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Sephardi refers to Jews deriving from Spain; Mizrachi refers to Jews from Eastern (mainly Muslim) countries. Customs of the two groups are very similar.

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Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu’s writings

Is there a source online for halachic writings of Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu zt’’l? He was a Sephardic chief rabbi, did he publish any books of Halacha or responsa?
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Hashkiveinu Avinu Vs Hashkiveinu Hashem Elokeinu

In the bracha of Hashkiveinu, in ma'ariv, Ashkenazim (at least, all Ashkenazi communities and siddurim I've seen) start the bracha with השכיבנו ה' אלוקינו Whereas all Sefardi communities and ...
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Wearing teffilin of different minhag

Are Sephardim allowed to wear ashkenazi teffilin or Ashkenazim allowed to wear Sephardic teffilin? If so, would they still make a berakha? Could one purchase kosher teffilin of a different custom if ...
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Ben ish chai vs shulchan aruch

Are there any examples of Halachic questions where the Ben ish Chai “disagrees” with the shulchan aruch? Like I would imagine due to time and geography there may have been some questions answered in ...
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Various groups and individuals and their relation to a specific tribe

1.Is there anyone who attributes the tribe/kingdom of Yehudah to Sefardim, and the tribe/kingdom of Yosef to Ashkenazim (at least in the spiritual sense), as per Ovadiah 1:18? are there any pairs of ...
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What is the source for the differences of coverings between a Sephardic and Ashkenazik Sefer Torah

Typically an Ashkenazik Sefer Torah (image 1) scroll is covered first by a cloth binding ('gartel') and then a cloth cover. a Sephardic Sefer Torah (image 2) is typically enclosed in a wooden box. Is ...
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Sefaradi Tefillin Hand Wrapping

I'm curious about the significance of the standard Sefaradi minhag of creating a daled on the hand with the tefillin retzuot in two sets of parallel lines? The Baghdadi/Hacham Ovadia method seems to ...
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fringes on sephardic tiztzit

I saw many Ashkenazim have fringes on wool Tzitzit like on a Tallit. I don't see Sephardim having it on tzitzit though. Is this an Ashkenazi Minhag? Basically, fringes look like this
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Sefaradi Tzitzit Minhag

I'm curious about the different minhagim Sefaradi/Mizrahi communities have around tying tzitzit 10/5/6/5 (Yod-Kei-Vav-Kei) vs. 7/8/11/13. From what I already understand, 10/5/6/5 was the "...
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Why Sephardim say לברכה after משיב הרוח

After the chazzan says משיב הרוח in the chazara, most Sephardim reply לברכה, as if to say Gd should only bring rain for blessing and not to cause any harm. But if we know based off the first Mishnah ...
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Deliberately congeal fatty sauce before/on Shabbat so it can be put on the blech in the morning?

According to SA OH 318:16 sefardim may deliberately place a dish that has congealed fat onto a blech, even though it will melt and become a liquid. The principle of "en bishul achar bishul" (...
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Has the Yalkut Yosef been translated into English in its entirety?

I know work on the Yalkut Yosef (English) Saka Edition has been ongoing, but I was wondering if all volumes have now been released or if there’s an estimated release date for when all the books will ...
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What is the difference between the Benayahu and the Ben Yehoyada?

Among his many sefarim, the Ben Ish Chai wrote the Ben Yehoyada and the Benayahu, each an exposition on the Aggadita in the Gemara. First he wrote the Ben Yehoyada, then the Benayahu. Why are they two ...
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Where does the Ben Ish Hai speak about the spread of Kabbalah in Od Yosef Hai

I recall once hearing that the Ben Ish Hai in Od Yosef Hai proves that Kabbalah is true by showing that there are mysterious things in the world that can only be explained by Kabbalah. He also ...
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Are there seforim printed by North African sefardi achronim of the last 250 years

Sometimes I hear stories about sefardi achronim from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Tangier and their rabonim, and wonder if they had any seforim printed. Obviously nowadays we have contemporary seforim ...
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“Poteach Et Yadecha” Before Hamotzie

It is a known Minhag among Sepharadim before Hamotzie to say the pasukim “Eyine Kol Elecha Yesaberu… Poteach Et Yadecha…” I’m trying to hunt the original source for this minhag - the best I can find ...
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Does The Entire Orthodox World Hold Rashi In The Same Regard?

I know how integral Rashi’s Torah Commentary is in the Askenaz community (in their Yeshivot they begin teaching it pretty much as soon as kids can read). I was wondering if this was also true in the ...
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Sefardi/Mizrahi rulings on non-Orthodox denominations

I'm aware why Chatam Sofer and R Feinstein had such harsh and castigating stances on associating/celebrating with non-Orthodox Jews or entering those prayer spaces, as they were actively fighting the ...
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Rabbi Yosef Maman and the Bukharian Jews

According to Wikipedia, Rabbi Yosef Maman, a Shad"ar who came to Bukhara in the late 18th century, discovered that the Bukharian Jews believed they were descendants of the Ten Tribes and used the ...
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Does a large storeroom require a mezuza according to the Sefardi/Mizrachi ruling? [duplicate]

Question relates to apartment in Israel with maksan - מחסן (store room) on a different floor than the apartment.
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Do some Sephardi women accept Shabbat at Kiddush rather than with the lighting of the candles?

I heard that some Sephardi women accept Shabbat at Shabbat Kiddush rather than with the lighting of the Shabbat candles. Is this true and if so where is the source for this?
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Why do sefardim have the minchag of using the mothers name on the tombstone and when praying for the deceased?

