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Why is Baruch-Hu-Uvaruch-Shmo answered only in the brachos after the Haftorah, but not in the bracha before?

As far as I recall, the minhag in all Ashkenaz shuls which I have ever attended, was not to answer Baruch-Hu-Uvaruch-Shmo to the name of Hashem in the Bracha which is said before the Haftorah, but in ...
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The kittel as tachrich

I recently heard and was extremely moved by the idea that the kitlen worn on Pesach, Yom Kippur, and under the chuppah are intended to resemble tachrichim -- and are, in some cases, the actual ...
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Chaba''d doesn't follow minhag hamakom?

My shul davens "standard" Nusach Sfard. During Shabbat mincha, the sha''tz was a Chaba''d chasid. While we were returning the Torah, the sha''tz started saying Kaddish. (Nusach Chaba''d/Ari only says ...
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Switching back to a seat in Aveilut

There is a practice for a mourner to change his seat in Shul -- there are many different opinions about when and how. If, during the period of mourning, the mourner suffers another loss, so he ...
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Mogein Ovos and Veshomru - kahal then chazan

Are there any mekoros/reasons as to why many siddurim say that Veshomru (on Friday night after Hashkiveinu) and Mogein Ovos (in brocho mei'ein sheva) should be said by the congregation first and then ...
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Why does Nusach Sefard omit Tachanun during Mincha?

In many, if not all, of the Nusach Sefard synagogues I've prayed at, the synagogue does not say Tachanun during Mincha during regular weekdays. What is the source for this practice?
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Starting a new job in the Three Weeks

In response to "What things are restricted in the 3 weeks"? there is no mention of a restriction to start a new job. Is there a source that recommends that one should not start a new job in the 3 ...
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Source for putting the orlah in earth/sand specifically from Israel after a bris?

A Mohel in America once asked me to bring some earth/sand from Israel to America for him to bury the orlahs (foreskins) in after doing a Bris. Does anyone here know of a source for putting the orlah ...
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Custom to daven Maariv motsei Shabbos for the omud prior to yahrzeit

What is the source of the Minhag to daven Ma'ariv Motsei Shabbos for the Omud prior to one's Yahrzeit the coming week ?
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Line break before למען ירבו ימיכם

In most of my prayer books there is a line break before למען ירבו ימיכם in the second chapter of the Shema (see also this one from Vilna or Zhytomyr): וְהָיָ֗ה אִם־שָׁמֹ֤עַ תִּשְׁמְעוּ֙ אֶל־...
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Why don't I see the minhag to put grass in shul?

The Rema brings a minhag to put grass and other herbage in shul for Shavuos. I've seen this practiced only once. Why don't more Ashkenazi shuls follow this minhag? I feel some would be tempted to say ...
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Is reading Toldos Yesh"u on Nittle-Nacht minhag? Who keeps it?

Toldos Yesh"u is a medevil polemical Hebrew text or related texts that describe a story of Yesh"u ha Notsri. It is not cerain when first written but scholars guess anywhere from 500 to 1000 CE. I want ...
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Skipping the last verse in Aleinu

I was recently in Jerusalem for a period of time and while I was there, I would join a minyan at a nearby yeshiva for mincha every day. At the end of mincha, the person davening from the amud would ...
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Pronouncing “O” (Cholam) as “Oy”?

Typically in the Yeshivish world, the "O" sound is pronounced as "Oy" (i.e. "Moydim Anachnu Loch"). Where does this come from?
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Lag baomer and non-chasidic Jews

Besides the halakhot (not saying tachanun, possibility of weddings, cutting hair, listening to music etc.), were/are there any particular Lag baomer customs for non-mekubal/chasidic Jews? For example, ...
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Kaddish deRabbanan during public prayers

As a follow-up of this interesting question, I would like to take one step back. Most say Kaddish deRabanan after the morning Korbanot (see Emden), Ein kEloheinu and Bameh Madlikin. In contrast, ...
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Chometz Gamur after Pesach, buying and eating

For someone who is machpid not to sell chometz gamur, but either burns, gives away, eats or throws it in the trash, etc, before Pesach, would he also be machpid not to buy and consume chometz gamur ...
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Who organized the Haftarot and when?

