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Fasting in Nissan for epidemic

In general we refrain from observing fast days during the month of Nissan (S"A O"C 429:2). There are some exceptions, like a taanis chalom. For a communal distress such as a deadly epidemic a ...
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Naming after a person that dies from Coronavirus

Many people do not name after a person that passed away in an accident, was killed or died young.* Is there an issue with naming after someone who dies from the Coronavirus, which is an epidemic, and ...
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Praying based on national merit - Early examples

It seems to be a common theme in the prayer service that we ask for our needs basing our requests on the mercy of G-d, and, occasionally, on the merit of our forefathers. Nonetheless, we find some ...
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Bechor for special occasions

The Mishnah in Sheviis 7:4 seems to imply that it was fairly standard for people to buy a bechor (baal mum, obviously) from a Kohen to serve at special occasions, like Yom Tov or a wedding. Is that ...
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What types of things should a person put on a note that is put into the Kotel?

There is a relatively recent custom (see this question) of placing a note into the crevices of the Kotel. I would like to know if any authorities speak about what a person should write on this note?
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Wedding Day Minhagim for Him [closed]

What are some Minhagim that men are accustomed or unaccustomed to do on the day of the their wedding? Can you please list the minhag with its source, thanks.
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Bar Mitzvah on Yom Tov

In most situations a boy becomes a Bar Mitzvah and there are certain practices to mark that occasion which take place on the upcoming Shabbos. Those may include some or all of the following: getting ...
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Minhagim and Mitzvot Derabanan

I was having a discussion with someone about whether we have an actual obligation in the 7 Mitzvot Derabanan. The conclusion we came to was that we are obligated in them because in the past, the ...
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Cutting the Chalah diagonal slices

Is there a special reason why people cut the Chalah on Shabbos in diagonal slices
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Is there an online list of Perakim of Mishnayos arranged alphabetically?

There is a popular custom cited by Chabad to recite Mishnayos which initialize the deceased’s name. While they note that many Siddurim and Mishnayos have a list which alphabetizes the Mishnayos by ...
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Why is Mar son of Ravina's prayer commonly recited after Amidah?

Berachot 16b-17a lists a number of prayers that various amoraim recited at the end of Amidah. Common practice (at least in the Ashkenazi and Edot Mizrach siddurim that I've seen) seems to be to ...
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Moving a sefer torah - requirement to read three times

Rema Orach Chaim 135:1 permits one to move a sefer torah to be used in a jail as long as it placed there a day or two before it is used. I have a recollection of a custom to require a plan to read ...
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Source of wishing “Titchadesh” - תתחדש on new clothes

What is the source for wishing someone "תתחדש" for a new item of clothing? See the Rema OC:224 who brings a minhag to wish someone that bought new clothes "תבלה ותחדש". Literal translation is "You ...
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Wicks of Menorah after Chanukah

Where is the source of the Minhag to burn the oil, wicks of the menorah/Chanukiya after Chanukah?
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Lighting after maariv in shul

At my shul, the first maariv minyan on Chanukah is after teitz hachocavim (5:15, in Eretz Yisroel). It takes a couple minutes until there are ten people, and when ten people arrived some members ...
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Minhag of eating jelly doughnuts on chanukah

Many yiden have the custom to eat potato latkes or jelly doughnuts on chanukah. Who started this custom??
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Skipping tachanun [closed]

I have found some people who have a minhag to skip the takhanun and continue with vehu rachum instead. I have heard a halakha that says you're allowed to do so bediavad. Is there any posek who agrees ...
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Origin of “shaliach mitzvah” money [duplicate]

Before someone goes on a trip, there is a custom to give that person a dollar to give to tzedakah when they arrive at their destination. I have heard that the reason for this is that no harm comes to ...
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Tagim in Tefilin

I'm having tefilin written for my son's bar mitzvah, and the sofer told me that today the minhag is to only put tagim ("crowns" or "thorns") on the letters שעטנז גץ throughout the tefilin and nothing ...
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Is it fine to exploit the loophole in the laws of inheritance?

After my last question on mi yodeya, I learnt thanks to the answer and comments that a trick was possible in inheritance law according to the halacha to make daughters get the same inheritance parts ...
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Why does the Chasan perform Bedeken?

As explained in Taamei Haminhagim #950, the minhag of bedeken comes from the Pasuk in Chayei Sarah: "And she said to the servant, ‘Who is that man walking in the field towards us?’ And the servant ...
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Did Bartenura really mention this minhag?

There is a quote making the social media rounds which claims the Bartenura mentions a minhag he witnessed on his way to Jerusalem where people would drink wine before going to shul on Friday night. ...
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Which parent names the first child?

Which parent names the first child according to current custom?
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Source for the tradition of buying seats in synagogues

In many synagogues, it is common to buy a seat before the new year's day. The price for a seat often serves also as "membership fee" for membership in the synagogue community. When did this tradition ...
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Challa knife - Non serrated

Recently I met someone who told me there are those that specifically only use a non serrated Challa knife at the Shabbos meal. I was wondering if there is a source that discusses this and what is the ...
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Practice to end a speech with praying for moshiach

Something I've noticed is almost every speech, devar Torah, or words of inspiration I hear end the exact same. The speaker ends with some permutation of the following words: May we all merit to see ...
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Those who observe “Ben Zachar” at night and “Shalom Zachar” by day

There's a pretty common custom to observe what's commonly called a "Shalom Zachar" on the Friday night after a baby boy is born. People go to where the baby's father is, eat snacks, sing and share ...
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Do Women Look at Fingers for Havdala?

