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The Beis Yosef attributes this to the Orchos Chayim in Orach Chayim 32 (2/3 down here) without mentioning a midrash. כתב בארחות חיים: לפיכך עושין שי"ן יותר משאר אותיות, כדי לרמוז הימים שאדם מניחם בשנה שהם ש׳.‏ Thanks to @YaacovDeane for the superior citation from Orchos Chayim (T'filin 27), which brings this idea (that the Shin hints to the number of ...


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It's Judaism. The answer is "it's complicated," "it depends," and "potentially there's a dispute involved." According to Wikipedia: Totem poles can symbolize the characters and events in mythology, or convey the experiences of recent ancestors and living people. ... Pole carvings may include animals, fish, plants, insects, and humans, or they may ...


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The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 183:4) says that one should hold a cup of Blessing (e.g for Kiddush or Birkat Hamozon) in his right hand. כשמתחיל לברך נוטלו בימינו Tosfos in Pesachim 106a brings in the name of Yerushalmi Brochos that when available, each person is given his own cup of wine which he holds in his hand during the recital of Kiddush by the ...


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There are 2 types of magic with which one incurs a being from the upper realm to fulfil ones wish by creating something/bringing something unavailable, which are both mentioned in the Torah which the necromancers of Egypt used in Sanhedrin 67b: בלטיהם אלו מעשה שדים - "Lot" is the work of a sheid (demon) which one incurs to fulfill (in exchange for a ...


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Contrary to some answers here, it is actually very clear where the word's etymology comes from. It's Greek, from the word karpos, which literally means vegetable. Remember that the Greek language was somewhat ubiquitous in Israel at the time the haggadah was being written. The word afikomen is also Greek, as attested to in the Gemarah. I've read some ...


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I think that Tosfos in Berachos 13a is the source for where the idea of Parshas Parah being d'oraisa stemmed from. If you look at the Tosfos below, you'll see that Tosfos lists the Torah portions that are d'oraisa, and only Parshas Zachor is mentioned: However, earlier printed versions of Maseches Berachos have this same Tosfos who mentions Parshas Zachor ...


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As you've probably understood -- the Holy & Holy of Holies were only for the priests (kohanim). Commoners absolutely entered the courtyard, e.g. to bring an animal for sacrifice. Once the Tabernacle was built, the Holy/Holy+ section was referred to as the Ohel Moed ("Communion Tent"); commoners would stand "near the entrance of the Communion Tent", i.e. ...


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This theory is proposed by Rabbi Dovid Fohrman in his book, The Exodus You Almost Passed Over. Rabbi Fohrman spends fully the first third of the book developing just questions on the story. In addressing these questions, he proposes that ultimately, Hashem's goal was not just to free the Jews, but to convince not just any nation, but the one most stooped in ...


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Deuteronomy 12:16 states: :רַ֥ק הַדָּ֖ם לֹ֣א תֹאכֵ֑לוּ עַל־הָאָ֥רֶץ תִּשְׁפְּכֶ֖נּוּ כַּמָּֽיִם However, you shall not eat the blood; you shall spill it on the ground like water. Deuteronomy 12 is the chapter in the Torah that commands us how to slaughter an animal. We are taught to do it in such a manner that we are NOT to "eat the blood" but to "...


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The Mishnah Berurah (24:5) mentions this as a segulah of the mitzvah of tzitzit in general: ומצוה זו מציל האדם מן החטא דכתיב ולא תתורו וגו' למען תזכרו וגו' והייתם קדושים ואף דכל שאר המצות אין בהם זאת הסגולה להצילו מיצה"ר ציצית עדיף וכדאיתא בעובדא דמנחות (מ"ד ע"א) מעשה באדם אחד וכו And this mitzvah saves man from sin, as it is written "and you shall ...


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You ask if there are other Rabbinical sources that support the idea of a Flat Earth? there are some, though they are few. Whether or not some sages believed in the geocentric view - the sun revolving around the earth or the heliocentric view - the reverse, we still describe our evenings as “sunset”. Our perspectives are based on our assertions which is ...


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Josephus Flavius, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 11, 6:13: Now there were slain by the Jews that were in the countrey, and in the other cities, seventy five thousand of their enemies: and these were slain on the thirteenth day of the month; and the next day they kept as festival. In like manner the Jews that were in Shushan gathered themselves together, ...


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There is no "formal minhag" written about this that I'm aware of. But as I heard from a rabbi a long time ago, good "pro active" shuls are extremely in tune with making shul a complete family experience and chinuch as well as a love of mitzvoth is an integral part of all this. So including kids in various functions and tasks such as this, singing "Adon Olam"...


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