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If a Torah falls and hits the ground, the original minhag was to engage in 40 days of sunrise to sunset fasting to atone for the disgrace to the Torah. The 40 days is to be in accordance with the 40 days that Moshe Rabbeinu was on Har Sinai receiving the Torah (without eating or drinking). Nowadays, people cannot handle that and will perform alternate means ...


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See Mishna in Yadaym 3, 5. The Gemara in Massechet Megila 7A exposed a Machloket: Rab Judah said in the name of Samuel; [The scroll] of Esther does not make the hands unclean...{This is a Machloket tanaym see here Rabbi Shim'on's opinion R`Simeon vs. Rq Josuah} R`Simeon says that Koheleth is one of those matters in regard to which Beth Shammai were more ...



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