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The Babylonian Talmud (M'gila, page 3 column 1) relates in the name of Ravina: One who is afraid [for no apparent reason] — although he doesn't see [anything], his mazal sees [something]. The commentary of Rashi explains that "mazal" here refers to the person's angel. And the commentary Ben Y'hoyada explains that what his mazal sees (and he's afraid ...


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I'd call it reasonable. Maybe not quite to the degree that a church would be, but reasonable. While people can and do hold prayer services in their living rooms or basements, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein wrote that it's far better to pray in a building designated as a synagogue. (The Amish and Mennonites, in contrast, acknowledge no "sanctity of space" per se ...


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Washing hands repeatedly in the morning to dispel the bad spirit on them. (Some perform this ritual after sleeping in the daytime as well). This is stated in the Gemara Shabbos 108b-109a: הוא היה אומר יד לעין תיקצץ יד לחוטם תיקצץ יד לפה תיקצץ יד לאוזן תיקצץ יד לחסודה תיקצץ יד לאמה תיקצץ יד לפי טבעת תיקצץ ידלגיגית תקצץ יד מסמא יד מחרשת יד מעלה פוליפוס ...



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