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Because "Alfasi" is really "al-Fasi". "Al-Fasi" is Arabic for "the Fezite" (Fez being the city in Morocco where he lived). So kind of like how the word "of" gets swallowed in "USA", the word "the" got swallowed in "Rif". Wouldn't have made much sense to make his acronym stand for "Rabbi Yitzchak The".


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הבוכ"ע is an acronym for הבורא כל עולמים, meaning "the Creator of all worlds." To verify this, note the correlation of the acronym and the expression in this Google search.


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It stands for נפטר בשם טוב - he died with a good name. The expression is based on Berachot 17a. רבי יוחנן כי הוה מסיים ספרא דאיוב אמר הכי סוף אדם למות וסוף בהמה לשחיטה והכל למיתה הם עומדים אשרי מי שגדל בתורה ועמלו בתורה ועושה נחת רוח ליוצרו וגדל בשם טוב ונפטר בשם טוב מן העולם When Rabbi Yoḥanan would conclude the book of Job, he said the following: ...


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I suspect that that refers to the Chazon Ish. The letters fit, and the Chazon Ish's rulings are often quoted alongside those of the Mishna Berura.


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From what I understand, your second question is based on the assumption that every column begins what a Vav. While this seems to be common practice, it is frowned upon by the Poskim who seem to claim that it has no basis in halacha. See for example the Keseth HaSofer at the end of Ch. 4 - and the footnote there. He claims that the ווי העמודים - as it's ...


10

There is a Sefer Halacha Pesuka (Volume 1 & Volume 2) on Yoreh Deah. If you compare the references in the Kaf Hachayim YD 75 to the Halacha Pesuka 2:75 you will see that the references matches.


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If you search Google for "Mrs. * ZT-L", you'll find many instances of this honorific used for couples, and a few for women. Here are some examples of it used for women by various Jewish news or public relations outlets: BaltimoreJewishLife.com regrets to inform the community of the petirah of Mrs. Chaya Bobrowsky, zt’l, grandmother of Reb Yoni Adler. - "...


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The Ma'amar Mordechai can be found here. The Kaf HaChayim can be found here.


8

There is a sefer called Otzar Roshei Teivos - see it here and there is an older sefer with the same name that I can't find online, but probably your average Jewish book store would be able to get it for you. (Asuming you aren't needing to look these up when near a computer and want a small sefer for reference. The older sefer is smaller than the one I ...


8

I was once explained in Yeshiva that it can stand for ודייק ותמצא קל. (After a little Googling, I found this) (A little more Googling, and I found this and this) Some of the things it might stand for: ודייק ותמצא קל ודוחק קצת ודוק וקל ועיין דברי ותמצאם קלים ודקדק ומצא קושטא


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Chapter 7 of the Petach Davar to the Chumash Shai LaMorah (printed at the end of Sefer Bereshit) says the following (my translation, my emphasis): It is known the custom of writers to put a quotation mark in words that are the names of letters, vowels, numbers, foreign words, etc. And at times to emphasize the word. And at times instead of parentheses. ...


8

It's a Yiddish abbreviation for Kein Ayin Hora - or in Hebrew Bli Ayin Hara. Simply stated without the evil eye; we're not discussing [something] in order to get [it] punished due to our jealousy.


8

There are several instances in rabbinic literature where the rabbinic author mentions a deceased female relative and uses the appellation "zatzal". Here are two examples: R. Moshe Sofer refers to his wife with the appellation "zatzal" in a letter printed in Likutei Teshuvot Chatam Sofer (michtavim siman 9): ומפני זה גם אנכי לא בקשתי ממנו זצ"ל לעולם לבקש ...


8

The Beit Yosef there is referring to חלק י״ח, section 18, of Rabbeinu Yerocham's discussion of the laws of Shabbat in his Sefer Toledot Adam veChavah, Adam, Netiv 12. Thus, בחי״ח stands for בחלק י״ח.


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It's a bracha derivated from Yeshayahu 40:29 ‏[‏בָּרוּך] נֹתֵ֥ן לַיָּעֵ֖ף כֹּ֑חַ וּלְאֵ֥ין אוֹנִ֖ים עׇצְמָ֥ה יַרְבֶּֽה׃ [Blessed be the one who] gives to the weak strength, and to the one with no might, should have his might increased.