At least in some communities, women haven't been seen looking at their fingers during havdala for the bracha on fire. (Badei Hashulchan (96:12) – לא ראיתי שנשים יביטו בצפרנים אחר בומ״ה) Is it just me ...
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Bracha on Hallel On Rosh Chodesh

The last Tosafos on Masechet Arachin Daf 10 amud Aleph and continuing to amud Beis https://www.yutorah.org/daf.cfm/6039/arachin/10/a/ make a compelling case to recite a Bracha on Hallel. Many Sefardim ...
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Would a razor that doesn’t touch the skin be permissible?

I have seen Gillette has come out with a new razor that has as they call it a skin guard Skin Guard Razor in essence there is a piece of plastic between your face and the blade thus the shave is not ...
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Can a fiance sleep at his in-law's?

Seems to be a minhag that a fiance shall not sleep at his future in-law's house. Even just as a guest for one night. And obviously, even if there is no problem of yichud. Is there a reference in ...
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What is the basis for the custom to stand or sit by Vayivarech Dovid?

What is the basis for the customs to either stand or to sit for Vayivarech Dovid?
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Why do mourners study Mishnah Kelim, Ch. 24 and Mikvaos, Ch. 7?

Mourners traditionally study two chapters of the Mishnah, these two chapters being Kelim Ch. 24 and Mikvaos Ch. 7. Besides these sections having to do with ritual purity, what is the underlying ...
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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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Why is wearing two pairs of tefillin simultaneosly not a violation of Lo Titgodedu (do not create factions)?

There is a custom of some individuals to wear two pairs of tefillin at the same time. I understand based on this and similar answers that there is halachic basis for this practice. However, I believe ...
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Why don't we say “Ashrei” for Mincha of Yom Kippur?

Why don't we recite "Ashrei" during the afternoon prayer of Yom Kippur like we do for every other Mincha of the year?
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How does one put on a Gartel according to the Ashkenazi tradition?

I go to a Chabad synagogue where everyone wears black belts called gartels. When I went on a Chasidic tour to Williamsbourg I bought a black Gartel. Now that Yom Kippur is on its way I have bought a ...
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Did anyone propose switching back to using date honey on Rosh-Hashanah to dip apples?

As seen from "why-use-bee-honey-on-rosh-hashana", the use of bee honey in the minhag is clearly circumstantial - the lack of "the original" honey led to use its substitute - bee honey. Some ...
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Sources for when we change the Parochet to white

It is customary to change the Parochet, Torah covers, and some other items in the shul to white for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, and it is common practice to keep the white covers up until after ...
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Changing Hagba During Simchas Torah?

How can allusions to like "turn the Torah over because it's all in it" - הֲפֹךְ בָּהּ וַהֲפֹךְ בָּהּ, דְּכֹלָּא בָהּ [Avos 5:22]) justify putting the Torah at greater risk of falling or tearing by ...
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Possible to change tefillin from outward wrapping to inward?

Is it possible to change the tefillin shel yad from one that wraps outward to one that wraps inward? Is it necessary to re-tie the knot? Thanks in advance and shanah tovah.
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Does one need to fast if a pasul Torah is dropped?

There is a minhag to fast when a Sefer Torah is dropped. Does this apply if the dropped Torah was pasul (not "kosher")? My thinking - a pasul Torah is not a "true" Torah in the sense that it can be ...
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Giving Gift to Mourning Spouse?

Although the Rema (YD 385:3) writes ואסור לשלוח מנות לאבל על אביו ואמו כל י"ב חדש - It is forbidden to send [or bring] gifts to one who is in mourning for his father or mother, throughout the ...
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Why use bee honey on Rosh Hashana?

The honey in "land of milk and honey" is date honey (I believe), and yet most people use bee honey on Rosh Hashana. Does it matter what kind of honey you use at all?
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Does the concept of “leaving a sefer open leads to forgetfulness” apply to Torah on a computer screen?

(related: "Leaving Sefarim Open and forgetfulness") The Be'er Hetev in Yoreh Deah 277 quotes the Bach who states: וכתב הב''ח מכאן יש ללמוד שלא ילך אדם חוץ ויניח הספר פתוח [...] מי שמניח ספר פתוח ...
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Source for Red Apples?

Rav Yisroel Reisman (Ki Savo 5775) mentions an interesting concept for dipping apples in honey, The Mechabeir says that a sweet apple is typically red. I have seen those who wonder of why we use ...
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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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If a man converts to Judaism, does his already-Jewish son have to follow the custom his father decides to follow?

If a man converts to Judaism and follows Sephardic customs, and his son (who is Jewish-by-birth or has already converted) follows Ashkenazic customs, does the son have to follow his father and also ...
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Married Jewish women and tzedaka

Are married Jewish women permitted to give tzedaka by themselves? Are they required to give it only together with their husband? There seems to be some question about this based on the Rashi and ...

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