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Thank you for your sensitivity in asking this question. As pointed out in comments, you are actually Jewish (whether you follow Judaism or not). But as you say in your question, you've been raised with Christianity and it doesn't appear that you've rejected that. You see Judaism as part of your cultural background, if I'm reading you correctly, the way ...


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Ramban on this verse says that the difference is that the gold from the kumazes was mixed with the rest of the gold, whereas the kiyor was made only from these mirrors, without any admixture of anything else. Moshav Zekeinim (a collection of commentaries from the schools of Tosafos) takes a slightly different tack: the kumazes were melted down and so were ...


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Rabbi Moshe Feinstein was strongly opposed to a two-ring ceremony in which he says "harei at mekudeshet li" and she says "harei ata mekudash li", but in a later responsum -- EH4:32b (addressing R' Elyakim "Getzel" Ellinson, who was questioning men wearing bands and Rav Moshe defending the practice) he clarifies that for a man to simply wear a band is not ...


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The Shulchan Aruch OC 161:3 צריך להסיר הטבעת מעל ידו בשעת נט"י ( ואפילו הוא רפוי) (ב"י) ואפי' אינו מקפיד עליו בשעת נטילה, הואיל ומקפיד עליו בשעה שעושה מלאכה, שלא יטנפו (הרא"ש פ' תינוקת) (ונהגו קצת להקל אם הוא רפוי, אבל יש להחמיר, כי אין אנו בקיאים איזה מיקרי רפוי). (My translation): You must remove your rings at the time of washing, even if you do not ...


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The only thing that would be offensive is if you posed as accepting the Jewish faith and then went around telling everyone that they have to believe in Jesus.


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In theory, as long as it's intrinsically worth a perutah it's good enough, but there can be no misunderstandings about what it is! If she thinks she's getting a diamond when in fact you're giving her a cubic zirconia, then it could be claimed the kiddushin occurred under false pretenses. So we avoid stones or fancy engravings. THEREFORE, to avoid any chance ...


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CYLOR The issue would seem to be one of muktza - objects that may not be moved during shabas because they are not for shabas use. Let us assume that a standard watch is not muktza because it is a k'li shem'lachto l'heter - its normal usage is permitted on shabas. (See the last line of the long paragraph on this convenient Google hit.) The complex devices ...


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While I appreciate the desire for sources, you must understand that the issur of lo yilbash is much more subjective than many or most other halachos. Most likely you're familiar with opinions which prohibit from looking in mirrors, but that isn't necessarily the practice today when it is common for males to pay attention to their appearance in the mirror. I ...


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This can be found in Rashi, Onkelos, and Ibn Ezra. To cite a post about this on Balashon: The word tzohar (or tsohar) appears only here in the Tanach and there are a number of explanations for the meaning: window (Onkelos, Rashi, Ibn Ezra) - based on tsohorayim צהרים - noon. The light of noon is compared to the light entering the ark via the window. ...


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A star of David necklace is not a ritual object (just pretty jewelry), and I've never seen anybody take offense at one being given by a non-Jew. This is, in fact, one of the safest Jewish items you can buy; were you to try to select books or ritual objects, you would quickly run into matters of differences in tradition and would risk getting the "wrong" ...


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פרקי דרבי אליעזר לז See here: http://he.wikisource.org/wiki/%D7%A4%D7%A8%D7%A7%D7%99_%D7%93%D7%A8%D7%91%D7%99_%D7%90%D7%9C%D7%99%D7%A2%D7%96%D7%A8_%D7%A4%D7%A8%D7%A7_%D7%9C%D7%97 And a slightly different version cited by R' Kasher: http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=51482&st=&pgnum=168


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In Biblical and Talmudic times, a couple would first have "erusin", a first stage of marriage; but would wait a year before living in the same house (the second stage, known as "nisuin.") Today, the delay between erusin [giving the ring] and nisuin is about ten minutes -- it's the time when they read the Ketubah under the chupa. Halachic erusin is much, ...


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"Dog tags" are worn primarily, and until recently almost exclusively, by men. It would be very difficult to justify labeling them a womens garment. A more likely problem is that when one wears them outside of their intended purpose, i.e. as a style rather than to to identify a soldier, it may be similar to wearing a sword which may present a problem of ...


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Most forms of "beged isha" (the prohibition on men wearing women's clothing) all depend on a given society's norms of what's called "men's clothing" vs "women's clothing." (E.g. a kilt is okay in places where men wear them!) While certain actions or categories may be objectively off-limits as "beged isha", I've never heard anything about a necklace-like ...


