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Taamei Haminhagim - page 548 / קע"ז & page 549 says that since when we say Poseach Es Yadecha we are supposed to have in mind the Roshei Teivos פא"י and the Sofei Teivos חת"ך which are the Shaimos of Parnasa. Therfore we put our hands on the Tefilin at this point to show that we are only requesting Parnasa in order to be able to do Mitzvos.


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First of all, it should be noted that there is a custom to say "Av Harachamim" on the four Parshios-Shabbosos as well. The custom not to say it is in the Darkei Moshe in the name of the Maharail (Siman 685), and seems to be the custom of the Magen Avraham and R. Yaakov Lorberbaum of Lissa (in his Siddur, Derech Hachayim). However, the Eliyah Rabba (685:18) ...


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This article notes that a seeming reference to zemirot as part of the Shabbos seudah is made by the Gemara (Megillah 12b): יום השביעי שבת היה שישראל אוכלין ושותין מתחילין בד''ת ובדברי תשבחות Early proponents of zemirot include R. Yehudah HaChassid (Sefer Chassidim 271) and R. Eliezer Rokeach (Rokeach 54). Zemiros are extant from the period of the ...


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Shadchanim often suggested the match, in addition to working out the financial settlements. I reference Gluckel of Hamleyn, a memoir written in the late 1600s/early 1700s. The writer was a wealthy and prominent Jewish woman who lived in Germany in those times. She had many children and was very involved in marrying them off with the appropriate financial ...


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I heard from Rabbi Paysach Krohn Shlita quoting Rabbi Moshe Feinstein Zatzal that the reason for this is we want the kids to learn about caring for someone else's property, as this is a Yesod in Yiddishkeit.


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This is an attempt to mitigate the issue of giving undue importance to the part of the cloth that covers the head. There is an old argument if one needs to be careful to always have the taalis on the same direction. Origionaly, a cloth was sewn on the inside to mark which way is up. Eventually it made it's way to the outside, even becoming silver. This ...


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The Machzor Vitry (a talmid of Rashi, who therefore preceeds R' Yehudah HaChassid and R' Elazar Rokeach) has a considerable number of the zemiros that we still sing today, some of which have variant girsaos. For example, Kol Mekadesh in the MV has lines for the entire alef-bais. Also, a number of zemiros were written by Donash Ben Labrat who preceeded Rashi. ...


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The reason is because the ark itself is beautiful; it was made in Europe three centuries ago and is so nice that pictures of it were used for postcards. Because, strictly speaking, there's no real requirement for the Aron to have a curtain outside the doors, the importance of having a beautiful yeshiva/Aron Kodesh wins out. I have seen several other ...


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A practice appeared which was to touch the Tzitzis when saying והיה לכם לציצית וראיתם אותו. This is mentioned in the Tur Orach Chaim at the end of siman 61. Previously, in siman 24, he mentioned a Bal Haitur that explained the practice of people to gather together the strings and put them on their eyes, and rationalized, perhaps they do this because of ...


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History There were several (many) nusakhoth among the Jews of Spain and Portugal before the expulsion from the Spanish realms (including Southern Italy and several other European possessions) in 1492. In Spain itself, there were several streams. In Castilla and Andalusia, the Rambam was widely accepted. Although, he may not have been exclusively ...


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In the sefer Shmiras Haguf Vehanefesh by Rav Yitzchok Lerner, Rav Chaim Kanievsky is quoted saying that there is no source for this in the tradional Jewish literature, but if this is ones family minhag he should not change it. Personally, i have heard from Rav Moshe Heineman of Baltimore and head of the Star K that he himself as a student in Lakewood under ...


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The question was asked by the Satmer Rav quoted here. As cited there he answered The customs are indeed appropriate. On the day when trees are “judged,” we are interested in determining the success of the tree during the previous year. That is done by assessing what it has produced. On the other hand, when our focus is on the fruit and we want to assess ...


