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Rabbi Moshe Isserlis writes (YD 275:6) about various scribal traditions including large/small letters that אם שינה לא פסל - if [the scribe] deviated, he did not invalidate [the scroll]. Obviously if they can be fixed, one should do so to conform with the tradition.


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Mincha Gedola is three hours long thus it is the big Mincha. Mincha Ketana is 2 1/2 hours long thus it is the small Mincha. Regarding Plag Hamincha it is the time in between Mincha Ketana and Shekiya, which is half of the time of the Mincha remaining. It does not mean the half time between the two Minchas as there is no Halachic significance to that time. ...


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When I was learning in Israel, someone posted an article written by R' Aharon Lichtenstein about having long hair. If I recall correctly, there were 3 issues he raised and evaluated: 1) Interruption for tefillin: There is a dispute between the Machatzis Hashekel and the Pri Megadim as to whether hair is an interruption on the spot it is grown, or ...


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See Rabbi Neustadt’s book which quotes the Mishnah Berurah 27: 15 to say that long hair is not a natural outgrowth of the body and therefore constitutes a chatzitzah between the head and the head-tefila. There are however lenient opinions. There is a long article by Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz - this is his conclusion: While one who grows long hair cannot be ...


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Rabbi Natan Slifkin has an extensive presentation of all the different sides of the kezayis discussion here. He brings many opinions that actually do hold that the correct size of the kezayis is the actual size of an olive: R. Chaim of Volozhin (1749-1821) is widely revered as the father of the yeshivah world. Less known and certainly less popular in ...


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DoubleAA is correct that a Torah that is missing scribal traditions is still valid. However, if another Torah is available, the Torah inconsistent with tradition should not be used. (see Shevet HaLevi 4, Yoreh Deah 141) In addition, if the Torah was from a tradition that normally conforms with the small and large letters and, nevertheless, is consistently ...


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Per Rabbi Shraga Simmons at About.com: Question: Why do male Chasidic Jews have the long side curls in their hair? Answer: The Torah says, "You shall not round off the peyos of your head" (Leviticus 19:27). The word peyos refers to sideburns -- i.e. the hair in front of the ears that extends to underneath the cheekbone which is level with the ...


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It's not clear which practice you are looking to find the rational for, the larger or the smaller, but see the first tshuva in the Igros Moshe where he discusses Reb Shlomo Kluger's ruling to cover the majority of one's head. Reb Moshe says that it is a nice stringency to keep, but one is not obligated to be stringent, especially since most people are not ...


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Tiny spots, or even larger ones, on the batim do not invalidate the tefillin. (MB 32:184 However, white spots on the straps, especially on the first loop which fastens the bayit to your arm do and must be fixed. These are very common and most people don't notice them right away. (Mishna Berurah 33:3:19)


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According to the Schottenstein Edition of Berachos, 26b2 note 24, "the earlier portion, called mincha gedola, "greater minchah" [because the greater portion of the day remains -- see Perishah, Orach Chaim 232:5], and the latter portion, known as minchah ketana, "lesser minchah" [because only a small portion of the day remains]." The gemara there (as noted ...


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From Artscroll.com Size 18, 18" Wide X 22" Long Size 20, 20" Wide X 24" Long Size 22, 22" Wide X 26" Long Size 24, 24" Wide X 28" Long Size 26, 26" Wide X 30" Long So yes each size is 2" longer & 2" wider than the previous size.


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I had that question for a Sofer once. The psak was that if the dot is less than a millimeter "or so" in isolation, then it is fine. In this specific case he looked at the Tefillin to determine, but that was the principle he was stating. It may be mehudar in terms of making it look nice for the Mitzvah to make it completely black even if the dot itself is of ...


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According to the explicit specifications of the halakhah, the only amount which is required by law to be removed is that of a kezayith. Or, if there are several pieces of hamess that, when gathered together, would equal the amount of a kezayith or more - in the same room - then it is required to remove them. (cf. Rambam, Mishneh Thorah, Hilkhoth Hamess ...



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