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Sefaradim consider matzha as bread only on Passover because the Torah calls matzah "lechem oni" - "poor mans bread" so in effect, the Torah defines matzah as bread but only on pesach -source, Teshuvot of Rav Ovadia Yosef


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I am a Jew of Spanish Morrocan ancestry - my father always told me that Moroccons and actal Spanish Jews never ate kitniyot including rice itself unless they were fresh and green - the reason -Spain was close to Ashkenaz and the gzeira of kitniyot crossed the border and true Sepharadic Jews (Spanish as opposed to Jews of Arab lands) accepted the gzeira, as ...


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Per Rabbi Shraga Simmons at About.com: Question: Why do male Chasidic Jews have the long side curls in their hair? Answer: The Torah says, "You shall not round off the peyos of your head" (Leviticus 19:27). The word peyos refers to sideburns -- i.e. the hair in front of the ears that extends to underneath the cheekbone which is level with the ...


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Curious about Kitniyot? While we don’t know exactly when this minhag began, one of the earliest sources to mention the custom is the Sefer Mitzvot Katan, written by Rabbi Yitzchak of Courville (France, 1210-1280). Rabbi Yitzchak writes that some communities have the custom of not eating kitniyot during Pesach, even though these items are clearly ...


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It is not the case that a ruling in the Talmud will always overcome any possible custom developed later. In Talmudic times, there was no customary prohibition of kitniyot. Rav Huna, in the quote, is giving an example of what may be used as the two cooked dishes, even though of course other simple dishes would be fine as well. And he specifies orez (which ...


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Nitei Gavriel Pesach 2 Chapter 105:6:7 brings it in the name of the Shela 170:1 which bases this Minhag on Mesechtas Sofrim 14:18.


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Does this mean that I need to be completely finished with kashering my home, and have all chametz out by 12:12PM? You need to be finished kashering by Noon, which will be about an hour after you have to be done with burning your Chametz. You need to have all chametz sold or destroyed by 12:12PM. If I were to encounter chametz that was not seen ...


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As explained in guides such as the OU guide and the shulchan Aruch (Siman 434) and Chayei Adam Klal 119 Seif 29, if you find chametz after the time, it should be destroyed immediately. If it is found on Yom Tov, then it is to be covered (because it is muktzah) and destroyed immediately after Yom Tov. I am not sure what you mean by 'kashering your home' as ...


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The Rambam (Hilcos Chometz Umatza 8:2) refers to the leader of the seder as הקורא - the reader. ואחר כך עוקרין את השולחן, מלפני קורא ההגדה לבדו In fact, the Rambam even has the leader of the seder read the Ma Nishtana: וכאן הבן שואל ואומר הקורא, מה נשתנה הלילה הזה מכל הלילות וכו This implies that the leader of the seder reads everything according ...


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I have seen people wearing a coat over a kittel at an indoor wedding. When I asked, I was told that it is a matter of modesty. The chosson is not claiming an 'exalted' status that might be implied by wearing the kittel. I was not given a source for this.


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R. Tzvi Reisman has a long, in-depth discussion on this topic here, and the following are some of the main points which answer the question. 1) The obligation of this fast is unlike other fasts, in that it is only mentioned in a Baraissa of Mesechta Soferim, and not the gemara. Thus the obligation to fast started only as a minhag and so it is treated ...


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I was told that the reason is that since there is no 'thousands' letter equivalent, we tend to show it as a separate indicator. It is similar to people who write the secular year as a two digit rather than a four digit number. Thus, the thousand indicator is shown as the letter with an apostrophe.


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The Rambam Hilchos Teffilin 3:14 writes: הרצועות של תפילין בין של ראש בין של יד פניהם החיצונים שחורים וזו הלכה למשה מסיני. אבל אחורי הרצועות הואיל ומבפנים הן אם היו ירוקות או לבנות כשרות. אדומות לא יעשה שמא תהפך הרצועה וגנאי הוא לו. ולא יהיה אחורי הרצועה לעולם אלא כעין הקציצה אם ירוקה ירוקין ואם לבנה לבנים. ונוי הוא לתפילין שיהיו כולן שחורות הקציצה והרצועה ...


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The rationale behind this is that if the straps turn over, the black will still show. Call it Frum marketing. See Mishnah Berurah 33:21 and Ohr Zaruah 564 - this is the view of Rambam, though we don't accustom ourselves to do this! The Shevet Halevi 9:16 disapproved - none of the Gedolim did this until now! Kikar Shabbat reports that R' Eliashiv refused to ...



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