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R. Yehuda Aiash (Shut Beit Yehuda YD 28) rules that in general any honour which one must accord a male (such as standing up for an older man), one must accord an equivalent female as well: פשוט דכל מיני כבוד שחייבין לעשות לאיש הה"נ לאשה Similarly, R. Yitshak Attiya writes (Zera Yitshak: Pilpelet Kol Shehu p. 88, cited in Yalkut Yosef 627 p. 173) cites ...


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Leviticus 19:32 מִפְּנֵי שֵׂיבָה תָּקוּם, וְהָדַרְתָּ פְּנֵי זָקֵן Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man The Talmud (Kiddushin 32b) understands this to refer (in addition to the elderly) to any Torah scholar, and so it is codified in Shulchan Arukh (YD 244:1) that one must stand to honor a Torah scholar who passes ...


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Because the Halacha is that you can sit (and such was the custom in the majority of synagogues in the period of the Rishonim), and everyone in a given place should follow the same custom. (Or Yitzchak 1:53)


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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 is also mentioned in Kitzur H'shla. They go on to mention that the Sar Shalom M'Belz said that when Rabbi Shlomo Alkabatz composed the Lecha Dodi he requested ...


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Qitzur Shulhhan Arukh - Yalqut Yosef, Siman 56:11 writes (my translation): מנהג האשכנזים כדעת הרמ''א, לעמוד בשעה שעונים קדיש וברכו, וספרדי שמתפלל עם אשכנזים, נכון שיעמוד גם הוא עמהם בעת אמירת קדיש וברכו, כדי שלא יהיה בכלל יושב בין העומדים. The Ashkenazi custom, per the ReM"A, is to stand when responding to Qaddish and Barekhu. And, as for a Sepharadi ...


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The Yerushalmi (Nazir 9:3) records that the standard way of burying people is with their legs extended and their hands over their hearts. Elsewhere (Kilayim 9:3) it records how R Yirmeya asked to be laid on his side, as if ready to awake and greet the Mashiach, in his grave. The Bavli (BB 74a) describes how the Jews who died while wandering the desert for 40 ...


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I've turned the chair sideways (i.e., the chair back is perpendicular to the table), draped a pillow over the back and leaned my hand over the pillow and the back. Don't use a high-back chair for this. A short chair or folding chair will work fine for this purpose. Another easy solution is just lean your elbow on the table. I have seen a number of ravs I ...


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The Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim 183:10 writes: יֵשׁ אוֹמְרִים שֶׁגַּם בִּרְכַּת מֵעֵין שָׁלֹשׁ צָרִיךְ לְאָמְרָהּ מִיֹּשֶׁב There are those who say that birkas mein shalosh needs to be recited while seated. The Mishna Brurah writes: שגם ברכת מעין שלש - עיין בביאור הגר"א שתלה דין זה במה שמבואר לקמן בסימן קפ"ד ס"ג והרמב"ם שהוא בעל דעה זו ...


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To stand for Vayevarech David is codified by the Rema, OC 51:7: ונהגו לעמוד כשאומרים ברוך שאמר ויברך דוד וישתבח: The custom is to stand when they say Baruch She’amar, Vayivarech David, and Yishtabach. Rema writes similarly in his Darchei Moshe ad. loc. §8: מהרי"ל לא היה עומד בשעה שאמר הפסוקים של לך ה' הגדולה כו' אבל המנהג עכשיו לעמוד מויברך דוד ...


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While the Arizal does indeed say that A) one should stand for Vayivarech David, and B) that one should give tzedakah standing during Vayivarech David, these customs are not dependent on one another. The Kaf HaChaim (OC 51:43 quotes the Arizal on standing during Vayivarech David as follows: וכ"כ האר"י ז"ל בשער הכוונות בענין תפלת השחר די"ח ע"ג וז"ל צריך ...


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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 15:6 states: Some say that one need not stand for Kaddish. However, any Kaddish which catches you standing, like after Hallel, one should [remain] standing until after [responding] Yehei Shmei Rabba. And some say that one should always stand for Kaddish and other Davar SheBiKedusha, since we should learn a Kal VaChomer from ...


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Berachos 10b א״ר יוסי בר׳ חנינא משום ראב״י המתפלל צריך שיכוין את רגליו שנאמר ורגליהם רגל ישרה This is brought in the Rambam Tefila 5:4 (part of תיקון הגוף for תפילה along with how to hold ones hands and where ones eyes should be, which may be understood as how to stand in front of the King) and the Smag Asei 19 (good way to remember it is that we have 19 ...


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Rav Yisroel Belsky (zt"l) said that one should lean slightly to the left, with one's elbow on the table, in a very comfortable manner. See the YouTube video for more detail. Here's a screenshot from the full clip: (Click the image for a higher resolution copy)


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The Shulchan Aruch (103:2) states: בקש לצאת ממנו רוח מלמטה ונצטער הרבה ואינו יכול להעמיד עצמו הולך אחוריו ארבע אמות ומוציא הרוח וממתין עד שיכלה הריח...וחוזר למקומו וחוזר למקום שפסק If a person has to pass gas and he is unable to hold it in, he should walk backward four amot, release the gas and wait until the smell subsides...and he should then return to ...


