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What is the meaning of כמר used as an honorific before introducing one's name?

It is standard among Jews writing in Hebrew to attach the honorific כמר before introducing one's name. This custom is actually quite old dating back at least to the days of the earliest Acharonim, and ...
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Why Do We Still Practice Pidyon Haben?

On p. 967 of "The Torah a Modern Commentary" (Plaut, revised edition) it is written, "...all of Israel's first born sons belong to G-d (Num. 8:13-17). Because G-d accepts the Levites ...
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Why do we say that one is obligated to follow his family minhag?

I understand that there is an obligation to follow ‘minhag hamakom’ sourced in Gemara Pesachim 50b. However I am perplexed as to why we say one is obligated to follow his family minhag (for example ...
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Are there any articles, texts, or resources available discussing the Beta Israelite text of “Te'ezaza Sanbat”?

Shalom Uvracah. I was doing research into how The Beta Israel Community observed/respected the Shabbat before immigrating to Israel through Operations Moshe and Shlomo. I came across a text called ...
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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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Origin of Lag Biomer bonfire [duplicate]

Where and when did the minhag of lighting a bonfire on Lag Biomer originate? What are the earliest sources about it? (For that matter, do any written sources mention a bonfire at all?)
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Journals that have “Gd” and “B’H, BS”D”, can I throw them away? Why or why not?

I know that according to halacha, any notebook (etc.) which has the name of G-d written in it needs to be buried in geniza. Does the same apply to abbreviations of G-d's name? For example, writing &...
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How does the Beta Israelite community interpret Wayikra/Leviticus 16 in regards to the scapegoat, “Azazel”?

To my understanding, the Beta Israel community accepts HaSepher Chanoch within their canon. That being said within HaSepher Chanoch, Azazel is described as a fallen angel (Enoch Literature) which is ...
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Is making קידוש Shabbos on schnapps לכתחילה?

Is making קידוש on schnapps Shabbos, לכתחילה?
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Source for calling the head table, Mizrah, like in “Rabbis sit at the Mizrah”

In Israel, when an important Orthodox event is held (convention, family celebration, etc), a head table is set at the front to accommodate the most honorable Rabbis. This is called "the Mizrah&...
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Can I stack Sifrei Chumash out of order?

The Shulchan Arukh (Y.D. 282:19) discusses stacking various sefarim. There it is stated that one should place a Chumash over other books of the Tanakh. Suppose I have a set of Chumashim with each book ...
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Where can I find a siddur with the minhagim of the Chassam Sofer?

I know one exists, because my father has one, I'm just looking for one of my own. If anyone know where to find one I would really appreciate it. Thank you!
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When Pesach falls on Motzei Shabbos, should women make Havdallah?

Although there are numerous customs, some have the custom that all present at the Seder - including women - recite Kiddush together. On a year such as this, where pesach falls on Motzei Shabbos, what ...
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Has the majority of Jews followed the decrees of the sages by the 7th century? [closed]

Can we say that the majority of Jews followed the decrees of the sages by the 7th century? Maybe earlier? Any proofs?
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How do I resist the urge to use my phone on Shabbat, and have fun?

I get bored on shabbat and have a hard time staying away from my phone do you have any advice for fun things to do on Shabbat?
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Shabbat Erev Pesach - Piyyutim for Shabbat HaGadol

Ashkenazi custom is (was?) to recite piyyutim during shacharit of shabbat hagadol (the shabbat before pesach). As part of the kerovot, the piyyut elo-hei haruchot lechol basar is recited, containing a ...
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Ideal time to say the Daily Nasi

It is the custom of some to say the Daily Nasi on the first 13 days of the month of Nissan. Is there any ideal time of day to day this?
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Paying a Rov as part of mechiras chametz

I remember hearing not so long ago, that there is a minhag to give the Rov who is doing the mechiras chametz for you some money, partially as a way of being makir tov (showing your gratitude) for all ...
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Haftarat Shabbat HaGadol

Current Ashkenazi (and I believe Sephardi) practice is to read a special haftarah (Malachi 3:4-24) on the shabbat before pesach. What are the origins of this practice? Where do we first see it ...
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Derabbanan vs. Minhagim

How does one differentiate a minhag, something that is not from a derabanan obligation? For exmple, how do we know the beating of the aravot is a minhag, but not a derabbbanan obligation? Weren't they ...
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Is there any thing in judaism that says cook your food well at high temprature

Is there any thing in judaism that says cook your food well at high temprature
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Is there definitive breakdown/explanation of the various philosophical differences of Hasidic dynasties?

While Chassidism as a whole is easier to research in philosophy/history/concepts, the dynasty system and the distinctions within each community seem to be somewhat of a mystery to me. Certain groups ...
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Where to buy a Yerushalmi Kaftan

Traditionally, the Yerushalmi kaftan (silk golden robe with blue stripes) has been custom-made by some of the ladies (and men) for the community. For many people, this is still the case: https://www....
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At which point during the Torah reading on Shabbat is it appropriate to recite the prayer for the sick (מי שברך לחולים)?

Is there a correct or preferred point (aliyah) during the Shabbat Torah reading at which the traditional "mi shebeirach lecholim" prayer for the sick should be recited by the gabbai? If such ...
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Is “elbows and knees must be covered” Halacha or widespread Minhag? [duplicate]

Is there any credence to the view that those who do not cover knees and elbows are violating Halacha, as opposed to relying on a more lenient opinion of "shok" and "zeroah"? 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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How can there be a custom which creates Nosar?