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Well let's see here, If you're looking for a backronym in Tanach it's pretty slim pickings inspiration-wise. Ezekiel 7:20: וצבי עדיו לגאון שמהו וצלמי *ת*ועבתם *ש*קוציהם *ע*שו *ב*ו על כן נתתיו להם לנדה and statues of their awful, disgusting things they made ... Isaiah 38:12-13: מיום עד-לילה *ת*שלימני. *ש*ויתי *ע*ד-*ב*קר כארי I was a ...


7

"Im Bat Gilo" -- very roughly, "with a woman suited to his nature." The Gemara Nedarim 39b says that a hospital visit is especially efficacious for the sick fellow if the visitor is "ben gilo" with respect to the visitee. Rashi (or whatever medieval commentary there pretends to be Rashi) says simply -- "roughly the same age, not a young man visiting an old ...


7

Our dreidel is of relatively recent vintage and there is no evidence that it existed prior to a few centuries ago. It stood for (before it's being adapted for chanukah) N = Nisht nothing to put into the pot G = Gantz Take all H = Halbe Take half Sh = Shtel Put coins into the pot One may perhaps still find deep meaning and significance in the dreidel ...


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It is אגדות התלמוד, as stated in the Introduction to Dikdukei Sofrim. It is also mentioned in the list of Rashei Teivos in the Oz VeHadar Gemara. The Dikdukei Sofrim describes the book as follows: ספר אגדות התלמוד הוא קובץ כולל כל האגדות שבש"ס כעין ספר העין יעקב בלי פירוש רק פירוש מקצת המלות ונתחבר מספרדי אחד טרם שנתחבר העין יעקב ונדפס באותיות רש"י ...


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אחר דרישת שלומו הטוב After seeking his [i.e. the recipient’s] wellbeing


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Various people always come up with phrases starting with "תהא שנת" whose initials are the standard alphabetic representation of the year's number (or a variant thereof when the standard is a bad word like תשמד). I suppose we can do so collectively here. I'm making this answer community wiki to collect such. Please add to the list. תהא שנת...‏ עבודת ...


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Kitzur.co.il has the entry לאי"ט standing for לאורך ימים טובים LAYT will be the transliteration into English. Idiomatic Translation - "for a long and good life" (I normally write LOY”T.)


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See p. 322 of this Google book. The Hebrew abbrevaiation is יבדל"א for males and תבדל"א for females. Loose transliteration - TiBadel/YiBadel Lecha'im Arukhim meaning "May s/he live long, on the contrary". The alternate version you mentioned (tblch"t) stands for the same, except that Arukhim is switched with Tovim, meaning "good life." The expression is ...


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Perhaps you saw תושלב״ע, rather than תושלכ״ע. As per this handy book of abbreviations, תושלב״ע stands for תם ונשלם, שבח לא-ל בורא עולם, “Whole and complete, praise to G-d, the Creator of the world.” (The linked book does not include this abbreviation with a כ.)


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I use these websites to search for abbreviations. They're not perfect, but they have a good number. קיצורים וראשי תיבות בעברית ראשי תיבות


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This is the closest I found to your rough translation: ודייק ותמצא קל Sources: here, and here This one seems the most likely, since I also found it in ערוך השלחן (Choshen Mishpat 1:3) Two others I found (also quite similar): ועיין דבריי ותמצאם קלים and ודקדק ומצא קושטא


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Abarbanel writes that, because there's a different order for the plagues in Psalms (78? 105? he's unclear), and one might think it's the chronological order (and the order in the Exodus is not, per אין מוקדם ומאוחר בתורה), Rabi Y'huda gave a mnemonic so one knows the chronological order. h/t Double AA


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See Chasam Sofer on Shabbos 147b, http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=21655&st=&pgnum=80. That the names of the months come from the Babylonians, so what? The name Amraphel comes from Babylonian or some similar language, but it is darshened as having a Hebrew meaning. Same with Sancheriv and lots of other examples.


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Following @ Isaac Moses, I searched for Rebbetzen * zt-l and found: Rebbetzin Kanievsky ZTL in the yeshivaworld.com Rebbetzin Bluma ZTL in matzav.com Rebbetzin Vichna Kaplan ztl in linkapeida-judaism.com Rebbetzin Batsheva Esther Kanievsky, zt”l in tznius.tips … Rebbetzin Chana Weinberg, zt'l in mekorhabracha.org It is clear that zt"l is used for ...


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