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Sepharadi Jew in Chicago.

Sep
29
answered Minimum Number of Days before Hefsek Tahara: Sephardi vs. Ashkenazi
Sep
29
comment shehecheyanu on eruv tavshilin
@MonicaCellio. He considers that it should, because his point of departure is Chanukiah and Megillah.
Sep
25
comment Could having to add the extra 4-5 days to change the status of nidah to zaav and not allowing the original 7 day nida be like adding to a mitzva?
The two chumrot that the Rema holds that make the halacha be 5 days from when the woman's period starts are a chumrot that are addressed by the other question. The best advice I can give you is to find a rav who knows this subject well, who can explain the sources of the various halachot involved. I don't really know the details well enough to explain them myself, and there are few English books that explain in enough detail to correct all of the misconceptions packed into this question.
Sep
25
comment Could having to add the extra 4-5 days to change the status of nidah to zaav and not allowing the original 7 day nida be like adding to a mitzva?
I don't think the linked question adequately addresses the question, which is about the 72 hours from the last relations that have to elapse before you can start counting the 7 clean days. That is a biblical law, derived by drasha from a paseuk, and applies biblically to niddah as well as zavah.
Sep
15
revised on yom kipur how many times do we say al cheit
deleted 1 characters in body; edited title
Sep
15
comment What does “חפש כל חדרי בטן” mean?
I've removed the parenthetical about Ashkenazim, since Sephardim say a paragraph containing that phrase too. (In fact, Sephardim say that paragraph during Tachanun every Monday and Thursday.)
Sep
15
revised What does “חפש כל חדרי בטן” mean?
Remove the reference to Ashkenazim, since Sephardim say that phrase too.
Sep
15
revised Did Rabbenu Nissim also write the long “Ashamnu” in the Chazarah of Shacharit in the Sephardic Yom Kippur Machzor?
edited title
Sep
15
asked Did Rabbenu Nissim also write the long “Ashamnu” in the Chazarah of Shacharit in the Sephardic Yom Kippur Machzor?
Sep
15
answered Sadducee kohanim gedolim dying on yom kippur
Sep
12
answered Why don't women go to the mikvah before rosh hashanna and yom kippur?
Sep
8
revised The Rif and the Rosh on Nazir and Sotah
make the citations clearer
Sep
8
answered The Rif and the Rosh on Nazir and Sotah
Sep
2
answered What's “chelek Eloka mimaal”?
Sep
2
comment What's “chelek Eloka mimaal”?
@Shmuel Brin. The Ramchal in Da'at Tevunot also refers to the soul as a chelek eloah mima'al. The reference is in siman 24 (page 7) of the R' Chaim Friedlander edition. The Ba'al HaTanya was born in 1745, and the Ramchal died in 1746, meaning that the reference in Da'at Tevunot is definitely older. I don't know if there are any sources older than that, but it sounds from the Ramchal's verbiage that the concept was already pretty well known.
Aug
17
awarded  Notable Question
Aug
15
comment Chovos Halevavos vs. Mesilas Yesharim
See this question for a discussion of whether one should study the philosophical proofs of God's existance in Chovot HaLevavot's Sha'ar HaYichud or not.
Aug
14
comment When did the Kaf HaHayyim first see the Aruch HaShulchan and the Mishnah Berurah?
@annex: Kaf HaHayyim 69:290 goes against his normal shita about stam v'yesh to rule that one reason why we don't do chalita is because we can be sure all of the blood came out of the meat since we salt the meat for an hour, not just 18 minutes. The Kaf HaHayyim doesn't quote anybody as saying this. I assume if he'd seen the Aruch HaShulchan when he wrote this reason, he'd have quoted Aruch Hashulchan 69:35-37 who explains it in great detail. I could be wrong. That's why I'm curious when the Kaf HaHayyim first saw these other two works.
Aug
12
asked When did the Kaf HaHayyim first see the Aruch HaShulchan and the Mishnah Berurah?
Jun
21
comment Starting Mincha right before Shekiya
Please don't edit your answers to make them go away. If you're sure your answer isn't valuable, delete it. If you think your answer is valuable, leave it around, even if someone else has already said approximately the same thing.