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Talmud Tractate Horayos 13b - "Eating something that a mouse (rat) or cat nibbled on, causes one to forget their learning" So, the whole piece is discarded.


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The Pri Migadim says this is the custom, and suggests it is for man and woman, pointing to Eliya Rabba, who explains what that means: A man has 248 limbs, a woman 252. נר (candle) is 250, so 250 times 2 equals the number of limbs in man and woman combined. The Eliya Rabba brings this as an alternative reason for two candles on Shabbos. There the Eliya Rabba ...


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Obviously -- for practical matters please consult a local rabbi. Or sometimes the bigger guns must be brought in, and consult (and abide by!) a bigger posek. But here's some theory on the subject. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein -- Igros Moshe OC2:21 -- addresses a shul making changes to its custom. (Though with regards to Hallel on Seder nights, he suggests that in ...


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This is only a partial answer. I have heard from Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, (formerly in South Africa where he was my family's Rav, now Raavad of the Edah Hachareidis, Jerusalem), that a Baal teshuva does NOT wear tefilin on Chol Hamoed as this is lechumrah. One only wears tefilin, if one has an existing family tradition to do so.


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I'm not sure about Ashkenazim, but Tunisians sing a whole bunch of songs in their own Judeo-Arabic (look up Nathan Cohen's recording of the haggadah), most of which are not in the Ashkenazic haggadah, and at least some Italians (check www.torah.it) sing Echad Mi Yodea and Chad Gadya in Italian. Abraham Baer has Chad Gadya in German in his compendium Baal ...


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An earlier Jewish source is found in the writings of the Arizal in a sefer called Otzrot Chaim. In Shaar Hanekudim pereck aleph page 5 (amud aleph) [in the old editions]. The Arizal mentions the Bat Yana gazing at its egg to hatch it. The minhag of hanging it in shul though is not mentioned.


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since rama in 575 says we do not salt the matza on seder night we need to fulfill the custom of always having salt on the table. al kol karbanecha takriv melach. since the egg represents the korban chagigah this would be the appropriate time.


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Rabbi Mordechai Koster in his Sefer Gevuras Akiva writes that we use celery for Karpas since celery is a negative calorie food thus we are reminding ourselves that we worked in Egypt for no purpose, building buildings that sunk into the ground, etc. He goes on to say that we dunk it into saltwater as a reminder as to what happened to all the Egyptians that ...



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