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Variations on interlaced fingers

Based on Kabbalah some have the custom to not join hands together with interlaced fingers. Classically, that looks something like this: But what about if the fingers are on the inside, like this: ...
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May Jews apply hand sanitizer on Shabbat

In halacha, is there anything issur/prohibited for Jews to apply hand sanitizer on Shabbat? Or no, is it Muttar/permitted and not an issue of smearing?
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Are we allowed to use the Genizah (Shaimos) to bury fingernails and toenails? [duplicate]

If it's considered the act of the Righteous to bury our fingernails and toenails, can we fulfill this by placing them in the Genizah with the Shaimos, or must we dig a hole and bury them ourselves?
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Is a watch Chatzitzah for tefillin shel yad

According to Halacha does a watch count as Chatzitzah which invalidates tefillin shel yad? So for an average sized wrist watch, is the size between the Arm and arm tefillin strap enough to invalidate ...
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Kohanim hand symbol

When I was a kid I always heard that only kohanim are able to do the ๐Ÿ––๐Ÿป hand position on both their hands. Leaving the โ€œb-b-but I can do this and Iโ€™m not a kohenโ€ comments aside, whatโ€™s the deal ...
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5 fingers correlating to the five senses

Someone was trying to explain to me how the five fingers are connected to the five senses... without much success. Is there a reputable source for this?
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Crossing your fingers

Is it allowed to cross one's fingers as a sign of prayer as is the custom in Christian culture? This question is based off other questions on this site which seem to allow one to say the phrase.
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Medrash about Adam originally not having fingers

I'm looking for the medrash that says that Adam (or another hunanoid creation) originally didn't have fingers but had spoon like appendages instead.
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Size of an amah (ืืžื”)

One of the our measurements is the ืืžื” ("cubit"), for which the most usual value is 24 ืืฆื‘ืขื•ืช. My question is, What information do we have from earlier sources (Rishon or Acharon, say, ...
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What is the rationale for holding tzitzit in left and then right hand during Shema?

The Artscroll siddur says to hold the tzitzit in the left hand for the first two paragraphs of the morning shema and then also in the right hand for the 3rd paragraph. What is the rationale for this ...
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Hands together 🙏 for mode ani

The Rebbe Rashab told the previous Lubavicher Rebbe that it was always to Jewish custom to say mode ani with hands together Did he mean literally? Any sources that true? Anyone else except Chabad do ...
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Shema vs Shabbos Candle Lighting

Can anyone possibly enlighten me as to why when reciting the first verse of Shema one covers their eyes using one hand (the right hand) as opposed to when lighting Shabbos candles one is to cover ...
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Were there really 5x as many makkos at yam suf?

Towards the end of the haggadah, there is a paragraph discussing how many makkos there were at yam suf: ืจื‘ื™ ื™ื•ืกื™ ื”ื’ืœื™ืœื™ ืื•ืžืจ- ืžื ื™ืŸ ืืชื” ืื•ืžืจ ืฉืœืงื• ื”ืžืฆืจื™ื ื‘ืžืฆืจื™ื ืขืฉืจ ืžื›ื•ืช ื•ืขืœ ื”ื™ื ืœืงื• ื—ืžื™ืฉื™ื ืžื›ื•ืช? ...
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Order in which to wash face, hands and feet

A halocho sheet given out in my shul says that there is an order to washing (e.g. on Erev Shabbos) โ€“ first face then right hand, left hand and finally feet. The source is given as ืžื—ื–ื™ืง ื‘ืจื›ื” ืจืดืก, ื’. ...
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What is the biblical explanation for each of the fingers?

I remember learning once that each of the fingers served a different purpose. I don't recall if this was in Talmud or Shulchan Aruch. What do our sources say is the purpose behind each of the ...
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What is the meaning of Yad Moshe in Parshat VaEira

In Parshat VaEira (9.35) it says "b'Yad Moshe" ื›ึผึทึฝืึฒืฉืึถึ›ืจ ื“ึผึดื‘ึผึถึฅืจ ื™ึฐื”ึนื•ึธึ–ื” ื‘ึผึฐื™ึทื“ ึพืžืฉืึถึฝื” ; so what was the hand of Moshe that the Torah tells us here about? (And Pharaoh's heart was hardened, ...
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Kissing your fingertips at Shma?

Iโ€™ve seen a lot of women (mostly Israeli) kiss their fingertips after covering their eyes for Shma. Is there a source for it or is that just another minhag that got picked up for no reason at all? Iโ€™...
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Why does it matter that Balak clapped?

