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If Shabbos was Erev Rosh Chodesh Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / If Shabbos was Erev Rosh Chodesh and his Shabbos meal continued into the nighttime, he says both R'tzei and Yaale V'yovo in Bentching if he ate at least a K'zayis at nighttime. If he didn't eat a Kezayis at nighttime, he says only R'tzei, unless he davvened Maariv, made Havdoloh, or said Boruch Hamavdil Bein Koidesh L'chol, in which case he says neither R'tzei nor Yaale V'yovo (Likutei Dinei Uminhogei Rosh Chodesh, Ch. 5, Par. 10).
 
If a person forgot to say Yaale V'yovo in Maariv Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / If a person forgot to say Yaale V'yovo in Maariv, the Halocho is as follows: If he reminds himself before he says the word Hashem immediately preceding Hamach'zir Sh'chinosoi L'tzion, he goes back and says Yaale V'yovo. Otherwise, he just continues davvening (Likutei Dinei Uminhogei Rosh Chodesh, Ch. 6, Par. 3).
 
If a person forgot to say Yaale V'yovo in Shachris or Mincho... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / If a person forgot to say Yaale V'yovo in Shachris or Mincho, the Halocho is as follows: A) If he reminds himself before he says the word Hashem immediately preceding Hamach'zir Sh'chinosoi L'tzion, he goes back and says Yaale V'yovo. B) If he reminds himself after he says the word Hashem immediately preceding Hamach'zir Sh'chinosoi L'tzion, he should say Lamdeini Chukecho and then, go back and says Yaale V'yovo C) If he said Hamach'zir Sh'chinosoi L'tzion but did not start Modim, he says Yaale V'yovo right there and continues with Modim. D) If he began Modim but did not yet say the last Yih'yu L'rotzon immediately before Oiseh Sholom B'm'roimov, he goes back to R'tzei and says Yaale V'yovo E) If he reminds himself after the last Yih'yu L'rotzoin, even if he did not yet move his feet, he must repeat the entire Sh'mone Esrai (Likutei Dinei Uminhogei Rosh Chodesh., Ch. 6, Pars. 5-9).
 
If a person is in doubt whether he said Yaale V'yovo... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / If a person is in doubt whether he said Yaale V'yovo, we assume that he did not say it (Likutei Dinei Uminhogei Rosh Chodesh, Ch. 6, Par. 10).
 
If a person forgot to say Yaale V'yovo in Shachris and did not remind himself ... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / If a person forgot to say Yaale V'yovo in Shachris and did not remind himself until after davvening Musof, he does not repeat the Shmone Esrai (Likutei Dinei Uminhogei Rosh Chodesh , Ch. 6, Par. 14).
 
On Rosh Chodesh, as well as any time that Tachnun is not said... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / On Rosh Chodesh, as well as any time that Tachnun is not said, such as Maariv every day or Mincha on Erev Shabbos, one does not beat on the chest while saying the B'rocho S'lach Lonu in Sh'mone Esrai (Likutei Dinei Uminhogei Rosh Chodesh , Ch. 7, Par. 5).
 
In K'rias Shema Al Hamitoh on Rosh Chodesh... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / In K'rias Shema Al Hamitoh on Rosh Chodesh, Veedui is not said, but Reebono Shel Oilom Hareini Moicheil and Lam'natzeiach
 
In regard to answering Omein, etc., in middle of Hallel Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / In regard to answering Omein, etc., in middle of Hallel, the Halocho is as follows. For Kaddish, one may answer Omein Y'hey Sh'mey Rabbo
 
Rabbi Yehuda Hachosid wrote... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / Rabbi Yehuda Hachosid wrote not to cut one's hair on Rosh Chodesh, even on Erev Shabbos, because it might be dangerous (Likutei Dinei Uminhogei Rosh Chodesh , Ch. 11 Par. 1).

Rabbi Yehuda Hachosid warned not to cut one's nails on Rosh Chodesh (Likutei Dinei Uminhogei Rosh Chodesh, Ch. 11, Par. 2).

 
It is a venerable custom to learn during each Rosh Chodesh a Posuk of T'hillim Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / It is a venerable custom to learn during each Rosh Chodesh a Posuk of T'hillim with Rashi (one can add other commentaries) from one's Perek of T'hillim (for example, if he is 20 years old, his Perek would be 21). If the Perek has less than 12 Pesukim (or 13 in a leap year), learn it more than once. If it has more than 12 (or 13) Pesukim, learn more than one Posuk, in order to finish the Perek in the course of the year (Likutei Dinei Uminhogei Rosh Chodesh, Ch. 11 Par. 4).
 
