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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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This is a fairly broad question, but basically it takes a good deal of scholarship. (And people who like to pick whatever snippets from Jewish sources that suits them, and post them online in all caps, aren't often so good at this.) We do not have the power to overturn rabbinic law that was codified into the Talmud, however we can clarify the nature of ...


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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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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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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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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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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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I have heard that the Bais Yosef was called The Mechaber since he combined (Chibur = connect) all the different Talmidei Chachomim in one location to come to a Halachic conclusion.


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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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IIRC my father explained to us once in the name of his Rav, HaRav Yaakov Peres (Posek in Yeshivat Midrash Sefaradi) that for example if one had a cholent with meat but didn't eat the meat he would not be Besari according to Maran (however, of course the Rama argues and Hacham Yishak writes Yalkut Yosef 89 that our Minhag is according to the Rama here).


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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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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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Rav Eli Mansour, in his Daily Halacha [sic], brings over that the Rashb"a, Shulhhan Arukh and Peri Hadash all come out against the custom of waving and slaughtering chickens to perform kaparot. He says that their pesaqim are al pi hapeshat. He therefore brings over that the Arizal and the Ben Ish Hai, al pi haqabbalah, rule in favor of the use of chickens. ...


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The new Koren Talmud actually does a very good job at providing not only the Ein Mishpat, but it also gives you the complete Rambam and Shulchan Aruch relevant to particular sugyot.



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