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I think this book might be a useful resource: A Treasury of Sephardic Laws and Customs by Herbert C. Dobrinsky http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0881250317/ref=gno_cart_title_0?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A33AYO0FZG6YH


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I have heard it pronounced as a barely audible exhalation of air, like the English "h" with no vowel following it. The mapik heh is at the end of the word and often, signifies the feminine possessive. In certain words this pronunciation is extremely important, as without it, it may be thought that you are saying an incorrect, but similar word. Typical ...


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When a ה has no marked vowel on it, a Mappiq is used to tell you that the ה is still a consonant and therefore functions as the coda of the syllable (as opposed to being a mater lectionis and thereby functioning as part of the nucleus of the syllable). In the case of a furtive patach, the patach is technically before the ה so a Mappiq is still conventionally ...


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In the קיצור ש''ע ילקוט יוסף in סימן רפד - קצת מדיני ההפטרה it says: ה קטן יכול לעלות למפטיר ולקרוא את ההפטרה. ‏ ולכתחלה אין להעלות למפטיר אלא מי שיודע לקרוא ההפטרה בעצמו. אולם בדיעבד אם זה שעלה מפטיר אינו יודע לקרוא את ההפטרה, יקרא אדם אחר, ומי שעלה מפטיר יקרא עמו בלחש. אבל לא יקראו שנים ביחד בקול רם, דתרי קלי לא משתמעי. "Preferably the person ...


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See the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Yalkut Yosef in סימן קלט - סדר הקריאה והברכות where he says: יד: מנהגינו פשוט שהמברך ברכה אחרונה אחר קריאת התורה, אינו עונה אמן אחר ברכתו, אף על פי שכל העונה אמן אחר ברכותיו הרי זה משובח, הכא שאני, שהרי מעיקר הדין מותר להפסיק בדברי תורה קודם שבירך ברכה אחרונה. [ילקוט יוסף, הלכות קריאת התורה עמוד צב]. ‏ "From a strict ...


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The Shulchan Aruch O.C. 208:4 writes: אכל דגן חי או עשוי קליות או שלוק והגרעינין שלמים אינו מברך אלא בורא פרי האדמה ולאחריו בורא נפשות. והתוספות נסתפקו אם יברך לאחריו ברכה מעין שלש ולכך כתבו שנכון שלא לאכלו אלא בתוך הסעודה ויפטרנו ברכת המזון If you eat raw or roasted wheat ... and it is whole, the blessing is Ha'adama and Borei Nefashos. ...


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Normally, this does not occur. However, in our shul we have someone say the brachos (before and after) and a ba'al koreh read the haftorah in exactly the same way as is done with the Torah, if it is required. In places in which the haftorah is read from a klaf (such as Yeshiva University and certain shuls) this is the normal way. I do not have citations, ...


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The practice of tying a knot to find a lost object is found in wiccan practice , and may have originated in ancient Greek culture Furthermore, even if these foreign practice somehow snuck into Jewish forklore, doing 'spells' , or 'charms' , or anything of the sort, is inconsistent with the Torah: When you have come to the land the Lord, your G-d, is ...


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One major point that comes up is Rambam's opinion that each tzuras hapesach -- archway -- can be no wider than 16 Amos (~24 feet). So you'd need posts every 24 feet; that's much harder to set up. (I believe Lubavitchers follow this Rambam as well.)


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In Kisur Yalkut Yosef Siman 651, Rabbi Yishak Yosef discusses the laws of music. Recorded religious music (which doesn't include indecency or kalut rosh), even with instruments, you can be mekil to listen to it. However, ANY type of live music is forbidden, unless at a seudat misvah/holiday. You are allowed to listen to acappella, as long as there is no ...


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There isn't a difference in construction. The difference is that Sepharadim (traditionally) do not accept communal 'Eruvin in large cities/neighborhoods, due to the position of the Mehaber (Shulhan 'Aruch O"H 345:7) that defines* a public domain by size, not by population density. Some Many Sepharadim have accepted the Ashkenazi leniency in following the ...


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Birkhot Shamayim by Rabbi Yosef Dweck provides an index of what Berachot to make on which foods, and the Sephardi laws of Berakhot.


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Wikipedia writes Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's opinion, that a wide knowledge of halacha is dominant over studying useless portions of gemara. He emphasizes that the Sephardic system of learning, which emphasizes Bkiut (extensive familiarity with the Talmud, Mishna and Poskim), is superior to the Ashkenazi system which relies on deep analysis employing pilpul. ...


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The text of the Selihot appears at Da`at (Herzog College) and at Wikitext. The text is nearly the same every day. There are additions for the 10 days of repentance, and there is a small section which varies based on the day of the week. There are also sections which are said in some congregations but not in others.



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