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The Remah in O.C. 178:1 gives a general definition of Chukat HaGoyim. There are three kinds of practices that are included in this prohibition: 1) Things that are done for purposes of promiscuity. 2) Things that have no rationale- i.e. superstitions. 3) Practices that have traces of idolatry. It would be difficult to conclude that the Remah would hold ...


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The Ramma in Even Ha'ezer siman 17 siff 5 brings from earlier sources a custom to wear black for mourning. No-one seemed to have a problem with it.



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