I was told that the sefardi custom, based on the Chida, is to use the mother's name of the deceased when praying for the deceased and on the tombstone. For example: Moshe was born to Sarah and Yaakov; ...
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Sefardi Hilchot aveilut online

Do we have any sefardi Halachic book (pdf format) in English dealing with Hilchot Aveilut Online? I need it a bit urgently to study it this Tisha b'Av.
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Do decorations on glasses absorb? [closed]

We are Sephardic and follow the opinion that glasses can be used for both meat and milk, whether hot or cold, because glass never absorbs. According to this opinion, are glasses with decorations on ...
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How did the mesorah for how to put on tefillin change? [duplicate]

I understand that there are many differences in customs between Ashkenazi and Sefardi Jews, since they follow the rulings of the sages from their own communities. The differences in pronunciation (...
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What is the origin of the "divine name" of דיקרנוסא

I noticed this kabbalistic holy name "דיקרנוסא" mentioned in the Amidah of a Edot haMizrach siddur in the extra supplications, and apparently it is not allowed to be pronounced. It sounds like it is ...
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Distinguishing kamatz and patach in tefillin blessing

About the blessing when donning the tefillin Orach Chayim 25:7 says: יברך להניח בקמץ תחת הה"א ולא בפתח ובדגש:‏ He should bless lehaniach with kamatz under the hei and not with patach and dagesh. ...
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Virtual Pessah seder?

Today (25 March 2020) a group of 14 Sephardic rabbis in Israel approved the holding of virtual seders, provided the video conference is operating before the start of Pessah and left running after the ...
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Ashkenazic vs Sephardic Kaddish

1 - The Sephardic Kaddish has this extra line near the beginning: וְיַצְמַח פֻּרְקָנֵהּ וִיקָרֵב מְשִׁיחֵהּ -- May His salvation blossom and His Messiah be near. The Ashkenazic Kaddish omits ...
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List of establishing rabbis for each set of minhagim [closed]

I am a baal teshuva who is becoming orthodox and wondering what customs to hold. Is there a list of important rabbis who set minhagim (ie ashkenazi, sephardi yekki, chabad, notable subgroups, etc) and ...
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Is switching customs allowed?

To what extent are, say, Ashkenazic Jews halachically obligated to follow Ashkenazic customs by, say, refraining from eating kitniyot on Pessah? Chullin 110a-b says: Follow the restrictions of the ...
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Eshet Chayil in the Tunisian service

I was in a Tunisian-custom synagogue recently. As many synagogues do, it had signs hanging on the walls containing texts that people will often need to say while not holding a prayer book (a generic ...
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Differences in Tznius between Sefaradim and Ashkenazim?

I've noticed that many of my Sefaradi friends seem to practice Tzenius (laws of Modesty) different than Ashkenazim. Is there actually a difference in halakhot about this? And if there are can someone ...
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Eating an Egg Whole

Is there a basis for this custom that one may not bite into an egg which is still whole, but must be first cut or broken in two, unless it's a time of mourning (aveilut) and only then the egg is ...
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Livorno siddurim

Since my old siddur is on the process of dying, I am in the market for a new siddur. I understand that some of the reprints of the Livorno siddurim in print today have incorporated some changes to the ...
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What is the stance of Sephardi Poskim on electric shavers?

In this pdf compilation provided by Koshershaver, it makes the claim that Sephardim cannot shave because 1) Rav Ovadia in Yabia Omer said that a razor that removes more than a stubble is like a ...
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Which mourning laws does an Ashkenazi son follow after his Sefardi mother's death?

An Ashkenazi son (his father was a Yekke) who mourns after his Sefardi mother - does he follow Ashkenazi Minhagim of Avelut (Kaddish for 11 months exactly for example) of Sefardi?
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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 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 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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Most favourable time to daven?

According to Sephardim, what is the most favourable time to daven: Shaharit, Mincha and Arvit?
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Why "מַה שֶּׁשָּׁתִינוּ יִהְיֶה לִרְפוּאָה"?

Some Sephardim have this toward the end of the after-meal prayer: מַה שֶּׁאָכַלְנוּ יִהְיֶה לְשָׂבְעָה וּמַה שֶּׁשָּׁתִינוּ יִהְיֶה לִרְפוּאָה In my own, loose translation: May what we ate be ...
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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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How are Sephardi Sifrei Torah assembled?

I rarely daven in Sephardi shuls, so I'm curious as to how Sephardi Sifrei Torah are "assembled" from the time it is written on parchment until it is put into the case. Ashkenazi Sifrei Torah are "...
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Is there a siddur for the Jews of Aden?

Do Adenim (Jews from the Yemenite city of Aden) have a nusach and a siddur unique to them?
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Online mishna with vowels (according to sephardic tradition)

I would appreciate if anybody could help me in finding an online mishna vowelised in accordance with the sephardic tradition (i.e. following the Livorno prints opposed to the Vilna ones). Thanks in ...
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Sephardi burial in a talit

In the Shulchan Aruch (YD 351), the Mechebar writes that a man is buried in a talit with tzitzit, and the Rema adds that the tzitzit are made posul. Some googling (as well as checking with my local ...
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Do contemporary non-Ashkenazim give challah to a kohen in chutz la’aretz?

Rambam Hilchot Bikkurim 5:8 and 5:10 and Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah 322:4-5 rule that in chutz la’aretz one can either: separate two challot, burn one and give the other to be eaten by any kohen ...
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Is there a movement to centralize Rabbinical authority through all Jewish communities?

Due to the exile, Jewish civilization ended up splintering off into various sub-groups. Ashkenazim Sephardim/Mizrahim etc. Through this division, Judaism developed a series of "flavors" with ...
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Who wrote the Sephardi hoshanot?

Who wrote the Sephardi hoshanot? The name יוסף בר יצחק is all over the acrostics, but who was he?
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