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Questions tagged [minhag]

Questions about Jewish customs and traditions.

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Minhag to eat Dessert First?

A while ago (at least 25 years ago) I recall a friend's mother saying there was a minhag in Tzfat to eat dessert first, because if you had to suddenly stop your meal in the middle because the Moshiach ...
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Is one “obligated” to eat donuts/latkes on Hanukkah (as to not deviate from customs)?

In general one should not deviate from accepted customs (i.e minhag yisroel zu halacha). Does that obligate one to eat donuts/latkes/dairy on Chanukkah if he would prefer not to?
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Is there a siddur for the Jews of Aden?

Do Adenim (Jews from the Yemenite city of Aden) have a nusach and a siddur unique to them?
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Shiduch during divorce

Is there a halachic source that allows a man to start shiduch before giving the final Get? the couple doesn’t live together for months legal agreements all signed bet din file open and final get ...
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Swaying during the first verse of Shema

It is common (at least as far as I have seen) for people to sway while praying. However, while saying the first verse of Shema, one musn't do anything else, even walking is forbidden (Shulchan Aruch ...
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Can you have almond milk on Rosh Hashana?

The custom in my community is not to eat or cook with whole nuts during Elul. But I don't know whether pulverized or otherwise disembodied nuts --for example, nuts as an ingredient in a processed food ...
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What is the source for touching the Sefer Torah by Birkat Hachodesh?

I have seen in many shuls where people touch the Sefer Torah during Birkat Hachodesh. Is there a source for this Minhag?
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Is there a “chasiddish” Mishna Berura?

The Mishna Berura, to the best of my knowledge, is, for the most part, the accepted psak for the Litvish/yeshivish community. Is there a Halachic work that Chassidim generally turn to for piskei ...
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Is wearing tefilin of your minhag important? [closed]

I am ashkenazi and I was offered sepharadi tefilin. I am a Baal Teshuva so I have no idea what kind of tefilin my ancestors used. Is it obligatory for me to change my tefilin for ashkenazi ones? Or ...
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Changing customs from a Holy place to a non-Holy place

The mishnah in Pesachim (4:1) says: הַהוֹלֵךְ מִמְּקוֹם שֶׁעוֹשִׂין לִמְקוֹם שֶׁאֵין עוֹשִׂין, אוֹ מִמְּקוֹם שֶׁאֵין עוֹשִׂין לִמְקוֹם שֶׁעוֹשִׂין, נוֹתְנִין עָלָיו חֻמְרֵי מָקוֹם שֶׁיָּצָא מִשָּׁם ...
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Mizrachim saying Avinu Malkeinu on Shabbat

I would like to turn around these two questions. We saw that it is problematic to ask personal requests on Shabbat, and certain verses of Avinu Malkeinu correspond to the blessings of the weekday ...
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Passing to a Niddah- How can it be Assur?

We already discussed that Rashi was the first one to be noheg not to pass anything to his wife while she was a niddah. here The Galya Masechet qoutes the Rambam who says here that minhagim that ...
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What was a rabbinic מעיל משי?

In the book מנהגים דק"ק וורמיישא, one of the first simonim notes that the rov and chazzan in Worms should wear a Seidenmantel (He: מעיל משי), which the notes explain was rabbinical garb in those days. ...
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Popular Contemporary Aravoth Species

Vayikra 23:40 provides the commandment to take up the 4 species on Sukkot: וּלְקַחְתֶּם לָכֶם בַּיּוֹם הָרִאשׁוֹן פְּרִי עֵץ הָדָר כַּפֹּת תְּמָרִים וַעֲנַף עֵץ עָבֹת וְעַרְבֵי נָחַל וּשְׂמַחְתֶּם ...
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Who is considered “respected by everyone” in regard to being Chazzan for Ne’ilah?

ArtScroll (Yom Kippur Machzor, p. 708) lists several minhagim widespread during Ne’ilah, one of which is that “the rabbi, rosh yeshivah, or some member of the community whose seniority, scholarship, ...
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Why is Hashkiveinu not considered a hefsek between Ga'al Yisra'el and the Amidah (Chabad)?