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It means "cosmic match" and does not have any religious meaning (as the word "cosmic," as it is transliterated there, does not originate in hebrew).


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The 3 letters on the back are one of G-d's 72 names derived from Shemot 14:19-21. See here. You can find websites online that connect each of the 72 names to different things, but I have no idea if that is authentic Kabbala or new-age mumbo jumbo. This was discussed somewhere else on this site, but I can't find it right now.


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Per Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg it is permitted to use and play with glow in the dark toys on Shabbos. http://ohr.edu/ask_db/ask_main.php/34/Q1/


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From the Mishna Brurah 161:19 writes that women who are makpid to take off her ring before doing work holds she needs to take it off before washing.He then writes but men who don't take their rings off don't have to since they leave them on unless it has an expensive stone which he would take off.From here it seems like it was normal to wear a ring. ...


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Read Igros Moshe Choshen Mishpat 2:65 and 66 who discusses elective surgery and difference between destructive wounds and none harmful wounds.The tshuvah is very lengthy and goes through the gemara,Tosfos and Rambam.At the end of the tshuvah he brings a gemara in Bechoros 45a which brings a case of a person person who has an extra finger and then removes it ...


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Similarly to Shalom's answer, I've heard that a ring used for Kiddushin should ideally be made of yellow gold, so that it is clear what is being given and the value can be fairly easily ascertained. According to this explanation, even platinum or white gold should be avoided, as they resemble silver. Having said that, there is no real Halachah, that I'm ...


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I understood it as a chastity belt of sorts. This would seem (IMHO) to be the exact opposite purpose of what the mirrors were used for (mirrors strengthen the Yetzer HaRa', in contradistinction to the purpose of the Kumaz, which is to fight off the Yetzer HaRa'). Similarly, according to this related essay in What's Bothering Rashi, RaMBa"N discusses the ...


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As far as moving the jewelry, even if glow in the dark would be problematic (which I don't believe it is), it is used for jewelry more often than the glowing (you wear it at night when it doesn't cause glow), and would be considered a permissible instrument (keli shemelachto l'heter) and would be permissible to move for any minimal purpose. A Shabbos ...


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I was taught that if you could not remove a ring then you do not need to do so. But if you can, you should. This applies to any rings that you're wearing.


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I haven't heard of the custom, though another Kohen I daven with always takes his watch off before Birkhat Kohanim, but since I never wear one(or cuff links) I have never heard of it. However, a better reason then either of the two you mentioned is that metal is something that is mekabel tumah. And one of the purposes of washing the hands is to purify them ...


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BS"D, Hakham Eli Mansour makes this connection 'al pi HaRav Shimon Schwab in his shi'ur on Parashat Ki Tisa 5774 (link, see 17:15-28:00). HaRav Mansour explains HaRav Schwab by starting with the fact that it was the men who gave the gold from their earrings to Aharon after their wives refused to hand over their jewelry for the purposes of 'Avodah Zarah (for ...


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An edition of The Shabbos Weekly Halachos Series on Hilchos Shabbos provides the following answer which fits with what I was taught. Background: although jewelry and ornaments are not ‘clothing’ nevertheless they serve a function and wearing them on Shabbos is not considered carrying, provided that they are worn in the regular manner. [2] ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe specifically discouraged giving a ring at any time during the engagement. (The practice in Chabad is to give the diamond ring* in the Cheder HaYichud after the Chuppa, and even other gifts are not given directly, or at least not with witnesses). This is apprently explained at length in a Sicha of Nasso 5741, which unfortunately is not ...


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In addition to the Mishna B'rura (cited in Sam's answer and based on the Matei Efrayim 610:9) that says "they should not adorn themselves with the jewelry that they wear on Shabbos and Yom Tov, due to the dread of the Day of Judgment," Rabbi Betzalel Stern (שו"ת בצל החכמה חלק ו סימן ג) explicitly says that a person may wear jewelry (such as a nice watch) on ...


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The Mishna Brurah 610:16 writes women are noheg to also wear clean white clothes but not to wear jewelry that they wear for Shabbas and Yom tov for the greatness(fear) of the Yom hadin. The Piskei Tshuvos brings Rabbi Akiva Eiger(hagoas) who writes that some places don't wear gold because of the egel ,but women did not participate in the egel.In Teivis ...



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