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Bracha on a Gift – Megillas Ester

Question: My mother-in-law is giving me a gift of a beautiful Megillas Esther. Should I make the bracha of Shehechyanu since I have no plans to lain it in public and, so, no one else but i will have hana'ah from it? Or should I say Hatov v'Hameitiv, since she will have hana'ah from giving it to me? Answer: In fact it is questionable if a bracha should be made at all. The Magen Avraham 223:5 rules that upon ...

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Chanukah Presents

Question: Does the Rav view the giving of gifts to children on Chanukah as a violation of chukas goyim or simply a practice which has no source in halacha? Many thanks Answer: Giving presents on Chanuka certainly does not violate the prohibition of Chukas Hagoyim. This prohibition is only for customs that have no plain logical reason. Giving presents at a festive time is a logical and therefore permitted ac ...

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