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As pointed out in the comments, the Talmud (Berachot 8A) says that there are 903 types of death in the world, and the least painful one is a kiss. From the way Rashi explains it, it appears that the pain refers to the separating of the soul from the body. The Talmud explains that the Kiss of Death is likened to removing a hair from milk. This does not ...


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Taamei Haminhagim - page 548 / קע"ז & page 549 says that since when we say Poseach Es Yadecha we are supposed to have in mind the Roshei Teivos פא"י and the Sofei Teivos חת"ך which are the Shaimos of Parnasa. Therfore we put our hands on the Tefilin at this point to show that we are only requesting Parnasa in order to be able to do Mitzvos.


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Is there anything wrong with this? Nope. The Rambam wrote a unique halacha (Melachim 5,10): "Great Rabbis would kiss the ground of Eretz Yisrael, and kiss its stones as well as roll in its dust as it states: because your slaves wanted its stones and begged for its dust." (from here) The Talmud records that Rabbi Abba would demonstrate his ...


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It's mentioned in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch The Rama, however, mentions that one should just put his hand on the Mezuza. (As a side note, the Lubavitcher Rebbe used to put his hand on the Mezuza without kissing it). The Rama brings a source from the Gemara in Avoda Zara where it relates that when Onkulus was being arrested and let out of the house, he ...


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There's an Igros Moshe about it where Rabbi Moshe Feinstein makes absolutely clear that it is appropriate for one to hug and kiss one's wife (in a private setting) any time of the month it is allowable. (If someone has a serious problem with premature ejaculation they should get therapy.)


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Sefer Chasidim 923 says that if 2 Seforim fell on the ground, one should pick up both Seforim prior to kissing the first one. Aruch Hashulchan Yore Deah 282:11 also mentions kissing a Sefer that fell on the floor.


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Many commentaries have offered explanations to this issue. Even if you disregard societal differences of modesty or niddah concerns, there are other possibilities. Here are a few: Rachel was too young to arouse passion Ramban argues: ורחל היתה קטנה ואין לחוש לה. וזה ענין וישק יעקב לרחל Rachel was young and so there was no concern [that she went ...


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There is no Miswa of Sisit at night (see Rabenu Behaye to Numbers 15:38-39).


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I can't answer #1, but why the 2 front ones: a- The Mechaber (S.A. O.C. 24:5) brings that when you look at your tzitzis, you should look at the two front ones which has 10 knots alluding to the ten sefiros, and 10 knots + 16 strings = 26, alluding to the shem havaya. In 61:25 he says to handle the 2 front ones when saying urisem oso as well. b- The ...


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In Shivat Tzion it says to kiss the WALLS of the Shul because of their holiness, and I say Kal WaHomer the Aron.


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Ma'ase Rav Siman 39 says that the GR"A would not kiss his Tzitzit during Keriyat Shema. The Kovetz Mepharshim (printed on the side in the Weinrab edition) supposes that he did so because he held that when saying the third paragraph of Keriyat Shema one should gaze at his tzitziyot (see biur hagra O"H on Siman 24 seif katan 8), and kissing them breaks his ...


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Thankfully, there are currently no smartphones that are made with e-paper. Because of that, all smartphones today don't have the halachic status of writing, so you are allowed to switch screens from views which have Hashem's name on them, and it is not considered erasing the name. Even if they were made out of e-paper, I assume they would be given a ...


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Brashis 27:27 is the earliest source in the Torah of kissing. This was when Yaakov kissed Yitzchok prior to the Brachos. ויגש וישק לו וירח את ריח בגדיו ויברכהו ויאמר ראה ריח בני כריח שדה אשר ברכו יהוה


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Rabbi Moshe Isserlis (OC 149) writes: ובמקומות שמצניעין אותו בהיכל, שהוא הארון בבהכ"נ, מצוה לכל מי שעוברת לפניו ללוותה עד לפני הארון שמכניסין אותה שם (ד"ע ומהרי"ל). וכן הגולל ילך אחר הס"ת עד לפני הארון, ועומד שם עד שיחזירו הספר תורה למקומה (הגה' מיימוני פ' י"ב מה"ת) וכן נוהגין במגביה הס"ת, כי הוא עיקר הגולל וכמו שנתבאר; ויש שכתבו שמביאים התינוקות לנשק ...


