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Literally "Germany". Questions about the Jews of all the area that was once medieval Germany, more generally of all Catholic and Protestant (and some Eastern Orthodox) lands, and their laws and customs.

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What’s the difference between Litvish and regular Ashkenazi?

I know Litvaks are a group of people who belong to the Ashkenazi nusach, but not all a Ashkenazi, as far as I know, are considered Litvaks. Perhaps there are more differences than just the place where ...
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When did they start using the term ashkenazi? [closed]

About what year was the term Ashkenazi first used? Was it first used only for German Jews or also for French Jews?
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Non-observant father and binding minhagim

A Sephardic Jew cannot wear tefillin following Ashkenazi customs. Does this prohibition apply when the father of this Sephardic Jew was never observant, and this Sephardic Jew in question wants to do ...
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2 holes on my tallit katana am I fulfilling the mitzva? [duplicate]

I recently bought a tallit katan but realized the tzitzit are tied over 2 holes instead of the usual 1 hole I'm used to is this just another way of tying? I'm Ashkenazi am I fulfilling the mitzva?
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Does anyone actually follow or pasken from the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch? [duplicate]

Given what i've heard that the Kitzur shouldn't be paskened from and or followed halacha lemaaseh, is there anyone who follows the Kitzur practically for halachos? at least for the Yoreh deah, even ...
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Variations between Ashkenazi customs to wrap tefillin in the fingers

When tying tefillin on the fingers, there are two customs among Ashkenazim when saying “verastich li betsedek uvemishpat uvechesed uverachamim”: tying on two fingers (middle and ring) and tying only ...
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Ashkenazic and Sephardic tefillin

There are tefillin shel yad where the handle is on one side of the box and the knot is on the other, and there are also tefillin shel had where the handle and the knot are on the same side of the box. ...
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Where to find David Lau’s writings

Does the community here know where one could find any Halacha or responsa writings from Ashkenazi Israeli Chief Rabbi David Baruch Lau?
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Ashkenazic Practice of the Chazan saying only certain phrases (rashei perkaim) out loud [duplicate]

What is the source of the Ashkenazic practice of the Chazzan saying only certain words out loud? That is, in your typical Artscroll siddur, there are markings for the Chazzan to raise his voice and ...
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Hashkiveinu Avinu Vs Hashkiveinu Hashem Elokeinu

In the bracha of Hashkiveinu, in ma'ariv, Ashkenazim (at least, all Ashkenazi communities and siddurim I've seen) start the bracha with השכיבנו ה' אלוקינו Whereas all Sefardi communities and ...
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Ashkenazi speed-mumble davening: origins and halachic basis? [duplicate]

What are the origins of the Ashkenazi practice of mumbly-speed-through davening? I refer both to: Shemoneh Esrei where the words are not articulated with the mouth (albeit silently) but rather the ...
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Wearing teffilin of different minhag

Are Sephardim allowed to wear ashkenazi teffilin or Ashkenazim allowed to wear Sephardic teffilin? If so, would they still make a berakha? Could one purchase kosher teffilin of a different custom if ...
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Various groups and individuals and their relation to a specific tribe

1.Is there anyone who attributes the tribe/kingdom of Yehudah to Sefardim, and the tribe/kingdom of Yosef to Ashkenazim (at least in the spiritual sense), as per Ovadiah 1:18? are there any pairs of ...
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What is the source for the differences of coverings between a Sephardic and Ashkenazik Sefer Torah

Typically an Ashkenazik Sefer Torah (image 1) scroll is covered first by a cloth binding ('gartel') and then a cloth cover. a Sephardic Sefer Torah (image 2) is typically enclosed in a wooden box. Is ...
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fringes on sephardic tiztzit

I saw many Ashkenazim have fringes on wool Tzitzit like on a Tallit. I don't see Sephardim having it on tzitzit though. Is this an Ashkenazi Minhag? Basically, fringes look like this
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Was the Nusach Sefaradi used in the Ashkenazi communities?

As far as we know, the Nusach Sefaradi penetrated the Ashkenazi through the Hasidim, among whom it became Sefard. Although, in fact, most of its varieties are 80% identical to Sefardai, and its ...
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Missing Traditional Half-Kaddish Melodies

In his article "How Music Articulates Liturgical Structure, Meaning, and Perception: The Kaddish" published in the recent volume of the Journal of Synagogue Music (vol. 47 no. 1), Dr. Boaz ...
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Is there an Ashkenazi equivalent to the Rambam's introduction to the MT?

