Questions tagged [minhag]

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Changing minhag by location

When moving to a new community, one should adopt the community's minhag, but when traveling to a different community, one should continue following the minhag of their ancestors. Halachically, what ...
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What are the customs and halachoth pertaining wearing to Rabenu Tam tefillin? [closed]

Many Jews have the custom to wear tefillin according to the opinion of Rashi with a blessing, remove them, and then switch to wearing tefillin according to the opinion of Rabenu Tam without reciting a ...
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Why is Yiddish still spoken today? [closed]

I understand that when Jews lived in European countries Yiddish was the language of the Jews due to the influence of Germany. Why do Jews outside of Europe, living in America and Israel or elsewhere, ...
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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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Is melava malkah obligatory or minhag

In Halacha, is the meal of Melava Malkah just an optional minhag, or is it obligatory Halacha? I would imagine the former category but I don’t know for certain.
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Splitting learning for a siyum

For various purposes such as the one discussed in Source for finishing the entire Mishnayos for Shloshim, people organize projects to complete some section of Torah (e.g. an order of Mishna) ...
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Engagement Pictures

I have heard in the past that there is a custom that the Chosson and Kallah should not pose for pictures together until they are married. This includes the engagement party and any other occasion. Is ...
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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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Heter for only doing birkat kohanim on Yom Tov

There is a minhag, a predominantly ashkenazc diaspora one, to only do Birkat Kohanim on Yom Tov. My question is what is the Heter for this? There is a general principle we don’t pass up mitzvot when ...
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Gelila - where to you place the Yad?

Gelila - I was taught that when you do Gelila for a Sefer Torah, the Yad should be placed on the Beraishit etz chayim (right side); I was recently asked if there is a source for this; I have been ...
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What customs does a divorced/widowed woman follow? (Ashkenazi/Sfardi -- hers or her ex-husband's?)

When a woman gets married, she takes on her husband's customs. Thus, an Ashkenazi woman marrying a Sfardi man gets to eat rice on Pesach (and vice versa). But what happens if she gets divorced, or if ...
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I heard that some Moroccan Taamim and/or Piyoutim originate from the zemirot/songs of the Leviim in the Beit Hamikdash. Are there Torah Sources?

I heard that some Moroccan Taamim and/or Piyoutim originate from the zemirot/songs of the Leviim in the Beit Hamikdash. Are there Torah Sources? I heard that the Hida wrote that there is a link ...
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Can one change his minhag to another (equally stringent) minhag?

This has probably been asked before, but I couldn't find the question: Can one change his minhag to another, equally stringent, minhag (without doing hataras nedarim)? So for example: if one ties his ...
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What kind of tefillin wrap on the wrist did Ashkenazi communities use in the past?

Most Ashkenazim now use a method in the form of ש such as this one: But were there any other methods? For example, one similar to the Sephardi way?
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Hataf-patah instead of sh'va na‘ in Sephardic and Ashkenazic tikkunim

In my Yeshiva, we have Sephardic tikkunim called, ״איש מצליח,״ basically the Sephardic equivalent of סימנים. I own an Ashkenazi tikkun (not סימנים). In my tikkun, sometimes a hataf-patah will appear ...
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Haftarah of double parsha

Why when we read a double parsha is the haftarah generally the haftarah of the second parsha?
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Bad omen to sew a garment while it is being worn

I've seen the "custom" by Jewish people, many times where someone will keep a piece of thread in their mouth while sewing a garment that is being worn. Is there any source for this?
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Looking at bottom of Kiddush cup - why?

I've seen in the past that it is proper to look into the Kiddush cup (iirc looking to the bottom of the cup) before making the blessing of boreh peri hagefen, i.e. when saying "savri...". I ...
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Is there a difference in minhag when it comes to tzitzit thickness on the tallit katan?I like the thick look, but what does that say to others?

As the title mentions, I prefer the look of thick tzitzit to thin, although I'm considering medium. But, is there a meaning or assumed minhag associated with the thickness of tzitzit on the tallit ...
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Why stand during Psalm 29 during Kabbalat Shabbat?

In the shuls I've davened in (American, Ashkenazi), we always stand during Psalm 29 during Kabbalat Shabbat. Why do we do this? What makes it different from the other psalms?
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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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Do Noahides have to accept the minhag/local custom of a particular Jewish community if they join their synagogue and move in there?

Generally, we know that if a Jew were to move into a new Jewish community, they would take on the local customs of the community as told. I am curious as to whether Noahides have the same obligation, ...
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Generations of non-observance necessary to do Baal Teshuva in a minhag different of minhag avot

Note this questions: Baal Teshuva Minhag ; Minhagim for someone with a non-Jewish father A Jewish woman having children with a non-Jew is already a lack of observance, so if just one non-observant ...
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Tentatively taking on a minhag or chumra

Noting that doing a positive action three times constitues a vow or something akin to a vow, what is the ideal way to tentatively take on a minhag (custom) or chumra (stringency)? Say a Sefardi is ...
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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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Jewish nachas (satisfaction)

What is the source of the phrase "a sach yiddishe nachas" ? Why specify 'jewish' ?
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Regarding the lighting the menorah, what is the reason why Ashkenazim follow a Sefardic Authority and vice versa

Concerning the lighting of the Chanukah menorah, Ashkenazim follow the Rambam, who was a Sefardic authority who says, “Every member of a household should light their own Menorah.” Sefardim observe ...
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What is the source (if any) for using a six-wicked candle for Havdalah?

