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It is stated here in the name of Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, that pointing with the pinkie finger, is a symbolism for approaching Torah with humility and a sense of smallness, just like the pinkie which is the smallest of the fingers.


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R' Berel Bixenspanner (Montreal, QC) told me that there is indeed no reason for a tefach wide gartel, only one wider than three tefachim. The priestly garment would thus satisfy this. The reason is avoiding lavud: Two sufaces separated by a gap of less than three *tefachim are considered conected. Therefore, a narrower gartel may not properly divide the ...


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It also depends on where the dreidel is from, if its an Israeli made one, it will have a pey, a diaspora one will have a shin. This is because the Israeli ones say: נס גדול היה פה, Nes Gadol Hayah Poh—"A great miracle happened here"


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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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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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In Sanhedrin 92a, there is some discussion on the value of giving out bread to others and leaving behind bread prior to saying the blessings after meals: ואמר רבי אלעזר: כל הנותן פיתו למי שאין בו דעה - יסורין באין עליו R. Eleazar said: Whoever gives of his bread to one who lacks knowledge will be assailed by suffering [...] ואמר רבי אלעזר: כל ...


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As @NoachmiFrankfurt mentioned above, and suggested I convert into an answer: Here's a partial answer: The MMA madrich gives requires a double-dalet knot http://www.moreshesashkenaz.org/en/guide. Furthermore, there are Sephardim, such as the London community, who also maintain this practice: https://sites.google.com/site/londonsephardiminhag/tephillin


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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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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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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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Sefer Hatodaa page 98 mentions that there are those that do so and those that do not. My families Minhag, which I have never seen or heard of elsewhere is to make egg soup. This is done by mashing the yellow part of the egg into hot water. Then cutting up the white part of the egg into small pieces, adding scallions, black pepper and salt. This is done ...


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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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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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I have seen this practice in action in a Yemenite shul in Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel. I got called up for an 'aliya, and the gabbai leined on my behalf, but I was the ignorant exception. They also had a boy reading Targum after (if I recall correctly) each 'aliya.


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One does not tie a "permanent" knot on the tachrichim (burial clothes) in order to show that the death is not permanent. That is, the person will get up at techiyas hameisim (resurrection of the dead) after the mashiach comes. Additionally, the knots are this way so as not to hinder the dissolution of the tachrichim with the body. The chevra kadisha that I ...


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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in סימן צו - דיני תפלת ערבית ודיני הבדלה says: אַחַר כָּךְ אוֹמְרִים וִיהִי נֹעַם, לְפִי שֶׁהוּא מִזְמוֹר שֶׁל בְּרָכָה, שֶׁבּוֹ בֵּרַךְ מֹשֶׁה אֶת יִשְֹרָאֵל בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁסִּיְמוּ מְלֶאכֶת הַמִּשְׁכָּן. וְיֵשׁ לְאָמְרוֹ מְעֻמָּד.‏ His source is possible the באר היטב in Shulchan Aruch סימן רצה - הבדלה שעושה שליח צבור who ...


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See Kaf Hachaim 295/1 who states that one should say the full paragraph of V'yehi No'am or at least the 1st verse should be said while standing. והמעם הוא כי הכוונה עתה לקבל אור החוזר מן הבינה הנקראת נועס ה׳ מסוד תוספת שבת ולכן צריך שיהיה מעומד ועי״ש I have no idea what he means by אור החוזר מן הבינה . It sounds like a Kabbalistic term. If someone ...


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From this cached page: בשעת אמירת "עשרת המכות" שופך הגר"מ יין לתוך קערה, והמסובים מכריזים "ה' יצילנו" על כל מכה ומכה After every one of the 10 plagues, after spilling out some wine the communal response is Hashem Yatzilenu - may Hashem guard over us.


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Taame Haminhagim 579 says Sh'ne Luchos Hab'ris [circa 1600] indicates one should memorialize Ester's meal at the meal of the second day of Pesach, as that was the day Haman was hanged. He doesn't say how to memorialize it, but I guess Shoshanas Yaakov is one way to do it. Update: Thanks to Aba, who found the Sh'lah (in the hagaha on the linked-to page). ...


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Unless of course you are in Israel, as there are major Sephardi big wigs who say something entirely different. "Rav Avraham Yosef, the Chief Rabbi of Cholon and son of Rav Ovadiah Yosef, is now following in his father’s footsteps and promoting the psakim (customs and laws) of the Sefardim, according to the Beit Yosef, as the overruling authority in Eretz ...


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Rav Shachter has said (and written in Nefesh HaRav) that Rav Soloveitchik consistently advised students to follow their father's minhagim, with two exceptions: (a) eating in the sukkah on shmini atzeret, and (b) the shape of the knot in the tefillin shel rosh, where he thought that the alternative view (i.e., not eating in the sukkah and the double dalet) ...


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Maharil (Minhagim Order of the Haggada 16) writes: הקשה מהר"י סג"ל הא דאמרינן טיבול ראשון למען ישאלו תינוקות, וכששואל מה נשתנה וכו', היאך משיבין לו עבדים היינו והא הטיבול אתא בשביל הנס. ואמר שנראה לו דהכי פי' דאנחנו מדמינן את עצמנו כבני חורין מפני הנס. ועוד טיבול ראשון אתא לגרר לבו לאכול מצה לתיאבון. ואמר מהר"י סג"ל שבנימוקי רבינו שמחה כתב דכך שואל ...



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