The Torah says not to leave over the meat of the Pesach offering (Exodus 12:10), known as the prohibition of Nosar. Even though this prohibition doesn't get lashes, either because it doesn't have an ...
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Allowed to use Torah-scroll proximity as cure?

The Rambam writes [On Idolatry, 2:11-12]: A person bitten by a scorpion or serpent may whisper a charm over the wound even on the Sabbath, in order to settle his mind and to strengthen his heart. The ...
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Do some Litvaks in Jerusalem have a minhag of long payos?

Do some Litvaks in Jerusalem have a minhag of long payos? For example, Rav Azriel Auerbach has long curled payos even though he is Litvish.
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What's “Nusach Kafa”?

I saw yesterday that the Crimean Jews - which were an ancient kehillah - had their own nusach, called "Nusach Kafa" (נוסח כפא). I was wondering in what ways was this nusach unique? What ...
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Gambling on Chanukah

There already exists on this site, discussions about gambling in halacha - see here, here and here etc. I would like to focus specifically within the context of Chanukah and an apparent minhag (custom)...
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Is there a source that the tip of bread causes one to forget ones learning? [duplicate]

I heard some rabbis say there's no source that the tip of bread causes forgetfulness. But I've seen brought that the Stiepler wouldn't eat the tip. Also there are such rumors. I want to know if ...
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How important are Yahrtzeit customs?

Many people regard Yahrtzeit customs and observances with much reverence and importance. The psychological reasons for this are self-evident, as such observances provide people with a feeling of ...
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Does Seret Vizhnitz have a particular kittle style and where can I buy?

My family are affiliated with Seret Vizhnitz Haifa. I have always wanted to find out what particular kittle style they wear on YK, or if it is a generic one. When I got married, a friend gave me his ...
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What is the original source for Yahrtzeit customs?

There are various customs and even halachot associated with yahrtzeits, such as saying kaddish, getting called to Torah, lighting candles, fasting, serving as a prayer leader, giving charity, ...
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Placement of the Hoshanot service

I’ve noticed that some congregations (generally nusach ashkenaz) recite Hoshanot after Musaf on Sukkot, whereas others (generally edot mizrach, nusach sefard, some Israeli nusach ashkenaz) recite them ...
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Why do we say Ushpizin in Aramaic?

There are things that we say in davening in Aramaic. I have seen a few explanations as to why (as per this Q and A) but I don't know where Ushpizin fits in with that. I'm not sure if anyone would call ...
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Custom of two people not clothing someone together

Probably a common occurrence is when putting clothes on a baby, both parents will try to do it together to make it easier (one puts on the shirt, one puts on the pants, etc.). Someone recently told me ...
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What is the origin of the minhag of kapparot?

What is the origin of the minhag of kapparot? What if one chooses not to do the minhag? Is one less favoured by God? Is there a certain benefit to doing kapparot?
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Swapping selichot of the fourth and fifth days after Rosh HaShanah

I’ve noticed that some Ashkenazi communities (including those following minhag lita and minhag polin) will sometimes swap the order of which days of selichot are said during the Aseret Yemei Teshuvah. ...
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Is it appropriate to use the nusach of Rosh Hashanah on the days until Yom Kippur?

Is it appropriate or inappropriate to use the nusach of the High Holy Days when davening on the days in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? Because we put additions into the Amidah (Zokhreinu, etc) ...
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When to start saying Kaddish

In terms of halacha and minhag, when can one start saying kaddish for someone who has passed. Only after the burial?
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Which officiants wear a kittel on Rosh HaShanah?

In many Ashkenazi congregations, most of the congregants do not wear a kittel on Rosh HaShanah; however, a number of the officiants do wear a kittel. It seems to me to be fairly common that at least ...
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Outside of prayer/worship, where is it written that there is a requirement to wear a kippa?

Outside of prayer/worship, where is it written that there is a requirement to wear a kippa? I have heard that there's no halachic requirement to wear a kippa other than for prayer/worship.
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Would a conversion witnessed by three Jewish sheidim be approved? [closed]

Would the conversion of a person, (knowledgeable in Halacha, meeting all the criteria for conversion), be halachically approved and functional, if the Beit Din is formed of three observant Jewish ...
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Is a traditional Yekke Sargenes similar to the Skver style, all-linen, non-embroidered Kittel? I think so; I'm not sure about the “hood”, though

Below is a link where one can view a Skver/New Square Style Kittel for sale
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Maaneh Lashon - Book

My grandfather used to use this book when he was alive to daven at the cemeteries of his relatives each year. https://i.stack.imgur.com/RMNwb.jpg (The first pages are different but the rest looks ...
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Should Baruch Hu Uvaruch Shemo ONLY be recited during blessings?

If one hears their friend reciting Torah verses, and says Hashem's name, should one recite BHUVS? Does this response only apply to brachot?
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Did Rabbis in the Shtetl dip their shoes in water to travel on Shabbat?

Edit: I was informed that this is found in one of Sholem Aleichem's books. If you could help me figure out which one, I would appreciate it. I heard from someone I know that back in the Shtetl, Rabbis ...
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Are the Torah's 5 Book divisions (Bereshit, etc.) justified by the Hebrew text?

I wonder if the Hebrew text divides the scroll of Moses as clearly into 5 Books/Sections as modern translations do (by adding titles as if they are 5 books of Moses), or whether, for example, the ...

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