Sign Up!

To receive
ATorahMinute daily

Women's corner

providing a weekly Torah minute for women.

See what people are saying about Here.

The stimulating "A TORAH MINUTE" books.

The critically acclaimed A Torah Minute Book, Vol. 2, TORAH GEMS AND PRACTICAL LAWS, by Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe, with a Women's Corner by Rabbanith Ruth Menashe.

Click here to order.


300 Gems from the Ben Ish Hai
It is incredible how only one minute a day can impact your entire life.
A Torah Minute: 300 Gems from the Ben Ish Hai. Including the Women's Corner.
Get more information here. is a project of Midrash BEN ISH HAI where you can learn Torah anytime. It will send you a short Daily Halacha or daily Torah by Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe.

Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe often draws his inspiration for his Halakhoth (Halachot) and pearls of Torah from the Ben Ish Hai, Hakham Yoseph Hayyim, 'a"h. In addition, the daily bulletins include a wide variety of sources: Shulhan Arukh (Shulchan Aruch), Kaf Hahayim (Kaf Hachaim), Mishnah Berurah (Mishna Brura) and many other sources.


To receive these daily pearls of wisdom and sign up for our Torah email list, click here.






Play / Download audio as MP3
(Length: 0:56, 1 MB)

To Fast or Not to Fast, Over a Bad Dream on Shabbath

Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe
Friday, August 4, 2017/Ab 12, 5777

If one dreams on Shabbath that a Jewish person is going to die or get ill, one should pray for him, give charity on his account and fast because of the dream. Alternatively, he should mention indirectly to the person he dreamt about, that he is in need of mercy from Heaven and should make Teshubah (repent).

What he must not do, however, is tell his friend specifically, that he dreamt that he would die. The reason is that we are concerned that the friend may take it very much to heart and the fright might cause him to die.

There is an opinion that this only applies if one had this dream three times.  There is also the opinion that, nowadays, we do not know what is considered to be a bad dream. Nevertheless, the Aharonim say that when one has what we consider to be a bad dream, it is preferable to pray on Shabbath and read Tehillim on Shabbath, rather than fast, since we are not expert in interpreting dreams. Additionally, on Sunday, one should give charity.

(See Derekh HaTorah, 7:75. 76)

Bad dreams on Shabbath, fasting or not

Print this
Bookmark and Share

Search A Torah Minute

Enter search term
or search by date