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Natai Gavriel (Shidduchim V'Tanaim 23:17) says this is not a good custom - and recommends giving out delicacies instead - but in the footnote notes that מנהגי לעלוב does bring this custom as a way of avoiding Eiyen Hara - in other words, of reducing any jealous reaction among those who hear the news.


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In Tephichas BeDevash 24 by Rav Chiya Pontromili (a Sefardi Rav from the 19th century quoted here) writes: ואף שנהגו ישראל להיות ערים בליל שבועות אפילו שחל בשבת, מכל מקום שונה ליל שבועות מליל שבת, משום שבליל שבועות יש בו סודות גדלים, שעל ידי נדידת השינה ולימוד התורה בעשרה הנעשה באותו הלילה, מתקנים תכשיטים לכלה, וכמה מעלות טובות מפורשות בזוהר הקדוש על ...


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Nitai Gavriel (Pesach Vol 3 Chapter 57) brings several Pesach Sheni customs. Among them: To increase in Simcha (source: the Chida) To read the parsha of Pesach Sheni and learn its Halachos (source: The Shalo). To read the Parsha of the Nesi'im (source: The Shalo). To visit the grave of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNeis in Teveria (this is a sefardi custom sourced ...


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Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 204:4 records a custom to lead the prayers during the time when a mourner is saying Kaddish. This is the "obligation" you are hearing about. In terms of which ones trump others, the rules in practice are to follow the same rules as with Kaddish itself (see here and here). In larger communities you will see people try to make a second ...


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Qitzur Shulhhan Arukh - Yalqut Yosef (Orahh Hayim 131:36) states: אלו הימים שאין אומרים בהם וידוי ונפילת אפים לא בשחרית ולא במנחה: חודש ניסן, פסח שני, ל''ג בעומר, מראש חודש סיון עד י''ב בו ועד בכלל, תשעה באב, ט''ו באב, ערב ראש השנה וערב יום הכפורים, מי''א תשרי עד ב' חשון. שמונת ימי החנוכה, ט''ו בשבט, י''ד וט''ו אדר א' ואדר ב'. וראשי חודשים.‏ Arukh ...


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Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch in Teshuvos V'Hanhogos 1:435 says as follows. He says as soon as a kid has an understanding - even at the young age of two - they should start waiting the minimum of 1 hour which is the Shiur mentioned in the Rama Yoreh Deah 89. At the age of 5-6 when there is Chinuch L'Mitzvos they should start waiting 3 hours. At the age of 9-10 they ...


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(All translations are my own) Shulchan Aruch C.M. 73:14 (discussing the selling of collateral after the time of collection of a loan has passed - see :12) יש מי שאומר שאע"פ שעבר זמן ההלואה צריך להמתין מלמכור המשכון שלשי' יום אחר תביע הגה: וא"צ לתובעו בב"ד רק יתבענו בפני עדים שיפרענו ואח"כ יעכבנו ל' יום וימכרנו ואפי' אם תבעו רק בינו לבינו מהני אם הלוה ...


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The Magen Avrohom in O.C. Siman 494 s.v. איתא בזוהר brings down this custom from the Zohar, and writes that כבר נהגו רוב הלומדים לעשות כן, most people learning have accepted this custom. So the custom is sanctioned by the Zohar, dating it to either the Tannaic era or the 13th century, and the Magen Avrohom in the 17th century records that it was already ...


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A large proportion of Ashenazim use a mourning period from the first day of Rosh Chodesh Iyar until the 3rd of Sivan (although Lag B'Omer itself is a "window", a one-day respite from mourning). This is in memory of the Crusades that happened during this period and in general affected Ashkenazi communities. Ashkenazim therefore also recite "Av Harachamim" ...


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The Shearim Metzuyanim Behalacha on the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (חלק א - כג ס"ק א, מהדורה תשס"א) writes: As is known, we are obligated to stand for the Sefer torah, and this is learned from the obligation to stand for a torah scholar, for if we stand for those who learn the the Torah, all the more we should stand for the Torah itself. Rashi in Avoda Zara ...


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Although many sources say that the Luchos was squared, Rabbi Ben Zion Mutzafi quoting a Zohar in Parshas Yisro and the Ramak רבי משה קורדובירו says that it was squared at the bottom and rounded on the top.


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It's the verse Ⅰ Chronicles 16:32. The entire passage surrounding that verse in p'suke d'zimra is from Chronicles there.


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In the Machzor Polin MiKol HaShanah,it says that the first 6 tehillim of Kabollas Shabbos are kneged a different day of the working week, therefore they should be said sitting. Lecha Dodi is kneged Shabbos therefore it says to stand l'kovod Shabbos.



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