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Halichot Olam-Parashat Shemot and Christopher Columbus

In this week’s Ben Ish Ḥai there were two interesting comments that I wanted to bring. The first was a comment regarding the many commentaries on the verse “‏ והיה אם־לא יאמינו לך ולא ישׁמעו לקל האת הראשׁון והאמינו לקל האת האחרון”(“So it shall be, if they do not trust you, and do not hearken […]

Halichot Olam-Parashat Vayhi

The Ben Ish Ḥai on this week’s parashah focuses on the kaddish prayer and numerous laws about a minyan. There was an interesting custom about the recitation of kaddish that I was unaware of: יש מנהג פה עירינו שאם חל יום יארצייט באמצע השבוע מתחילין היתומים לומר הקדישים מליל שבת הקודם דהיינו מתפילת ערבית של […]

Halichot Olam-Parashat Va-Yeitzei

Holy bathroom talk, that would be an appropriate summary of the Ben Ish Ḥai’s discussion for this week’s parashah. Much of his discussion is based upon Kabbalistic sources, so if you are interested in Kabbalistic interpretations of body parts and functions associated with the bathroom, you can read more here. One of the issues that […]

Halichot Olam-Parashat Toldot

In this week’s parashah the Ben Ish Ḥai discussed the ritual washing of one’s hands in the morning. Many understand the purpose of netillat yadayim to cleanse a spiritual pollution, רוח רעה, that has settled on a person’s hands during the night. A discussion of the sources for this halakhah can be found here. A […]

Halichot Olam-Parashat Hayyei Sarah

For this week’s parashah the Ben Ish Ḥai continued his discussion about the laws of tefillin. (here) One issue that he addressed was on which hand a left-handed person should lay his tefillin. The accepted halakhah is that a person person who does everything with his left hand should lay tefillin on his right hand, […]

Halichot Olam-Parashat Va-Yeirah

In Parashat Va-Yeirah the Ben Ish Ḥai discussed the laws of tefillin. Among the numerous issues that he touched upon was Tefillin of Rashi, the most common type of tefillin, and Tefillin of Rabbeinu Tam. See here for an explanation of the differences between the two. I found the following statement by Rav Ovadiah interesting: […]

Halichot Olam-Introduction

As a way of memorializing Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef zt”l and his teachings, לעילוי נשמת מרן הרב הגאון עובדיה יוסף זצ”ל, during the coming year I will try to write a post every week bringing a teaching from his book Halichot Olam. This book, whose origins go back to when Rav Ovadiah was a young man, […]

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