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# Question Siman 1 If you wake up in the morning with a strong and painful urge to go to the bathroom, should you wash your hands first and then go to the bathroom, or should you go to the bathroom first and then wash your hands? 1 2 Some people do not have a washing basin within 4 amos of their bed to wash their hands when they wake up in the morning. Instead, they walk more than 4 amos to the bathroom to wash their hands. According to which opinion is one allowed to do this? 1 3 According to the Zohar, a person is punishable by death if he did not wash his hands in the morning before walking four amos. Yet the Shulchan Aruch and Beis Yosef do not mention this halacha. Why is this halacha not found in the Shulchan Aruch or the Beis Yosef? 1 4 The Yerushalmi Talmud brings short tefillos that you should say before Shacharis, Mincha, and Maariv thanking Hashem for letting us live until this time of prayer. For instance, before Shacharis we should say “Thank you Hashem…for taking us out of the dark and into the light.” These tefillos are not found in most prayerbooks today. What do the M.B. and the A.H. say about the obligation to recite these tefillos? 1 5 What are the 6 obligatory mitzvos that you should think about at all times? 1 6 To calculate Chatzos at night (which you might need to determine when to say Tikkun Chatzos or Selichos, or when to finish eating the afikoman at the Pesach Seder) you first determine when it is noon (this is when the sun is at its maximum height in the sky) and then add 12 hours to this time. Are these 12 hours “shaos zmanios” or regular 60 minute hours? 1 7 Before bentching after eating a bread meal, when is “shir hamaalos” said instead of “al naharos bavel” (besides on Shabbos and Yom Tov)? 1 8 According to the Sephardic minhag, you will almost always find an image of a 7 branched Menorah made of the various names of Hashem in the siddur, or as a piece of artwork on the walls of the shul. This image is never found in Ashkenazi siddurim or shuls. Why do Sephardim use this image? 1 9 The Shulchan Aruch in 1:5 lists a series of korbonos to be said each morning, but in the Shulchan Aruch 1:9 he writes that the minhag is to say a different series of korbonos each morning. Which series of korbonos should one say each morning, according to the M.B. and the A.H.? 1 10 May a person who was not able to say “parshat hatamid” anytime during the day make it up at night? What does the M.B. say and what does the A.H. say? 1 11 According to the M.B. and A.H., when you say korbonos in the morning, should you stand or sit? Does it make a difference if you are a Kohen, Levi or Yisrael? 1 12 How does a lefty put on his shoes in the morning? Which shoe does he put on first and which shoe does he tie first? 2 13 Is there any special order for removing your shoes? Is there any special order for untying your shoes? 2 14 When taking a shower, is there any special order for washing your body? 2 15 When you remove your shirt, should you remove the right or left side first? 2 16 If you open the windows of your car for the wind to blow through your hair, do you need to wear a yarmulke, or does the roof of the car count to cover your head? 2 17 If you don’t have a yarmulke available, when are you allowed to place your hand over your head, and when must you use the sleeve of your shirt to place over your head? 2 18 Are you allowed to eat in the bathroom? 3 19 When a man is sleeping in bed with his wife, in which direction should the beds be positioned? 3 20 What aveira are you violating if you hold yourself in when you need to:
- Urinate (#1)?
- Defecate (#2)?
- Pass wind?
3 21 If you have to defecate (#2), and you are unable to find a suitable place, may you hold it in until you find a suitable place, or do we say that it is an aveira to hold it in and you must go where ever you are, even in public? 3 22 According to the Aruch Hashulchan, are you violating an aveira if you have to urinate and you hold yourself in until you find a proper place? 3 23 If a Rebbe is teaching Torah in public and he has to go to the bathroom during his drasha, may he hold himself in? 3 24 We wash our hands in the morning when we wake up, and we wash our hands before eating bread. Which of these two washings has stricter requirements for the type of water and the type of vessel? 4 25 Do you have to wash your face before davening shacharis? 4 26 If you need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, must you say asher yotzar when you finish, or may you wait until you say asher yotzar in the morning and “cover” all the times you went during the night? 4 27 According to the M.B., should you wash your mouth upon waking in the morning before davening? 4 28 At what age does a child have to wash his or her hands in the morning? 4 29 Does a non-Jew who works in a kosher restaurant have to wash his hands with a cup in the morning? 4 30 May you wash your hands in the morning over a flowerpot so that the dirty water is used to help the flowers grow? 4 31 If you have a sink but do not have a cup, may you: a) Wash your hands in the morning? b) Wash your hands before eating bread? 4 32 Why when you wash your hands, do you hold the empty cup in the right hand, fill it up, pass the cup to the left hand, and then wash the right hand? 4 33 Does a lefty wash his right hand first or his left hand first? 4 34 If a person stays up all night on Shavuos, when he washes his hands in the morning, should he say a brocho? 4 35 After having relations with one’s wife, does a man have to wash his hands, and if so how many times? 4 36 Are you allowed to wash your hands inside your home when returning from the cemetery? 4 37 The halacha is that you must wash your hands after cutting your nails. What if you bite your nails because you are nervous? Do you have to wash your hands? 4 38 Must you wash your hands before davening mincha and before davening maariv? 4 39 Avrumy Kagan woke up in the middle of the night after hearing thunder, and Sruli Kagan woke up after seeing lighting. May they make a brocho even though they have not yet washed their hands?
- No. They must wash their hands properly first before making the brocho.
- Yes, but they must first wipe their hands on a towel or some other garment to make sure their hands are clean.
- Yes. They may say the brocho without first doing anything to their hands.
4 40 What is the punishment for one who pronounces the Name of Hashem the way it is written? 5 41 According to the Shulchan Aruch (Siman 5), you must think of two things when mentioning Hashem’s name: 1) That Hashem is Master of the universe and 2) That Hashem ” Was, Is and Will always be “. According to the M.B. and the GRA, these thoughts are only obligatory during one tefilloh. Which tefilloh? 5 42 When should you say the brocho “al netilas yodoyim” in the morning a) after you wash your hands at home, or b) in shul with the other morning brochos? 6 43 According to the Shulchan Aruch, does the brocho Elokei Neshomo have to come immediately after the brocho asher yotzar? 6 44 According to the M.B. and A.H., does the brocho Elokei Neshomo have to come immediately after the brocho asher yotzar? 6 45 According to the A.H., why should you answer Boruch Hu Uvoruch Shemo after hearing Hashem’s name in the brochos said by the chazzan? 6 46 If you finish eating and then use the bathroom and now you need to make the brocho asher yotzar and a brocho acharono on your food, the halocho is that you say asher yotzar first. Why? 7 47 If you finished going to the bathroom and you feel that you might need to go in another 10 minutes – but right now you don’t need to go – should you say asher yotzar right now, or wait until later when you will be confident that you will have finished? 7 48 Shimmy must have eaten something that didn’t agree with him because he spent the last 15 minutes on the toilet with diarrhea. He got up, washed his hands, but then felt that he would have to return to the toilet again – probably in a few minutes. Should Shimmy say asher yotzar right now, or should he wait until he is sure that everything is out of his system and he won’t need to go again? 7 49 If you went to the bathroom and got urine on your hands, and you have no water to wash your hands, should you say asher yotzar? 7 50 If you were driving and pulled over to urinate and you have no water to wash your hands, should you wait until you find water to wash before saying asher yotzar, or should you say asher yotzar immediately? 7
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