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I shall excerpt some items from this Beurei Hatefila article that addresses the origin of the custom to kiss the tzizit during Kri'at Shema. Oviously, kissing them involves holding them, so the article addresses specifically your question and more: Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 24:2 It is a Mitzvah to hold one’s Tzitzit in one’s left hand and on top of ...


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It's Al Pi Kabbalah. See Rama 274:1. See Alter Rebbe Shulchan Aruch 274:2 who mentions that on Friday night, in order not to pass on a mitzva, one should place the lower challah closer to oneself, or during the brocha one should place the upper challah on bottom. Also see Levush 274:1 for a small explanation on the Kabbalistic reason.


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We live in a square made up of 8 buildings with 4 entrances. We have doorposts connected by a string at every entrance, as an Eruv. When a neighbour - some 15 years ago - made a bris at home and invited Reb Chaim Kanievsky שליט"א to be Sandek, he noticed this. He paskened that we need a Mezuza at each entrance. As a result we replaced the string with a ...


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According to the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 122:5, cutting nails is only forbidden during shavua shechal bo. קציצת הצפרנים אין לאסור רק בשבוע שחל בו תשעה באב... Cutting the fingernails should not be prohibited except in the week of the 9th of Av. (I wouldn't have known this if @Danny Schoemann hadn't posted it to his Halacho a Day blog a couple weeks ...


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When a Cohen Rabbi imparts the blessing, the congregation responds "Amen"; but when a non Cohen Rabbi imparts the blessing, the congregation responds "Ken Y'hi Ratzon" (So, it may be His Will.) Please, notice that there are 3 blessings. So, there are 3 answers.


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The Encyclopedia of Jewish Prayer: The Ashkenazic and Sephardic Rites (Macy Nulman) has the following on the beating of the heart during Viduy When saying Ashamnu we stand somewhat bent over, without leaning on any kind of support, just as in reciting Modim (MB, 607:10 ; Magen Avraham 607:4), a position of abject humility and contrition. One should ...


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Your questions address both the idea of omitting as well as including Kaddish. I am providing a partial answer that addresses why Kaddish should be said and how this is related to the concept of Geulah Arichta, as you mentioned. From this Beurei Hatefilah article - bottom of p. 4 citing Raav"n (Rav Eliezer ben Natan, aka Tzafnat Pane'ach) on Brachot siman ...


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A Rosh Kollel told me that he was told the reason is because, in the middle of a long debate between Abaye and Rava, we find תרגמא רבא אליבא דאביי, Rava interpreted on behalf of Abaye. Namely, Rava answered a challenge to the opinion of Abaya even though he was the "nemesis" in the debate. This teaches a fundamental lesson in learning the Talmud, which is ...


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I learnt from Habad that one makes the bracha, sips the drink, says LeHayim and completes drinking. This would not work for Kiddush of course because of the need for a shiur (quantity) of wine.


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My family origins are in Alsace and various places in Germany, which are places where the minhag was practiced historically. I have a 10 month old son, and I made a chol kreisch for him. I did it as it says in the Rodelheim siddur. I'm not sure why it seems odd to give the child a "street name". The names that were given in much older times were so common ...


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The Hamodia newspaper had an article related to the Gemoro Nedorim 32. Pri Megadim records two opinions concerning the proper time to recite “l’chaim.” According to one opinion, one should make the brachah, drink some wine and then say “l’chaim,” whereas other opinions maintain that one should recite “l’chaim” before even reciting the brachah ...


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I am going to address what I assume to be the scenario that you are seeing. Often, a "L'chaim" is said in the middle of a meal. Now according to many opinions, liquor would need its own bracha even in the middle of a meal where one said hamotzi; however, it is likely that the person who is making the l'chaim had already had some to drink and had probably ...


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Qitzur Shulhhan 'Arukh, Yalqut Yosef (Orahh Hayim, Siman 206) outlines many parameters for a break or pause (hefseq) between one's berakhah on a food or drink and the tasting of that food or drink. Se'if 10 in particular touches on the utterance of even a single word not related to one's berakhah, another's berakhah or a Devar SheBiqedushah. As such, it ...


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Many Sephardim include L'Chaim as part of kiddush: HOST: Savri meranan v'rbanan v'rabotai. CROWD: L'Chaim!! HOST: Baruch ata Hashem elokenu melech haolem borei pri hagefen. (Yes I know, Ashkenazim say hagafen.) So I'd follow that precedent. A hearty "L'Chaim" all around, followed by the bracha. I suppose you could also make the bracha, take ...


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Washing hands repeatedly in the morning to dispel the bad spirit on them. (Some perform this ritual after sleeping in the daytime as well). This is stated in the Gemara Shabbos 108b-109a: הוא היה אומר יד לעין תיקצץ יד לחוטם תיקצץ יד לפה תיקצץ יד לאוזן תיקצץ יד לחסודה תיקצץ יד לאמה תיקצץ יד לפי טבעת תיקצץ ידלגיגית תקצץ יד מסמא יד מחרשת יד מעלה פוליפוס ...


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You ask, “Is a distinction made for when the existence of the entire Jewish people is threatened vs. just that of an individual (e.g. in the days of Haman or the Holocaust)?” In Halacha 1, Rambam says, Should a gentile arise and force a Jew to violate one of the Torah's commandments at the pain of death, he should violate the commandment rather ...


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Nitei Gavriel Aveilus2 67:20 only mentions placing a stone or some grass on the gravestone. There is no mention of a preference as to where the stone comes from. This leads me to believe that there is no preferred option.


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The Rama himself actually forbids haircuts starting on the 17th of Tammuz (ShA OC 551:4). In his Darkei Moshe, he cites Minhagim Tirna on Tammuz (written ~1400 CE) which mentions this custom.


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In my (predominantly Ashkenazi) school where we learned about Tefillin, we were taught that the reason for wrapping inwards is that it is towards your heart, thereby making a statement (over the top...) of the love that you (... towards your heart) has for the mitzvah of Tefillin.



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