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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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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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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 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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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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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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I'm not aware of a particular reason to avoid jewelry, so long as it's in good taste and not distracting (and if I'm not mistaken, there's a comment from Tosafot that at least in France 800 years ago, the women showed up on Yom Kippur with jewelry). I think I'd heard something as a little kid about gold being bad because of the Golden Calf, but that may have ...



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