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The closest is the gemara at the end of taanis where the girls would wear white on tu bi'av trying to get married. There are also two places in the zohar that mentions the brides dress color. In one place he says white. And in one place he says red. But i would not be able to find the maareh mikomos presently, so don't bother asking.


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Nitei Gavriel Nisuin 1 15:1:4 mentions this Minhag in the name of Maharam Mintz, Likutei Maharich and Shulchan Haezer. He mentions that some Chasidim do not wear total white as it is Chukas Hagoyim. Based on this I would say that there is no source in the Torah that requires such. However the fact that a majority of Klal Yisrael does so should make one ...


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Many things we take seriously today had very humble beginnings. From a purely practical perspective, black clothing requires less maintenance. In times before quick, cheap, efficient cleaning1 laundry was a major undertaking, and some outerwear (like hats) didn't like soap and water. Walking around a European city that could politely be described as ...


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See Rabbi Wein's blog The tradition of Jews is to dress modestly. Over the ages and in different communities, this has had varied expressions in the type of clothing worn but in all instances the common denominator of Jewish clothing was that it enhanced modesty of appearance.  Even though Jews in the early Middle Ages wore maroon and brown ...


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Tiny spots, or even larger ones, on the batim do not invalidate the tefillin. (MB 32:184 However, white spots on the straps, especially on the first loop which fastens the bayit to your arm do and must be fixed. These are very common and most people don't notice them right away. (Mishna Berurah 33:3:19)


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I had that question for a Sofer once. The psak was that if the dot is less than a millimeter "or so" in isolation, then it is fine. In this specific case he looked at the Tefillin to determine, but that was the principle he was stating. It may be mehudar in terms of making it look nice for the Mitzvah to make it completely black even if the dot itself is of ...


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The Remah in O.C. 178:1 gives a general definition of Chukat HaGoyim. There are three kinds of practices that are included in this prohibition: 1) Things that are done for purposes of promiscuity. 2) Things that have no rationale- i.e. superstitions. 3) Practices that have traces of idolatry. It would be difficult to conclude that the Remah would hold ...


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I found a Minchas Yitzchok (5:32:2) and an Az Nidabru (2:30) which prohibit, and a Shmiras Shabbos Kihilchasah (ch 18 note 70) which permits. I have seen the Az Nidabru misquoted as permitting. What he actually says is that people who sit out in the sun are only doing it because it's enjoyable and not to get a tan, and therefore it's permitted. ...


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The Ramma in Even Ha'ezer siman 17 siff 5 brings from earlier sources a custom to wear black for mourning. No-one seemed to have a problem with it.


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My own understanding based on the shuir linked below From a kabbalistic perspective colors are associated with different sephirot (aspects of how God relates to the world). Though this is not a literal association, meaning the sephira of Chochma is not white/silver there is an inyan of using physical manifestations to tap into or associate with a ...



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