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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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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 ...


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The Talmud provides several such definitions for various contexts. In the context of conditional marriages we have: Kiddushin 49b ע"מ שאני תלמיד אין אומרים כשמעון בן עזאי וכשמעון בן זומא אלא כל ששואלין אותו בכ"מ דבר אחד בלימודו ואומרו ואפילו במסכתא דכלה על מנת שאני חכם אין אומרים כחכמי יבנה כר' עקיבא וחביריו אלא כל ששואלים אותו דבר חכמה בכל מקום ואומרה ...


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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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Open the ark after kaddish but wait for the chazzan to walk towards you before you take out the Torah. When he does, take out the Torah and hand it to him. He will recite the pesukim(according to Ashkenazi custom); after which you should close the ark. He can continue walking if you don't close the aron if the minhag is such or wishes to do so. It is ...


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If there's a Torah reading, give her an aliyah, and afterwards do a Mi SheBerach prayer. The usual one blesses the person "for coming up for the honor of the Torah", but add in "and for saving lives with her blood." Or if she doesn't want an aliyah, have someone else do the aliyah, and include in their Mi Sheberach a blessing for Ms. So-and-so in honor of ...


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According to wikipedia, Zt"l is used for men as well as women. If I recall correctly, when Rebetzin Kamenetzki, wife of Rav Binyamin Kamenetzki died, about 4 months ago, many of the local articles and newspapers referred to her using Zt"l. Perhaps, a Chaba"d-nick can verify if this term is used regarding Rebbetzin Chaya Schneerson.


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I'm not aware of Rav Ovadiah's responsum. There are different communal standards about this. While a kohen is married to a divorcee (or non-Jewish woman for that matter), his kohen status is "voided" and will not receive any kohen-specific honors in the synagogue. The Talmud entertains -- and then rejects -- the possibility that a Levite would lose Levite ...


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Take care: the quoted answer below from Rabbi Posner refers directly only to hagbah and he gives no source for his answer. Chabad have an article on hagbah. Someone commented on the article asking, is a non jewish person allowed to do hagbah I belong to a very small shul that only gets a minyan when we are lucky on Saturday morning. But, we get ...


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As the comments have indicated, this is a judgment call. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein allows a synagogue to give an aliyah to someone who does not personally practice all the mitzvahs (though he writes it is not preferable). (He feels that the card-carrying Reform rabbis of several decades ago, however, did not believe in the sanctity of the Torah being read and ...


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According to my professor, there are at least two orthodox Jews who were knighted with the consent of their rabbis, provided they recite a short prayer--"Blessed art thou G-d who shares his power with men," or something to that effect. I don't think the precedent set by Mordecai should necessarily be interpreted as a law to be applied to all Jews in all ...


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Honors available at a weekday morning service on a Monday or Thursday are, in order: Leading the service Opening the ark Aliyot (three available) Lifting the Torah (possibly not a good idea if she's still weak) Rolling the Torah back up Tikkun Any of these honors would work. Aliyot work well because they're most clearly "awards" and it gives you a chance ...


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After the Amida on Kol Nidrei night, there are a few paragraphs of Selichot that are said. The 3rd or 4th starts with the words Omnon Ken - and the Aaron HaKodesh is opened while saying it - hence "pesicha of Omnon Ken". It's on page 175 of the Interlinear ArtScroll Yom Kippour Machzor, Ashkenaz edition.


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After decades after observing what goes on, it seems that the order of Kibudim varies by community. While most people treat מסדר קידושין as the top Kibbud, sometimes it belongs to the local Rabbi, irrelevant of who else is in attendance. Spot number 2 has 3 contenders: קריאת כתובה, First 2 ברכות and Last Bracha. There's another Kibud (location dependent) ...


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Just be careful not to mess up the grammatical references. Sometimes the gabbai will say העולה ואת אשתו פב"פ ואת אביו פב"פ ואת אמו פב"פ ואת בנו פב"פ ואת בנו פב"פ At a certain point it becomes very unclear who the 'his' is referring to. Is it the father's son? The son's son's son? The gabbai should either switch to saying ואת בן העולה פב"פ or group the ...


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