It is a Minhag Yisroel... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / It is a Minhag Yisroel to give a lot of Tzedoko on Rosh Chodesh (Likutei Dinei Uminhogei Rosh Chodesh., Ch. 11, Par. 7).
 
The 3 weeks Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / The Rebbe repeatedly exhorted us to learn about the Bais Hamikdosh during the Three Weeks* because it is written that learning about the Bais Hamikdosh is considered like building it.

He also spoke about increasing our learning of Torah in general and giving Tzedokoh during the Three Weeks, as it says, "Tziyon B'mishpot (referring to Torah) Tipodeh V'shAveho B'tzedokoh." Giving Tzedokoh is clearly one of the ways to hasten the Geulah and the rebuilding of the Bais Hamikdosh.

During the Three Weeks we don't say Shehecheyonu, not even on Shabbos (Sefer Haminhogim, page 46).

*The Three Weeks are the period of mourning for the Bais Hamikdosh from the 17th of Tammuz through the first nine days of Av, culminating in Tisha B'Av. The Nine Days are included in the Three Weeks: From the first day of Av (Rosh Chodesh) through Tisha B'Av. Historically, these are days of hardship and catastrophe for the Jewish people. Both the First and Second Batei Mikdoshos were destroyed during this time, among other tragedies, so the entire Jewish people is in mourning. We do not make weddings, listen to music, take pleasure trips, or hold public celebrations except for a Seudas Mitzvah such as a Bris Milah or a Siyum.

 
During the Three Weeks one should be less punishing ... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / During the Three Weeks one should be less punishing than usual with one's children or students (Kitzur Shulchan Oruch, Chapter 122, Paragraph 2). The Divine attribute of Judgment (Din) is already acutely felt, so we try to minimize it in our own words and actions.
 
A Jew who has a court case with a non-Jew should postpone it... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / For the same reason (see the last Halacha), a Jew who has a court case with a non-Jew should postpone it, if possible, until after the entire month of Av, but at least until after Tisha B'Av (Kitzur Shulchan Oruch, Ch. 122, Par. 7).
 
It is customary not to cut or shave ... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Nnewsletter / It is customary not to cut or shave any hair during the Three Weeks. This also applies to adults cutting children's hair (Kitzur Shulchan Oruch, Ch. 122, Par. 3).
 
Nailcutting is permissible... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / Nailcutting is permissible during the Three Weeks, until the beginning of the Nine Days (Kitzur Shulchan Oruch, Ch. 122, Par. 5).
 
From the beginning of Av, we "diminish in simcha... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / From the beginning of Av, we "diminish in simcha." The Rebbe translated "in" as "through," thus interpreting this dictum of our Sages as follows: From the beginning of Av we diminish [the unfavorable aspects of Av] through simcha - of course, simcha which is permissible at that time according to the Halochoh.
 
Any elective construction or renovation ... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / Any elective construction or renovation which is only for the sake of comfort or luxury should not be undertaken during the Nine Days. If you contracted with a non-Jew to paint your house during the Nine Days and you can induce him for a small amount of money to postpone it until after Tisha B'Av, it is proper to do so (Kitzur Shulchan Oruch, Ch. 122, Par. 7).
 
It is a universal custom among Jews not to eat meat or poultry... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / It is a universal custom among Jews not to eat meat or poultry, or drink wine, during the Nine Days. This refers even to food which was cooked with meat or has gravy. However, someone for whom dairy products are unhealthful who therefore needs to eat fleishigs may eat chicken. A sick person may eat meat as well, but if it isn't difficult, s/he shouldn't do so from the 7th of Av until after Tisha B'Av. Also, some nursing women avoid eating meat from the 7th of Av until after Tisha B'Av (Kitzur Shulchan Oruch, Ch. 122, Par. 8).
 
During the Nine Days, we do not drink wine except on Shabbos... Print Email
Nshei Chabad Newsletter / During the Nine Days, we do not drink wine except on Shabbos. On Motzoei Shabbos during the Nine Days, if a child who reached the age of chinuch is available to drink the Havdoloh wine, the child should drink it; otherwise, the one saying Havdoloh may drink it (Kitzur Shulchan Oruch, Ch. 122, Par. 8; AlterRebbe'ss Shulchan Oruch, Ch. 190, Par. 4).
 


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