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Minhag of reading end of Parshat Emor with an undertone

Good morning, Last Shabbat for Parshat Emor, I noticed that our experienced baal Koreh read the end of the Parsha about the episode of the Mekalel aka the blasphemer with an undertone. After services, ...
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What is the minhag for a secular couple who become Baalei Teshuvah

According to Halacha, minhag of a married couple follows the husband. What is the Halacha about the minhag for a secular married couple who become Baalei Teshuvah later on? What about a religious ...
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Why walk Backwards away from Ark - ארון קדש

I have observed a custom in which some people do not turn there back to the Aron kodesh when walking away from it, such as when they are done closing it after returning the sefer torah. I am looking ...
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Different shitos in halachah

If one holds like a certain shita in halachah. Then acts in accordance to a different shita in halachah, other then what he holds. is his action valid because there is still some shitos in halachah ...
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Learning Shuvuos night

What's the reason we stay up to learn on Shuvuos night? If the reason is because we woke up late for Matan Torah then why don't we just wake up for the earliest shacharis and be on time?
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Why is the last bereita in Avot often said before Kaddish?

In many minyanim I have attended there is often some form of torah learning after prayers have been completed and then someone (usually the teacher conducting the learning) will recite the last ...
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Sefardi Tachanun in Ashkenazi Shul (and the converse) - Poresh Min Hatzibbur? If so, what to do?

The title captures the question perfectly. (Many modern*) Sefardi Tachanun procedures are very visibly different from standard Ashkenazi procedures. Ashkenazim fall on their face (Many modern) ...
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Where does it say in the Gemara How to build the Batim for Teffilin?

BH Hi where does it say in The Gemara how to make tefillin batim?
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Moving place minhaguim

Let's say a convert adopts minhag A in Erets Israel. Then he moves to Houtz Laaretz when there is only a minhag hamakom B which he must follow. Then he moves back to Israel where minhag B is also ...
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Is there a concept of sexual transmutation in Torah?

Hi in some of the certain secular books I have seen before taking Torah more seriously for example in Think and Grow Rich it says that a person can transmute (transform) the energy of his Zera to ...
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Minhaguim for a convert how to make the best choice advices [duplicate]

I know that a convert can choose his minhag as whatever he wants. But how to make the best choice according to the Torah logic? As the convert is considered as a newborn, which minhag should he follow?...
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Minhag to not sleep in socks to show that we aren't shedim?

My wife told me that she heard a shiur that claimed that there was a minhag to not sleep with socks on so that others can see that we don't have chicken feet and aren't a sheid/demon because of this ...
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Source for minhag to not eat whole hard boiled eggs?

I know people (including myself) who don't eat whole hard-boiled eggs, i.e. after boiling the egg they cut the egg in half or quarters and then eat it. The reason I heard was that eating an egg whole ...
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Wearing a Bendel Minhag Chabad

Minhag Chabad is to wear a Gartel (generally called a Bendel) all the time under the shirt. This accomplishes 2 things: Separates the heart and Erva for davening etc. Keeps the Tzitzis in place so ...
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Order of holding Tzitzis by Krias Shma

The Lubavitcher Rebbe writes in Hayom Yom of 22 Sivan: לאמירת והביאנו לשלום כו' מחברים תחלה ב' הציציות דלפניו, אח"כ [אחר כך] מצרפים ציצית כנף השמאלי דלאחוריו, אח"ז [אחר זה] ציצית דכנף הימין ...
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How to recite Modeh Ani

I've seen the Minhag (look here) to recite Modeh Ani with ones hands clasped together by the chest, tilted slightly to the left and head bowed. Where does this Minhag originated from and what is the ...
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Why should the kippah under the hat be visible (chareidi "dress code")?

It is customary in many chareidi communities to push the kippah out from under the hat so that it should be visible. (I personally like this custom very much since it gives me pride of my Torah ...
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Haftarot for Acharei Mot and Kedoshim

There seems to a lot of confusion and many different customs surrounding the choice of haftarah for Acharei Mot and Kedoshim, especially in Ashkenazi communities, and especially in a year like this ...
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Tefillin removal on chol hamoed - first day vs the other days

For those that wear tefillin on chol hamoed, there seems to be a widespread minhag to remove tefillin on the first day of chol hamoed before mussaf, yet on the other days, one does so earlier - before ...
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Source for Jewish superstition

Growing up I was always told that there is reason in Jewish practice not to step over someone, and if one accidentally did, one should step back over them to remove the bad-I guess I would call it act....
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What is the source for performing a levaya for a burnt sefer torah

Unfortunately due to a recent tragic mishap a sefer torah was burnt in a shul fire. The community is conducting a levaya in similar incidents a levaya was also performed. I understand that sifrei ...
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Minhag to say ”emet toratenu hakedosha” before torah blessing

Ive heard people at my shul saying the words “emet toratenu hakedosha” before saying the bracha after the torah reading. What is the source for this minhag? Would this pose a halachic issue, as it is ...
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Minhag Oberland Selling Chametz

Does anyone by any chance know if the oberlander minhag is to sell chametz or not? Thank you very much
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Can you taste-test multiple brands of matzah, even if your custom is not to eat matzah before Passover begins?

There is a common practice not to eat matzah preceding Pesach, either on erev Pesach or in the weeks before. The reason for this is so that matzah will be eaten on the Seder night with gusto. Faced ...
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Source for the practice of praying while attending a circumcision? [closed]

I've heard of a practice for those attending a circumcision to pray during the circumcision. Is there any known source for this?
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Is it obligatory to eliminate a mistaken custom?

Are there any halachic authorities who indicate that it is not just permissible to ignore a mistaken custom (minhag ta'ut) but actually obligatory to eliminate such a custom?
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Tucking Tzitzis knots in

It seems that the minhag of a lot of people is to have their Tzitzis strings hanging out while their knots are tucked in. Is there a known source for this 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jewish nachas (satisfaction)

What is the source of the phrase "a sach yiddishe nachas" ? Why specify 'jewish' ?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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