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To Q1: The source is the mishna in Ovos 3 (11) רבי אלעזר המודעי אומר, המחלל את הקדשים, והמבזה את המועדות, והמלבין פני חברו ברבים , והמפר בריתו של אברהם אבינו עליו השלום, והמגלה פנים בתורה שלא כהלכה, אף על פי שיש בידו תורה ומעשים טובים, אין לו חלק לעולם הבא. (משנה, מסכת אבות ג יא) Darche Noam writes Viewing Chol Hamoed as a sanctified day of ...


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R' Berel Bixenspanner (Montreal, QC) told me that there is indeed no reason for a tefach wide gartel, only one wider than three tefachim. The priestly garment would thus satisfy this. The reason is avoiding lavud: Two sufaces separated by a gap of less than three *tefachim are considered conected. Therefore, a narrower gartel may not properly divide the ...


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This did not start with the post Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel. Nor did it start with Ovadia Yosef. Rabbis throughout the orient wore this type of garb regularly, as their dress reflected the culture they were in. So for example, you have Rabbi Aharon Ben Simeon, former Chief Rabbi of Egypt (until 1921 i believe) The mantle of the Chief Sephardic Rabbi ...



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