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Are there any sephardic customs for a pidyon haben?

I am persian and my wife is iraqi. We are looking to find sephardic and especially customs from our background to do at our son's pidyon haben. I believe it adds a lot to include customs beyond doing ...
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What is the reason for specifically using a Havdala candle made of beeswax?

The minhag for using Havdala candle made of beeswax is mentioned in Kaf-Hachaim 298:12. What is the reason that Havdala candles should specifically made of beeswax? What is the connection between ...
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Kiddush before or after a yahrtziet

I know that there is a custom to get an Aliyah and give kiddush the Shabbat preceding a yaharzeit. Does this apply to the first yarhzeit as well, when the person is still in availus-assuming the ...
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Litvish Tallis Katan Minhag?

Shulem Aleichem! As my username suggests, I am a (male) Ba'al Teshuvah and I want to start wearing a tallis katan. I come from an originally Litvish family that has been frei for 6 generations, but I'...
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Maftir Yonah riches?

It is common tradition that the one who purchases the rights to Maftir Yonah will be blessed with much wealth the following year. Are there any sources for this?
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What Nusach did the Twansa use?

In most of the places that Sefardim settled after being kicked out of Iberia, there were already Jews living there, usually called "Musta'arabi". In most places, these communities ...
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Is there a formal Jewish way of wishing someone a safe journey?

Before someone you know goes on a trip, such as a flight, it is polite to wish them a safe journey. In English, one might use some variation of "safe travels" or "have a safe trip"....
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When Rema refers to Maharil and it isn't found in Minhagei Maharil, where is it?

For example, in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, 149:1 שהצבו' לא יצאו מב"ה עד שיצניעו ס"ת ובו ס"א:אין הצבור רשאים לצאת מב"ה עד שיצניעו ס"ת [מיהו אם אינם יוצאים רק יחיד לית לן בה] ...
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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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Could someone help me find a Tanakh vowelised according to the Yemenite Tradition?

I would like to study the Yemenite traditions of pronounciation in reading. However, I'm unsure where to find a copy of the Tanakh with such notation. If anyone could assist me in this it would be ...
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Minhagim of Amsterdam

I am trying to find out about the Minhagim/customs of the prewar Amsterdam Jewish community. Would anyone have any recommendations of which sefarim/books discuss this?
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Sources for Davening Fast (Better Kavannah, Middas Hadin etc.)

In some Chassidic circles davening fast is known to be somewhat of a minhag. Sometimes this is only in regards to a specific tefillah. For example: In some of the Polish chassidic courts an emphasis ...
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Waving the lulav during all first four verses of Psalm 118

The Shulchan Arukh Orach Chayim 651:1 writes that during the hallel we shake at three verses: הוֹד֣וּ לַֽיהוָ֣ה כִּי־ט֑וֹב כִּ֖י לְעוֹלָ֣ם חַסְדּֽוֹ׃ (Psalms 118:1) אָנָּ֣א יְ֭הוָה הֽוֹשִׁ֘יעָ֥ה ...
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Hoshanot Order in Sukkot

In Nusach Sfard (Ashkenazi) there are different Hoshanot at the different days of Sukkot. Why does the order and the content of the Hoshanot depend on the day of the first Sukkot Yom Tov? Is there any ...
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Why we have to say Keriat Shma on the bed in the Sukkah?

It is known that on Passover night the custom is not to say Keriat Shma on the bed since it is called Shimurim night - a night that is preserved from the 'bad winds' (Mazikim). We don't put a Mezuza ...
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Comparison between Nusah Sfard (Ashkenazi) and Nusah Ashkenaz for regular days as well as Shabat

I would like to know if there is any source (such as table) that summarizes the differences along the Tefila in the Nusah Sfard (Ashkenazi) and Nusah Ashkenaz for regular days as well as Shabat?
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Zemirot different customs in Shabbat Hol Hamoed [closed]

Is there any source that mentions the differences of customs in Shabat Hol Hamoed Zemirot? I would like to know: what are the different customs? Which Kehila holds each custom? What is the reason for ...
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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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Why we start to say Barchi Nafshi only from Bereshit Sidra?

