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Congratulations on your willingness to take on a challenging mitzvah at a young age. There is an actual halachic question here which I think people have missed. You want to know how to balance tznius laws with the laws about respecting parents, etc., when your family is embarrassed by how you dress. Although I have seen some sources suggest that Rabbinical ...


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There are a number of publications that discuss these issues. A wonderful book, from a rabbinic giant who was also a baal teshuva, is Teshuvah: A guide for the Newly Observant Jew by R. Adin Steinsaltz. His chapters on "The Relation to the Past," "Heritage and Family," and "Social Relations" seem particularly relevant to your question. Another take, also a ...


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Every person is obliged to say, bishvili nivra ha'olam. The entire world was created for me. This implies that every person has the obligation to reconcile every person in existence with their position as the centre of the special universe that was created for them by God. This includes anyone you were ever friends with. The concept of moving on and ...



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