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My code to generate this list in python from the Sefaria API: import collections, requests, json masechtos = ['Berakhot', 'Peah', 'Demai', 'Kilayim', 'Sheviit', 'Terumot', 'Maasrot', 'Maaser Sheni', 'Challah', 'Orlah', 'Bikkurim', 'Shabbat', 'Eruvin', 'Pesachim', 'Shekalim', 'Yoma', 'Sukkah', 'Beitzah', 'Rosh Hashanah', 'Taanit', 'Megillah', 'Moed Katan', '...


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In Igros Moshe YD 1:137, R' Moshe Feinstein writes that although at a very young age, the issues of hirhur and yetzer hara that generally rise with co-ed schools facilitating pubescent teenagers mixing with each other do not apply, nevertheless 'אין רוח חכמים נוחה מזה'. He deliberates whether this (for young children) is halachically forbidden due to ...


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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 that people wore shabbat clothes on Shabbat Chazon. He suggests that the reason for this change is that shabbat clothes had become noticeably different from ...


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This opinion comes from the Rama in EH 55:1, and Rav Soloveitchik was makpid on this (Nefesh HaRav pg.255). Text of Rama: הארוסה, אסורה לבעלה מדברי סופרים, כל זמן שהיא בבית אביה; והבא על ארוסתו בבית חמיו, מכין אותו מכת מרדות.‏ הגה: ואפילו ביחוד אסורים; ולכן ארוס שהוא עם ארוסתו בבית אחד, מברכין שבע ברכות פן יתיחדו (מרדכי פרק קמא דכתובות). ויש ...


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עוד מנהג ליהודים מארץ ישמעאל בערב שבת הולכים כלם לבית המרחץ ובשובם מביאות נשותיהם לפניהם יין ומרבים בשתיה ואחר מביאות התבשיל שהכינו לסעודת הערב אוכלים מבעוד יום עד שתחשך ואחר באים כולם לבית הכנסת במלבושיהם נקיים ומגוהצים ומתחילים בשירות ותשבחות ומאריכים בתפילת ערבית עד שתי שעות בלילה ובאים לבתיהם ומקדשין אוכלים כזית לחם ומברכים ברכת המזון ואין מתפללים ...


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The issue is discussed in detail by R' Hamburger in Volume 4 of his priceless series, Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz, and a bit shorther, but in English in the kitzur edition. His main point is that in Ashkenaz most Jews became unfamiliar with the proper melody of Torah reading over the centuries (see Orach Chayim 61:24), so they didn't read it anymore aloud and ...


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I don't know if it's the earliest but Kesubos 17a provides three examples of shtik. אמרו עליו על רבי יהודה בר אילעאי שהיה נוטל בד של הדס ומרקד לפני הכלה ואומר כלה נאה וחסודה רב שמואל בר רב יצחק מרקד אתלת With regard to the mitzva of bringing joy to the bride and groom, the Gemara relates: The Sages said about Rabbi Yehuda bar Elai that he would take ...


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The Rav of Congregation Ahavas Israel, Passaic, NJ debunks the legend about this story here (edited). So the idea is a made-up story. Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky, known as The Steipler (1899–1985) was reported to have told a father of a woman who was having difficulty in finding a shidduch that the reason she was experiencing such difficulty ...


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Merely dancing next to a bonfire has nothing to do the ways of the Emorites, nor is it a form of fire worship, if the dancer(s) has/have no such intent. The question is based on a misunderstanding of the words of the Tosephta. המספק והמטפח והמרקד לשלהבת הרי זה מדרכי האמורי. "Dancing TO THE FLAME is following in the ways of the Emorites." The ...


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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. It is important to note that for the past two or three generations we have not been following this minhag [of wearing weekday clothing] on Shabbos Chazon, ...


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Actually there is a debate in Orach Chayim 622:1 between the Sefardi and the Ashkenazi practice (as pointed out by DoubleAA in comment): למנחה אומר אשרי ובא לציון ואין אומרים ואני תפלתי אפילו אם חל להיות בשבת:‏ הגה: ואין אנו נוהגין לומר אשרי ובא לציון קודם מנחה רק קודם נעילה וכן כתבו קצת רבוותא (מרדכי והגהות מיימוני סוף ספר אהבה וסוף הלכות יום ...


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To stand for Vayevarech David is codified by the Rema, OC 51:7: ונהגו לעמוד כשאומרים ברוך שאמר ויברך דוד וישתבח: The custom is to stand when they say Baruch She’amar, Vayivarech David, and Yishtabach. Rema writes similarly in his Darchei Moshe ad. loc. §8: מהרי"ל לא היה עומד בשעה שאמר הפסוקים של לך ה' הגדולה כו' אבל המנהג עכשיו לעמוד מויברך דוד ...


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R Jason Weiner (senior rabbi at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles), in his article Jewish Guidance on the Loss of a Baby or Fetus (Hakirah vol. 23) writes It is customary to give the baby or fetus a name that is somewhat uncommon (Minchat Shlomo 2:96(2); Nishmat Avraham, YD 263:5(14) (365 in 3rd ed.). R. Auerbach gives the examples of Metushelach ...


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These differences are from my teimani friend who has been to both ashkenazi and sefardi Sedarim. • a seider plate isn’t used at the seider; rather the vegetables are set around the table, and the other foods are put in front of each person. • charoses is the only dip. • some have the youngest read Mah Nishtanah in Arabic (this is an older custom that ...


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The earliest source for having a large Challah at a wedding is the Maasas Binyomin (d. 1620) There is a wide spread custom to distribute slices of the large challa to the friends of the Chosson and Kallah. Some say (Nittei Gavriel quotes Darkei Chaim p27, who heard this from R' Akiva Eiger) that this is based on the famous question posed at every marriage: '...


