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The procedure you are mentioning is hatarat nidui from the heavens. That means that if a person got a nidui from above, he can ask 10 men to cancel it. Since among each 10 men there is shechina, when they cancel the nidui, the heavens have to accept this. This custom is mentioned in this booklet of minhagim, in the end of page 24, more details in footnote ...


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It's a noun. (As far as I know, zecher is always a noun.) Many a noun has a tzere, such as סֵפֶר and חֵלֶק. See Gesenius, 84aa and 93.



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