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It is a dispute in poskim, and there are different customs about which one to follow. Why is this psalm different than all other Psalms? Two reasons, one is that it has a reference to the sacrifice, and when a Kohen brought the sacrifices he was standing (that opinion would also hold to stand while saying the Korbanos that preceded Baruch Sheamar). The ...


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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 ינאי מתעטף וקאי ואמר בואי כלה בואי כלה Rav Yanai was "wrapped and standing saying Come queen Come Queen" Quoted Aderet: ואנו נוהגין לעמוד לעשות דוגמא כמו ...


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The simplest thing that I have done in this situation is to pull over a folding chair, and set it perpendicular to the left of my chair. Then I use the back of that chair as my armrest. If you have space for it, this is probably your best option. As a backup, I once turned to my right, so that the table was on my left, and then used the table to lean on. ...


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The Mishna Berurah in siman 559 writes: ועיין באחרונים דמותר להניח תחתיו שק או כר קטן. וגם יוכל לישב על ספסל נמוך למי שקשה לו לישב על הארץ: One may place a bag or a small pillow underneath themselves. Also if one finds it hard to sit on the floor, one may use a low chair. This is basically the ruling presented in the Pri Migadim who found a middle ...


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Tamid 27a states explicitly that the leviim guarded on the outside so they could sit down.


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Rav Avigdor Nevenzahl Shlit"a the former Chief Rabbi of the Old city and foremost student of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, told me that to daven in a minyan on the plane bothers people and it therefore it is better to daven in your seat.


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Shaarei Teshuvah 51 (9) and Kitzur Shulchan Oruch 14 (4) point out that Mizmor L'Todah is instead of a Korban Todah (thanksgiving offering) and since korbanot were offered standing, one should stand for Mizmor L'Todah. The Ari z”l says one should sit. See Praying with fire which says But why do we recite מזמור לתודה every day if it was sung only when ...


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It is a demonstration of honour to stand but not a duty. See here The original rule is this (SA YD 282, 2): הרואה ספר תורה שהוא מהלך חייב לעמוד לפניו ויהיו הכל עומדים עד שיעמוד זה שמוליכו ויגיענו למקומו או עד שיתכסה מעיניהם. ‏ Everybody need to stand when they see a Sefer Torah walking until it reach his place (for instance the ark). The link ...


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Background In general, one may not be seated in the presence of someone who is saying the amidah, as it is considered disrespectful. (Either because he appears unwilling to accept ol malchut shamayim (Aruch Hashulchan OC 102:3) or because the area around one who is praying is considered holy (Aruch Hashulchan OC 102:4)). 1. There is a debate regarding ...


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When it comes to standing for Birkat Hashachar, the following sources write that one should stand: Ishei Yisrael 5:14 writes that some have the practice to stand. Piskei Teshuvot 46:3 writes that the Ashkenazic minhag is to stand and a person shouldn't deviate from that practice unless they are sick or old. The minhag to stand is sourced in the Mekor ...


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Usually Baalei Teshuvah are more stringent in the way they behave. Perhaps this is because they feel that they must do more than the average person in order to get close to G-d


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Rav Yosef Ber Soloveitchik (hereafter, “the Rav”) would sit for Ashrei, as implied by the Rambam מהל' תפילה פ"ט ה"ח. The Rav explained that by sitting together the group establishes itself as a congregation. -"השראה לה': תפילת לליל שבת לפי נוסח הגרי"ד סולובייצ'יק" - Edited and commentary by Micha Berger , page 1 fn. 1 (alt. link http://www.aishdas.org/...


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Pesachim 111b - If one steps over a [fallen] palm tree - if it was cut down, he will be killed; if it was uprooted, he will die. If he put his foot on it, there is no problem. doesn't say about sitting but this is probably the root of that statement. Furthermore, I was told that all the demons were banished by the maharsha, so this does not seem to apply ...


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Yalkut Yosef 25:69 says that it is done that way Al Pi Kabala. מנהגינו על פי הקבלה להניח תפילין של יד מיושב, ותפילין של ראש מעומד. ומנהג האשכנזים להניח בין תפילין של יד בין תפילין של ראש מעומד. [ילקו''י על תפילין מהדורת תשס''ד, סימן כה הערה סח, שאר''י חלק א' עמ' שנב].


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Today I received an email from dailyhalacha.com that has a sefardic take on this question: Haham Ben-Sion defines haseva as leaning forty-five degrees to the left, and one must be leaning on something such as the back of the chair or the table, and not simply leaning to the side in mid air with no support. Leave enough room for this when preparing the ...


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The source for this is the Masechet Derech Eretz; one of the minor tractates (4:1): מי שהוא תלמיד חכם, לא יאכל מעומד, ולא ישתה מעומד, ולא יקנח את הקערה, ולא ילקק באצבעותיו, ולא יגהק בפני חבירו, מיעוט שיחה, מיעוט שחוק, מיעוט שינה, מיעוט תענוג, מיעוט הן הן, מיעוט לאו לאו It gives a list of personal habits that Torah scholars should adopt including not ...


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