In Bamidbar, 24:10, we read ื•ึทื™ึดึผึฝื—ึทืจึพืึทึคืฃ ื‘ึธึผืœึธืงึ™ ืึถืœึพื‘ึดึผืœึฐืขึธึ”ื ื•ึทื™ึดึผืกึฐืคึนึผึ–ืง ืึถืชึพื›ึทึผืคึธึผึ‘ื™ื• ื•ึทื™ึนึผึจืืžึถืจ ื‘ึธึผืœึธึœืง ืึถืœึพื‘ึดึผืœึฐืขึธึ—ื ืœึธืงึนึคื‘ ืึนึฝื™ึฐื‘ึทื™ึ™ ืงึฐืจึธืืชึดึ”ื™ืšึธ ื•ึฐื”ึดื ึตึผื”ึ™ ื‘ึตึผืจึทึฃื›ึฐืชึธึผ ื‘ึธืจึตึ”ืšึฐ ื–ึถึ–ื” ืฉึธืืœึนึฅืฉื ...
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Are the three wraps around the middle finger (tefillin shel yad) halacha? [duplicate]

There is a custom by many to wrap the strap of the tefillin shel yad around the middle finger three times. Is this halacha or is this a common minhag that is rarely broken and nearly universal? Note:...
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What is the source that singing and clapping sweetens judgment

I heard a song "ืขืœ ื™ื“ื™ ื ื™ื’ื•ื ื™ื ื•ืžื—ื™ืืช ื›ืฃ ืžืชืžืชืงื™ืŸ ื›ืœ ื”ื“ื™ื ื™ื". Seeming to mean: through singing (or songs) and clapping hands all the (negative) judgments (made in Heaven) get sweetened (less harsh) ...
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ืืฆื‘ืข ืืœื•ืงื™ื ื”ื™ื - *how* many? [duplicate]

We all know the part of the seder in which we talk about how many makot were part of an ืืฆื‘ืข (10) and how many were part of a ื™ื“ (50). But wait a minute. The phrase ืืฆื‘ืข ืืœื•ืงื™ื ื”ื™ื was not told at ...
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Putting hands in pockets during Prayer

I remember hearing that one should not pray with ones hands in their pockets because its considered haughty. Is there a source for this concept,or is it made up?
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Do some ultra-Orthodox Jews avoid handshaking all together - even one male to another?

It appears to me that some Jews try to avoid shaking hands (same gender handshake) and I vaguely remember hearing that some Hassidic sects frown upon the concept of shaking hands as a form of greeting....
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Can someone else cut your fingernails on the "wrong" day?

There are many discussions of when the fingernails can and cannot be cut according to halacha and minhag. It is very hard to ascertain anything coherent from this information, other than that Friday ...
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Can a woman cut her nails for mikvah even if it's the "wrong" day?

There are many discussions of when the fingernails can and cannot be cut according to halacha and minhag. It is very hard to ascertain anything coherent from this information, other than that Friday ...
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Germaphobes washing on Tisha B'Av and Yom Kippur

One is not allowed to wash their hands past their knuckles on Tisha B'Av, except if there is dirt on their hands, or if it is for a Mitzvah (SA OC 554:8-10). The same is true, for the most part, for ...
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Holding the bride's hand when giving her the ring

In art I see that it was done example From hukai noshim CH 45 I see that it is required (at least lehat'hila) My summery of this subject in that chapter He brings it twice once regarding when ...
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Why are we impure when we wake up?

I've heard from morim and shiurim that when we wake up we're impure, or at least our hands are impure. That's why netilat yadayim should be one of the first things he do when we wake up. But I've also ...
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Reason for Sepharadi Qeri'at Shema' Custom

I have seen no small number of Sepharadim recite Qeri'at Shema' whilst covering their eyes in the fashion below (as opposed to what I assume is the predominant Ashkenazi custom of simply placing one's ...
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Are Jews allowed to use the expression "fingers crossed"?

Not to worship idols is one of the 10 commandments; according to a quick Google search "finger crossed" originates from either the Christian cross or other superstitious beliefs. Does this mean that ...
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Is there a practice of palming face by "shin" shape?

A friend of mine from B7 said that there's a custom to palm one's face during Kriyat Shma with shin-shaped hand. It looks like a Cohanim's hand shape, but it forms a shin-like shape. Who's custom is ...
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Source that prohibits raising hands during davening

I recall once reading somewhere that perhaps the Zohar, or Ari"zl state that one should not raise one's hands (or wave them around) whilst praying (as it is darchei emori, or some such prohibition). ...
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Must hand washing be done with pure (fresh) water?

It seems from here both that some types of water are considered too salty to be acceptable for ritual handwashing and that mikvah water is always considered acceptable. I am left wondering what, ...
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Can one hand wash the other?

