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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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This is quite literally the situation described in Vayikra 19, אִ֣ישׁ אִמּ֤וֹ וְאָבִיו֙ תִּירָ֔אוּ וְאֶת־שַׁבְּתֹתַ֖י תִּשְׁמֹ֑רוּ אֲנִ֖י יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶֽם׃" You shall each revere his mother and his father, and keep My sabbaths: I the LORD am your God." (Remember that the vav in Hebrew is just a connector, this passuk could also be translated as &...


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Shabbat Shirah occurs in the annual cycle of reading the Torah when we reach the parasha of Beshalach. That section of the Torah contains the Song of the Sea. Consequently, that shabbat is called "Shabbat Shirah," meaning "Sabbath of Song." This section of the Torah is read with a special tune in many communities and some communities have ...


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This question assumes that bittul Chametz is a form of hefker. This is indeed the position of some Rishonim (see Tosfos Pesachim 4). This very question is one of seven questions posed by the Ramban (Pesachim 4b) on the position of Tosfos that bittul Chametz is a form of hefker. לפיכך פירשו בשם ר"ת ז"ל דמה שאמרו בביטול בעלמא סגי משום דביטול היינו ...


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Rav Moshe Sternbuch shlit"a has a teshuva about in Teshuvos v'Hanhagos 5:84. There, he rules that the Torah was meant to be observed on earth, and that the concept of Shabbos etc. doesn't really exist in space. (He writes that it is forbidden to remove oneself from the obligation to keep mitzvos, and thus it is prohibited to go to outer space.) He ...


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The Mishna Brura (318:4) brings the Magen Avraham in the name of the Rashba that even the pot in which one cooked on Shabbat becomes forbidden for the person who cooked because it has absorbed (the flavor of) a substance that is forbidden for him (in the case one cooked for a healthy individual, not if done for a sick person). Mishna Brura Ohr Olam (p. 10, ...


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The Abudraham (Sefira 3) writes ונוהגין בספרד לקרות מס' אבות ופרק קנין תורה בשבתות שבין פסח לשבועות בכל שבת פרק אחד. וכת' ה"ר ישראל בן ישראל שהטעם שקורין אותם באלו השבתות לפי שהם ימים מנויים למתן תורה ולכן נמנה אנחנו אלו הימים כמו האוהב שהוא ממתין ביאת אהובו מן הדרך והוא מונה הימים והלילות עד שיבא ורוב עניני המסכת' הם הזירוז על קריאת התור' ומעשה המצות ...


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