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An intriguing question, but I think you need to split this question into multiple questions. So I'm just going to focus on the first part of the question. "Why is Judaism comprised of so many precise stringencies in comparison to other religions?" I can not provide any sources for my answer, because I believe it is a "new answer", however it is one that ...


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This is not a practice unique to Chabad, and did not even originate with Chabad. The Nitei Gavriel (Pesach vol 2, chapter 39, paragraph 14) mentions this custom, saying that "Many are stringent on Pesach to only eat peeled vegetables". In the footnote he references the Chayei Adam 127:2 (not a Chabad source) and Orchot Chayim Lifshitz (notes to Orach ...


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Datim is generally the equivalent of Modern Orthodox in the US. Charedim is an umbrella name for Chasidim, Yeshivish and any other variety of strict Orthodox who try to observe Jewish Laws and customs (e.g. the Shulchan Aruch and early commentaries) to the letter. Chasidim are in the Chareidi category with an emphasis on minhagim which are largely based on ...


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R' Dovid Feinstein rules that chalav stam in the US is permissible me'ikar hadin year-round, so it is not comparable to pas palter and one need not be strict to the same degree of pas palter. However, he does maintain that chalav Yisrael is ideal, so it seems like he might consider it a reasonable optional practice to undertake during the aseres y'mei ...


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The gemara does not say that every stringency leads to a leniency, but sometimes it does, and thus the gemara may challenge that a certain stringency is a חומרא דאתי לידי קולא - a stringency which leads to a leniency, for example in Pesachim 48b, Yevamos 30b, Bava Kama 11a and Niddah 24b.


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The rationale behind this is that if the straps turn over, the black will still show. Call it Frum marketing. See Mishnah Berurah 33:21 and Ohr Zaruah 564 - this is the view of Rambam, though we don't accustom ourselves to do this! The Shevet Halevi 9:16 disapproved - none of the Gedolim did this until now! Kikar Shabbat reports that R' Eliashiv refused to ...


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The technicalities of shechitah create a very fine line between a kosher shechitah and one that results in neveila meat. For example, applying too much downward pressure on the knife, or pausing during the procedure, can totally invalidate the shechitah. It is basically the shochet's call as to whether the necessary parameters were fulfilled. However, the ...


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While there might be some differences in customs and halachic positions, all of these groups believe in following the Shulchan Aruch. I would say that the biggest difference between Dati and Chareidi is that Dati men will generally get jobs to support their families and will join the army. Chareidim, including Chassidim, usually emphasize the importance of ...


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There are different types of Chumrot, as I see it. 1. Fence Sometimes we (personal or dictated by Chazal) need a fence to keep us away from the actual transgression. This way, if we stumble we hit the fence and don't fall into the pit of sin. This is the fence referred to - and recommended - in the first Mishna in Pirkei Avot. This is your typical Humra. ...


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The Aruch HaShulchan - Siman 8 Seif 10 - who to my knowledge was not a Sefardi - writes: וכן נכון לעשות שלא יהיה בהטלית רק צמר And so it is correct to do: to make the tallit only out of wool. It is interesting that Ashkenazim do not seem to be particular about this, yet Sefardim are!


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Are you asking why Judaism has so much legal stringency compared to other religions? If so, I think your impression of "orthodox" Islam is mistaken. As for the other, that whole "breaking away from the law" thing was largely the point... Conversion is a separate question, but it is precisely because of Judaism's many laws that it is not taken lightly, but ...


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I know of Satmar, Bobov, Belz who also only eat peeled fruit and vegetables on Pesach.


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It was well know in the 1980's in our Yeshiva - Kol Torah - that the Rosh Yeshiva - HoRav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach זצ"ל used to light his Menora at his front door and a single candle at the window facing Rehov Usishkin.


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Rivevos Ephraim 5:11 writes that in Sefer Halichos V'Hanahagos page 59 (Rav Eliyashiv) was Makpid to cover drinks. He brings a story were he covered his drink when he left the room for a second even with someone else there. He also brings a story which happened on Purim where he left room then came back and said don't drink the wine because it was left ...


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The traditional practice in Chabad was to only start putting on Rabbeinu Tam Teffilin with permission from the Rebbe* (basically establishing that they had achieved this requisite level of piety), and typically after marriage. However, the Alter Rebbe of Lubavitch writes in the siddur that "the custom is to put on Rabbeinu Tam Teffilin" basically implying ...


