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Did Rashi's works even reach the lands in which the Rambam lived? To summarize Prof. Shamma Friedman's piece, scholars in the early 20th century assumed from Rambam's silence, that he did not have access to Rashi's works, and furthermore, that they were generally unavailable in Egypt at that time. Additionally, we can infer from Rambam's early ...


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One finds swaying both in the context of prayer and Torah study. Since the reasons may be connected, I will discuss both. To paraphrase On the Mainline: The first source is critical...The first source is a poem of Shemuel Ha-naggid. In this poem he is criticizing the degeneration of Torah study...As an example of their lack of orderliness he mentions their ...


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According to R. Menashe Klein, it is assur to do this because it is chukot akum (which I imagine in this case means nonsense. From this important forum on the topic): משנה הלכות חי"ב סי' קלז: ניחוש להמתעטש למשוך תנוך אזן לכבוד ידידי היקר וכו' הי"ו אחדשה"ט. מה שהביא מנהג כשאדם מתעטש (ניס"ן בלע"ז או סני"ז) מושך תנוך אזנו. לפענ"ד ...


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According to this source, it is a bubbe meisse The custom was common among Jews from Lithuania and Galicia. The ear pulling was done when someone sneezed while speaking about a dead person. Some people always pulled one or both ears after sneezing and said, Tzu lange mazaldikke yohrn - "To long, lucky years". I've never seen this done to anyone including ...



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