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As far as your question what is the book of Merits/Sefer "Zechuyos"? The Chofetz Chaim zt"l explains that it is a hard request to understand as ממה נפשך (i.e. either way you look at it), if we have enough merits then it doesn't need to be written as a request, and if chas veshalom a person has many sins, what good does it achieve to write it, ...


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In the sefer Tiferes Uziel by HaRav Uziel Meisels here (second paragraph on the left column), he notes that these five books correspond to the five books of the Torah. They tally as follows: ספר חיים טובים - correlates to Bereishis which is where life was created and thus links with the book of good life. ספר גאולה וישועה - relates to Shemos where we see the ...


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Generalising the question: One of the themes on Rosh Hashanah is that Hashem should remember us for the good, e.g. וזכרנו לטובה ביום הזכרון הזה - Remember us for the good on this day of remembrance. This would appear to be a bizarre notion, in what way should Hashen remember us for good? Surely Hashem remembers us how we are? It would appear that we can ...


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דבר פשוט הוא שכשאומר הלל ביחיד לא יאמר בהודו אחר יאמר נא ישראל ויאמרו נא בית אהרן ויאמרו נא יראי ד' הודו לד' כי טוב דזה אינו אלא בציבור או לפחות כשהם שלושה דאחד אומר יאמר נא והשנים משיבים ולא כשהוא יחידי ואפילו שנים אינם כלום אלא אם כן הם שלושה שאחד אומר והשנים משיבים It is an obvious matter that when one says Hallel alone he should not say in "הודו&...


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I am a Karaite Jew - raised in the Karaite tradition. A few notes: I just did a class on the Karaite liturgy that you can check out here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrR6THBLhSA. What he did in the siddur in question is print the evening siddur linearly (i.e. in the order in which the prayers are read, and there are various times when the day of the ...


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פסקי תשובות אורח חיים סימן פט כב. שינה סמוך לעלות השחר או לאחריה  שם: דבתוך חצי שעה אסור להתחיל לאכול וכו' וה"ה לגבי ק"ש דאורייתא. ובסימן רל"ה (סקי"ז) כתב המשנ"ב עפ"י הגמרא כמו כן לענין שינה שאסור לישן חצי שעה קודם זמן ק"ש של ערבית שמא ימשך בשינתו ויפסיד המצוה, וכן כתב בסי' תרצ"ב (סקט"ו) לענין קריאת מגילה. ויש ...


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According to the Talmud (Shabbat 30a) King David asked to die (before his allotted time) and while God did not accept this request, there does not seem to be any mention that this was an inherently problematic request: And as to what Solomon said, 'for a living dog is better than a dead lion', — that is as Rab Judah said in Rab's name, viz.; what is meant ...


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Theory: Simply imitative of or resembling the (nonsense?) sound "Ciri-biri-bom" from the 1960 Yiddish play and song. (C as in Charlie) Which is in turn imitative of or resembling "Ciribiribin," 1898 Piedmontese ballad. The nonsense phrase Ciribiribin seems imitative of the words in its first line, especially "che bel" -- "...


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I am a Karaite jew (from a Karaite family, raised in a Karaite community). I just posted a video introducing the Karaite liturgy and how it is composed. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrR6THBLhSA To answer your specific questions - yes, the modern siddur does have certain rabbinic influences. The reason for that is that the compiler ...


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Perhaps we can provide a breakdown as follows: In the case of Hagar she was definitely a desperate mother crying for her child but she she wasn't crying from a place of absolute faith that Hashem would help her. The Targum Yonasan 21:16 says she only cried after her idol did not respond to her call for help. Then, in Bereishis Rabbah 53:14 we are told that ...


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One who puts on a tallit anytime during the day certainly fulfills a mitzvah and therefore makes the appropriate blessing. However, putting on a tallit at night may not fulfill a mitzvah, and therefore one does not bless. (Rema to Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 18:1) There is some controversy as to the definition of 'night' in this context: does it start at the ...


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Why would the rules be any different than on the Earth? If you can locate Jerusalem (in this case, the Earth), face that direction. If not, it doesn't matter. The construction of the synagogue there should facilitate facing the Earth, regardless of the direction. It may include a technology that tracks the Earth and illuminates a light at the side of the ...


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The reason for facing Yerushalayim is to improve kavana. Hence, if there is some extenuating circumstance, prayers may be in any direction needed to improve kavana. For instance, I was once on a flight from NY to Israel where there was a minyan in the back of the plane. Now, regardless of which view you have of the direction toward Jerusalem, it would be ...


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I have Imgur blocked on my computer, but if this is the prayer said with the 13 attributes, then the answer is that the Vilna Gaon held to not say it. Look in the brackets here. The printers were not following the opinion of the Vilna Gaon.


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