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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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Mar
25
comment If Yom Kippur hypothetically fell on Sunday, would you make havdalah?
It still needs to be a reasonable hypothetical. If it can't happen, it can't happen.
Mar
25
comment If Yom Kippur hypothetically fell on Sunday, would you make havdalah?
Actually, it is. Your description is not accurate. Food preparation IS PERMITTED on Yom Tov, but not on shabbos or Yom Kippur. In ancient times, it was possible to prepare food to last through the 25 or so hours of shabbos, but if you add another 25 hours, it would not be possible to have food last 50 or so hours. The rabbis in ancient times were careful not to make halakha too hard for the people to observe.
Mar
25
answered If Yom Kippur hypothetically fell on Sunday, would you make havdalah?
Mar
24
comment Who hides the afikoman?
What we always did (and we are ashkenazic), is the leader of the seder (usually my dad) would set the afikomen aside where everyone could see it and the kids would steal it at the first opportunity. That is how I conduct seders today.
Mar
24
comment Should the Chazan bow when reciting Kaddish (even before “Oseh Shalom…”)? If so, when?
I also have seen on rare occasions bowing at yishtabach (the line right after the congregation says "y'he shma rabbah m'vorach ...).
Mar
21
comment If there are not the required ten in a minyan?
Very rarely, on shabbos morning, we have not had a minyan when starting pezuka dezimra (I am usually leading). On our rabbi's instruction, we go ahead and start. If we don't have a minyan when we reach the first two kaddishes, we skip them and press on. On those rare occasions, we will have gotten a minyan shortly thereafter. I have no source for this, only our practice at my shul.
Mar
10
comment The Second Temple
Another comment to help you reword your question. Herod did not design/build the second temple. He renovated and enlarged it, but the initial construction of the second temple was accomplished long before he appeared on the scene, during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah.
Feb
28
comment Why do non-orphans leave during Yizkor?
The situation described in the question used to be our custom, however in recent years, our Rabbi has asked everyone to remain for the yizkor for martyrs and Israeli soldiers, and then they can leave when we do the personal yizkor.
Jan
31
comment May one wrap tefillin shel yad over one's wedding ring?
I was taught to remove my watch and to this day move my watch to my right arm before putting on tefillin. I also do not wear my wedding ring when I put on tefillin.
Jan
21
comment Is the chazzan allowed to wait to say kaddish?
We have faced this on shabbos mornings on rare occasions at my shul (ashkenazic). If no one is saying kaddish and we don't have a minyan, we continue with pesukei d'zimra, but if someone does have a need to say kaddish, we will wait till we have a minyan. I am frequently the chazen and will stand there till the rabbi indicates we can continue.
Jan
19
comment Requirements for people reciting shevah brachot at an orthodox wedding?
You are most welcome.
Jan
14
comment Requirements for people reciting shevah brachot at an orthodox wedding?
We had an orthodox wedding and I had three male relatives say three of the sheva brochos (they were all Jewish, none orthodox, none shomer shabbos). The other four blessings were said by two rabbis and the cantor, all shomer shabbos.
Nov
28
comment A Jew named Christian
Just socially, legally, they continue to use their English given names.
Nov
27
comment A Jew named Christian
I know several converts who completely stopped using their given English names and only use the Hebrew names they chose on conversion.
Nov
27
answered Why are we required to light Chanukah lights only for about half an hour?