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On page 68 of the Artscroll English Machzor Shavuos it discusses the custom of torah study for the first night of Shavuos. It says that the custom was from about 2 millennia ago but was only observed by small groups of scholars until widespread acceptance happened about 400 years ago. It then mentions a story of R' Shlomo HaLevi Aklabetz and Rabbi Joseph ...


There are indeed different customs regarding whether or not it is necessary / proper to recite Birkhat Hatorah prior to selichot. This clear and concise Halacha Yomit on the subject brings the major minhagim and their sources: 1) Maharshal writes that in Germany the custom was to rely on the opinion of Maharil who ruled that one need not recite the ...


Rema Orach Chaim 46:9 notes that the custom he observed was to recite birchot hatorah only after selichot. However Mishnah Berurah 46:27 points out that the prevalent custom today is not to recite any verses before birchot hatorah, therefore one should recite birchot hatorah before selichot.

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