If I'm not mistaken, Masechet Megillah mentions a few haftarot, I think, mainly for Yom Tov. I don't recall much mentioned about the weekly Shabbat haftarot. In most Chumashim, I noticed that there ...
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Owning a pair of Tefillin, Halacha or convenience?

I came to the realization* that every single Bar Mitzva boy gets his own pair of Tefillin, and that in general everyone seems to make sure to only use their own pair of Tefillin. Interestingly, by ...
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Is it obligatory / recommended / permitted / discouraged / forbidden to tie a red thread to a child's crib?

The comments to this question discuss tying to a red thread to a child's crib. Garvey80 claims that it is a minhag yisrael to do so, and is thus obligatory. User6591 claims that it may be forbidden, ...
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When does a practice become a minhag? [duplicate]

What are the criterion for a practice to become a minhag? Just because we do something over and over does that make it a minhag? Changing a minhag can be difficult but how does one actually get ...
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Do Noachides have minhagim?

According to Judaism, do Gentiles have minhagim as it relates to how they live out the Seven Laws of Noah, or are they capable of having or establishing them? If Gentiles can/do have minhagim, are ...
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Why has a single daled knot become the “standard” on tefillin?

It has been brought to my attention that originally, both Ashkenazim and Sephardim used a square knot (also called the "double-daled knot") on the tefillin shel rosh, but when the daled knot was ...
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Source for using a cloth between the hand and negel vasser cup when washing?

I used to use a cloth between the hand and negel vasser cup when washing because I saw others (chassidim) doing it in Monsey, but I stopped because I've never seen a reason for it in halacha. I'll ...
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Visiting the graves of Tzadikim on chol hamoed

I was recently informed that there is a minhag (custom) to not visit graves on chol hamoed. Does this apply to visiting the graves of tzadikim?
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Why is corn kitnius? [duplicate]

The reason why potatoes isn't kitnius is because it wasn't out there when they made the kitniyut rule, but did they have corn on that time so it should be kitnius?
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My family uses tomatoes for karpas, is there a mekor for using tomatoes for karpas?

My family minhag is to use tomatoes for karpas, what is the mekor for this and do any of you guys on miyodeya use tomatoes for karpas as well.
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Giving haircuts during Sefira

There is a widespread minhag not to take haircuts during Sefira, in a way to mourn the students of Rabbi Akiva who died. Would I be allowed to give another Jew (who didn't have the minhag or is ...
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A dying man designates a disciple to care for his mother — does that carry any legal weight in Judaism?

(I originally asked this question on Christianity.SE, and was redirected here for a better understanding of the Jewish laws and culture.) I’m hoping someone can help me concerning ancient Jewish laws ...
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End of Chapter Trope in Megillah [duplicate]

It is a common custom of many baalei keriah (public readers of scripture) to do a special Trope for the end of every chapter in a Megillah (listen e.g. here at ~13 minutes). Given that, historically, ...
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How can we not say an after bracha on Kiddush wine during the seder

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 473:2) rules that after the first cup at the seder, one doesn't make an after bracha. The Mishnah Berurah (s.k. 11) explains that we rely on benching after the meal to cover it, ...
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Sources about door-opening at the Seder

In Would there be anything wrong with opening the door earlier at the seder?, the OP lists two possible reasons for opening the door at the Seder, neither of which has any solid sourcing mentioned in ...
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Would there be anything wrong with opening the door earlier at the seder?

We open the door at Shfoch chamatcha. I have heard that it is to invite Eliyahu, or to show a lack of worry on a leil shimurim. But would it be acceptable to open the door before ha lachma anya, when ...
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Source for the Chazon Ish saying that long jackets are preferable?

