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Ten Minute halacha - Gezel Sheina: "Stealing" Sleep

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Jan 6, 2010
13 min 31 sec

Series: Ten Minute Halacha

Venue: DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys

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  1. Title: Waking up People with the Shofar
    Author: Chaim Simons ,

    Sefardim start reciting selichos daily from the beginning of Elul, and they are often recited each night at midnight or in the early morning. The shofar is blown on a number of occasions during the recital of these selichos. However, the Rav of the Porat Yosef Yeshivah in Jerusalem has ruled that one should omit blowing the shofar since one has no right to deprive the neighbours of their sleep, and to do so would be gezel sheinah. (Mishpacha, English edition, 14 September 2011, p.28).

  2. Title: Wake up for my Chanukah Lighting!
    Author: Chaim Simons ,

    A person arrives home at two o’clock in the night during Chanukah whilst everybody is asleep, but he has not yet lit Chanukah lights. Under such circumstances he would not be able to recite the berachos over the lighting. The Mishnah Berurah writes (672:11) that he should wake up people in order that he may say the berachos over the lighting. Thus we can see from this that one may wake up third parties in order that the person himself might perform this mitzvah.

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