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Nit'e Gavriel, Nisuin 1, chapter 37, is about the yichud room and he mentions no prohibition on kissing that I see.


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According to Yalkut Yosef 58:2 ובתוך זמן קריאת שמע צריך לקרוא את כל הג' פרשיות, ולא רק את הפרק הראשון One must read all three Parashiot. Yalkut Yosef 61:17 ויחיד שקורא קריאת שמע, בשחרית או בערבית, או בקריאת שמע שעל המטה, יסיים בשלש תיבות אלו:''ה' אלהיכם אמת'', כדי להשלים רמ''ח תיבות בקריאת שמע שהן כנגד רמ''ח איבריו של אדם. One should say Emet at ...


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Sepharadim don't touch the tefillin at "oter yisrael b'tifarah", because morning berachot are said at home, before one puts on tefillin. At "yotzer or, u'voreh choshech", you touch the shel-yad only, and kiss your hand. (Ben Ish Hai Shemot 1, Kaf HaHayyim 59:2) At "kadosh kadosh kadosh" in the beracha of yotzer or, some have the minhag to touch the ...


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I have not the exact halachic sources but read that some poskim considered those kissings during the shema as hefsek, for example : The Vilna Gaon, Chazon Ish, The Steipler, Rav Moshe Feinstein (read there : http://halachafortoday.com/questionsandanswers.aspx) Also I read once that some don't even grasp their tzitzios during shema like for example Rav Chaim ...


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Probably the same reason that we don't wear a tallis during Shacharis on Tish'a Be'av: it's based on the Targum to Lam. 2:17, which renders בִּצַּע אֶמְרָתוֹ as בִּזַּע פּוּרְפִירָא דִילֵיהּ - He rent His royal robes. So even though we wear the tallis katan, we "downgrade" it by not acknowledging it as we usually do.


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My first guess is -- if a person is fidgety and anxious -- their hands and tongues can never sit still -- that means that when he was conceived, his father "kissed his mother" with his tongue out. Whether that means "french kissing" or something of a more adult nature, I have no idea. Don't ask me what to make of this Rokeach, either. (And as usual, for ...


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The gemaroh in Kesubos daf 17 says that Rav Acha danced with the kallah on his shoulder. When the Chochomim asked if they were allowed to also? He answered - if she is like a beam in your eyes then you could do it too. But if not then certainly not. That was all only in those days when they were on a tremendously higher level then us today. Nowadays, ...


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Rabbi Tzvi Yanir Shlita says that since the original custom is to only kiss the Mezuza upon entering and leaving the house, one should not kiss the Mezuza of his room in the morning prior to Netilas Yadayim.


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The Ben Ish Chai writes (Purim, 9) that when reading the megilla on Purim morning, one should kiss his tefillin at "ויקר" in the verse "ליהודים היתה אורה ושמחה וששון ויקר".


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In this great book, "Why we Pray what we Pray" the author makes note that the passage for Tizizit in the Shema was used to replace the reading of the 10 commandments. The reason that the passage for tzizit was use are for the following reasons. The reason we stopped reading the 10 commandments was because of people who wanted to argue that only those 10 ...


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R' Avraham Yosef (son of the late R' Ovadia Yosef) was asked this question. He replied that there's no difference, and that the Ezras Nashim counts as the Shul and thus forbidden. ?האם מותר לתת נשיקה לחברה בבית הכנסת בעזרת נשים, כשאין ספר תורה בחוץ בביהכ''נ לא מנשקים כדי להראות שאין חיבה כחיבת הקב''ה


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I think your earliest source would be a Gemara in Shabbos 12a: תני דבי רבי ישמעאל יוצא אדם בתפילין בערב שבת עם חשיכה מאי טעמא כיון דאמר רבה בר רב הונא חייב אדם למשמש בתפילין כל שעה ושעה ק"ו מציץ מה ציץ שאין בו אלא אזכרה אחת אמרה תורה (שמות כח) והיה על מצחו תמיד שלא יסיח דעתו ממנו תפילין שיש בהן אזכרות הרבה על אחת כמה וכמה הלכך מידכר דכיר להו BTW: The ...


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Kaf Hachaim 262:17 says that there is a Inyan to kiss the hand of a Gadol who wrote Chidushei Torah and to get a Bracha from them.



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