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Questions tagged [minhag]

Questions about Jewish customs and traditions.

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Are computer-generated vocals permissible during Sefirah and the Three Weeks?

According to those traditions which prohibit music during the Three Weeks and parts of Sefirah, but permit a capella, would listening to computer-generated vocals be permissible during Sefirah? Is the ...
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What is halachically considered an instrument for the purposes of Sefirah and the Three Weeks?

It's commonly practiced to avoid music during at least part of Sefirah and the entirety of the Three Weeks. Many of those who hold of this stringency also hold that certain types of a capella are ...
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Backing out of the Western Wall (Kosel)

I've noticed many people walking backwards when taking leave of the Kosel. Is there any halachic source for this custom?
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Why not start BaHaB on Iyar / Marcheshvan 3?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 492 discusses the custom some have to fast on Monday, Thursday and Monday (BaHaB) following the months of Nissan and Tishrei. Rama in his gloss notes that the custom is to ...
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Women standing for their husbands when called up for an Aliyah

I have noticed women in several sefardic communities to stand while their husbands are called up to the synagogue. Yalkut Yosef in Hilkhot Shavuot brings down the halakha of a child or a student ...
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Breaking an Omer restriction

In a hypothetical case, I have chosen to observe the restrictions of the Omer during the "first half." But then, I am placed in a situation at which happy live music is being played. Does my presence ...
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Is the line for which Peyos begin different for each individual?

There have been debates concerning Peyos and where the proper line should exist for one's beard. The debate has resulted in different communities having different customs for how they handle the ...
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What is the source for Neilas Hachag?

I've found material about the spiritual significance and symbolism behind it but nothing about the source for this tradition. EDIT: For those unaware of this custom, a brief description (as I ...
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What is the significance of using specifically a chicken for the Zero'ah?

The Chabad custom and possibly others is to use a chicken neck as the zero'ah. Why specifically do we use a chicken to substitute for the Korban Pesach and not any other animal or fowl?
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Which Black Fedora fits Chabad?

Recently I've decided that I want to start wearing a double covering for when I daven. I believe that it would thus be best that I get myself a black fedora, however I don't know which to get. Are ...
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Can a pregnant woman go to aquariums?

Some have the custom that pregnant women do not go to zoos. (See here) Does this custom extend to aquariums too?
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Sefardi Keeping Second half of Sefirah

The Shulchan Aruch writes that one should not get married between Pesach and Shavuos until Lag B’Omer; likewise regarding haircuts, since then the Talmidim of Rabbi Akiva stopped dying. Therefore, one ...
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What is an Inyan? Is it different to a Minhag?

Is there a difference between an ענין and a מנהג? If so, what is it? Examples differentiating the concepts would be useful.
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Why we learn Bavli instead of Yerushalmi [duplicate]

If I were to learn Talmud Bavli Brachos or Talmud Yerushalmi Brachos, which one should I start with and why? Seemingly, I should start with Yerushalmi first because it came before the Bavli, but on ...
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Why is the custom to put the wedding ring on the index finger under the chuppah?

Obviously the kiddushin would be valid if one put the ring on another finger, but: why specifically does the groom put the wedding ring on the bride's index finger under the chuppah? where did this ...
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Why no Musaph piyutim for Zochor and Poro? [duplicate]

According to Minhog Ashkenaz (West and East), there is a shiv'aso piyut said in Musaph of Shabbos Sh'kolim and Shabbos HaChodesh (אשכול אווי for Sh'kolim and ראשון אמצת for HaChodesh). I have seen in ...
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What is a typical Ashkenazi Seder like?

Inspired by the comments here, I realized how little I know about what other customs' Sedarim are like. As an Ashkenazi, I'd only ever participated in Ashkenazi Sedarim. Surely there are those who ...
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What is a typical Mizrachi Seder like?

Inspired by the comments here, I realized how little I know about what other customs' Sedarim are like. As an Ashkenazi, I'd only ever participated in Ashkenazi Sedarim. As such, I'd like to explore ...
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What is a typical Teimani Seder like?

Inspired by the comments here, I realized how little I know about what other customs' Sedarim are like. As an Ashkenazi, I'd only ever participated in Ashkenazi Sedarim. As such, I'd like to explore ...
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What is a typical Sefardi Seder like?

Inspired by the comments here, I realized how little I know about what other customs' Sedarim are like. As an Ashkenazi, I'd only ever participated in Ashkenazi Sedarim. As such, I'd like to explore ...
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Is it praiseworthy for each member of the seder to have all the required foods on his plate?

I was reading a Haggadah and it says that the head of the seder is the only one required to have a plate with all the necessary foods on it. Is it praiseworthy to have each member have all these foods ...
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Is there a tradition not to mention the pink animal?

My family always say "pink animal" in reference to, well, the pink animal. But now we find nobody remembers the reasons for this. It seems to me I've seen the Hebrew writers say "davar acher," or "...
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Going to men's mikva at night

Is there any issue for men going to the mikva at night? The customary thing seems to be to go before davening in the morning, or in the afternoon on erev Shabbos or Yom Tov, or at dawn on leil Shavuos,...
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Why isn't there a Shalom Zachor equivalent for newborn girls?

The Rama in Yoreh Deah 265:12 brings the custom for a Shalom Zachor: עוד נהגו לעשות סעודה ומשתה בליל שבת לאחר שנולד זכר נכנסים אצל התינוק לטעום שם והוא ג"כ סעודת מצוה It is customary to make a ...
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Why don’t women say שלא עשני גויה and שפחה, according to Ashkenazim?