I have often heard that there is a Minhag to use specifically a six-wicked candle for Havdalah to represent the six workdays of the week. However I have not been able to locate a source for this. The ...
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Ashkenazic and Sephardic tefillin

There are tefillin shel yad where the handle is on one side of the box and the knot is on the other, and there are also tefillin shel had where the handle and the knot are on the same side of the box. ...
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Source for finishing the entire Mishnayos for Shloshim

Lo aleinu someone has passed away in my life, and I am wondering about the customs that relate to aveilus. I have noticed that people have the custom of splitting the entire Mishnayos to be learned ...
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Minhag hamakom, minhag avot, tefillah in synagogue, minhag at home

We suppose that a Jew lives in a city where there are synagogues that follow his minhag avot, but in that city there are also synagogues that do not follow his minhag avot. Halakhically, can he do the ...
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How is a Jew to learn laws according to his custom

I am wondering a Jew is supposed to learn the laws of Judaism in a matter that applies to Jews particulary. I would like to use myself to exemplefy my point. I am a Sephardic and did not find any ...
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Sources for Minhag of 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 (i.e. Gur) ...
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Saying Amein in a Tefilla

In certain prayers, the congregation interjects the word Amein after certain words/phrases. In The Ya'aleh V'yavo, I hear it in the last section, amidst these three statements זָכְרֵנוּ ה' ...
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Looking at impure phenomenon

This question posits that, as per the extent of my research, the source for pregnant women not gazing at tameh animals is from the sefer kav hayashar 2:7. Which doesn't mention anything about pregnant ...
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Prussian Jews and tallit gadol

The custom of Jews from Prussia (German Poland) was wear tallit gadol from bar mitzvah or from marriage? And the custom of Ashkenazi Jews from Belgium?
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Tallit gadol used since bar mitzvah or since marriage

The custom to use tallit gadol from bar mitzvah is applied to Ashkenazi Jews from all regions were Western Yiddish was traditionally spoken? Or in some these regions (Dutch-speaking areas, Belgium, ...
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Are there any potential issues with a Chabad tallis?

In an effort to reclaim some of my original minhagim pre-Chabad, I have started wearing a tallis for Shacharis, despite being unmarried. I like the distinct striping pattern on a Chabad tallis, but I’...
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Looking at Shabbat candles during Kiddush - why?

I've seen in the past that it is proper to look at the candles when saying "yom hashishi" during Friday night Kiddush. I think it is a Sefardi thing, but I can't find any reference to it in ...
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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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Why Hat Brim Up?

Rav Chaim Kanievsky zt"l would often tell people to wear the brim of their hat up. Why was he makpid, and was this written in any of his seforim?
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What makes something "chukat goyim?"

One of the most famous examples I have heard is that one should not even tie one's shoes like the non-Jews do in times of persecution. That seems rather excessive. What if the Jews started doing some ...
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Reason behind pinky during hagba

Why do people lift their pinkies during Hagba?
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Halakhic definition of location to follow a minhag

Halakha says that a Jew must follow the minhag of the location where he lives. How far from the residence is considered the same location as the residence, in terms of minhag? Is it 2000 amot, 18 ...
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Am Yisroel Chai - Source? [duplicate]

Besides for this story of Rabbi Yonasan Aibshitz, is there any other source for the phrase "Am Yisroel Chai"?
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Can a Sefardi name a baby after a living Ashkenazi?

I believe that Ashkenazim generally have a minhag that it is not allowed to name babies after a living person, whereas Sefardim do name after living people. Can a Sefardi name a baby after a living ...
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Proper day and time for a Shloshim Seuda

Per Chabad.org: "Traditionally, families gather on the eve of the Shloshim to share support, recite prayers and Psalms, and to give charity in the merit of the deceased. Many will also make a Siyum, ...
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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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Does the Minhag to say Barchi Nafshi after Shabbat Mincha in winter include Shabbat Chanuka

Does the minhag (Ashkenazi Nusach Sfard) to say Barchi Nafshi after Shabbat Mincha in winter include Shabbat Chanuka? Are there any Shabbatot that the minhag is not to say Barchi Nafshi? According to ...
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Do some communities still allow more mingling between the sexes on Tu B'Av?

Do some communities still allow more mingling between the sexes on Tu B'Av? I understand that this used to be a custom, in addition to allowance of a more relaxed approach to women's tznius on that ...

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