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The Shulchan Aruch in O.C. 260:1 says it is a mitzvah to trim ones nails on erev Shabbos. The Rema (ibid) adds that one should not trim them consecutively. Although the Taz 260:2 (based on the תשב"ץ and the Ariza"l) says one need not be concerned about this, the Magen Avraham 260:1 says that nevertheless one should be careful. This is echoed by the Shulchan ...


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The Biur Halacha (340:1 ד"ה וחייב) addresses this question at significant length. Here is an abridged synopsis: Rivash (394) explains that cutting hair and nails in order to enhance one's appearance is מלאכה הצריכה לגופה similar to the shearing of hair on the Oros Ailim that was performed to enhance the appearance of the ram skins. This is also the opinion ...


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The Mishna Beroura (260, 6) quotes Gemara Nidda (17a) disapproving someone who would throw nails on the highway after cutting them. Indeed, a pregnant woman could step on them and lose her child. Gemara's conclusion : the one who burns his nails is a 'hassid the one who buries them is a tzaddik the one who throws them is a racha' The practical advice ...


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The custom for women to trim their nails before going to the Mikva is recorded in Shulchan Arukh YD 198:18 but the reason given is related to avoiding dirt under the nail in the part of the nail which extends past the flesh. The Levush (ibid :18) there asks why this is not practiced by Netillat Yadayim. He gives two answers: Men are not so particular about ...


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Yes, Zahava, the gemara in Moed Katan 18 says that walking over nails can cause a woman to miscarry. One reason given (Be'er Hetiv/Tola'as Ya'akov) is because Chava caused the loss of "full-body nails". As a consequence, women are put in danger by the nails which remained on the fingers and toes. The gemara gives options of how to dispose of them: ...


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Sefer Taamei Haminhagim (see here, bottom of page) cites the Perishah and Eshel Avraham who assume that toenails have the same law as fingernails, with regard to burning the nails and with regard to washing afterward, respectively. It seems reasonable to say that they would also extend the out-of-sequence rule to toenails.


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I believe that sometimes with nervous habits such as this one may be able to direct the energy into a more "parve" habit. Its possible that with focus tapping you fingers, perhaps quietly on your legs so as not to disturb others, may help someone not bother with their nails as much.


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One source for the two approaches everyone is talking about is in the Ri MiLunel here (second column third paragraph). He writes that some say it is because of her fragility and some say it is because of sorcery. Interestingly, the way he formulates the second option - because of sorcery, not simply spiritual dangers - it would appear that he would hold that ...


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My understanding is that we do not do in life as we do in death, like not sewing while clothes are on the body etc. WHen a Jewish person passes away, during the Tahara process, the nails are cleaned and even cut. This is in a consecutive order for ease of purpose. In life, doing differently, we stagger the cutting. My understanding is that this is a ...


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Aruch HaShulchan OC 532 says if they are in real need of cutting and the reason you did not cut them before Yomtov is because you were too busy with Yomtov preparations then you may do so on Chol HaMoed (even with a scissor or clipper.)


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The website/sefer Halachically Speaking Vol.3 here says: The poskim say one should not cut his nails or hair even when Rosh Chodesh falls out on Friday and wants to do so for kovod (for the honor of) Shabbos1. Although some say one can be lenient2, the custom is like the first opinion quoted3, and one should cut them on Thursday instead4. ...


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Maybe because there's a chance (especially with dirt floors, as people used to have) that you might miss one when sweeping them up?


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I was told that its to distinguish from when a Tahara is done and the nails are cut in order.


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http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=49625&st=&pgnum=63 Per the Rama in Orach Chaim 260:1 the left hand gets cut first. Although it can be argued that it is not clear from the Rama the the left hand should be cut first, the fact that the left is mentioned first when normally Jews prioritize the right, proves that in this case the left should be ...


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Have a look at eh Mishna in Shabbos 10:6 הנוטל ציפורניו זו בזו או בשיניו, וכן שיערו, וכן שפמו, וכן זקנו, וכן הגודלת, וכן הכוחלת, וכן הפוקסת--רבי אליעזר מחייב חטאת, וחכמים אומרים משום שבות. התולש מעציץ נקוב, חייב; ושאינו נקוב, פטור. רבי שמעון פוטר בזה ובזה The Bartenura says: When Chachamim say that you are Patur from a Korban, it's only when cutting ...


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I believe there are 2 possible approaches. 1st the approach stated by Seth J that we wish to avoid the woman stepping on something and the shock and or disgust will cause her to worry and then subequently cause the loss of the unborn child G-d forbid! So in this case it would be appropriate to simply not worry and put faith in HKB'H. If however the reason ...


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Per Mishna Berura siman 532 if you do it every Erev Shabbos you are allowed to cut them today. The Mechaber holds you are allowed to cut your nails on Chol Hamoed no matter what. The Rama adds in that only if it is done for Tevila then it is allowed. the Mishna Berura says if it was done on Erev Yom Tov you are allowed to do it on Chol Hamoed for the last ...


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Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 72:14: Some are careful to not cut nails in sequence. יש מקפידין שלא ליטול את הצפרנים כסדרן אלא בדילוג, דהיינו בימין מתחילין באצבע הסמוך לאגודל, והסימן: ב ד א ג ה, ובשמאל מתחילין אצבע הרביעי והסימן: ד ב ה ג א. The Aruch Hashulchan in 260:6 writes that the Magen Avraham brings that the Ari z"l used to poke fun at those who were ...


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I've heard of all of the above, with two exceptions. I've heard that one should not cut his nails on Saturday night. Presumably this would be after Tzeith HaKochavim, since one is prohibited from cutting nails on Shabbath anyway. Also, I heard that one should not cut one's nails on Thursday (not Wednesday), because they might begin to grow on Shabbath. Why ...



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