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The Aruch Hashulchan Siman 2 Sif 9 addresses your issue directly. He says 'erect posture' doesn't mean that therefore one should walk hunchbacked, rather he shouldn't walk with his 'neck sticking out like a haughty person'. And as I mentioned in my earlier comment, I recall reading somewhere that the 'measurement' for what is considered holding your head in ...


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First of all, there's no rule that all of the litvishe Ashkenazim have to follow the Mishna Berura. It was very well accepted, but deciding on each halacha is a very complicated matter, and on every page of the Dirshu or Oz VeHadar versions of the Mishna Berurah you can find places where later poskim have disagreed and where certain rulings of the Mishna ...


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Synopsized from Yad Malachi (K'lalei Haposkim - HSh"' VRM"' #13,14,16,17): When the Shulchan Aruch quotes an unattributed halacha followed by one introduced with the words "yesh om'rim" it indicates that the unattributed opinion is authoritative. This is [almost] universally agreed despite the fact that occasionally the conclusion of Beis Yosef coincides ...


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The principle of Stam v'yesh halacha k'stam is itself a subject of dispute. According to Rav Ovadia Yosef and his sons, when you see a stam v'yesh in the Mechaber, you hold like the stam completely, and don't have to be concerned about the opinion of the yesh at all. Some sources: Yabia Omer vol 9 in his notes on Ohr L'Tziyon, Halichot Olam volume 7 ...


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The first print of the Tzemach Tzedek from Lubavitch was in 1871. The Pischei Teshuva passed away in 1868. Therefore it can be assumed that he never saw the Shu"t Tzemach Tzedek from Lubavitch.


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If you see the Mishna Brurah in Siman 552 he writes that's from the din of gemara,but regarding minhag its assur from Rosh Chodesh


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I recently got the Tur-Shulchan Aruch set "Tzuras HaDaf" published by Shulchan Melachim. I would personally recommend getting the Tur Shulchan Aruch together, which I have found tremendously useful, both for reference and for in-depth study purposes. Additionally, its not that much more expensive than getting just the Shulchan Aruch and certainly much ...


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According to Mishna Brurah 94:9, Halacha Brurah 94:2 even if the aron is facing in a different direction, one should pray facing Jerusalem.


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The Pri Migadim in his pesicha to Yoreh Deah in the section Klalim BiHoraas Issur ViHeter #1 brings a Shach from his Kitzur HanHagos Horaas Issur ViHeter found in siman 242 in Yoreh Deah who says stam viyesh, halacha kistam. However, the Pri Migadim has a few stipulations. 1, this is only when there is no proof to the contrary, for instance in a different ...


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מכת מרדות is not necessarily an indication of something being Rabbinic. You can only get Torah-ordained lashes if you do an action (with 3 exceptions). You can see the a list in the first half of the last Perek in Makos. Listening and looking (and smelling) are not classified as actions and therefore one who looks at forbidden things and one who listens ...


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Actually, it's the other way around: The Bet Yosef wrote the Shulchan Aruch (as a summary of the Tur). The Rema noticed that it was comprehensive, but went against some Ashkenazi accepted Psak. So he decided to add those in-line. Result: Ashkenaz Psak is like the Rema and Sefardi Psak is like the Bet Yosef. It's not a presumption, it was purposely ...


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See the the hakdama of the Pri Migadim to Yoreh De'ah in the section titled Klalim BiHoraas Issur ViHeter, #7 'You will see that the Rav z'l (the Ramma) writes asset times vihachi nahog, it implies that he is writing this to say this is how one should act from now on. And when he writes vichein haminhag or vichein nohagin this too has particulars. For ...


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Women can lean definitely Pirkei Avot & Shulchan Aruch (why not?). On the contrary - women are obligated to know their halachic obligations and there is no other way for that other than studying Torah.


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I would venture the following: It's unnecessary to mandate checking Arba Minim. Why do we need to check our tzitzis? Casually glancing at your tzitzis will not reveal their Kosher status - there's no visible difference between 6 and 8 strings to the casual observer. Tzitzis are worn all day - and are mostly out of sight. When they become pasul you ...


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Actually the non-Chasidic (Ashkenaz) haredim follow the Shulchan Aruch with the Rema's additions, as do other Ashkenazim. When more clarification is needed, they (and all frum Jews) will consult the Nosei Keilim (commentaries) printed on the page and the back of the volume. A deeper understanding of how the Halacha came to be, would require opening the ...


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On Yoreh Daioh the most popular sefer today is Badai Hashulchan by Rabbi Feival Cohen, although there are many, many more also written in the same style as the mishne berura. Some others include (although not on all of it) Chelkas Binyamin Gufai Halochos. Maadanai hashulchan and Zer hashulchan. On Even Hoezer there is Otsar Haposkim which is used by all ...


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The source is a zohar in Shir Hashirim Chapter 8. When I looked it up it seemed to me that he wasn't recording normative practice but innovating based on his contemporary the Arizal. That would also explain why so many ashkenazim don't wear tefillin on chol hamoed but litvaks and yekkes who were less influenced by chassidus and hence by the Arizal still do.



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