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Aug
1
comment The footstone sank into the ground & is next to the coffin. Can I retrieve it?
Also a very interesting question as I have been to Orthodox funerals where the person is being interred next to an existing grave and the tent and chairs are either over the existing grave or mourners have to walk on the existing grave to place soil on the new grave. I do recognize this expands the intent of the question.
Jul
31
comment If someone accidentally steps backward before the end of Shmoneh Esrei, what should he do?
Or perhaps someone who has finished bumps you, causing you to move to keep balance. This has happened.
Jul
10
comment Did they daven after the destruction of the first temple?
My understanding was that synagogues and tefilla existed at the time the second temple still stood. Correct?
Jun
30
comment Did I steal anything by eating from someone else's all-you-can-eat order?
Many buffet "all you can eat" restaurants have a policy of not sharing from your plate. In other words, you can take as much as you want, but only you can eat it.
Jun
30
comment Formal Hebrew honorific for one's mother
On both my great-grandmother's headstone and her memorial plaque in the shul, her name is preceeded with "marat". She passed away in 1940 and the headstone and plaque are from that era. One more comment, her headstone also contains the word "ha-isha" before her name.
Jun
6
comment When did the type of kippah worn become 'defining'?
I think the question has more to do with a specific type of kippah indicating the wearers affliation. The silk or satin yarmulkes might indicate conservative, a smaller crochetted or leather would indicate modern orthordox, etc. Is that your question?
Jun
3
comment Burial on Yom Tov Sheni
My grandfather died on the first day of Pesach (a shabbos that year). The funeral was on the first day chol hamoed, third day of Pesach, a Monday.
May
21
comment Resource for tunes for prayers/songs
Awesome website, Mauro. Thanks for submitting.
May
13
comment Why is bamboo kosher for schach?
I would say no as you need to be able to "see the stars" through the roof. One big wooden board would be a complete roof and I would think disqualified.
May
2
comment Why don't we build a Mishkan today?
I think he meant no political problem COMPARED with rebuilding the beis hamikdash on the site of the dome of the rock. I'd suggest a minor correction to wording to remove confusion.
Apr
29
comment what is the source for the artscroll sidur?
The forword/preface for the ArtScroll Siddur has a good discusssion on this.
Apr
27
comment Nissan-appropriate jahrzeit observances
My grandfather (my father's father) passed away on the first day of Pesach. As both my father and I are first borns, when my father was alive, we would sponsor the breakfast at our shul for the siyum for the first born on the morning before Pesach. I also usually do the haftorah on the first day of Pesach.
Apr
24
comment Praying in front of the Aron HaKodesh
Your last sentence is not universally true. I was in a Sephardic shul (in Mexico City) where the Aron HaKodesh was free standing, not in the eastern wall as is in Ashkenazic shuls and there were people on the other side who came around to the front as needed by the prayers.
Apr
17
comment Creation of State of Israel and birth of Abraham - 1948
I would think it is only a coincidence, as it involves two different calendar systems.
Apr
17
answered Two seforim being taken out
Apr
9
answered Resource for tunes for prayers/songs
Apr
2
comment Must readers be called to the Torah by name?
Our current custom (ashkenazi shul) is to call up by name. However, I can remember a time in the past (the 1960's - same shul) when the gabbai would hand out small cards to people beforehand and we would only call out then number of the aliyah.
Apr
2
comment After the Seder, can you give the shank bone to the dog?
I suspect this is related to how to handle common items used for a mitzvah after they have served that purpose. For example, the vegetaion (palm branches, tree branches) I use for the shach on my succah. After succos, I toss them. Perhaps the same could be said for the items on the seder plate after the second seder?
Mar
31
comment When do you take off a Tallis which was put on for the Torah reading?
In my shul, the person called to the torah at shabbos mincha does not wear a tallis. Only the person reading the torah wears a tallis.
Mar
25
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