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what is the single letter difference between ashkenazi and sephardi torah scrolls

The relevant word is דכא which in some scrolls is written דכה. See Deuteronomy 23:2. While the portion of Aleppo Codex containing that word is currently lost, we do have the Aleppo Codex to Tehillim ...
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Theological Justification for Discrimination against Sephardim?

Rabbi Berel Wein has suggested that long ago, there were a certain amount of anti-Sephardic animosity related to the fact that when during the Crusades, the Ashkenazic Jews forced to choose between ...
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Was the Aruch Hashulchan Sephardic?

147zcbm made what even 147zcbm thought was a wild inference from how things are ordered in the Aruch Hashulchan. You'll never believe what happened next. The Aruch Hashulchan was written by R' ...
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What is the correct response to "Chazaq u'Baruch!"?

According to Wikipedia "Baruch Tehiye" is an acceptable response, but "Chazak Ve'Ematz" is the common one. Among Morrocans it would be "Kulchem Beruchim".
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The history of the Sephardic Chief Rabbi's outfit

This did not start with the post Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel. Nor did it start with Ovadia Yosef. Rabbis throughout the orient wore this type of garb regularly, as their dress reflected the ...
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Reason for Sepharadi Qeri'at Shema' Custom

Covering One’s Eyes During the Recitation of Shema cites the following explanation as give by Rabbi Eli J Mansour According to Kabbalistic teaching, one should cover his eyes during Shema while ...
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Are there seforim printed by North African sefardi achronim of the last 250 years

There are several. Rav Moshe Kalfon HaKohen (1874-1950) - Born in Djerba, Tunisia. Most famous for his Shu"t Shoel VeNishaal and series on Shulchan Aruch entitled Brit Kehunah Chacham Avraham ...
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Eshet Chayil in the Tunisian service

According to this website, the custom in the Jewish Tunisian community is to recite the "Eishet Chayil", after the reading of "Shir Hashirim" (Song of Songs) and in the Djerba community to recite it ...
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Are there seforim printed by North African sefardi achronim of the last 250 years

There are many seforim. If you start reading teshuvas from Yabia Omer (Chacham Ovadia) you will pick up on many seforim and Shu"t from Sefardish poskim. The first one that comes to mind is Rav ...
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Do Sefardim Eat Chametz-Like Food made from Fruit Juice?

According to this article, we do :-) THE LAWS OF PESACH by Rav David Brofsky Shiur #2: The Laws of Pesach Defining Chametz (1) R. Yosef Karo (Shulchan Arukh 462:1-4) rules in accordance with the view ...
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Was the Aruch Hashulchan Sephardic?

The Aruch Hashulchan was himself Ashkenazi. But he claimed that he descended from a prominent Sephardic Rabbinical family. The Aruch Hashulchans son Rabbi Baruch Epstein writes in his book Mekor ...
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What is a typical Mizrachi Seder like?

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.)...
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What is the difference between a Sephardic and Ashkenaz eruv?

There isn't a difference in construction. The difference is that Sepharadim (traditionally) do not accept communal 'Eruvin in large cities/neighborhoods, due to the position of the Mehaber (Shulhan '...
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What does Selichot consist of?

The text of the Selihot appears at Da`at (Herzog College) and at Wikitext. The text is nearly the same every day. There are additions for the 10 days of repentance, and there is a small ...
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What is the sephardi equivalent to the Mishna Berura?

I think כף החיים might be the best analogy. example page
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Theological Justification for Discrimination against Sephardim?

I can't attest to the truth of this, but I once heard R' Orlofsky say that some Ashkenazi Yeshivos do not accept Sefardim (or limit their acceptance) for the sake of the Sefardim - they feel that the ...
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Did Aleppo Jews observe Purim on the 14th (regular) or 15th (Shushan Purim)?

According to Derech Eress, a book on the customs of Aleppo,the Jews used to celebrate 2 days of Purim out of Safek. ולכן נהגו לעשות פורים שני ימים, אלא שקוראים את המגילה בלי ברכה: וכן היה מנהג ...
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Is the existence of Ashkenazi and Sephardi traditions a violation of "Lo Titgodedu"?

The Gemara (Yevamot 14a) says (regarding if Beis Shammai followed their own Psak): ומ"ד עשו קרינן כאן (דברים יד, א) לא תתגודדו לא תעשו אגודות אגודות אמר אביי כי אמרינן לא תתגודדו כגון שתי בתי דינים ...
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What is the stance of Sephardi Poskim on electric shavers?

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 ...
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Does The Entire Orthodox World Hold Rashi In The Same Regard?

It is true in the Sephardi world too. So for example, the Ramban writes in the introduction to his commentary on Chumash I will place as an illumination before me The lights of the pure candelabrum, ...
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Sephardi Minhag of Boy Taking Maftir at Age 9

O Ch 284 (4) starts with the words that someone under barmitzvah (age not specified) can say the maftir. The source is a gemoro in Megilo 23a.
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Do Sephardim have their own style of learning that differs from the styles of other sects of Judaism?

Wikipedia writes Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's opinion, that a wide knowledge of halacha is dominant over studying useless portions of gemara. He emphasizes that the Sephardic system of learning, which ...
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When something is lost, tie a knot

The practice of tying a knot to find a lost object is found in wiccan practice , and may have originated in ancient Greek culture Furthermore, even if these foreign practice somehow snuck into Jewish ...
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What beracha do sefardim make on pizza?

According to Rav Bentzion Abba Shaul 2:perek 12:5 that if the dough is plain(not mixed with milk or oil) and tomato sauce and cheese is placed ontop not inside the dough it is hamotzei. See footnotes ...
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Where can I find the minhagim of Algeria?

I found this two books, one on HebrewBooks: חסד ואמת - מנהגי ק"ק אלג'יר and one on GoogleBooks: זה השולחן, they should deal with Algeria Minhagim... And there is a list of many other Jewish Books ...
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Why do Sefaradim skip "Uva LeTziyon" in the house of a mourner?

A source for skipping a part of U'va L'tziyon in the house of a mourner is the Avudraham. Avudraham - in Seder Tfilas H'taniyos (end of page in this linked edition) says that similar to Tisha B'Av ...
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How should one respond after each plague is named during the seder?

From this cached page: בשעת אמירת "עשרת המכות" שופך הגר"מ יין לתוך קערה, והמסובים מכריזים "ה' יצילנו" על כל מכה ומכה After every one of the 10 plagues, after spilling out some wine the communal ...
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What does a Sephardic library consist of?

You've indicated interest in 1) limmud Halakhah be'iyun (i.e. in-depth Halakhah study), 2) mussar (i.e. character development), 3) parashah study, 4) mysticism and 5) biographies (in that order, ...
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Details of Matzah Oven

This is an electric oven For baking Yemmenite Pitas (saluf) and Matzah for Pesah. Including two electric heaters and a warranty for factory defects but not for the results of your baking. My ...
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