Parshas Netzovim

Despite its name and its hechsher, the Sabbath mode oven does not necessarily offer the most convenient means of heating food for Shabbos. The hotplate/blech can, under the right conditions, be used to heat foods ON Shabbos; the oven can ONLY be used for food inserted beforehand.

Hamaor Rosh Hashanah 5777

It’s hard to believe this is the fourth edition of Hamaor that I have worked on since joining the Federation. As always, it’s been a pleasure to meet and interview the people featured in the magazine, who do so much for our kehilla.

Parshas Ki Sovo

The advent of the ‘Sabbath mode’ ovens - manufactured under leading brand names some years ago - came as music to the ears of many housewives. Gone are the days of hot plates and slow cookers clogging the kitchen worktops. But are these ovens really the ultimate halachic solution for warming our Shabbos food?

Federation Launches New MaaserText Service

Following the enormous success of its halachic SMS service ShailaText, the Federation is this week launching a new communal resource, MaaserText, in response to the many she’eilos it has received regarding Israeli fruit and vegetables purchased in the United Kingdom.

Parshas Ki Seitzei

“If a bird’s nest chances before you on the road, on any tree, or on the ground, and [it contains] fledglings or eggs, if the mother is sitting upon the fledglings or upon the eggs, you shall not take the mother upon the young. You shall send away the mother, and [then] you may take the young for yourself, in order that it should be good for you, and you should lengthen your days.
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