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As @ezra commented, the song and lyrics were composed for the musical. The concept of blessing the children on Friday night is an ancient custom in some families/communities (the earliest written source I found was 1500s in Sefer HaChaim, but the custom originates before that). Traditionally, the parent will place both hands on the head of each child and ...


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In general, the concept of דברים שבלב אינם דברים (see Kiddushin 48b) dictates that if one verbally expresses his participation in a legal or halachic process, it is legally binding even if one didn't actually mean it. Accordingly, if you were to ask someone for the price of an item and the merchant tells you to take it for free – and you performed a kinyan – ...


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Welcome to complex Middle Eastern cultures! Shulchan Aruch says almost this verbatim if you're asked to be chazan -- you're supposed to decline the first two times, then only take them up on the third offer. It's a sign of showing you're not trying to be arrogant. Of course, this works when the person offering it to you understands this is the way the game ...


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