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There is a general rule דברו חכמים בהווה, the Sages spoke about what normally happens. It is true that for someone in the Pacific Ocean he could face either East or West (following the rhumb line, a constant compass direction) or any direction (following the great circle, the shortest distance, see here). But most people are in places where there is a clear ...


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I hadn't heard of the "Nisim B'chol Yom" prayer you refer to, but I did some googling and discovered that this is another name for what I'm used to calling the "Birchot Hashachar" - "Morning Blessings." You can find an online copy of these blessings in Hebrew and English at Sefaria.org here. The Hebrew is from the "Daat" online repository at Herzog College,...


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Maimonides understands that G-d has no need for a temple and only allowed it for the sake of humans, as a concession. Many people will reject this view. But should they do so? Does it make any difference whether or not the author of Beraita was unaware that the earth was spherical? I think that it makes no difference. Thus, Maimonides said that the sages ...


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Based on the halachic principle of following proximity (הולכין אחר הקרוב) derived from the law of the עגלה ערופה (see, e.g., Bava Bathra 23b), it would seem that the longer route is irrelevant. Notably, the maps you provide don't convey this entirely accurately, at least according to the view of Rav Yechiel Zilber (see MyZmanim.com that also cites Rav ...


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I think it can be important for Muslims that people do not wall in front of them while they pray, for their own religious reasons. See for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutrah Maybe the notion you are hearing of comes from respecting this.


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The vowels on names of God in siddurim are meant to tell you how the name is supposed to be pronounced in each particular case. You may note that the vocalization is not always the same. Most of the time you see the name יהו-ה in a siddur, it is vocalized as ״יְהוָה״ This tells you that this name is supposed to be pronounced with those vowels as "Adonai." ...


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