In the Rambam's introduction to the Mishneh Torah, he claims he received a direct transmission of the true rabbinic tradition from the academies of Babylonia to him and traces it. For Ashkenazim, is ...
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If bagels are an Ashkenazi Jewish food, why didn't it reach South America with it's Jewish immigration? [closed]

I've been to the US lately and discovered bagels, to find out later that it's considered a typical Jewish food. I'm Ashkenazi myself and I've been living in the Jewish community of Buenos Aires my ...
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Are there any corrections one might suggest to this table of different Hebrew pronounciations? [closed]

Sound Modern Israeli (Based on Sephardic pronounciation) Ashkenazi Chabad (inc. other non-Oberland / Unterland Chassidim. Ashkenazi Chassidic (Oberlander, Unterlander and Galitzer, e.g. Satmar) ...
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Is the Ashkenazi pronunciation of the kamatz "aw" or "uh"?

I have seen sources, for example the Artscroll transliterated siddur, that say that the Ashkenazi pronunciation of the kamatz vowel is "aw," as in the first syllable of "often," ...
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At a seder, If each kos has its own pri hagafen bracha, why does the afikoman not have its own al achilat matza bracha? [duplicate]

At an Ashkenazi seder, If each kos has its own pri hagafen bracha, why does the afikoman not have its own al achilat matza bracha?
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Did Ashkenazi Yiddish-speaking (not Crimean Turkic!) Karaites exist?

From the book by Murad El-Kodsi "The Karaite Communities in Poland, Lithuania, Russia and Crimea": Actually, there were two groups, the Ashkenazi Karaites and the Karaylar [Crimean Karaites]...
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Help identify my Hungarian minhagim

My paternal grandfather was from a little mountain town in Czechoslovakia called Giraltovce. As far as I know, their minhagim were basically just Hungarian (as opposed to Chassidish or Oberlander). I ...
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Did Ashkenazi Karaites exist?

Did Ashkenazi (or Yiddish-speaking) Karaites exist? Theoretically, such communities could exist in Ukraine and Lithuania. Are there any examples of the same communities?
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With what Halachic work should an Ashkenaz start his learning?

If an Ashkenaz Jew wanted to start diving into the learning halacha are there any sources on which halachic work might be recommended to him to start with?
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קָמָץ vs. קָמַץ in Ashkenazi pronunciation

All Ashkenazi readers/minhagim/etc. I've seen call this vowel קָמַץ, while there is considerable variation on whether the second syllables of the other vowel names (except for סֶגּוֹל, though there is ...
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Shacharit on י"א תשרי

I have heard that there is a minhag in ashkenazi communities to daven shacharit on the morning after yom hakippurim a bit earlier than the time that one would normally daven shacharit. Anyone have the ...
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List of establishing rabbis for each set of minhagim [closed]

I am a baal teshuva who is becoming orthodox and wondering what customs to hold. Is there a list of important rabbis who set minhagim (ie ashkenazi, sephardi yekki, chabad, notable subgroups, etc) and ...
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Is switching customs allowed?

To what extent are, say, Ashkenazic Jews halachically obligated to follow Ashkenazic customs by, say, refraining from eating kitniyot on Pessah? Chullin 110a-b says: Follow the restrictions of the ...
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Birkat kohanim at shacharit and ne'ilah of Yom Kippur

Rema Orach Chayyim 128:44 notes that some Ashkenazi communities recite birkat kohanim at ne'ilah of Yom Kippur, and some even at shacharit. Every Ashkenazi synagogue (outside of Israel) that I've ...
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Shabbat clothing on shabbat chazon

The rema writes in סימן תקנ"א that on shabbat chazon one does not wear shabbat clothing and instead one wears weekday clothing. אפי' בשבת של חזון אין מחליפין ללבוש בגדי שבת כי אם הכתונת לבד (מרדכי ...
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Differences in Tznius between Sefaradim and Ashkenazim?

I've noticed that many of my Sefaradi friends seem to practice Tzenius (laws of Modesty) different than Ashkenazim. Is there actually a difference in halakhot about this? And if there are can someone ...
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Which mourning laws does an Ashkenazi son follow after his Sefardi mother's death?