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According to one opinion in the Midrash (Bereishis Rabbah 53:10), we do. וַיִּגְדַּל הַיֶּלֶד וַיִּגָּמַל (בראשית כא, ח), רַבִּי הוֹשַׁעְיָה רַבָּה אָמַר נִגְמַל מִיֵּצֶר הָרָע. רַבָּנָן אָמְרֵי נִגְמַל מֵחֲלָבוֹ. ”And the child grew up and was weaned” – R’ Hoshaya Rabbah said, “He was weaned from the evil inclination.” The Rabbis say, “He was ...


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This custom is noted in Matteh Ephraim 624:14.


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See here in Taame Haminhagim in the notes ובספר לבושי מכלול קו"א כתב בשם ספר א' דסכין חד סגולה לפרנסה דאינו עושה פרורין דקשה לעניות. והנה סופי תיבות של "פותח את ידיך" הוא השם הממונה על הפרנסה, ועל כן טוב לחתוך בסכין חד וחלק:‏ The reason is to avoid crumbs, that is a segula for parnasa, because Chatach is sofe tevot poteach et yadecha, and the shem ...


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The Sefer Chasidim (siman 294) brings a source for this practice. Namely, that "tahor" is found three times in a passuk in Tanach that relates to the mitzvah of immersion. The p'sukim are: 1) Ezekiel 36:5 וְזָרַקְתִּ֧י עֲלֵיכֶ֛ם מַ֥יִם טְהוֹרִ֖ים וּטְהַרְתֶּ֑ם מִכֹּ֧ל טֻמְאוֹתֵיכֶ֛ם וּמִכָּל־גִּלּ֥וּלֵיכֶ֖ם אֲטַהֵ֥ר אֶתְכֶֽם׃ I will sprinkle clean ...


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Here's a link to my "Celebrating the Exodus from Egypt in Egypt". (I am adding the text on request in case the link dies. My father was Sephardic and my mother was Mizrahi, so we were in both worlds.) http://www.hsje.org/mystory/maurice_m_mizrahi/CelebratingExodus2.html I was born and raised in Egypt during just about the worst period to be a Jew in Egypt....


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Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky, in his commentary 'Tosefta Chazon Yechezkel' on the Tosefta, explains that the manner in which one qualifies for 'the ways of the Emorites' would be by dancing in order to expedite the cooking process. שעושים דברים אלה למהר הבישול אי נמי לאיזה סימן אחר שהיה להם בזה They perform these dances in order to speed up that which ...


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The Zohar that’s referred to is in Parashat Mishpatim 125a which talks about eating meat and milk בשעתא חדא, which can be understood as “within one hour of each other”.


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The pamphlet makes a great case but it overstates it a bit. Yabia Omer 9:10 speaks for itself. Initially Rav Ovadia believed it was asur but seeing that the minhag of tremendous segments of klal yisrael including the most religious (see there for examples such as the Or Letzion and students in Radin) he was compelled to write his teshuva. He is adamantly ...


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The gemara in brachos 6 already mentions the importance of having a specific shul to daven in (some meforshim),and to have a specific seat(other meforshim). The earliest I know of is in teshuvos HaRosh[mid 13th century] in Klal 5 where he discusses Bais Kenesses issues. He has a few simanim where seats are discussed and he mentions the idea of selling ...


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Rav Ari Enkin in his Shulchan Ha'Ari page.133 writes that it is best to name the child together based off Koheles Rabbah 7:3. He notes that that some hold that the father gets to name the child first (Yabia Omer 5:21). Others hold that the mother gets to name first( Igros Moshe YD 3:101 and Keser Ephraim 39).


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Wikipedia brings the following quote from Rabbi Maimon, father of the Rambam: "אין להקל בשום מנהג ואפילו מנהג קל. ויתחייב כל נכון לו עשות משתה ושמחה ומאכל, לפרסם הנס שעשה השם יתברך עמנו באותם הימים. ופשט המנהג לעשות סופגנין, בערבי אלספינג, והם הצפחיות בדבש, ובתרגום: האיסקריטין, והוא מנהג הקדמונים משום שהם קלויים בשמן, זכר לברכתו" Admittingly, though, he ...


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The לוח דבר בעיתו explains (regarding Rosh Chodesh Iyar 5769) that the reason we don't announce בה"ב on Rosh Chodesh is that: אין מברכים את המתענים בה"ב בחדש ניסן או בשבת ר"ח, השבת הקרובה, כמו שנאמר (קהלת ז, יד) "בְּיוֹם טוֹבָה - הֱיֵה בְטוֹב", ומברכים בשבת שלאחריה.‏ I.e. In a time of good fortune, enjoy the good fortune (Koheles 7:14) - so we don't ...


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This PDF file attributed to the teachings of R' Shlomo Aviner lists a couple of gedolim who practiced this, but doesn't give sources: Q: Is it permissible to turn one's back to the Kotel? A: It is permissible just as in a shul it is permissible to turn one's back to the Torah ark. When one leaves the Kotel, the custom is to walk backwards with his ...


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From a Halachic perspective, this is not a concern, see this short article (Hebrew). For example, Rashba 1:167 says that only those practices also mentioned in the Gemara are subject to the prohibition of Darkei Haemori, and some have understood that this is the position of R' Yosef Karo in Shulchan Aruch, where he did not list the practices in the Tosefta, ...


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I can see two sources in the talmud: A. Avodah Zarah 58b מאי א"ל אסור משום לך לך אמרין נזירא סחור סחור לכרמא לא תקרב Rabbi Asi repeated his question: What is the halakha? Rabbi Yoḥanan said to Rabbi Asi: Although the gentile did not touch the wine when diluting it, it is prohibited by rabbinic decree due to the maxim: Go, go, we say to a ...


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