
Attire: Blessings/Torah/Prayer
Attire: Man's Head Covering for Prayers or Torah Study
Wearing a hat for prayer (for men) is formal wear that shows honor to...
SheHakol: Which Foods
SheHakol: Which Foods: Mistaken SheHakol
She’hakol  may theoretically apply to many foods,...
Birkat HaMazon: Location
Birkat HaMazon: Location: Eating in Two Places--No Prior Intention
Situation You said ha’motzi . Ate...
HaGomel: When To Say
Saying HaGomel within 30 Days
Say ha’gomel within three days of the event;...
HaGomel: For Whom To Say
For Whom To Say HaGomel
Don’t say ha’gomel for anyone other than yourself (not...
In the Presence of the Body
Shomer To Honor Dead Person
A “watcher” ( shomer ) should stay with a dead body at all...
How To Prepare Food in a Non-Kosher Kitchen
How to Prepare Food in a Non-Kosher Kitchen
BAKING IN NON-KOSHER OVEN An oven that has not been used...
Jewish Festivals: Evening Kiddush
Jewish Festivals: Evening Kiddush
To fulfill the two requirements for Jewish festival evening kiddush...
Matza: How Much
How Much Matza To Eat
Motzi, Matza For motzi and matza together, you must eat at...
Taste (Ta'am) Transfer: Spicy/Charif: Pressure
Taste (Ta'am) Transfer: Spicy/Charif: Pressure: Food Absorbing Taste of Utensils
When a spicy/ charif food takes on the gender of the cutting/squeezing...
Introduction to Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Baking at Same Time
Introduction to Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Baking at Same Time
Five factors affect cooking separate pans of dairy and meat in an oven...
Introduction to Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Baking at Same Time
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Baking at Same Time: Both UNCOVERED; One Is Spicy/Charif
Situation Two uncovered pans (one of dairy food, one of meat) are...
Introduction to Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Baking at Same Time
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Baking at Same Time: Solid, COVERED
L'chatchila :  Do not bake separate pans—whether...
Introduction to Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Baking at Same Time
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Baking at Same Time: Solid, UNCOVERED
L’chatchila , you should not bake uncovered dairy and meat foods...
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Taste Transfer in Countertops
Hot, Wet Taste Transfer in Countertops
A hot (120° F--49° C--or more), wet utensil transfers its gender...
Shacharit: Shema: When To Say Shema
Earliest Time for Shema (and Amida)
Earliest time to say shema and amida is 72 minutes before sunrise,...
Rosh Hashana: Evening Kiddush: Fruit for SheHecheyanu on Second Night
Rosh Hashana: Evening Kiddush: New Fruit for SheHecheyanu on Second Night
Place a “new” fruit--over which you may say...
Introduction to Taste (Ta'am) Transfer
Introduction to Taste (Ta'am) Transfer
Gender/Kashrut Status Transfer Foods and kitchenware (pots, pans,...
Shabbat: Dinner: How To Do Kiddush
How To Do Shabbat Evening Kiddush
To fulfill the two requirements for Shabbat evening kiddush :...
One-Time Method: How To Wash
Drying Hands after Washing for Bread
When washing your hands before eating bread, the ideal procedure is to...

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