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There are many astrological systems which ALL play important roles in the world - after all that is why they were created. Some have more of an effect on the lives of man than others, and even within the zodiacs that do, there are tiers of nations and within nations, people of who they are allowed to effect and to what extent. The Jewish calander is a ...


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This answer is partially speculation; however, I feel that it is well-supported. When you refer to a person's "secular birthday," I assume that you refer to his or her birthday on the Gregorian calendar since that is the calendar which most of the world uses. There are, however, plenty of other civil calendars used around the world (e.g. the Ethiopian ...


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תלמוד בבלי מסכת עירובין דף יג עמוד ב אמר רבי אבא אמר שמואל: שלש שנים נחלקו בית שמאי ובית הלל, הללו אומרים הלכה כמותנו והללו אומרים הלכה כמותנו. יצאה בת קול ואמרה: אלו ואלו דברי אלהים חיים הן, והלכה כבית הלל חידושי הריטב"א מסכת עירובין דף יג עמוד ב אלו ואלו דברי אלהים חיים. שאלו רבני צרפת ז"ל היאך אפשר שיהו שניהם דברי אלהים חיים וזה אוסר וזה מתיר, ותירצו כי ...


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First off, this is a perfectly valid and very important question, and it deserves a thorough, well thought out answer. While I'm not sure I can provide that, I'll try to give at least a small answer to try to explain this phenomenon. There is a concept in the tradition known as "Shivim Panim Latorah" which loosely translates to 'there are 70 interpretations ...


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I have never heard this given as the reason, but I suppose it is possible: R' Menashe Klein writes that there is an issue with tucking the garment in and pulling the strings out to hang down, since the garments are often made very long in order to ensure they are the proper size, when they are pulled out it will inevitably end up pulling up the bottom of ...


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Here's a theory, not sourced from a tshuva, but quoting a source so.... Originally the וראיתם אתו וזכרתם etc. was assumed to mean that our attention was focused on the techeiles, as seen in Sota 17a (and Menachos 43b and Chulin 89a) which brought us to וזכרתם את כל מצות ה׳ etc, being that techeiles resembles the sea which resembles the Rakia which ...


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I'd heard in yeshiva that back when people did their own knots, you didn't want to shame those whose knots weren't so pretty, so the practice became to tuck in the knots and only expose the strings.


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The Chassam Sofer, cited in Pischei Teshuvos 190:10, says that the entire concept of kesamim (impurity through stains) to which the rules of "technicalities" are applied was really only instituted for the purposes of the laws of ritual purity and impurity, and only for purposes of consistency was it applied to the prohibition of a woman to her husband. ...


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My speculative, unresearched reason for this custom is that it's based on the Gemara and Shulchan Arukh's edict to eat foods which increase sperm on Friday night. In medieval times, it was believed that chickpeas was one such food. Interestingly, based on the sources brought down in Mishna B'rura, we may also explain why the chickpeas are served with black ...


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Rabbi Shaul Lieberman discusses pionting with a finger on pages 15-16 of his Hellenism in Jewish Palestine. He does not say so explicitly but I would conjecture, based on what he does say, that because pointing can also be seen as a haughty act that it is done in a diminished capacity ie with the smallest finger. See note 92 therein.


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There is an elderly Jew with lots of knowledge of tradition that I knew a while back. He came to the Shalom Zachor of my oldest son. There he said the reason for the custom is that Chickpeas were traditionally made with lots of pepper and were very sharp. Beer was served to cut the sharpness of the chickpeas. I can attest to the sharpness aspect as I have ...


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Reb Shlomo Zalman Orbach zt"l writes in Minchas Shlomo 103:15 that exposing the stockings is Pritzus and is considered Gilui, since clothing that is usually covered is akin to exposing the flesh. He bases this on the Bach and Shach in Yoreh Deia 340:22 on the Halacha of when a woman rips her clothing for kriah that she turns it around. They write that this ...


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Leviticus 19:32 מִפְּנֵי שֵׂיבָה תָּקוּם, וְהָדַרְתָּ פְּנֵי זָקֵן Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man The Talmud (Kiddushin 32b) understands this to refer (in addition to the elderly) to any Torah scholar, and so it is codified in Shulchan Arukh (YD 244:1) that one must stand to honor a Torah scholar who ...


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This is not the same exact phrase as found in the Rishonim, but I'm willing to guess the source of their wording is based of this Yerushalmi in maseches Ksuvos 1 1. רבי ירמיה סבר מימר מנהג יהודה בגליל אמר ליה רבי יוסי וכי מנהג יהודה בגליל עדות תורה היא אלא מנהג יהודה ביהודה ומנהג גליל בגליל מכיון דתימר אינה עדות תורה לא יעמוד אלא כו׳ This is juxtaposing ...