Read this first: Veshameru in Chabad siddur TL;DR Many recite Veshamru (Shemot 31:16) before the Amidah in the Friday night Ma'ariv service. The custom in Chabad, however, is to not recite this ...
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Are there any opinions that the “extra” aliyos on Simchas Torah are a separate reading, rather than an extension of the first five aliyos?

There is a common minhag to read the Simchas Torah reading repeatedly in order that all men get an aliyah, as opposed to the usual five prescribed for Yom Tov (Rema OC 282:1-2). After mulling over ...
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What is the source of the custom to pray on graves of Tzadikim?

The Galilee has several such locations where people visit and pray asking for what their heart desires. What is the source of this custom? How does it align with graves being in general a source of ...
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Source for angels surrounding one’s bed at night?

Nusachei Ashkenaz and Sefard include the following phrase in Krias Shema at bedtime: בשם ה׳ אלקי ישראל מימיני מיכאל ומשמאלי גבריאל ומלפני אוריאל ומאחורי רפאל ועל ראשי שכינת קל In the Name of ...
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Reason for removal of a Mechitza on Simchas Torah

On Simchas Torah during the dancing, in some shuls the partition in the shul is removed so that the woman can watch the men dancing. By opening the partition we are giving the יצר הרע full access to ...
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Torah service on Hoshana Rabba

My old Ashkenazi machzor says that the Torah scroll should be removed from the Ark on Hoshana Rabba just as on the Shabbat. Nevertheless, I find a few points unclear, while I make some reasonable ...
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Why do we change the Haftarah for Simchas Torah?

Megillah 31a says the following regarding the Simchas Torah reading: למחר קורין וזאת הברכה ומפטירין (מלכים א ח, כב) ויעמד שלמה On the next day [after Shmini Atzeres] we read Vezos HaBeracha, ...
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Exchanging presents on Rosh Hashana?

Nehemia 8:10 records that the people in Jerusalem were told to, among other things, provide food for Rosh Hashana for those who are lacking: ויאמר להם לכו אכלו משמנים ושתו ממתקים ושלחו מנות לאין ...
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What different pronunciation should a Kohen give to each letter to be strict in halacha? (SA 128:33)

When Halacha says that a Kohen should distinguish between all the Hebrew letters in Siman 128 Seif 33 from where it says "similar examples": מי שאינו יודע לחתוך האותיות כגון שאומר לאלפי"ן עייני"ן ...
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What is the reason for Ushpizin?

There is a common custom to invite an important Biblical personage each night in the Sukkah (my custom is chronological - Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaakov, Yosef, Moshe, Aharon, David - but some customs ...
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What is the source for this idea about the deeper meaning of bowing/prostrating one's self?

I seem to remember hearing an idea that the significance of bowing/prostrating oneself is that a human being differs from all other elements of creation in that a human being stands erect and walks on ...
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what sources discuss dipping challah in both salt and honey or only honey during rosh hashanna?

Many people dip their bread in only honey over rosh hashanna but I was under the impression that one should dip in both salt and honey. What sources discuss either dipping in both salt then honey or ...
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Cylindrical Tefillin

The wikipedia page on tefillin shows cylindrical tefillin found in the Cairo geniza, with reference to this image from here: The source from the wikipedia page cites this: Kiell, Norman (1967). The ...
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(Why) is there a custom to have round challah for Rosh HaShanah?

I have noticed that the local kosher bakeries sell round challot (as opposed to their usual braided loaves) in advance of Rosh HaShanah. Is such a custom noted in any written sources? If yes, what ...
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Change drinking glasses between fish and meat?

The Rema writes (YD 88:2) that two guests eating at the same table, one eating cheese and the other meat, should be careful not to drink from the same cup, because the food gets stuck to the cup. ...
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Minhag Yisrael and OTD

If there was a minhag Yisrael (a minhag accepted by all of clal Yisrael) which had a good reason but was causing people to go off the Derech would that be grounds to abrogate/ignore the minhag? Would ...
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Why do some shuls have the Rabbi facing forward?

