Rabbi Michael Tzadok
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Where does the concept of Gilgulim (reincarnations) in Judaism come from?
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In regards to the first one, Gilgulim are first mentioned in the Heikhalot texts, also found in the Zohar, and Sefer HaBahir. According to those who hold the Zohar is Tannaic, that puts the idea at ...

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Lady drinking Havdalah wine
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The Shulhan Arukh 298:8 נשים חייבות בהבדלה כשם שחייבות בקידוש ויש מי שחולק: הגה על כן לא יבדילו לעצמן רק ישמעו הבדלה מן האנשים Essentially the Maran Yosef Karo holds that women are Hayiv (obligated) ...

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Kohanic Hand Gestures?
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The Ben Ish Hai Year 1 Parashat Tetzaveh brings a Machloket as to whether the correct method is as Maran describes in the Shulhan Arukh or whether it is according to the AriZal(Sha'ar HaKavvanot 40A ...

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How Kabbalistically accurate is the golem-making procedure described in "Niflaos Maharal"?
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While Sefer Yetzirah does give a basic outline in creating a Golem(though arguably that is not the primary purpose of those parts), it does not give a specific formula. Much of that is relegated to ...

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ALL Names of God
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Sepher Shorshei HaShemot by Rabbi Moshe Zecuto is an exhaustive listing of divine names. It is an alphabetical index. Each entry lists the source of the name as well as its usage.

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Tzoveah on Shabbos
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I am going to deal with the bleeding first. Shulhan Arukh O"H 320:20 There is an opinion who holds that when eating berries and other dyeing fruits one must take care not to touch one’s ...

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Stepping Back Before Amidah
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Sefer Ben Ish Hai Year 1 Parashat B'Shallah Ot 3(Quoting from the translation by R' Shmuel Hiley under the auspices of R' Yaakov Hillel and published by Yeshivat Ahavat Shalom 5765): There is a ...

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How does paying a Mohel work?
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A mohel is not allowed to insist on payment. Sh"A Y"D says: האב שאינו יודע למול, ויש כאן מוהל שאינו רוצה למול בחנם, רק בשכר, יש לב"ד לגעור במוהל זה, כי אין זה דרכן של זרע אברהם, ואדרבה מוהלים ...

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Stacking Seforim
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Sh"A Y"D 282:19 סעיף יט מותר להניח ספר תורה על ס"ת, ומניחים חומשים ע"ג נביאים וכתובים, אבל אין מניחים נביאים וכתובים על גבי חומשים, ולא חומשים על גבי ס"ת. הגה: יד לז] <יג> אבל כתובים על גבי ...

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Segulah for Children?
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Rav Kaduri ZTz"L used to tell people to recite Tehillim 102 and 103 everyday just before Shkia and then say this little prayer: ירמיאו''א שיהא חשוב ומקובל ומרוצה פרקי תהלים שקראתי לפנך, ובזכות ...

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Shoivavim Tat significance
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Sources Shaar HaKavanot Drushei HaLaila Sha'ar Ruah Hakodesh Tikun 27 page 17c There is an ancient minhag in all of Israel to fast forty days consecutively that are from the first day of ...

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Why do some people wear their tzitzis out for people to see, and others don't?
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Wearing Tzitzit in has its source in Sha'ar HaKavvanot 7b(it is also found in the language of the Tur Siman 8). Rav Ovadya Hedayya ZTz"L writes in Yaskil Avdei 5:3 and in 8:2 extended Teshuvot for ...

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What does it cost to write one's own Sefer Torah - and how long would it take?
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It took me just over three years for each that I did. I wrote roughly half an amud(21 lines a day) using a reed. The cost was just over $8k, but I used an exceptionally high quality klaf(better ...

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What Bracha do you make on Sushi?
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It seems to me based on these two fairly reliable opinions here and here that the proper barakha for most sushi is mezunot. Though if you have some of the more interesting varieties of sushi that ...