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I don't know. But Rav El'azar Meir Teitz provided some data points (but the hyperlinks are mine): The comment was made that there is "a minhag amoung many chassidim to not eat anywhere except in their own house." This… was not restricted to chassidim; it was apparently the norm in Lita as well. My father z"l taught me to take nothing in another ...


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The P'ri To'ar (YD 19:1) in a discussion of the obligation to slaughter a Ben Pekua' (live offspring found in a kosher slaughtered mother which biblically is included in the mother's slaughtering but rabbinically requires its own slaughtering because of chashad -- looking suspicious) mentions this rule of Chanukkah (which also relates to chashad) and notes ...


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You wanted to know, why some people might be machmir on this: From InstituteforDayanim.com Kashering a microwave for Pesach is impossible since only metal or wood can be kashered for Pesach. Although one can kasher plastic the rest of the year, one should not do so for Pesach. The inside of a microwave is generally not metal and is thus not kasherable. ...


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While I'm late to this discussion, I'd like to straighten out and clarify the issues involved. There are a number of matters here: 1) Yiras Shamayim. This requirement in a shochet predates chasidism by a long time, and is quite mainstream. Here is a quote from Shulchan Aruch (YD 18:17): טבח שלא הראה סכינו לחכם (ונמצאת יפה), היו מנדין אותו. ואם נמצאת פגומה, ...


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In Breslev we wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly. If one is concerned about chometz in the coating, they consult their Rov. Speaking for myself, it's not something I concern myself with.


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You seem to be confusing Buber's neo-Chassidism and Carlebach's kiruv-Chassidism with actual Chassidism. Both of these authors had an agenda of advertising a secularized version of chassidism to their followers. Original Chassidism was more about adding on to existing Jewish practice by providing commoners with something that they could connect outside of ...


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TL;DR: Chassidus has already accomplished much of what it set out to do, and has caused significant changes in the "mainstream" of yesteryear, such that the non-Chassidism of today is really a product of both the "mainstream" of yesteryear, and Chassidus itself. Warning: Serious over-simplifications below. While it is true that Chassidus has changed ...


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According to Eretz Chemda, if he is a "Tinok shenishba", his wine would be kosher. If he isn't (he says he denies Hashem after he investigated the matter) and is Mechalel Shabbos in public (even in front of a Torah Scholar), his wine would be Yayin Nesech.


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Thank you to Leac and Menachem for their research and helpful answers. A few weeks ago, since asking my question, I just so happened to visit an Alpaca farm, where I came across a lady combing alpaca wool, so of course I asked her for information on wool terminology. I'm still no expert on wool making, but based on her answer I now think lashonot hatzemer ...


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According to what is says here, there are 2 stages in which when making the tzitzit have to have Kavana: The spinning and the interweaving. The stage of lashonos hatzemer, as you said, is the stage before the spinning, and according to some de'ot you need kavana from that stage already


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There is no reason it would be obligatory to upvote a question just because you answered it. As Ariel K stated, the answerer is generally helping out the asker anyway. A stronger case could be made for the asker to show Hakarath HaTov to every answerer by upvoting every answer, but that would also be weak. Not every answer is a good one, just as not every ...


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See here for a collection of sources on this question. A highlighted summary: The Rif says that Chachamim subsequent to Reb Zeira established it as a requirement עבדו רבנן הרחקה יתירה והנהגו בנות ישראל למעבד כרבי זירא דהא אמרינן דהא דרבי זירא הלכה פסוקה היא כדאמרינן התם [ברכות ל"א ע"א]. The Ramban seems to say the same thing חומרא זו שנהגו בנות ישראל ...


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While I cannot corroborate the idea that the angels do not accompany us to the bathroom, I know that there is support both for a similar stringency, and for its non-applicability in the Mikvah. One should be modest and never appear naked, even when getting dressed; to that end, one should get dressed under one's covers. When entering a Mikvah or public ...


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The Rambam Hilchos Teffilin 3:14 writes: הרצועות של תפילין בין של ראש בין של יד פניהם החיצונים שחורים וזו הלכה למשה מסיני. אבל אחורי הרצועות הואיל ומבפנים הן אם היו ירוקות או לבנות כשרות. אדומות לא יעשה שמא תהפך הרצועה וגנאי הוא לו. ולא יהיה אחורי הרצועה לעולם אלא כעין הקציצה אם ירוקה ירוקין ואם לבנה לבנים. ונוי הוא לתפילין שיהיו כולן שחורות הקציצה והרצועה ...



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