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On day one, day one was not the first in a series of days, it was the one and only: Each day of creation is numbered. Yet there is discontinuity in the way the days are numbered. The verse says: "There is evening and morning, Day One." But the second day doesn't say "evening and morning, Day Two." Rather, it says "evening and morning, a second day." And ...
Rabbi Ari Henkin’s musings quotes the Siddur Harashban 20b to say that Yekum Purkan is not recited on a weekday Yom Tov in order to allow for the already lengthy services to end that much earlier, so that people can get home and prepare their Yom Tov meal. Indeed, it is reserved especially for Shabbat, as it is primarily a prayer for those who ...
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Poliakoff from Baltimore wrote a sefer about the practices in Lithuania and more importantly, in the yeshivas. In the sefer he says that prior to WWII no Ashkenazi Jew had ever heard of it. In fact, he cites the source as being a pagan one (and proves it from a mishna describing idol worshippers only cutting their hair on one of their ...
Other than his father, the book Toldoth Yisrael cites the responsa of Solomon Luria (Shu"T RaShaL #29) as claiming that he was a student of Rav Hai Gaon. In the footnotes he discusses the plausibility of such a claim.
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