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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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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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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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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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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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The minhag to read chapter 119 in Tehilim in Chanuka (Temney Api)

I heard that there is a minhag to read Chapter 119 in Tehilim (Psalms) every Chanuka Evening (Temney Api the name of the chapter). I also heard that each evening there are 4 letters of the chapter to ...
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Choosing a minhag based on ancestry

To roughly which year does a Jew, who does not descend from any mixed marriage, need to analyze his patrilineal ancestry to find out the minhag of your family? Also taking into account that many ...
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Is there any interest in eating a baked donut on Chanuka?

A person who for health reasons avoids eating fried foods. Can he make the minhag (custom) to eat a donut baked in the oven without oil on Chanuka? ​
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What are the sources and reason for the custom of Blessing Cup (Kos shel Bracha)- drinking a cup of wine after Shabbat morning lunch? [duplicate]

There is a custom that after the end of Birkat Hamazon at Shabbat morning lunch, someone takes cup of wine, bless before Bore Pri Hagefen, and afterwards Me'in Shalosh. What is the origin of this ...
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Throwing salt above one's shoulder

I would like to know if such a practice has of any sort a Jewish origin found in our Rabbinic literature.
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Can one Daven with the 'wrong' pronunciation?

Can one Daven (as the chazan or by himself) using a different pronunciation of letters / vowels than his minhag? For example, pronouncing a תּ and a ת (with and without a dagesh) the same, instead of ...
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Nusach of my family [closed]

Mordka Moszek Worcman (my great-great-grandfather of my direct patrilineal ancestry) was born in 1849 in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, and there were synagogues that followed the Minhag Polin (Misnagdim) ...
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What is my minhag? [closed]

My family is from the former soviet Union (Beltsy Moldova, but my great grandparents are from Otaki (Near Ribnitz), Skulen, and Rashkov. I never my parents were divorced, to the point where I do not ...
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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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Sources for auctioning/bidding on Simchas Torah

There is a widespread custom to bid for various kibbudim on Simchas Torah e.g. for each of the pesukim starting with אתה הראת לדעת. The practice is attributed to the Maharil - see the Sefer Taamei ...
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Why do shuls not announced which order of direction to shake the lulav?

By all means vote for this closed if it is not your experience (and therefore "opinion based") but why do shuls not announce which directions in which order we shake the arba minim according ...
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Eating garlic on Shabbat Yom Tov Evening

There is a Minhag (custom) of eating garlic on Shabbat evening. Is this minhag also valid on Shabbat Yom Tov?
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Eating Apples and saying Chakal Tapuhin in Shabbat Yom Tov or Rosh Hashana

There is a custom to eat apples on Shabbat, as well as saying (Hakal Tapuchin) "apple field Kaddishin". On Shabbat that falls on Yom Tov, as well as on Shabbat that falls on Rosh Hashanah, ...
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The Minhag to break specifically glass by Chatan leg in wedding

Why do you break a glass at a wedding and not something else like a plate at an engagement and perhaps something really valuable? And why exactly does the Chatan break the glass by his leg? Why not ...
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Why eating Rosh Hashan Simanim (signs) only in the evenings

The minhag (custom) is to see or eat Rosh simanim at the both Rosh Hashana evenings. It is also found in the Gemara ( תלמוד בבלי, מסכת כריתות, דף ה', עמוד ב' – דף ו', עמוד א) that the main point is to ...
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Saying Shirat Haberiah (song of creation) in Rosh Hashana

In Masechet Rosh Hashanah 32 B: it is stated that "no poetry is said on Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur". Is it possible to understand from this that it is not acceptable to say the song of ...
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Are the Rabbis currently talking?

What is the source for talking about the past writings of rabbis in present tense? E.g. rashi says. Instead of said. I understand the concept to be something along the lines of this pasuk: And these ...
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Change of Eida’s accent of Hebrew

Let’s say a certain Eida has a mesorah on how to enunciate Hebrew, and now their children learn Israeli Hebrew and within one generation it completely replaces the traditional way they used for more ...
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Apparent contradiction in the Rosh Hashanah menu/diet

On the one hand, on Rosh Hashanah we don’t eat sour/bitter foods, on the other hand we eat foods that have a negative connotation (see Orach Chaim 583:1) and apply them to our enemies - so why can’t ...
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Can I wear a Tish Bekishe

I like the look of Tish Bekishes, and my family comes from chassidim but we are not chassidish. My question is, do I have to have the minhag of wearing Bekishes in order to or can I just buy one and ...
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Not naming a child "Akiva" - minhag?

I recently spoke to a person who said that their rabbi advised them against naming their child "Akiva" because of his ill-fated death; it was some sort of negative omen. Regardless, the ...
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why do we lein both rishon and sheini of ki savo on monday/thursday/shabbos mincha?

i would assume it is to be able to link the parshios of bikurim and vidui maaser due to their similarities, but would like to see a source inside for it. thanks!
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