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Black seed (Nigella Sativa) - “קצח” in talmud

Black seed ("Nigella Sativa"), known as קצח in Modern Hebrew, is known for having medicinal qualities - but is it at all mentioned in the Talmud or any Jewish sources as treatment to most ...
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How important are Yahrtzeit customs?

Many people regard Yahrtzeit customs and observances with much reverence and importance. The psychological reasons for this are self-evident, as such observances provide people with a feeling of ...
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Does Seret Vizhnitz have a particular kittle style and where can I buy?

My family are affiliated with Seret Vizhnitz Haifa. I have always wanted to find out what particular kittle style they wear on YK, or if it is a generic one. When I got married, a friend gave me his ...
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What is the original source for Yahrtzeit customs?

There are various customs and even halachot associated with yahrtzeits, such as saying kaddish, getting called to Torah, lighting candles, fasting, serving as a prayer leader, giving charity, ...
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Placement of the Hoshanot service

I’ve noticed that some congregations (generally nusach ashkenaz) recite Hoshanot after Musaf on Sukkot, whereas others (generally edot mizrach, nusach sefard, some Israeli nusach ashkenaz) recite them ...
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Why do we say Ushpizin in Aramaic?

There are things that we say in davening in Aramaic. I have seen a few explanations as to why (as per this Q and A) but I don't know where Ushpizin fits in with that. I'm not sure if anyone would call ...
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Custom of two people not clothing someone together

Probably a common occurrence is when putting clothes on a baby, both parents will try to do it together to make it easier (one puts on the shirt, one puts on the pants, etc.). Someone recently told me ...
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What is the origin of the minhag of kapparot?

What is the origin of the minhag of kapparot? What if one chooses not to do the minhag? Is one less favoured by God? Is there a certain benefit to doing kapparot?
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Swapping selichot of the fourth and fifth days after Rosh HaShanah

I’ve noticed that some Ashkenazi communities (including those following minhag lita and minhag polin) will sometimes swap the order of which days of selichot are said during the Aseret Yemei Teshuvah. ...
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Is it appropriate to use the nusach of Rosh Hashanah on the days until Yom Kippur?

Is it appropriate or inappropriate to use the nusach of the High Holy Days when davening on the days in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? Because we put additions into the Amidah (Zokhreinu, etc) ...
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When to start saying Kaddish

In terms of halacha and minhag, when can one start saying kaddish for someone who has passed. Only after the burial?
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Which officiants wear a kittel on Rosh HaShanah?

In many Ashkenazi congregations, most of the congregants do not wear a kittel on Rosh HaShanah; however, a number of the officiants do wear a kittel. It seems to me to be fairly common that at least ...
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Outside of prayer/worship, where is it written that there is a requirement to wear a kippa?

Outside of prayer/worship, where is it written that there is a requirement to wear a kippa? I have heard that there's no halachic requirement to wear a kippa other than for prayer/worship.
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Would a conversion witnessed by three Jewish sheidim be approved? [closed]

Would the conversion of a person, (knowledgeable in Halacha, meeting all the criteria for conversion), be halachically approved and functional, if the Beit Din is formed of three observant Jewish ...
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Is a traditional Yekke Sargenes similar to the Skver style, all-linen, non-embroidered Kittel? I think so; I'm not sure about the “hood”, though

Below is a link where one can view a Skver/New Square Style Kittel for sale
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Maaneh Lashon - Book

My grandfather used to use this book when he was alive to daven at the cemeteries of his relatives each year. https://i.stack.imgur.com/RMNwb.jpg (The first pages are different but the rest looks ...
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Should Baruch Hu Uvaruch Shemo ONLY be recited during blessings?

If one hears their friend reciting Torah verses, and says Hashem's name, should one recite BHUVS? Does this response only apply to brachot?
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Did Rabbis in the Shtetl dip their shoes in water to travel on Shabbat?

Edit: I was informed that this is found in one of Sholem Aleichem's books. If you could help me figure out which one, I would appreciate it. I heard from someone I know that back in the Shtetl, Rabbis ...
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Are the Torah's 5 Book divisions (Bereshit, etc.) justified by the Hebrew text?

