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Standing for whole of Lecha Dodi

Kovetz Bais Aharon V'Yisrael 66 - page 97 says the source for standing at Lecha Dodi is the Tikunei Shabbos which mentions that one should stand Lekovod Shabbos Kodesh while saying the Lecha Dodi. It ...
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What is the source for singing zemirot on Shabbat?

This article notes that a seeming reference to zemirot as part of the Shabbos seudah is made by the Gemara (Megillah 12b): יום השביעי שבת היה שישראל אוכלין ושותין מתחילין בד''ת ובדברי תשבחות Early ...
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What is the source of the Friday night Shalom Aleichem and how did it become popular?

This piyut was not found in earlier sidurim, and the custom to say it is from the Kabbalists. We find it first in the book תיקוני שבת based on the work of the Kabbalist רבי אברהם הלוי ברוכים student ...
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Kol Mekadesh - sung Friday Night - המאחרים לצאת מן השבת וממהרים לבא

I once heard an answer that throughout the years in the desert, the Jews always knew exactly when Shabbos started and ended becuase they had the pillars of cloud and of fire. However, these were taken ...
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Standing for whole of Lecha Dodi

The Aderet Rav Eliyahu David Rabinowitz-Teomim basing himself on the Gemara in Bava Kama 32b and in Shabbos (119a) implies that the Lecha Dodi should be said while standing. The Gemara says: :רבי ...
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Custom of singing Aishes Chayil before kiddush

The custom of saying Eshet Hayil on Friday night does not seem universal among Teimani Jews. R. Qafih makes no mention of it in his discussion of Friday night practices in Yemen (Halikhot Teiman (1969)...
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Shabbos Zemiros source for Al Ahavosicha?

If the song that you are referring to is this one, it was composed by R' Yehuda HaLevi in the 11th or 12th century according to Hebrew Wikipedia.
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If a composer of a nigun is accused of a serious offense should his nigun no longer be sung?

As stated previously, Rav Moshe Feinstein addressed this in Igros Moshe, Even HaEzer Vol. 1, § 96. If they were written when the fellow was acting properly, they are totally fine. (Rav Moshe talks ...
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Why is "An'im Zemirot" called "Shir Hakavod"?

I found in Siddur Kol Tefilos Hashana - Philadelphia 1905 - that it is called Shir Hakavod since it speaks about the honor of the creator - Hashem.
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Song sung in Hebrew, English, and Russian with words "life is a narrow bridge."

It's probably "Kol ha'olam kulo gesher tzar me'od, veha'ikar lo le'fached klal". It is composed by Rabbi Boruch Chait, and the lyrics are from Rav Nachman of Breslov. The English version is: "The ...
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What is the source for "last in deed, first in thought"?

First things that come up on a search are The words "רִאשׁוֹן לַמַּחֲשָׁבָה, אַחֲרוֹן לְמַעֲשֶׂה.". Zohar The words. "תחילת המחשבה סוף המעשה" Kuzari 3.73, Magid devorov liyakov said it is a ...
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Resource for tunes for prayers/songs

Offtonic happens to have a whole lot of them. I strongly recommend it. (Full disclosure: it's my site, y'all!)
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Why ask for forgiveness of our sins after Havdala each week?

Chassam Soffer has a Tshuva in Chelek Orach Chaim siman 67 where he says he sings this every Motzai Shabbos, but he conceded that it was originally meant to be sung on Motzai Yom Kippur, as he brings ...
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Psalm 23 and Shabbat

R. Tzadok HaKohen of Lublin addresses this question in Pri Tzadik, Terumah 11. He gives a number of different explanations, of which one of the less esoteric is: ביום השבת שאנו שובתין מכל העבודות ...
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What is the source for singing zemirot on Shabbat?

The Machzor Vitry (a talmid of Rashi, who therefore preceeds R' Yehudah HaChassid and R' Elazar Rokeach) has a considerable number of the zemiros that we still sing today, some of which have variant ...
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Need help identifying Zemirot from audio (very simple to anyone with good hebrew)

The first song is called אסדר לסעודתא (Asader leseudasa). The lyrics can be found here. Translation and transliteration here. The second one you mentioned is from Isaiah 58:12, and is said as part of ...
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Do some abridge the Shabbat evening Kiddush?

Nusach Sefard leaves out those words when saying Kiddush. Regarding Shalom Aleichem I know that Bobov leaves out that stanza.
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Do some abridge the Shabbat evening Kiddush?

There are those who do not say "tzaischem" because of the idea that you do not want to sent the malachim away. One does not say to a guest as soon as they arrive "When are you leaving". SImilarly, ...
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Why does almost every community say Lecha Dodi?

I've heard that it is this way because Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz composed it in his circle who was made up of the greatest Achronim. Rabbi Alkabetz was one of the members of the esteemed Safed circle of ...
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Resource for tunes for prayers/songs

One website that I use to refresh my memory is virtualcantor.com which has recordings of most of Tefillos as well as some Megilla lainings.
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Resource for tunes for prayers/songs

Another good source is the Zemirot Database http://www.zemirotdatabase.org/index.php It provides recordings along with the words and a translation.
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Standing for whole of Lecha Dodi

In the Machzor Polin MiKol HaShanah,it says that the first 6 tehillim of Kabollas Shabbos are kneged a different day of the working week, therefore they should be said sitting. Lecha Dodi is kneged ...
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Shalom Aleichem and Eishet Chayil at the Pesach Seder?

From the Oz V'hadar Mesivta Haggadah page 68: There is a dispute whether one should say Zemiros Shabbos on Yom Tov. The Matteh Ephraim (583:1) says that one should say Shalom Aleichem on a Shabbos ...
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Shalom Aleichem and Eishet Chayil at the Pesach Seder?

The Piskei Teshuvos Siman 473:2 writes that even those who are noheg to say sahlom aliechem and eishes cheil on Yom tov should not say it the night of pesach in order to hurry and make kiddush right ...
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Why ask for forgiveness of our sins after Havdala each week?

Pri Tzadik Parshas Bo - page 53 discusses this at length. I will attempt to explain it to the best of my ability. Based on the Gemara in Shabbos 118b Shabbos is a time of forgiveness for sins, as one ...
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Why does שמי שמים mean "the loftiest heavens"?

Rav Hirsch in explaining Bereishis 1:1 explains the usage of Shamaim as he had developed it in Jeshurun vol. VIII pg. 274 as the designation of the whole extra-terrestrial world. He then explains the ...
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Does everybody sing eishes chayil or just those who are married?

There are many reasons why Aishes Chayil is sung on Shabbos, but for those with the minhag to say it, it seems to be to said whether married or not (we sang it in every yeshiva I was in despite not of ...
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Why do piyutim follow the aleph-beis?

The alphabetic acrostic, already in practice in the Bible (e.g. Psalms 119, Proverbs ch. 31 etc.), was originally incorporated as a mnemonic. As the eminent scholar Ezra Fleisher observed (see ...
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Song sung in Hebrew, English, and Russian with words "life is a narrow bridge."

I can't say for certain but agree with comment to your question. It sounds like the song based on a discourse from Likkutei Moharan Tinyanah, end of siman 48:2, called The Whole World (כל העולם כלו). ...
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What to do if mother-in-law is singing at meal?

There's nothing you can do. Just don't pay attention to her voice (assuming, for the sake of the question, that your Rov holds kol isha is forbidden even for Shabbos zemiros). If you tell her to stop, ...
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