I see in Nusach Edos HaMizrach, women say שלא עשני גויה and שלא עשני שפחה, “Who did not make me a non-Jewess” and “Who did not make me a maidservant,” paralleling the men’s שלא עשני גוי and שלא עשני ...
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Which names are given at burial?

The custom is for the Chevra Kadisha to name a baby who dies before being named. What names are customarily used in this sad scenario?
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Why would Ashkenazim read a “double” haftarah for Parshat Pekudei in Israel?

All printed chumashim that I've seen list the following consecutive selections as the Ashkenazi hafatarot for Vayakhel and Pekudei: Vayakhel: Melachim I 7:40-50 Pekudei: Melachim I 7:51-8:21 (And ...
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Why dunk three times in a mikva?

Some Ashkenaz women dunk once in a mikva, some twice, and some three times. What is the basis or rationale for dunking three times?
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Learning Shorshei Hashemos

Can anyone Learn Shorshei Hashemos? Or is there a procedure one must go through before learning it? Does one have to be 40? Does he have to have grey hair? Does she have to know Tanach? Does he have ...
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Making a kiddush for a woman that has hard time finding shidduch

There is a belief that if one did not make a kiddush for the birth of his daughter and that woman is having a hard time finding a shidduch, then they should make a kiddush and it will help. I know ...
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Parameters of Poreitz Gader

What are the parameters for the curse of "Haporeitz Gader Yenashcho Nachash - One who breaks a fence should be bitten by a snake"? (Koheles, Avodah Zara 27b) What kind of halachos does this apply to? ...
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Pre-requisites for S'micha [duplicate]

What are the pre-requisites for getting a shmicha? Does he need to master only halacha or is gemara also compulsory? Is it different from rabbi to rabbi or does it depend on minhagim?
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Before Kedusha, bowing left, right then middle [duplicate]

Is there a source for the practice people have of bowing left, right then middle before Kedusha?
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Raising the heels after shemona esrei [duplicate]

I see many people that raise there heals after davening Shemona Esrei. Is there a source for this?
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Painting faces on Purim

I used to see people in a few places have a custom to paint (decorate) their faces on Purim. They explain it as because Hashem hid himself in the whole occasion of the story of purim and the meggilah ...
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Gravesite Kaddish

I have noticed at funerals that some people face the grave while saying Kaddish and at others face a different direction. Is there a reason for it for both ways?
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Does following another girsa allow me to be yotzei?

An extension of this question. If I have a particular girsa of davening that I have always said (either because it is an established family or shul minhag, or because I have adopted it and done it a ...
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Which non-garments really need to be tested for shaatnez?

Shaatnez (a mixture of wool and linen) is forbidden to be worn. I always thought this applied only to garments but, after looking at lists of items to be checked, I see that they also list many non-...
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Why not bend the knees in Alenu?

This OU source and dinonline say to bow at the waist in Alenu starting with the phrase "ve'anachnu kore'im" but not to bend the knees. Why not bend the knees for this phrase, given that it means just ...
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7 Adar, Tachanun and Leap Years

A followup to this question. For those who do not say tachanun on the birth/death anniversary of Moshe Rabbeinu, how do they handle leap years? Do they not say tachanun on the seventh of both months ...
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What does a typical USA Jewish household do to celebrate Sabbath?

I was raised in a not-very-observant home. I understand Friday dinner, blessing over Sabbath candles, blessing over bread, and blessing over wine, and I know that Havdalah comes at the end. But what ...
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Minhag not to return home directly after shiva visit?

I was doing a shiva visit today and, when leaving, someone said we shouldn't walk home directly but instead should take a stroll before returning home. I had never heard of that minhag - but it might ...
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Blessing children via a shaliach

Can blessing the children friday night be done via a shaliach if a child is away from home for Shabbat?
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Egg shell and pottery for a dead person?

A Shabbat guest told me that he had heard that there is a custom to put a cracked egg shell on a dead person's eyes and a piece of pottery in the dead person's mouth prior to burial. I'm completely ...
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Is white wine permitted between 6 and 7 o'clock?

This answer references the possibility that there is a distinction between red and white wine for those that are careful not to make kiddush between 6 and 7 o'clock. Are there any sources that mention ...
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What is the source for carrying candles down at a wedding?

I know that there are many explanations as to why many Jews have this custom (to commemorate the fire at har sinai, etc.), but where is the original source? Where originally did it come from? I have ...
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Congregational standing during Torah reading

In a number of shuls that I have attended, I have noticed that the congregation stands for certain sections of Torah readings. Specifically: Aseret Hadvarim - The 10 Commandments Az Yashir (song at ...
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Standing for kaddish

Most of the siddurim by Chacham Ovadia Yosef זצ"ל say to stand at the khatzi kaddish of Shabbat Arvit right before Kryat Shema. I have heard that this minhag is from the Ben Ish Chai (I don't exactly ...
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Pidyon Haben: Why bedek the child in Jewelry?

At every Pidyon Haben I've been to (all of them in Jerusalem) I have noticed that the baby is bedecked in Jewelry. Usually, it's the ladies present who remove their's and place it in the baby until ...
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Does Jewish law have a separate status for someone whose father is a Jew rather than simply grouping them with non-Jews? [duplicate]

Traditional standards on Judaism are clear about the topic. One is only legally Jewish if they have a matrilineal connection to the community. That being said, I've heard a few people throw around ...