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Saying Asher Yatzar at night

If one wakes up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom Does he need to wash negel vaaser before saying Asher Yatzar? Does he need to brush his teeth to remove bad breath before saying Asher ...
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Why do we not take the lulav at night?

We do not take the lulav at night (e.g., https://www.ou.org/holidays/the_lulav_and_etrog/ ). Why is that?
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Can you say tehillim on nittel nacht?

Since we say tehilim in maariv and kriat shema al hamita, why not tehilim alone on this most unholy night?
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Did Rash"i hold like the Gr"a or like Rabbeinu Tam?

NOTE: Most of these time calculations assume the day is either the autumnal or vernal equinox, where there are 12 hours of sunlight and therefore Neitz is at 6:00 AM and Gra's shkiah is 6:00 PM There ...
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Z'man of Rabbeinu Tam - when does science determine a psak?

I recently read a very well-researched sefer about the machlokes Rabbeinu Tam and the Gaonim about when is tzeis hakochavim: When does halachic night begin, 72 minutes after sunset or when the sun ...
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Shema or sefira which comes first

What if a person who strictly abides by Rabinu Tam when it come to Tzais Hakochavim (i.e. his kehilla and family follow this minhag strictly) davens maariv with a minyan slightly earlier during ...
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Listening to a Torah reading at night

Many Poskim rule based on Kabala that one is not to read verses of Mikra [Written Torah] at night.(בבאר היטב סימן רל"ח, ועיין בשער הציון סק"א) https://shulchanaruchharav.com/reading-tehillim-...
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What is said about wearing a Tallit Katan night?

Many questions here have been centered on the halachot if wearing a Tallit katan at night. My question take a a different approach. I have heard that Kabbalah speaks about the benefit of wearing a ...
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Mazikim on Shabbos?

To begin with, in Hilchos Shabbos Siman 267 the Shulchan Aruch mentions the change in the blessing of Hashkivanu that we don't say 'Shomer Amo Yisroel' because as the Mishna Berura points out Shabbos ...
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Tzitzit at night but not about the clothing

There are a variety of questions about wearing tzitzit at night (and many websites discussing the laws) But they seem to focus on the source, "ur'eetem" as relating to the clothes that you ...
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Are there any sources that talk about deeper thoughts at night?

I am discovering who I am and am connecting more with G-d but I always seem to have "aha" moments where everything seems to make sense at night. I go through the day with my mind racing and ...
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What is the time of "evening" according to Jewish time?

Suppose there is a sentence like this : "At evening of the first day of the week" What does it mean ? A. is it the "beginning" of the first day of the week? (morning of the first ...
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Is studying Torah really better at night than during the day?

In his Sefer Ha-Madda (Book of Knowledge, Talmud Torah 3:13), the Rambam says: Even though it is a mitzvah to study during the day and at night, it is only at night that a person acquires most of ...
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Can / should one praying alone recite Hallel after Arvit on the first night of Pesach?

Many have the custom to recite Hallel in the synagogue on the first night(s) of Pesach, at the end of Arvit. (Discussed, for example, in this question and its answer.) Is this custom only to be ...
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Source for not whistling at night?

I have heard that one is not allowed to whistle at night, something to do with bringing demons. does anyone know a source for this?
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Does one fulfill the mitzvah of tefillin if he wears it at night time?

I've seen a few questions on this site confirming that the mitzvah for wearing tefillin is during the entire day. Indeed, on Tish'a B'Av tefillin is not worn in the morning for Shacharit but for ...
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Shaving or getting a haircut at night

A friend once told me that it's preferable to avoid shaving or getting a haircut at night. Is there actually anything to this (ie reason/ source etc) and should it be observed, or is it a bubbe meise?...
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Why don't we (or when do we) use a lenient definition of nightfall on seder nights?

There are various positions on when we can say maariv (evening prayers), corresponding to various positions on when the day ends (and, thus, a new day begins which starts from the night). But the ...
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Going to men's mikva at night

Is there any issue for men going to the mikva at night? The customary thing seems to be to go before davening in the morning, or in the afternoon on erev Shabbos or Yom Tov, or at dawn on leil Shavuos,...
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Why remove tallis before maariv on motzei Tisha B'av?

There is a widespread practice not to wear tallis and tefillin for the morning prayer on Tisha B'Av, instead putting them on for the afternoon prayer. There is also a prohibition against wearing ...
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Why is kedusha only said during the day?

The kedusha is said as part of the morning blessings of shema, and also in all the public recital of prayers. It's not said in the evening prayer, neither in the blessings before shema nor the prayer ...
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Did the Sanhedrin ever convene at night or on holidays?

Were there ever any times or special circumstances in either Temple period where the Sanhedrin would convene on Shabbat, at night or on holidays?
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Is a nocturnal emission (Keri) a sin?

Is a nocturnal emission, also known as keri, a sin? If it happens to you at night, is teshuvah necessary?
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What is the meaning of "Midnight Guard - First Watch" and "Morning Guard - Third Watch" in the Zmanim

I have searched this Mi Yodea site extensively and can find no references. I am almost positive that this is not a duplicate, or answered somewhere else.Thank you. I use the Halachic Times App (...
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Three small stars - How do you know they are small?

