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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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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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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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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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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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Sephardic Wedding Custom: Avram Siz Reading

The Arukh (under Chatan) mentions reading 3 verses (ie. Genesis 24:1-3). The Tashbetz (2:39) says the local custom near him is like the Arukh. The Avudarham (at the end of the Laws of Wedding ...
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Pre-Arizal Sephardi Siddur?

You could start with the Rambam's סדר תפילות כל השנה found at the end of משנה תורה - ספר אהבה. The Rambam predates the Arizal by over 300 years.
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10 of Av for Sefardim

The Shulhan Arukh (OH 551:4) writes that one may cut hair and launder immediately following the fast, but it is a good custom to avoid meat and wine on the 10th (558:1). R. Yitshak Yosef writes in ...
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Sepharad vs Sephardic siddurs/nusachs

Nusach Sefaradi is an overarching name (much like the term "Sefaradi") of the Nusach used by Jews who follow Minhagei Sefarad (Spain) and Edot haMizrach. This is an oversimplification, but the ...
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Where does the Kaf HaHayyim first cite the Aruch HaShulchan and the Mishnah Berurah?

I did an analysis inspired by MDJava's. I used the JSON format text to compute the frequency with which the Mishnah Berurah and Aruch HaShulchan are cited by simain in the Kaf HaHaayyim. I identified ...
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Arabic text chanted by Jo Amar for Yachatz in Haggadah

Luckily for you, this Yachatz by Jo Amar was published as its own little clip on the wonderful "Darké Abotenou" channel1, with English transliteration and translation in the notes: Hagda qsm l'lah ...
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Birkat HaMazon with everyone in mind?

This is known as a Zimmun and occurs when a group (subject to various details) eats bread together. When there is a Zimmun, the leader recites the entire Birkat HaMazon aloud on the group's behalf and ...
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Sepharad vs Sephardic siddurs/nusachs

The nusach used by Jews of Sephardic extraction (meaning either Jews who live in Spain and Portugal, or are descended from those who were expelled from those places in 1492) is called "Nusach ...
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Do some Sephardi women accept Shabbat at Kiddush rather than with the lighting of the candles?

In Shulchan Aruch (263:10), the view of the Behag is quoted: לבעל ההלכות גדולות כיון שהדליק נר של שבת חל עליו שבת ונאסר במלאכה ועל פי זה נוהגות קצת נשים שאחר שברכו והדליקו הנרות משליכות לארץ הפתילה ...
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Why Sephardim say לברכה after משיב הרוח

Some words are pronounced one way by themselves, but differently when part of a sentence. Ex.: "Land" is “eretz”, but when last word or right before a pause, it's “aretz”. So for "...
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Sephardic communities that stand to put on hand-t'filin

Unfortunately I do not have the time to check each source specifically, but here are a few pointers: Rabbi Shalom Jerby from Nofit in Israel says that Sephardic communities in many places stand, ...
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Do contemporary Sefardi poskim absolutely require ten men at a wedding?

In addition to the above, Rav Shalom Meshash (Tevuot Shamesh, Even HaEzer 148) unequivocally, even post facto, rules that yes, we do. Rav Moshe Paniri, Talmid of Chacham Ben Tzion Abba Shaul, (Beit ...
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Why are Ashkenazi haftarahs longer than that of Sephardim?

The Shulchan Aruch in סימן רפד - דיני הפטרה וברכותיה says that the Haftarah should be at least 21 verses long, unless the theme ends beforehand. א מַפְטִירִין בַּנָּבִיא מֵעִנְיָנָהּ שֶׁל ...
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What exactly are they saying during a Sephardic lilililili?

The Midrash (Bereshit Rabbah 70:19) says that at Yaakov and Leah's "wedding," the member of the audience, who were of aware of Lavan's scheme, tried hinting to Yaakov - Ha Lea! Ha Lea! - Hi Leah! - "...
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Where does the Kaf HaHayyim first cite the Aruch HaShulchan and the Mishnah Berurah?

Searching the text of Kaf HaChaim Orach Chaim and Yoreh Deah yields the following: Mishnah Berurah cited a max of 328 times (325 "מ"ב אות" and 3 "משנה ברורה"), starting around 15:1. Haven't checked ...
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Sefardic contemporaries for Techelet?

Rabbi Yitzchok Yosef states (resp. Rishon LeZion OC §1) that after some have concluded upon thorough examinations that we have today authentic techeles, if one wants to wear them [concealed] then ...
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When davening Nusach Edoth Hamizrach, in Berchot Hashacher, why do girls say ברוך שעשני כרצונו without pronouncing Hashem's name or kingship?

That Berakha is not found in the Talmud or early authorities, and generally we do not add blessings on our own. Thus many authorities did not think it should be said (eg. Bach, Shelah, Peri Chadash (...
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Syrian pronunciation of צ

According to K. Katz (see his book "מסורת הלשון העברית של יהודי ארם-צובא (חלב) בקריאת המקרא והמשנה"),‎ צ is a velarized voiceless alveolar sibilant in the language tradition of Aleppo. This is the ...
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