An Ashkenazi son (his father was a Yekke) who mourns after his Sefardi mother - does he follow Ashkenazi Minhagim of Avelut (Kaddish for 11 months exactly for example) of Sefardi?
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What is a typical Ashkenazi Seder like?

Inspired by the comments here, I realized how little I know about what other customs' Sedarim are like. As an Ashkenazi, I'd only ever participated in Ashkenazi Sedarim. Surely there are those who ...
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Reading the megillah without the taamim (cantillation)

The Kesser Shem Tov 2:pg.536 writes that the minhag of London and Amsterdam is to read the Megillah without the taamim (cantillation). This minhag is also found in Alger and Ashkanaz. The reason that ...
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Ashkenazi shat”z in a mixed shul?

According to this question and the answer Ashkenazi shat”z? Someone who pronounces an ע and an א the same can be shat”z, as long as everyone in the shul does so too. What if a couple of people ...
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Ashkenazi shat”z?

In meseches Megillah (daf 24b): אמר רב אסי חיפני (ובשיני) לא ישא את כפיו תניא נמי הכי אין מורידין לפני התיבה לא אנשי בית שאן ולא אנשי בית חיפה ולא אנשי טבעונין מפני שקורין לאלפין עיינין ולעיינין ...
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Translation (or searchable version) of *Sefer Elim* of Rabbi Joseph Solomon Delmedigo

Does there exist any translation of the Sefer Elim of Rabbi Joseph Solomon Delmedigo into a European language? If not, does there at least exist a text-version of the original Hebrew version (all I ...
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Is there a movement to centralize Rabbinical authority through all Jewish communities?

Due to the exile, Jewish civilization ended up splintering off into various sub-groups. Ashkenazim Sephardim/Mizrahim etc. Through this division, Judaism developed a series of "flavors" with ...
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When do ashkenazim follow the shulchan aruch and not the Rama? [duplicate]

When in halacha do Ashkenazim follow the shulchan aruch and not the Rama and in which aspects ?
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Why don't I see the minhag to put grass in shul?

The Rema brings a minhag to put grass and other herbage in shul for Shavuos. I've seen this practiced only once. Why don't more Ashkenazi shuls follow this minhag? I feel some would be tempted to say ...
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KfP-for-Ashk'nazim rice cakes… now what if they're soaked?

A rabbi visited a ricecake factory, found that the rice never became wet in the process of manufacture (and was sifted well to be sure it's only rice), and decided that the ricecakes, which are anyway ...
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Pronouncing "O" (Cholam) as "Oy"?

Typically in the Yeshivish world, the "O" sound is pronounced as "Oy" (i.e. "Moydim Anachnu Loch"). Where does this come from?
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Should an Ashkenazi learn Yalkut Yosef and Kaf HaChaim? [closed]

Should and Ashkenazi such as myself learn Yalkut Yosef and Kaf HaChaim, Sephardi halachic works, or should I not bother as the halacha wouldn't apply to me?
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Did you fulfill your obligation if you pronounced the Name of G-d differently from your custom?

Would you have fulfilled your obligation to recite a blessing if you pronounced the Name of G-d in a way that was against your custom? For example, if an Ashkenazi has the custom to say "Adonoy" and ...
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Why has a single daled knot become the "standard" on tefillin?

It has been brought to my attention that originally, both Ashkenazim and Sephardim used a square knot (also called the "double-daled knot") on the tefillin shel rosh, but when the daled knot was ...
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Beracha on hallel on in a shul where they dont make a beracha [duplicate]

If an ashkenazi davens in a shul where the minhag is not to make a beracha on half hallel on rosh chodesh or the last 6 days of pesach, should they still make a beracha on hallel?
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Chabad kuntres "Toras Ashkenaz"

What is the Chabad pamphlet Toras Ashkenaz: Frankfurt, Germania ? Background: A Chabad friend of mine noticed this pamphlet at the Chabad Ohel in Queens. While the title would imply that it is of ...
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Why do older Anglo Ashkenaz texts transliterate ת as "th" and how was it pronounced?

Many older (19th and 20th century) Anglo Ashkenaz seforim translate ת (without a dagesh) as "th" - resulting in transliterations like "Sukkoth", "haftaroth", "mishnayoth" - when the general Ashkenazi ...
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