As a follow up to the answer regarding Tzeis my question is how does one know that the stars they see are small ones? Is there a way to determine this other than a time predetermined by the calendar?
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Different listed times of tzeit hakochavim [duplicate]

Tzeit hakochavim is an important time of day. For instance, as far as I know it is the earliest time for Shema in the evening. I've seen many calculations of that time (nine are displayed on myzmanim....
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Why learn late Thursday night?

What is the sources for the practice to stay up late learning torah on Thursday nights? When or how did this practice develop and spread? And why is it called a mishmar? Is this a common name for a ...
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Problem giving Tzedokoh at night?

I've heard you're not supposed to give tzedokoh at night. What exactly are the rules regarding this? Does it apply only to physically giving poor man coins or writing checks? what about fulfilling ...
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Leil Shimmurim Outdoors

On Shabbos the first night of Pesach, we don't say Magen Avot (Orach Chayim 487:1). The Mishna Berura says that this is because normally Magen Avot is to prevent people who were late to shul being ...
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Where does the phrase Nitl Nacht come from? [duplicate]

A common Yiddish phrase to refer to the night of the 25th December is Nitl Nacht. Where does this phrase come from and what are the sources for calling it that?
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Staying up shivi shel pesach?

I know Chabad has the custom of staying up all 7th night of Passover. What is the source and does anyone else do this?
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Is there a mitzvah of Sippur Yetzias Mitzraim all night long?

Once the seder has ended, does the mitzvah to tell the story of the Exodus continue all night long? I am familiar with the various arguments in the Gemara (with R. Elazar, R. Akivah, R. Gamliel, and ...
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Minhag not to eat ANY lamb at seder night?

I seem to recall an Ashkenazi minhag not to eat any form of lamb on seder night. I don't mean the widely spread custom not to eat a roasted lamb, but even , for example, braised lamb shanks. Is this ...
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Can we offer Mishloah manot the night of Purim

Can we offer mishloah manot the night of Purim after the reading of the Megilla? Is it allowed?
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Cutting one's nails at night

I recently asked a friend if I could borrow his nail cutter, but he told me that he would prefer I do it in the morning because it isn't good to cut one's nails at night. When I asked him why, he told ...
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Evolution of Simchas Torah Night reading

I was in a situation this year, where I was the Torah Reader for the Simchas Torah Day, but wasn't sure if they wanted me for the evening. It's a long walk for me. Anyway I was looking at what is read ...
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knife under pillow after mikveh?

My sister told me her Rebbetzin had a minhag: If after going to the mikveh she did not have relations with her husband that night, she should sleep with a knife under her pillow to fight the evil ...
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What is considered to be night?

I have always understood the definition of "night" ("leilah") when the day is for sure over and we've passed through "bein hashmoshos" completely, is when there are 3 visible stars and "hiksef elyon ...
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Teffilin at night after having been sick

If I was sick all day and was unable to put on Teffilin during the day, may I put it on at night to make up for the day I missed? If I remember correctly, the Mishna Berurah says that if one will not ...
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is there an issue in visiting a cemetery while menstruating?

Is there an issue about going to a cemetery while menstruating? If so, is it a prohibition or recommendation? What about going to a cemetery at night? I was told there might be an issue with ...
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Practicing Binding Tefillin at Night

May someone who is not accustomed to laying tefillin practice binding at night, when there is no mitzvah, so that they will be proficient at wrapping when the day comes?
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Saying ברכת המזון with על הנסים after praying ערבית following Purim

The סעודה I was partaking in on Purim day continued well into the evening of the next day (Shushan Purim here in the US). Teffilah with a minyan was only available immediately after צאת הכוכבים, so a ...
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Rambam, Shkiah, and Tzet HaKokhavim

In the dispute between the Geonim and Rabbenu Tam over the definition of nightfall, I have seen the Rambam claimed by either side - each claiming that in the Mishneh Torah he held like them. My ...
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What is the source for not leaving onions overnight and why don't some care?

This question mentions that one mustn't eat onions and garlic that have been left overnight, because of danger: Eating onions or garlic left overnight - there are ways around this, and some are not ...
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Kaddish D'Rabbanan on Yartzeit

On a yartzeit, close family members recite kaddish. Some minyanim have an opportunity to say kaddish d'rabbanan after (sometimes short) Torah study between mincha and maariv. Should the mourner join ...
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Yartzeit candle - light before mincha or after maariv?

On a yartzeit (anniversary of death on Hebrew calendar) for a deceased family member, if one plans to both light a yartzeit candle in one's home and attend shul to say kaddish, is there a preference ...
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Is the Fast of Tevet considered a 24 hour fast?

Is the Fast of Tevet considered a 24 hour fast, or does it begin in the morning until early evening?
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Is there really evidence that the Rabbis changed the day's beginning from sunrise to sunset? [closed]

The writing of the two Rabbis quoted below state that the Rabbis changed the start of the day from sunrise to sunset. Rabbi Drazin wrote that "we know for certain that the day began in the Temple ...
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What options are there for chanukiah lighting in southern latitudes?

What options are there for lighting chanukiyot in southern latitudes where younger children will be going to bed well before sunset? Adults may stay up for lighting chanukiyot but what options are ...
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Wearing Tallis/Tzitzit at night

I have read in Rabbi Hertzel Hillel Yitzchak's book Tzel Heharim: Tzitzit that it is permissable for a chazzan to wear a tallis at night (see page 60 of that book) provided that he does not have an ...
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