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While there is no explicit commandment stating that you MUST ask for help when you need money, the implied mitzvah is that someone must give to someone who does ask for help. This implies that in order for the giver to perform the mitzvah, someone must ask him, though, of course, one should give even before being asked, if one knows that there is someone ...


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I've seen #2 and #3 at Sephardic weddings outside of Israel (I believe the officiating rabbi was of Algerian ancestry) as well. So I'd assume it's more of an Ashkenazic/Sephardic split than a Jerusalem/UK split, though it's certainly possible that Sephardic practice influences non-Sephardim in Jerusalem as well.


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The term apears in three places (that I have found in the Tanach): Bereishis (1, 2) "וְרוּחַ אֱלֹקים מְרַחֶפֶת עַל פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם" where the Even Ezra (and some others) clarify that the meaning here "a courier of Hashem" to dry the water. Rashi on the other hand says it is "Kisse HaKavod" In Isaiah (63, 14) "כַּבְּהֵמָה בַּבִּקְעָה תֵרֵד רוּחַ יְקוָק ...



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