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Tallis -- this is easy. The halachic default is that everyone 13 and up should be wearing a Tallis; Ashkenazi never-married-men happen to have a custom otherwise. (Rabbi Meiselman, for instance, feels this whole custom is in error and his unmarried sons wear tallisos.) In absence of such a custom, we default to the standard -- wear a Tallis. Hair covering ...


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As someone who has studied Tractate Sh'vuos, there are actually situations where you must given testimony if you can. (I will enlist some of the situations and the appropriate dafim in Sh'vuos as my source. These are undisputed other than some of the detail). Although we still have Beis Din nowadays ruling in civil cases, they are not as authoritative as ...


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Rashi to the cited verse: לא יחיה: ומאותה קללה מתה רחל בדרך Shall not live: and from that curse Rachel died on the road. So it seems that it was a curse.



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