I wonder if the Hebrew text divides the scroll of Moses as clearly into 5 Books/Sections as modern translations do (by adding titles as if they are 5 books of Moses), or whether, for example, the ...
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Praises about Chok L'Yisroel

I have started learning Chok L'Yisroel and enjoying it thoroughly. I'm just wondering if there are any praises / segulas associated with it?
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Doing something good 3 times is like a neder. Can the 3 times be even in the same day?

An acquaintance told me that the 3 times must occur on 3 separate days but I cannot find a source for this, please let me know if you know of a source either way.
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Seudas Hamafsekes - Must one wash?

When I was a child, my parents always had bread, hard boiled egg and ashes, with water for the Seudas Hamafsekes. A friend of mine recently told me that there is no obligtion to wash for the Seudas ...
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Authorities on Dutch Minhogim

Does anyone know of any rabbonim who are considered experts/authoritative in regards to Dutch minhogim. I know Rabbi Hamburger is considered the go-to authority for minhog Ashkenaz at large, but are ...
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How to kiss tzitzit while wearing a mask

An offshoot of this question. It is some people's practice to kiss their tzitzit during davening. When one wears a mask, one is really kissing the interior of the mask. Should one still bring the ...
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Source for Chabad not saying Kal Maley Rachamim

It is printed in the back of Tehillas Hashem after the Mishnayos the אל מלא רחמים prayer. However, I have not seen Chabad saying this prayer. Are there any sources or explanations for the cause of ...
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Why skip wife's name in invitations?

Although there is certainly a wide range of 'customs' regarding this question, why do some Orthodox communities skip the wife's first name in invitations saying: "Mr. and Mrs. [Husband First and ...
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“zeved habat” or simkhat habat [duplicate]

Is there any mention in jewish law about "zeved habat"or shimkhat habat?? And what are the things to be done according to the law? Also is it necessary to do this zevad habat if it cross many years?
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Why are Tefilin never mentioned anywhere in Nach?

Tefillin, for being a quite fundamental part of Judaism, and which were apparently worn all day long in Ancient Israel, are never mentioned in Nach. How would these sacred objects, which are quite ...
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What is the significance of a yahrtzeit meal?

Some people are particular in having a yahrtzeit meal on the anniversary of someone's passing. Does this custom have any documented source, significance, or reason?
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Why did Jews stop saying RaḤmana

At the times of the Mishna and Gemara, one of the more commonly used names to refer to God among Jews was RaḤmana, literally the Merciful. It seems like this was widely used as Hashem is today. When ...
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How did the mesorah for how to put on tefillin change? [duplicate]

I understand that there are many differences in customs between Ashkenazi and Sefardi Jews, since they follow the rulings of the sages from their own communities. The differences in pronunciation (...
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Reform wedding ceremony changes

I saw a video of a Reform wedding ceremony, and noticed many differences between theirs and a traditional Orthodox ceremony. Sheva Berachos were recited before Kiddushin (the giving of the ring) No ...
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Could a recipe achieve the force of halachah?

A binding custom may have the force of halachah, eg wearing a kippah in the everyday. Apart from festival dishes, though (where I can see a certain customary force to, say, cheesecake at Shavuot, and ...
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Why is gefiltefish eaten at passover?

This is something I've been wondering for a while, so hopefully I can get a good answer. Why do we eat gefiltefish during passover, and where did this tradition come from? Is there a story, similar ...
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Is there a Jewish non-verbal greeting?

Some cultures have non-verbal greetings (e.g., https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/handshake-alternatives-gestures-around-world-trnd/index.html) and these are being recommended in lieu of a handshake ...
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Psalms after the evening prayer

The other day I was discussing with a friend the daily recital of Psalm 83 after the morning prayer, when this friend told me that it was also said after the evening prayer if it was said early,* and ...
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Has there always been a standardized size for Tefillin or did the size vary throughout history until recently?

I recently came across an image which showed a variety of Tefillin boxes that were much smaller than what I am use to seeing. The image shows them lined up by size with the smallest being roughly ...
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Davening without a Minyan - Hallel Pesach night [duplicate]

There are those that say Hallel, Pesach night after Maariv. This year when it looks like, due to COVID-19, we will still not be Davening with a Minyan Pesach night, does one who is Davening without a ...
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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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