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Read my (draft) article on the topic here, I quote extensively the opinions of those who had issues with this custom, including Ashkenazim. It seems that this opposition to the custom is not limited to Sepharadim. In fact, the Responsa mentioned in another post here from R' Yosef Messas lists many other sources too. The paper was originally based on that ...


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there is much to gain in speaking to God often as the Alter of Kelm wrote (Sefer Zikaron Beis Kelm pg.265) (longer quote here) "A great principle in joy of the heart and health of the body, and more for the service of G-d is to search for closeness (kirva) to G-d and not closeness to human beings. Besides being a big headache in many ways, there's ...


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Laws for Jews regarding minimum clothing to pray, redding shma or say blessings ... (but it might be more respectful to G-d if you are dressed modestly at home even not praying even no one is their and it is dark) In short if you wear underwear (using your hand will not help) that covers your pubic area (and for men to cover their heads) it is enough (for ...


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Sure. Not veils, but other face coverings: David, after Avshalom's death: והמלך לאט את פניו (II Shmuel 19:5) Eliyahu at Har Chorev: וילט פניו באדרתו (I Melachim 19:13) Michayhu for his "playact" to Achav: ויתחפש באפר על עיניו (I Melachim 20:38) Yechezkel during his "playacting" of Tzidkiyahu's flight: פניך תכסה (Yechezkel 12:6), and Tzidkiyahu himself: ...


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Halachipedia citing O.C. 317:5, and other sources, says: A bow-knot, slipknot, or a single-knot isn’t a true Kesher-bind and is permissible even if it does remain in place for a while. [21] For example: a ribbon on a gift, a single bind on a shopping bag or garbage liner. It is permitted to tie a slip knot or bow without a underlying knot even ...


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It is specifically mentioned in the siddur of Rabbi Shabtai of Rashkov for during the time between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. That means it was being practiced in Poland around 1700-1740. Although not widespread, it is still in practice in some Charedi communities just like kapparot and malkot are still practiced.



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