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same axial place.) The sections were made by winding two strings around rather than one. This method of tying is one I've never seen before and I wanted to know if it is an identifiable minhag, and if it is indeed the standard Conservative method of tying. …
asked Sep 22 '13 by WAF
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What is the single most widely practiced minhag (religious Jewish practice that's not mandated by halacha) among Jews in the United States today? By "widely practiced" I mean practiced by the most people. …
asked Oct 17 '10 by WAF
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The Ram"a brings down in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 296:1 that two customs exist entailing spilling out wine at havdala: Spilling during the b'racha on the wine to symbolize having an abundance of …
answered May 15 '11 by WAF
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This site (which I've never heard of) cites a number of sources for the practice of reciting the paragraph, one of which ostensibly relates to specifically reading it off of קלף, the others of which p …
answered Dec 19 '10 by WAF
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What is the single most widely practiced minhag among Jews in Israel today? By "widely practiced" I mean practiced by the most people. …
asked Oct 17 '10 by WAF
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Is there a nusach hat'fila in which the 16th b'racha of the amida begins with "אב הרחמן" at shacharis only and skips those words at other t'filos? I heard recently that this is in fact printed in som …
asked Dec 17 '10 by WAF
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Why do many people read the passage (known as אדרא זוטא) from Zohar about the death of Rabbi Shim'on ben Yochai at memorial ceremonies? A description of it can be found here.
asked Mar 31 '11 by WAF
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In D'varim 22, the pasuk commanding placement of tzitziyos on 4-cornered garments immediately precedes the pasuk describing/commanding getting married. The juxtaposition gave rise to the minhag of …
answered May 22 '11 by WAF
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The compilation Pardes Eli'ezer lists the following explanations: Based on the same L'vush source cited by @msh210, Lechem Sh'lomo says the particular happiness felt upon receiving the Torah owed to …
answered Jun 1 '12 by WAF
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(D'varim 6:8) וּקְשַׁרְתָּם לְאוֹת עַל יָדֶךָ From this פסוק it is understood that the arm t'filin should serve "as a sign for you" in the sense of "exclusively for you", in which case they shoul …
answered Jun 19 '11 by WAF
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Otzar Ta'amei Haminhagim (cf.) explains that it is a remnant of a time when the spoken language was Aramaic. Since the primary purpose of s'fira is the keeping track of days it is preferable to count …
answered Apr 29 '11 by WAF
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Nit'ei Gavri'el on the topic quotes the Shulchan Aruch to say that the veil should be opaque from the outside and should not be ornamented with gold and silver thread. The reason for opacity seems to …
answered Aug 17 '11 by WAF
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The Shach (Yoreh De'ah 179:11) ruled that "God" spelled in a foreign language does NOT have the status of a "shem" and thus may be erased, lehatkhila. For more information, you can read this articl …
answered May 20 '12 by WAF
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The reason not to say a partial pasuk is that we have a rule "not to punctuate the Torah where Moshe Rabenu did not punctuate it." This means that we may not quote phrases or clusters of words in isol …
answered Aug 7 '11 by WAF
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Among the many hagada versions in use at the seder I attended this year, some of them included Shir Hama'alos before birkas hamazon in the "Barech" section and others did not. Is there any reason to d …
asked Mar 28 '13 by WAF

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