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From page 10 of here: It is expressly stated in the Commentaries Bayith Hadash Beth Shmu'el on Shulchan Aruch Eben ha-Ezer 62, that the formula, "We will bless our G-d in whose abode is joy," is not to be recited at the Grace after a wedding feast [as it usually would be], if men and women are found together in one room-because there is no joy in ...


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I know my answer will make people angry, but whatever. When I was a child, weddings had separate dancing, no mechitzah. As I got older, bushes and plants were used to create a division between men and women on smaller dance floors. As I got even older, dance floors got larger, and giant 8-10 foot tall mechitzas were found in the middle of the wedding. And ...


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Welcome to J.SE! The Talmud prescribes extra blessings to be said at any after-parties held several days after the wedding; if it's an "encore wedding" (as Miss Manners would say), that period is a few days shorter. But as for the dancing at the wedding itself, it's really a matter of taste decided by the people involved. My impression is the most common ...


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Dancing with one's spouse in public when they could touch each other in private: ill-advised. Shulchan Aruch warns against excess physical affection with one's wife in public. (In "Fiddler on the Roof", Tevye demands that the rabbi rule whether it is absolutely forbidden, and the rabbi hesitates; it's a "shouldn't." Some measure of privacy is called for in a ...


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According to R' Gil Student, touching affectionately during a slow dance would be forbidden biblically (according to the Rambam) or rabbinicaly (according to the Ramban). He says that there is also a ban on mixed dancing (even without touching) going back to the Maharam miRottenburg, and he says that R' Yehuda Henkin says that this ban is still in place he ...


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I would like to add as I've heard from Rav Shimshon Pinkus zt'l and more recently by Rav Shmuel Dishon at the Totah Vodaas Annual Bain Hametzorim gathering as well as on Tisha B'av day at Ateres Chynka that most people think of a mechitza as an exclusionary measure. In truth however it is an inclusionary measure. The standard use of a mechitza is in Shul for ...


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Since nowadays no one is going to make a musical instrument on the spot - which was the reason for the original Gezeira not to dance and clap - the Biur Halacha 339:3 and Tosfos, Beitzah 30a says the Nohagim Lehakail. The Aruch HaShulchan 339:9 says that the original Rabbinical decree applied only to dance movements which required musical accompaniment, not ...


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In the Sefer Halachos Yom Ha'Atzmaus V'Yom Yerushalayim page 334-340 the Rishon L'Tziyon HaRav Yitzchak Nissim says that all Minhagim of Aveilus are suspended for the day. Per Rav Shmuel Katz from the Rabanut Hareishis L'Yisroel it is permissible. ‏'יום המדינה' ה' אייר שחל בימי הספירה, שלפי דיני ישראל נוהגים בהם אבילות, יהא דינו כיום ל"ג בעומר, ולפי ...


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In certain communities (like the Addas Yeshurun in Johannesburg; a Yekkishe minyan) only the Chazzan and those honored to carry the Sifrei Torah walk around the Bima on Simchas Torah. The only others moving around are the kids who are collecting candy in bags or buckets. The rest of the community remains in their seats; singing and handing out candy to the ...


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One source is the Machzor Vitri chelek 2:496 (talmid of Rashi) at the end(last line). The custom brought was that the chosson and kallah would be danced around.It is not exactly like the mitzva tantz of today which is solely focused on the kallah.


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other than the reasons people mentioned in the other answer, there's the simple rule that a man can't see women dancing, so there's the need to put something to cover his field of vision. I believe that because of the reality of today's generation you need to be more careful than in previous generations.


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http://thefoundationstone.org/en/holidays/succot/1538-hallelsuccotmodesmovement.html The Hakafot of Simchat Torah are an expression of an enclosed world that is protected by the Torah. The Maharal explains that when you go into your Succah you are leaving one level of existence for another. Once a person has succeeded in leaving his physical world and ...



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