B.BarNavi

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revised how do Jews pray?
Minor error regarding the washing of hands - bedi3avad it should be correct, but I felt the need to change it back to the proper order.
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suggested suggested edit on how do Jews pray?
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answered How to say go-al Yisroel before Shacharis Amida
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answered how do Jews pray?
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answered Stepping Back Before Amidah
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comment Ḥaser form of writing “Jerusalem” in the Bible
This one is correct. We get "Yerushalayim" from a pronunciation shift from "Yerushalem". Which, as mentioned above, was once simply "Shalem". Samaritans pronounce "shamayim" as "shamem", and our letter "mem" and the word "mayim" are related for this very same reason. As are "yayin" and its semikhut form "yen". To answer OP's question, most publishers put the hiriq under mem.
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comment Sephardi Halakha
Clarification: Rabenu Iosef Haim refers to the individual commonly known as the Ben Ish Hai. His halakhic compendium included opinions from even Askhenazic authorities, which Rav Ovadia Yosef says should never apply to Sephardim. Thus, if you're a traditionalist, you can follow the views and practices of your ancestors even if they contradicted Maran Bet Yosef. But if you're a follower of Rav Ovadia, then it's no question that you should follow the Bet Yosef, the whole Bet Yosef, and nothing but the Bet Yosef.
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comment Are sea sponges kosher?
To eat or to use/wash? I can't see any problem with using them any more than using a hog-hair/horse-hair brush is problematic. Also, why would you want to eat something not meant for consumption?
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answered Is the cat figurine thing a problem at kosher Chinese restaurants?
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comment words often mispronounced
Likewise, a local Rabbi and a good friend of mine keeps saying "SeuDAT Shlisheet", as if the first was semikhut. Reb Artscroll says that the eating the third meal is as if you ate three meals altogether, citing Divrei Emes. Probably a retroactive justification more than anything.
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comment words often mispronounced
"Beizmedrish". There's your answer: regressive voicing assimilation. Theoretically, once you take off the "medrish" you should be back to "beis", but for some it didn't work out that way.
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comment words often mispronounced
"Kal 3atzmotai tomarna", "kal hamira", "kal nidre". There are exceptions, but bikhlal it should be "kol". I know some Moroccans (including great Hakhamim!) who pronounce hataf qamatz as "ah", rendering total mispronunciations as "tzahala" and "tahara". But what really irked me was when a ba3al qeri'ah was "corrected" to say "vayaQAM" in stead of "vaYAqom". MULTIPLE TIMES.
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comment words often mispronounced
Many Jews don't even have "vet refu'ah". I generally ignore it when that happens, as it doesn't change the MEANING of the word.
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answered fish before meat - why?
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comment Conservative / Nusach Sfard
There's a fairly large shul in my area which was once Nusah Sefard before it became Conservative. It's got some remnant practices, such as Sephardi haftarot, Mizmor Shir leYom haShabbat before Torah reading, and Ashrei/Uva leTzion before returning the Torah on Mon/Thurs, but otherwise it uses the Sim Shalom text exclusively.