The Ashkenazim Minhag is to say Pirkei Avot all along the summer and Barchi Nafshi after Shabat Mincha in winter. Usually the only gaps are Shabat Tshuva and Shabat Hagadol, when there is used to be ...
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What are Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach's Three Threes?

I believe it was Rav SZA who wrote/said that there are three "threes" (3 things that people do having to do with "3") that are made up. Does anyone know where this is written and/...
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Did the Rama change a Minhag regarding Mikvah?

I heard a story where the Rama visited a town that had a harmful minhag of the person (man) in charge of the mikvah asking women if they went to the mikvah, then relating the response to the husbands (...
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How to Circle your head in Kaparot without real money

Every year I do Kaparot with real coins in plastic bag and after circling my head with them I donate them to Tzdaka. How can I do the Minhag of circling my head if I don't have real coins because of ...
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Delaying Circumcision If Umbilical Cord Hasn't Fallen Off?

While studying an Egyptian Halakhic book (Nehar Misrayim) I came across a ruling that a circumcision was pushed off if the umbilical cord hasn't fallen off yet. The book states this was the ...
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What areas of the body are ervah according to law?

While custom can further bind what areas of the body need to be covered, when it comes to dress, is there a line that separates clothing that is tzniut from clothing that is not? For example, does ...
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Dipping the challah in honey

I am presently without my sforim, so I cannot check, but I am told that the Levush (OC 583:2) mentions dipping challah in honey on Rosh Hashanah. The Rema, however, in OC 167:5, likens the table to ...
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Prayer before a general anaesthetic

Every night, prior to bed, people recite the Shema. Affixed to that recitation is a variety of psukim and brokhes, requesting of Hashem that He ensure that we will sleep well, without any disturbance, ...
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Can I use grapes honey (Dabas) in Rosh Hashana?

Following this question. Can I use grapes honey (Dabas/Dibas) as honey in Rosh Hashana? As can be seen in this video. It seems that it was the most ancient and popular honey in Israel. In addition, it ...
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Is there any source for the chosson to wear tefillin at the chupah?

A friend of mine sent me a video clip from a wedding, showing the chosson and kallah under the chupah and the chosson is wearing his tallis and tefillin. I know there is a Sefardi and Yekke custom for ...
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Why do we say LeDavid Mizmor while returning the Torah at Mincha on Shabbat?

When returning the Torah to the Torah ark on Shabbat morning, our custom is to say Mizmor Ledavid (Ashkenaz, Nosah Sfard). On a regular day and on Yom Tov that is not Shabbat, we say LeDavid Mizmor. ...
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Source for using more than 3 Hadassim?

I’m looking for the source(s) for the custom to use more than 3 Hadassim with the Lulav. My personal custom is to use 9, and I’ve heard of a custom to use as many as 70! I remember seeing it brought ...
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Changing Beitza to Bei'a [duplicate]

I understand that there’s a yeshivish tradition of referring to Masekhes Beitza as “Bei’a”, by way of using the Aramaic word for ‘egg’ in place of the Hebrew. In two separate online shiurim that I ...
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Bowing at the end of Modim deRabanan

An answer tangentially mentions that there are those who say that one should also bow at the end of the Modim deRabanan. This is mentioned in Orach Chayim 127:1, and its foremost proponent seems to be ...
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Family traditions regarding niddah

Shavua tov everyone I'm a descendant of the anusim. But I'm still finding out where my maternal lineage could have come from. So which migration. Since my great-grandmother converted to Islam. Meaning ...
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Position on young women working

Are unmarried Jewish women allowed to work? (Volunteer or not volunteer, paid or unpaid) Why or why not? Please provide your sources accordingly. Please also provide which sects (if they are multiple ...
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72 verses after morning prayer

I've been looking at early printed prayer books, and it caught my attention that many of them contain 72 verses (שבעים ושתים פסוקים) after Aleinu (see this Venice edition on p. 70 or this on p. 84, ...
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Black Yerushalmi Kippah?