I have heard it first hand from no less than two different rabbis, and seen it in various places (unsourced*) that the Chazon Ish held that short jackets were not tznius, and this is why certain ...
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Other reasons to start teaching children with Vayikra

The Midrash (Tanchuma Tzav #14, Vayikra Rabbah 7:3) advises one to start teaching their children with parshas Vayikra, since the korbonos are pure, just like children are pure. This is brought by the ...
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Why are the hoshanot left on top of the Aron until Erev Pesach?

Follow up to minhag for throwing hoshanot on top of the aron: I've noticed that nearly all the shuls that have the hoshanot on top of the aron keep them there until Erev Pesach, and then they burn it ...
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Minhag to leave an area of the wall unpainted: does it need to be unpainted, or can it be painted another color?

I found this: http://www.jewishtreats.org/2014/07/a-house-unfinished.html it says "there are some minority opinions that permit one to mark the zeicher l’churban by painting an appropriate size square ...
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Beracha on hallel on in a shul where they dont make a beracha [duplicate]

If an ashkenazi davens in a shul where the minhag is not to make a beracha on half hallel on rosh chodesh or the last 6 days of pesach, should they still make a beracha on hallel?
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What happens when the neshama has an aliya?

there is a common practice to learn torah for someone who is deceased 'l'iluy nishmato/a' - to raise her/his soul. There is also a common (american/ashkenazik?) custom for a relative of a deceased ...
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Kitnyot and hatarat nedarim

Can a Ashkenazi do hatarat nedarim on kitnyot? According to Halachipedia the Rosh holds that one can do hatarat nedarim (annuling of a Neder) on a meritorious personal minhag. The pri chadash says ...
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Whose opinion / custom for tying tzitzit is this?

I recently saw a hassidic gentleman in shul, with tzitzit tied in a way I had never seen before. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to speak to him, and I was wondering which opinion / custom he ...
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Why are some makpid on a “double covering”? [duplicate]

All my life, when the question arises why we wear a black hat over our yarmulkes, the answer is that we do so to have a "double covering" when we pray. This implies that one covering, such as the ...
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What are the abstract “patterns” on the edges of the paper of Jewish seforim? [duplicate]

I've always wondered but never thought to ask: what are these abstract paper patterns on some Jewish seforim? As the two books in bottom center of example photo: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jbhcKUqaVsA/...
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Shalom Aleichem repetition on Friday night

What are the sources that suggest to sing each stanza of Shalom Aleichem on Friday night only once as opposed to repeating them 3 times?
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Order of psalms in Pesukei deZimra

Both Ashkenazim and Sephardim add various psalms to Pesukei deZimra on Shabbath and on holidays. Rambam mentions Psalm 92, 136, 121–124, but are there any sources why these particular psalms were ...
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Sending Mishloach Manos [duplicate]

All Jews are obligated to send mishloach manos on Purim (based on Esther 9:22). If I plan to send mishloach manos to a friend via the mail, must I send them to where the package will arrive on Purim ...
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Zayin Adar customs

As tomorrow is Zayin Adar (and I'm a bit fed up with PTIJ), I was trying to find sources that Moses was born and died on Zayin Adar, and it was more difficult as it is widely known. For the record, it ...
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History of How to Recite Kel Adon [duplicate]

In the Shabbos shacharis birkos kerias shema, there is a poem referred to as Kel Adon that we say. In some congregations, the custom is to say the stanzas responsively, with the chazzan saying each ...
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Why say V'Hu Rachum at Ma'ariv only when saying Barchu?

Siddurim usually print Psalms 78:38 and 20:10 (V'Hu Rachum) before Barchu at the beginning of the evening service. It is my understanding that it is desirable to begin a service with a psalm as ...
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Verses before wrapping hand tefillin on your fingers

Many Ashkenazim recite the following verses before wrapping hand tefillin on their hands: וּמֵחָכְמָתְךָ אֵל עֶלְיוֹן תַּאֲצִיל עָלַי, וּמִבִּינָתְךָ תְּבִינֵנִי. וּבְחַסְדְּךָ תַּגְדִּיל עָלַי, ...

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