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Tosefos to Munachos 20b s.v. ונפסל says: כל תענית שלא שקעה עליו חמה לא שמיה תענית ומנהג אבותינו תורה היא שהכל נוהגין עד צאת הכוכבים Although the period of Tosefos extends past the Ramban, it starts earlier, and the discussion is about Rabbeinu Tam's opinion who was a century or so before. So that is a possible earlier source. The underlying principle ...


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I copied this excerpt from Halachipedia Rav Tuito on yeshiva.org.il writes that it is permitted to have a piercing for beauty such as women have ear piercings. However, piercings which are done just as self-expression or culture such as a a belly ring, which isn't seen anyway, are forbidden. In fact, Rivka Imenu not only had her ears pierced, ...


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The term "casual" has numerous meanings to various people these days. I agree with the comment above. I think that your friend who attends the synagogue can give you better guidance. If not, assume that you should dress as if you are attending a nice affair but wear long sleeves and something with a high neckline. This is not a question regarding whether ...


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I am not eligible for comments but I would like more proof that tsnius applies to non Jews. The gemoro in b'rochos doesnt seem to agree. A woman was wearing red clothing which is against tsnius and a rov tore it off her. Afterwards he found out she wasnt Jewish and paid her. It sounds from the gemoro that he had done wrong to tear her clothing. If as you ...


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I guess the bottom line is to make sure it doesn't reveal too much (which leades to...). Of course this definition has quite a lot of room for discussion but I believe the majority is [female assumed] : Skirt/dress below ankles. Sleeves past the elbows. Neck hole should cover the collar bone (base shirt..). This was written from a male prespective, ...


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Rav Saadiah Gaon writes in Chapter 2 of his commentary to Sefer Yetzirah lays down the correct pronunciation of the Hebrew letters, saying that not only is there בגד־כפת letters, but that even the ר has an alternate pronunciation with a dagesh so more like בגד־כפרת according to him. He basically says that Hebrew and Arabic share all the exact same sounds, ...


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There are two points I'll make. But I do hope someone else has a sourced answer. First of all, this is something 'in the Torah' that these heretics are careful about. Therefore, they have believability as per the first chapter in Chulin regarding the Cuthim. Second, the Tshuvas HaRashba Hamyuchas LiHaRamban siman 232 which is brought in the Meiri's Kiryas ...


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The variant i'm used to hearing is that daleth without a dagesh should sound like the "th" sound in the english word "the." Here is a video according to this tradition, a Mizrahi accent, non Yemenite. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSAu-wBvYHg


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The Shulchan Aruch (551:4) rules regarding both the case of Tisha b'Av on Saturday and Tisha b'Av on Sunday that there is no mourning period and some say (Yesh Omrim) that there is mourning the entire preceding week. Generally when the Shulchan Aruch quotes two opinions and only the latter is prefaced by 'some say', the halacha follows the former opinion ...


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The Tashbatz writes in 3:118 that the custom of wrapping the Shin Dalet Yud on the Arm Tefillin is not of Talmudic or Gaonic origin and was not the custom of his teachers, nor the German, French, Provincial or Catolina custom. It originated in Spain as an expression of the love of the Mitzvah - and he takes no issue with it. He then points out that the Shin ...


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The Taz says that if he is ever zocheh to write a Sefer Torah and build an Aron Kodesh, he would build it wide enough to put the Sefer Torah lying down and that is also the seder kriyaso. This means: When we speak about the placement of kisei hakodesh, not only does the halochah apply to mezuzah and tefillin, but the Taz extends this to Sifrei Torah as ...


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Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak argues that men should only drive cars as it is analgous to a horse drawn carriage which where traditionally driven by men, making it a modesty issue.


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Shevet HaLevi 4:1 s.q. 2 by Rav Shmuel Wosner writes that "experience has taught him" that it is proper to completely forbid women driving because the activity of learning to drive leads to immodest behavior, and the driving itself violates the notion of "All glorious is the king's daughter within the palace" (Tehilim 45:14). He also points to the Talmud ...


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A while ago, I asked a Satmar Chassid who lives in my neighborhood about why women do not drive. He explained that one of the reasons is that it is not considered derech tzni'ut - a way of modesty. He surmises that perhaps part of this origin was that when cars were developed, they had higher entrances - i.e., you had to step up (climb) into the car. When ...


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In my סידור אוצר התפלות, the commentary of the עיון תפלה says that in the מחזור בני רומא the Shema is said after completing the prayer of Aleinu Leshabeyach.


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In general from what i've noticed, from a linguistic perspective, the sound is mostly the same from different communities, but how they make that sound differs, and it can cause changes in pronunciation. Almost everyone pronounces בּ the same, as a b sound, using both front lips. But the ב tends to have differences in how it's pronounced. Many communities ...


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According to the סדר עבודת ישראל, whilst מנהג פולין say אב הרחמים on שבת מברכים החודש only during ספירת העומר, it says that ק''ק פראג (Prague) also say it on שבת מברכים החודש מנחם אב. http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=42807&st=&pgnum=252



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