First, not talking about the Na Nach kippahs (which have different stitching and band). Those come on all kinds of colors. I am wondering who wears a black yerushalmi kippah? Karlin-Stolin, some ...
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Is Halacha (Shulchan Aruch, Mishnah Brurah, etc.) confined to Rabbinic and Torah prohibitions?

From what I understand: Early halachic compilations (throughout the Geonim period) sourced directly from Talmud Bavli Talmud Bavli often sources opinions by actions and text in the Torah, and oral ...
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What do the different chassidish tefillin tying on the palm and hand mean, what sects uses them?

I have noticed many different styles of wrapping tefillin over the hand, fingers, and palm, as seen below. My question is what is the significance of this, and who does this, and is it something ...
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Wearing clean clothes immediately after Tish'ah beAv

Mishnah Berurah 558:3 records a custom to continue the restrictions of the 'Nine Days' regarding bathing, haircuts and laundering clothing until midday of the tenth of Av. Is this list exhaustive? ...
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Possuk when washing for bread?

There is a hassidish minhag to say a possuk--between washing the hands and before the brachach--when washing hands for bread. For the life of me I cannot remember which possuk it is, but I remember it ...
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Amen in Birchat Hachodesh

In the Birchat Hachodesh recited on the Shabbat before a Rosh Chodesh, in the final paragraph, there are a series of (what seem to be) requests for the upcoming month. I have seen in various ...
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What haftarah is read on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Av

On the middle shabbat of the ‘Three Weeks’, Ashkenazi and Sefaradi practice is to read a haftarah starting from Jeremiah 2:4. What happens in the (somewhat rare) case that this shabbat is also Rosh ...
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Origin of Vows in Judaism

Almost all of Numbers chap. 30 deals with annulation or confirmation of vows. Basically, Nazirite and Vows look the same: somebody invents a trade-off between a desired benefit and a consented ...
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Different ways to tie gartels

I have noticed that there are not only several different gartels but many different ways to tie them. I have always tied mine as I have seen most modern orthodox men tie it, with two loops on the side ...
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What is the meaning of כמר used as an honorific before introducing one's name?

It is standard among Jews writing in Hebrew to attach the honorific כמר before introducing one's name. This custom is actually quite old dating back at least to the days of the earliest Acharonim, and ...
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Why Do We Still Practice Pidyon Haben?

On p. 967 of "The Torah a Modern Commentary" (Plaut, revised edition) it is written, "...all of Israel's first born sons belong to G-d (Num. 8:13-17). Because G-d accepts the Levites ...
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Why do we say that one is obligated to follow his family minhag?

I understand that there is an obligation to follow ‘minhag hamakom’ sourced in Gemara Pesachim 50b. However I am perplexed as to why we say one is obligated to follow his family minhag (for example ...
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Are there any articles, texts, or resources available discussing the Beta Israelite text of "Te'ezaza Sanbat"?

Shalom Uvracah. I was doing research into how The Beta Israel Community observed/respected the Shabbat before immigrating to Israel through Operations Moshe and Shlomo. I came across a text called ...
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Do some Sephardi women accept Shabbat at Kiddush rather than with the lighting of the candles?

I heard that some Sephardi women accept Shabbat at Shabbat Kiddush rather than with the lighting of the Shabbat candles. Is this true and if so where is the source for this?
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Origin of Lag Biomer bonfire [duplicate]

Where and when did the minhag of lighting a bonfire on Lag Biomer originate? What are the earliest sources about it? (For that matter, do any written sources mention a bonfire at all?)

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