When I lived in South Africa, every shul I ever went to had the Rabbi's seat facing the congregation. From what I've seen in other shuls in the USA, UK and Australia, the practice seems universal; the ...
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Nefilat Apayim on arm without tefilin

The prevalent Ashkenazi custom, with regards to nefilat apayim during shacharit is to lean on the arm that one does not wear his tefilin on. However at mincha the custom is to lean on the left arm. ...
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Is it muttar for a man to go to a mikva on Shabbos? [duplicate]

Is it muttar for a man to go to a mikva on Shabbos? Possible factors include: temperature of water (rechitza) drying your self (schita) water heated before Shabbos / on Shabbos by a timer if the ...
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Different endings for Haftarat Vayetze and Haftarat Shuvah?

Ashkenazim customarily read as the haftarah of Parshat Vayetze from Hoshea 12:13 until the end of the book. As the ending of Hoshea is somewhat disturbing, Mishnah Berurah 428:22 recommends adding ...
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What should be done with yahrzeit candle jars?

I have seen people save them. I, too, am reluctant to throw them away. Are there laws or standard custom(s) for what is or should be done with the empty jars from yahrzeit candles? We shouldn't need ...
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Who uses which haftarah for Shabbat Shuva?

The shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is known as Shabbat Shuva. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 428:8 records two different customs as to what haftarah to read on this shabbat: Shuva Yisrael (...
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Reward for keeping Minhagim and Chumros

Over the years many Chumros and Minhagim have been created. For example, waiting 6 hours between meat and milk for Ashkenazim. Or not eating gebrochts on Pesach. So if it is a Minhag that cannot be ...
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What's the source of a custom not to eat meat at seudo shlishis?

Recently I hosted a traveller for Shabbos meals who follows a custom of not eating meat at seudo shlishis. (He would usually eat fish instead.) What is the origin/source of this custom and how ...
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Where do we first see Elul as a time for repentance?

Today, the month of Elul is seen as being an introduction to the period of the High Holy Days (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur). For instance, Tur Orach Chaim 581: התקינו חז"ל שיהו תוקעין בר"ח אלול ...
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What is the source and reason for saying L’Dovid during Elul and most of Tishrei?

The minhag I've seen in Ashkenazi synagogues is to say L’Dovid (Tehillim 27) morning and evening, from Rosh Chodesh Elul until Shemini Atzeres. The earliest source I can find for this is the Mishnah ...
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Keeping Two-day Shabbos in the Pacific Islands? [duplicate]

What's this I see about people in the Pacific Islands keeping two days of Shabbos? If it is true: Who, how, since when, and why?
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Keeping your own community's dinim vs. yuhara

My chosen community--like every community, I suppose--has its own body of distinctive minhagim, horaos, chumras, hiddurim, and normative halachas. All, including the hiddurim, are observed with a high ...
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Why is there an apparent “high priority” on reciting all 7 Consolation Haftarot?

Last week, I looked at the back of my shul's Tiqun Kor'im (I forgot which version it is, offhand) and noticed a long paragraphs explaining the different customs of what happens when Shabbat parshat R'...
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Welcoming the Mourner in on Friday Night

On Friday night, a mourner, during the first 7 days, a mourner enters shul right before the recitation of Psalm 92 (Mizmor shir l'yom hashabbat). A mourner enters the synagogue on Friday evening ...
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Why do Ashkenazim in Israel tend to use Nusach Sefard?

Generally, the original non-Chassidic Ashkenazi community in Israel were followers of the Vilna Gaon. Since they were practically the only Ashkenaz presence in Israel, they were able to institute many ...
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Minhag and nusach differences between Mizrahim and Sephardim (as in OG from Spain/Portugal)

These days, it seems the term "Sephardi/Sephardic" simply refers to non-Ashkenazi Jews. However, since Greece, Balkans, and of course Spain and Portugal are a long way from Iran, Iraq, Egypt, it ...
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Is a Minhag for a Baal Teshuva considered a Neder? [duplicate]

A Baal Teshuva that comes from an Ashkenazi family, became observant thru a Chabad house, with no understanding of different Nusachim and no intention to become a Lubavitcher, only to become more ...
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Minhag Hamakom in America according to R' Moshe Feinstein

I've heard that R' Moshe Feinstein said there's no Minhag Hamakom (Minhag of the area/Community) in America. Where can I find this? Is he saying that there is no one "unified" Minhag Hamakom that ...
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How can a minhag become binding?

I have asked this question to a few of my Rabbeim and none have provided me with an answer. How can something that isn't an issur d'oraysa or an issur d'rabanan, become assur? It is extremely common ...