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If a person decides to intentionally do something which is a "chumrah" (voluntary strict practice, not required by law) and also intends that his practice be his knew way of acting forever, (AND he is well aware that it is not obligatory,) then it has the halachic force of a neder (vow) even if he only does it one time. (see Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 214:1; ...


I'm not sure about an original source, but it's mentioned in Hatarat Nedarim done on Erev Rosh Hashanah: או אֵיזו הַנְהָגָה טובָה או אֵיזֶה דָבָר טוב שֶׁנָּהַגְתִּי שָׁלשׁ פְּעָמִים וְלא הִתְנֵיתִי שֶׁיְּהֵא בְּלִי נֶדֶר (text source) ... Or any good act or good thing that i have done three times and did not stipulate that it should not be a neder ...


They are a Gershayim, a Hebrew diacritic used in a number of ways, but generally to indicate that a certain set of letters does not spell a word in the ordinary sense. In this case, it is used to indicate that the letters are to be taken as numerals.


I don't know about 7 days of circling the alter on sukkot. But on the last day of sukkot the alter is circled 7 times that is meant to resemble the 7 circles around the walls of Jericho. And some say that the 7 circles on a wedding is to break the wall between the bride and the groom. So that may be the link between all three. All link back to breaking the ...


Great question. I myself have had this question and looked it up, and I found the article Why Do We Dip the Challah Bread in Salt? to be very interesting. To sum up what's written there: It's dipped in salt every time bread is eaten, and not only shabbos, the reason being your table is compared to an altar, which the sacrifices brought on the altar all had ...


666 is very significant in two locations in Genesis. First, in the beginning of creation, the values for light, dark, day and night add together into the sum 666. אור=207, חשך=328,יום=56, לילה=75. Though חשך commonly is written with a ״ו״ (vav), in the creation account it isn't. Second, when Joseph becomes second in command of Egypt, Pharaoh renames him ...


The Gemara Kiddushin 30a says that there are 5,888 verses in the Torah. Regarding discrepancies and other issues you raised, see the following article which discusses in length and detail: http://www.hakirah.org/Vol%207%20EpsteinGreenberger.pdf

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