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As indicated by msh210, it is a common custom on Simchas Torah to turn the Sefer Torah outwards when doing Hagbah after reading V'zos habrachah. Some Ashkenazim do it both by night and by day, some only in the morning, and some not at all.1 As for the reasons:2 Pirkei Avos 5:26: "Turn the Torah over and over for everything is in it." A symbol of turning ...


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Qitzur Shulhhan Arukh, Yalqut Yosef (Orahh Hayim 664:9) states (my translation): על פי דברי רבותינו המקובלים חובטים את בדי הערבה בקרקע עולם, ולא על רצפה. והטעם מבואר בתשובת הגאונים, על פי מה שאמרו במדרש לקח טוב, לולב דומה לשדרו של אדם, הדס דומה לעינים, ערבה דומה לפה, והאתרוג דומה ללב. ובהיות שעד יום הושענא רבה, ישראל מרבים במצוות, ואם היה בא השטן לקטרג ...


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One should endeavor to arrange that a bar-mitzvah should be called to the Reading of the Torah for his first aliyah on a Monday or Thursday morning, or at Minchah on Shabbos. -Taken From Sefer HaMinhagim English translation p. 173 (footnote:A directive of the Alter Rebbe; see Likkutei Dibburim, Vol. II, p. 533 [and in English translation: Vol. II, ch. ...


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Pri Megadim, Orach Chaim siman 9: stripes are to remind us of the techelet.


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Yoram Bilu wrote the following: Two disparate hair-related practices appear to have converged in the haircutting ritual: the growing of ear-locks payoth - s.d.] and the shearing of the head hair. ... Ritual haircut, probably modeled on the Muslim custom of shaving male children's hair in saints' sanctuaries, was practiced by native Palestinian Jews ...



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