I know that in many situations, ritual handwashing must be performed using a vessel (Source: Maimonides, Mishne Torah (Hil. Mikvaot 11:1)). If one does not have a cup for ritual handwashing, is using ...
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Sources for Holding One's Left Hand in Right Hand During Prayer

What are the earliest sources for the practice of holding one's left hand in one's right hand during prayer? (particular during the Ammidah). The Talmud Shabbat (10a) notes a practice of holding one'...
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Ps. 144:1 "Etzbe'otai l'milchama"?

Every motzaei Shabbat before ma'ariv, I have the custom to sing Tehillim 144 and Tehillim 67. However, the first passuk (verse) always confounds me: ืœึฐื“ึธื•ึดื“: ื‘ึธึผืจื•ึผืšึฐ ื™ึฐื”ื•ึธื”, ืฆื•ึผืจึดื™-- ...
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Why don't we wash mayim acharonim on non bread meals? [duplicate]

The mishna berurah says that the reason for mayim acharonim is that we are worried about Sodom Salt (even if today's salt is not Sodom Salt, some of it might still be mixed in). He also says that ...
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Nail polish chatzitzah and mikveh immersion

If someone has a little, almost imperceptible, leftover nail polish, would it be considered a chatzitzah with regard to mikveh immersion? If so, why?
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Why would I want matzah made from flour that was ground in a hand-mill?

I saw an advertisement for a matzah-baking group. Part of the advertisement claimed, in big, ostentatious letters, that the flour was "ืจื—ื™ื ืฉืœ ื™ื“" -- presumably because they wanted you know that the ...
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How important is it to always bite into something from the right hand after making a blessing?

It's brought down in the halacha books that upon making a bracha one must hold the food item in his hand and then take a bite of it (I'll try to find a source later). What if - as we do in America - ...
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Practice of burning or burying fingernail clippings

I've been reading recently about the practice of discarding of fingernails in a special way, usually by burning or burying. (Sources here) Please discuss this practice. Any information would be ...
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Why do all of them say that there were 5 times more plagues at the sea, instead of 1.5 times?

In the Haggadah it says: (text from WikiSource) ืจึทื‘ึดึผื™ ื™ื•ึนืกึตื™ ื”ึทื’ึฐึผืœึดื™ืœึดื™ ืื•ึนืžึตืจ: ืžึดื ึทึผื™ึดืŸ ืึทืชึธึผื” ืื•ึนืžึตืจ ืฉึถืืœึธึผืงื•ึผ ื”ึทืžึดึผืฆึฐืจึดื™ื ื‘ึฐึผืžึดืฆึฐืจึทื™ึดื ืขึถืฉึถื‚ืจ ืžึทื›ึผื•ึนืช ื•ึฐืขึทืœ ื”ึทื™ึธึผื ืœึธืงื•ึผ ื—ึฒืžึดืฉึดึผืื™ื ืžึทื›ึผื•ึนืช? ...
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What is the source for the custom of kissing one's hand after shaking another's?

There is a common custom in Israel (mostly in Sfardic communities) that after you shake someone's hand, you kiss your hand. Generally people kiss their thumb or first two fingers, in my experience. (...
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Why Can't Moshe's Hands Perform Miracles?

The Torah (Shemos 17) describes a battle between Israel and Amalek in Refidim, and says that when Moshe's hands were raised, the Israel would be winning, but when he lowered his hands Amalek would ...
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Kissing Back of Hand

Is there a source for Sephardim and Chassidim that kiss the hand of their Rabbi, a Torah scholar or even their father upon meeting them?
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Palm-reading in Judaism

Are there Jewish sources which affirm the validity of the art of palm-reading? If yes, how does this work. i.e. what is the underlying idea behind it. (the reason I ask, is because I actually met ...
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Tefillin as an Ot

The commandment of the arm-tefillin is ื•ืงืฉืจืชื ืœืื•ืช ืขืœ ื™ื“ืš, "And you shall bind it as an sign upon your yad". (Devarim 6:8, Devarim 11:18) However, having just read an answer by Shalom, defining a ...
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Wrapping the shel yad: no shin on the hand

I follow chabad custom which, when it gets down to my hand, I believe involves only wrapping one finger of the hand in addition to the palm. I make the shin on my arm. But the Shema says bind it on ...
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How to hold your hands during the amidah?

For someone praying the amiday by heart with eyes closed, what is the right way to hold your hands? I know that the right hand should cover the left, but how exactly? Can someone upload a diagram or ...
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A question about Tefillin and the customs relating to strapping of tefillin

Why do we strap the tefillin around our arm 7 times? Also, what is the significance of the way we wrap the tefillin around our finger?
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