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Bet Yosef Orach Chaim first appeared in 1550 (Yoreh Deah in 1551; Even HaEzer in 1553; Choshen Mishpat in 1558). In R. Isserles' intro. to Orach Chaim he writes that in the middle of compiling his grand work Darkei Moshe the BY appeared and so he refrained from continuing and instead reviewed R. Karo's work in a critical fashion, critiquing and supplementing ...


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This is a community-wiki answer for Orach Chayim. Please edit it. Common practice is not like 31:2 in that most do not say a blessing on tefillin on chol hamoed even quietly. Common practice is not like 53:23: synagogue dues are a set amount per family, but less for those who can't afford, or perhaps some other scheme, but generally not 50% charged per ...


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The Lev Haivri* writes when the Rema was accepted as Rav in Krakow, there had a strange Minhag in the city. The morning after a woman went to the Mikvah, the Mikvah Lady’s husband, wished the husband (wife who went to the Mikva) ” Mazal Tov.” The Rema held this Minhag to be boorish and non Tzanua, so he abolished it. There was a person who was out of ...


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The Rema is really very clear - there are six items on the seder plate plus the matzot. I've never seen anyone who tried to claim otherwise, but if you're seeing other descriptions in modern haggadot, my feeling is that the basic factor at play here is modern revisionism. With regard to leaving out the salt water, most of the other minhagim (Gra, Ari zl, etc)...


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This is a community-wiki answer for Yoreh Deah. Please edit it. Common practice is not like 87:3: even at chicken-main-dish banquets with creamer, the creamer has a notice. Common practice is not like 89:2: we do correct those who don't wait after hard cheese.


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The Mishna Brura is basically paraphrasing the Magein Avraham there (s.v. אין לש"ץ להמתין). This seems to be within the Magein Avraham's general approach of working to justify established customs that don't follow the Psak in Shulchan Aruch. Note that the Rama's source is quoted as Binyamin Zev #168. In that Teshuva he is specifically responding to a custom ...


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In siman 89 the Mechaber says waiting six hours between meat and milk is the letter of the law, the Ramma says it is a custom.


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I heard from people that their mothers were in Europe and they didn't know how to read hebrew. They didn't even know how to recite Birkas Hatorah.


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If you look at the Mishnah Berura there it could be read as follows שלא קבעום למשתה ושמחה, אלא להודות ולהלל. Perhaps he means that they established it as a day of thanks and praise to the exclusion of feasting. Meaning, it’s not that the Rabbis just didn’t establish it for feasting but rather that they specifically and consciously established the celebration ...


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The Ramma outlines his intent in his forward to Toras Chatas. He says he is writing a compendium of the modern works upon whom the practices of his times were observed. He says he is not competing with Rav Yosef Kaaro who's work spread all over the world. He is simply pointing out the places where if someone would open the Shulchan Aruch for a ruling, he ...


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