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Here in a publication by Torah Academy of Minnesota, it quotes a different version of what Rav Moshe Feinstein said about why Elu Metzios is learned first. R. Idstein, the dean, writes: A friend of mine recently related to me a fascinating story about Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l. Rav Moshe was often asked about the widely accepted practice that boys start ...


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In Yerushalyaim it is common to find minyanim saying it. Furthermore, it is the official practice of the Mir yeshiva to say Yom Kippur Koton. Although the minhag is not widespread being that it is something that was practiced by exceedingly righteous as its source is in kabbala


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The Shulchan Aruch HaRav writes in Orach Chaim (17:1) אף על פי שאין אדם חייב לקנות טלית בת ד' כנפות כדי שיתחייב בציצית אלא דוקא אם רוצה להתלבש בטלית בת ד' כנפות חייב להטיל בה ציצית מכל מקום טוב ונכון להיות כל אדם זהיר וזריז ללבוש טלית מצוייצת כל היום כדי שיזכור המצות בכל רגע דוגמא לדבר כאדם המזהיר לחבירו על ענין אחד שקושר קשר באזורו כדי שיזכרנו ועל כן יש ...


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1 - To confirm that your question is accurate - see Shaarei Halacha U'Minhag - page 226 - at the top which mentions that for Selichos the Chabad Minhag is to wear a Tallis. 2 - The main reason for this is based on Rosh Hashana 17b where it says Hashem put on a Talis and said the Shelosh Esrei Midos. Therefore we emulate this by the Chazan putting on the ...


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Halachipedia states: If one can’t take a job unless he doesn’t wear a Kippah at work, one doesn’t have to forfeit his job for this mitzvah. If they allow one to wear a regular hat one must wear such a hat. Also, when one enters another room or the marketplace one must put back on a Kippah even if one will be mocked as long as there is no concern ...


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This is not a fully developed answer, so if someone could edit if they have any additional info. Shir haKavod (Anim Zemirot) is typically recited in connection with the Shir Shel Yom (henceforward: shash"y). Shash"y is relatively mobile, for example it is Minhag Anglia to recite it* before Pesukei D'zimrah (source: friends from the UK). However, in Eastern ...


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from: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1645/whats-the-origin-of-the-jewish-bread-challah Around the 15th Century, Ashkenazic Jews (in eastern Europe) developed the challah that we have today. It is thought that the braiding or twisting was a pun on twisting off the little piece of first dough as a reminder of the Temple sacrifices. The braided ...


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Ashkenazim (those who study the kitzur shulchan aruch) agree that the black stripe design is to remind us of techalet. I posed this question to a member of my shul (Chabad) and got a totally different, yet 100% plausible answer. There are some people from the Chabad movement that claim that the black stripes are a tool to be used to ensure that you can make ...


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Also, GGBH (Golders Green Beis Hamedrash, also known as Munks) say most piyutim from the polin version of the roedolheim yotzros. Hendon Asas Yisroel say the piyutim that are in Chazoras HaShatz but not in Birkas Kriyas Shma.


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Here you have some answers to your question [in Hebrew]: http://www.yeshiva.org.il/ask/?id=60773 http://shut.moreshet.co.il/shut2.asp?id=60868


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R. Gil Student writes: In summary, according to the Sha’ar Ha-Melekh, you may not assist someone to do something you consider forbidden even if he follows a different legitimate view. According to the Mabit, Kesav Sofer and R. Auerbach, you need not be concerned about lifnei iveir if someone follows a legitimate lenient view. ... From what we ...


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The Dirshu Mishna Berura (סי' סא, note 5 in the first edition [=not the "expanded" edition]) cites שו"ת דברי יציב (Likutim סי' י"ב) that it's "obvious" (פשוט) that one who wears glasses can fulfill this halacha by covering his glasses with his hands, directly, as there is no issue of חציצה (IOW; there is no issue if something comes between one's hand and ...



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