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Zeicher vs Zecher

Essentially, a mistaken edition of the Radak was popular for a short time, leading to various changes by overzealous grammarians and confusing two very influential rabbis. See the extensive (hundreds ...
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Problem with Likkutei Maharil

Prof. Yedidya Alter Dinri records in his Hakhmei Ashkenaz B'Shilhi Y'mei HaBeynayim (pp. 278-9) as cited by R. Yisrael Peles in Yeshurun (20 p. 890) that many Aharonim held that Likkutei Maharil (aka ...
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Pronouncing "O" (Cholam) as "Oy"?

I've contacted Dovid Katz from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, a renown scholar of the Yiddish language (among others), who wrote numerous papers on linguistics, and his PhD dissertation ...
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Shabbat clothing on shabbat chazon

Aruch HaShulchan Orach Chayyim 551:11 (writing at the end of the nineteenth century CE) notes that two or three generations prior to his time the custom had changed (amongst the Jews of Lita) such ...
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Why do yekkes say Shir Mizmor Le'Osof each morning?

In the siddur Sefas Yisroel from OpenSiddur it is written: שיר מזמור לאסף has been recited since the end of the Geonic period - a few hundred years before the introduction of the שיר של יום. Its ...
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Is there any basis for Chabad minhagim regarding tallit gadol?

I emailed Rabbi Eliezer Zalmanov (from Chabad.org) about your question. Here's what I said: B''H In most Ashkenazi communities, the custom is that bochurim do not wear a tallis. However, when a ...
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Shabbat clothing on shabbat chazon

Aruch HaShulchan 551:11 ודע שאצלינו יש שנים או שלושה דורות שאין נוהגין כמנהג הזה בשבת חזון, אלא לובשין כל בגדי שבת. וגדולי הדור שהיו אז הנהיגו כן, באמרם שזהו כמראים אבילות בשבת בפרהסיא. ...
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Shacharit on י"א תשרי

This custom is noted in Matteh Ephraim 624:14.
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Basis for not doing a full sof-aliya trop on Hashem's name

You asked: Is there any basis in halacha or firmly established minhag for this, or is it merely a personal quirk of a few people? According to Rav שמואל פנחס גלברד it's a Minhag originating in ...
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Why do Ashkenazim eat Milchigs (dairy) on Shavuos?

See Sefer יומא דעצרתא which gives 32 reasons why we eat dairy on Shavuos in the section ייני אם חלבי. Among them are: (reason 18) we try to minimize our Simcha since David Hamelech died then. (...
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Is the existence of Ashkenazi and Sephardi traditions a violation of "Lo Titgodedu"?

The Gemara (Yevamot 14a) says (regarding if Beis Shammai followed their own Psak): ומ"ד עשו קרינן כאן (דברים יד, א) לא תתגודדו לא תעשו אגודות אגודות אמר אביי כי אמרינן לא תתגודדו כגון שתי בתי דינים ...
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Ashkenazi shat”z?

The Halocho is to be found in Sh O, O Ch 53 (12) who paskens like the gemoro אין ממנין מי שקור' לאלפי"ן עייני"ן ולעייני"ן אלפי"ן: One should not appoint a person [to be leader] who reads "...
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Reading the megillah without the taamim (cantillation)

Yes. The Esther chant of the Spanish-Portuguese community, for instance, is not reflective of the cantillation. If you want to hear recordings of the Amsterdam and London communities reciting it per ...
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Missing Traditional Half-Kaddish Melodies

I'm going to assume you know most of the traditional half kaddish tunes, like those on Shabbat and weekdays, Arvit on the High Holidays, as well as those after Yishtabach and before Musaf (including ...
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Ashkenazim drinking from the glass in non-kosher restaurants

As you said -- Shulchan Aruch allows one to use a cold, clean non-kosher dish or cup "derech arai" -- occasionally. No taste will transfer, and if only done on rare occasion, we're not concerned you ...
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Why don't I see the minhag to put grass in shul?

While your thought, that the Vilna Gaon only prohibited trees, has become popular recently with the popularization of Christmas trees, it's not historically accurate. He prohibited greenery on Shavuot ...
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What does the munach say?

There are really 4 kinds of Munach: Legarmeih, Munach, Ilui, and Mekhurbal (AKA Karbalta). Legarmeih is disjunctive (pausal), and the other three are conjunctive (connective). Legarmeih is always ...
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Should one stand while removing tefillin?

The earliest source I am aware of for standing while removing tefillin is the 14th century kabbalistic ma'arekhet haelohut. (cited in Beit Yossef OH 28). He states this specifically regarding the head ...
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Why do older Anglo Ashkenaz texts transliterate ת as "th" and how was it pronounced?

As the Jewish Encyclopedia states, to the middle of the nineteenth century no attempt was made to elaborate a scientific system of transcription of Hebrew in foreign characters, and every one ...
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Shacharit on י"א תשרי

The Be'er Heitiv 624:6 also notes to daven early, the morning after Yom Kippur.
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What is the origin of the Yeke custom of washing hands before kiddush and is it done only by the person saying kiddush or everyone?

To answer the last question: When I was a bachur (single rabbinical student) in Monsey, NY, I frequently (every 5 weeks, to be Yekkishly exact) ate a meal by R' Shlomo Breslauer (who stems from ...
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What is the origin of the Yeke custom of washing hands before kiddush and is it done only by the person saying kiddush or everyone?

Leading the “wash before Kiddush” camp are Rabbeinu Tam and the Ri (Tosfot Pesachim 106b) (both of France), the Rosh (Pesachim chapter X siman 16) (German origin) and the Rema (OC 271, 12). Based on a ...
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Group Kaddish for Ashkenazim – Sources

May Multiple People Say Kaddish Simultaneously? goes through a long analysis of the subject but does not come to a conclusion as to when the minhag changed. He does point out that Rav Yaakov Emden ...
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Why are Ashkenazi haftarahs longer than that of Sephardim?

The Shulchan Aruch in סימן רפד - דיני הפטרה וברכותיה says that the Haftarah should be at least 21 verses long, unless the theme ends beforehand. א מַפְטִירִין בַּנָּבִיא מֵעִנְיָנָהּ שֶׁל ...
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Sefer similar to Yalkut Yosef for Ashkenazim

There is an amazing set called Tzurbah M'Rabannan. It goes through the whole Shulchan Aruch(not every single siman though). It is very relvant halachaos but is taught from gemara down to modern day ...
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Yotzros for Musaf on Shabbos Shekalim

I heard that there is a Gemorah: If 2 people come together to pay the half Shekel they can give a shekel and they will have to pay a Kalbon (1/48 of a shekel) for a conversion fee I heard a vort in ...
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Can Sefardim eat meat in the homes of Ashkenazim?

Rav Ovadiah Yosef (Yabiah Omer 5; YD 3) relies on the heter of R' Shmuel Abohav (D'var Shmuel ch.320). He says that if you do not actually know if the piece of meat you are eating is "chalak" or not, (...
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Should one stand while removing tefillin?

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, Siman 10:20 חולצין מעומד The tefillin should be removed while standing. So yes, when removing the tefillin, Ashkenazim have the custom to stand up, in the same way that ...
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What is the significance of the different windings on tzitzit's?

The Mughrabi (North West African) part of your question is straightforward. If you translate those winding numbers -- 10 + 5 + 6 + 5 -- back though gematria, you get Hashem's name: י - 10, ה - 5, ו - ...
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