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What is flavored beer vis-a-vis kashrus?
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Quite honestly this is an area where you need to consult whichever Posek you rely upon. My basic reasoning for that is as follows. I received semicha from the Israeli Rabbinute 10yrs ago, and soon ...

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What is Kabbalah?
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The part of the oral Torah comprising the mystical traditions of the Jewish people and religion.

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Kiddush cup handoff
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Sefer Ben Ish Hai Year 2 Bereshit Ot 29(Quoting from the English Edition published by Ahavat Shalom): One then commences the physical preparations for qiddush. It should be noted that there are ...

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How does shechita (kosher slaughter) actually work?
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It is discussed at length in Siman 20 of Yore De'ah. Essentially the shochet needs to cut through the Trachea, Esophagus, carotid artery and the jugular vein. Both of these shield the esophagus and ...

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Burning the Challah portion
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Aside from the foil or the above mentioned grill you can also sear it on a stove top burner. Alternately since it is so small simply place it in the oven while cooking the loaves. It need not be ...

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Kabala in Halacha
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First as far as being posek al pi Kabbalah the inyan is only L'Humra not L'kula. For instance the Zohar says one needs only to wait a half hour between eating meat and eating milk, but we do not hold ...

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Which passages comprise the classic Tikkun Leil Shavuot?
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According to the Siddur HaRashash as set forth in Shaar HaKavvanot 89a(the paragraph that starts with the words זהו הסדר). Tikun Leil Shavuot: Genesis 1:1-Gen 2:4 Gen 6:6-6:12 Gen 11:30-12:3 ...

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Is metzitzah b'peh required when an adult is circumcised or in the case of hatafas dam bris?
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Regarding adult Brit for conversion where the man is not previously cirucumcised at least according to some people they do. Rav Mordechai Eliyahu writes such in his sefer on Milah Ozer Eliyahu 264:4. ...

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Taharas hamishpacha practices during pregnancy
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I'm going to say that whoever wrote the wikipedia article did not understand the sources they were reading. First let me state the noticeable problems. According to Halakha a woman may not tell her ...

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Pinchas and Halacha In Front Of One's Rabbi
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The Gemara (Sanhedrin 82a) states that when Pinchas saw Zimri consorting with Kazbi the Midianite, he said to Moshe: Did you not teach me that if someone does such a thing, zealots may kill him ? ...

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Voting in a church?
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As long as you don't go into the main sanctuary there should not be a problem. There is a makhloket poskim as to whether belief in the trinity is forbidden only for a Jew. Many say a non-Jew may ...

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Pesach Matzo Brochos Change
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Most Sephardim use "soft" matzah instead of "hard" matzah, and "soft" matza technically has the brakha of HaMotzi. "Hard" matza is more a problem, though there are many Sephardim, especially Chutz L'...

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Are there any national brands of tuna that are Bishul Yisroel?
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If you are looking for Bishul Yisrael according to the opinion of the Rema(and thus Ashkenazim), yes there are. According to the Mechaber(and thus Sephardim), no there are not. There are a couple of ...

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Making the Kohen's Gesture
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I know of nothing in halakha that says that it should be. Whereas the AriZal, the RaShaSh and the Ben Ish Hai, all claim that to a certain extent the same hand gesture should be assumed when a person ...

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Hadas at weddings and Brit Milah
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Like all things dealing with Sephardi minhagim, it is Kabbalistic and complicated. First the reason to have them is founded in the Zohar Helek 2, 68b, and Helek 3, 219, where it states that Hadas is ...

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Selichos start: Ashkinazim vs. Sefardim
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The simple answer is because Shulhan Arukh 581:1 and the Arizal Sha'ar HaKavvanot 89d, Pri Etz Haim 128b(see also Likutei Torah 106b, Shaar Ruah HaKodesh 48a and Shaar HPesukim 41a) say so. For a ...

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