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Why did velvet become the fabric of choice for kippot in many Orthodox communities? [duplicate]

Kippot come in a variety of fabrics and styles but if you're from specific Orthodox backgrounds, you tend to wear kippot made from velvet fabric. Why did velvet become the norm exactly? Is there a ...
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Yarmulke with fur rim

I came across this picture of a Gur Chasid at his wedding wearing a black yarmulke with a sort of fur rim (not the spodik). Why does the yarmulke/kippah have this fur rim. Is this because he is of ...
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What, if anything, is the minimum amount one must be covered for prayer?

Is there a minimum amount one must be covered for informal prayer? If so, what is the minimum amount one must be covered to be permitted to pray?
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Was there any specific attire for the chazzanim?

I know that today in many Ashkenazi synagogues chazzans wear eight-panel hats (borrowed from Catholic Christianity?) and satin robes. Were there other and earlier types of vestments?
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What do you call casual bekishes (or formal robes) for wearing at home or while learning

I have seen various rabbanim in video clips or in pictures that sometimes wear a type of bekishe that drapes more like a nice robe. This version of the bekishe (if that is even the correct term) seems ...
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Can women bathe or dress in front of other women?

I recently asked if Noah's condemnation of his son seeing his ervah implies that men should hide ervah even from other male relatives: Should men hide ervah from other men according to Bereishith 9? ...
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Should men hide ervah from other men according to Bereishith 9?

I was thinking about Bereishith 9:20-27, where Noah is drunk and becomes uncovered, exposing ervah. Ham sees his father's ervah and tells his brothers, who then cover him without looking in order to ...
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Does the Tanakh ever require a dress code for prayer?

Does the Tanakh teach that a certain minimum dress code is required for prayer? I'm under the impression that the Tanakh doesn't teach such, but that it originates from other sources. If I'm incorrect,...
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Is a woman wearing a T-shirt guilty exposing erva [duplicate]

What do halachic sources say about women wearing T-shirts? Since T-shirts typically have short sleeves, would this prevent a woman from wearing them? Also, would the neckline of most T-shirts be ...
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What is the earliest [illustration] of the kohen gadol

I've seen various illustrations if the kohen gadol that look like this. Sometimes the hat is wider, tzits has different styles, breastplate different sizes etc. I want to know where the "look&...
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Follow the customs of gentiles regarding begged isha

What rabbis say that regarding begged isha we can follow the non Jews? I have heard that the prisha, the Shibulei HaLeket; Levushei Mordechai; Sridei Esh, vol. 2, 41:33; Rav Elyashiv in Kovetz ...
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May a gentile look like a Jew?

It seems that Jews ought to be distinguishable from the other nations. There are many accounts, especially from insular communities, of people changing little details in their dress just to be ...
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When to put on Shabbos clothes

Can someone tell me a source which says one is supposed to put on Shabbos clothes no earlier than Mincha Ketanah on Friday? Or is there any source which addresses when to put on Shabbos clothes on ...
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What is the source for Yosef's garment being a "coat of many colors"?

What is the source for Yosef's coat being a "coat of many colors"? Is there a particular commentator that translates פַּסִּים as colorful? Genesis 37:3 וְיִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל אָהַ֤ב אֶת־יוֹסֵף֙ ...
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What necklines for men and women are compatible with Tznius? [duplicate]

What restrictions are placed on necklines for men and women as they relate to Tznius (modesty)? Many kinds of clothing are available these days, each with various necklines, as this Wikipedia page ...
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Why do we check clothing for Shaatnez - isn't it a מיעוט (שאנו מצוי)?

Is it really necessary to check clothing for Shaatnez? In all my years of shopping (in Jewish and non-Jewish stores, US and worldwide) I have never found Shaatnez in the clothing. Should this then ...
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In Biblical times, did the Israelites ever wear sleeveless tunics?

In Genesis 3:21, G-d clothed Adam and Eve with the kuttoneth (in this case, made with animal skin). Apparently, such was worn in multiple Biblical passages (e.g., Gen. 37:3; Ex. 28:39-40; 2 Sam. 13:18-...
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What areas of the body are ervah according to law?

While custom can further bind what areas of the body need to be covered, when it comes to dress, is there a line that separates clothing that is tzniut from clothing that is not? For example, does ...
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Does Exodus 28:42 suggest that exposing the thighs exposes nakedness?

I asked this on the Hermeneutics Stack Exchange but assume it's fine to ask here as well. Exodus 28:42 reads: "וַעֲשֵׂה לָהֶם מִכְנְסֵי־בָד לְכַסּוֹת בְּשַׂר עֶרְוָה מִמׇּתְנַיִם וְעַד־יְרֵכַיִם ...
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Does Genesis 3 suggest that Adam and Eve's fig-leaf loincloths (v. 7) were unable to cover nakedness, unlike the tunics of skin (v. 21)? [duplicate]

In Genesis 3:6-10, the first recorded effect of Adam and Eve's sin is that they realized they were naked. Because of this, they sewed fig leaves together to make loincloths, but this isn't considered ...
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Black Yerushalmi Kippah?

First, not talking about the Na Nach kippahs (which have different stitching and band). Those come on all kinds of colors. I am wondering who wears a black yerushalmi kippah? Karlin-Stolin, some ...
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Wearing a tie on Tisha B'Av

Is there an issue with wearing a tie on Tisha B'Av? Some Rabbonim who normally wear a tie throughout the week take it off for Tisha B'Av. For instance, see Rav Moshe Tuvia Lieff here without a tie ...
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Should one change his clothes after sleeping?

After going to sleep, is one required to change his clothes or is it proper to? How does this differ between sleeping in a bed and sleeping elsewhere (a chair or couch), between taking a short or long ...
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Different ways to tie gartels

I have noticed that there are not only several different gartels but many different ways to tie them. I have always tied mine as I have seen most modern orthodox men tie it, with two loops on the side ...
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What fabric maybe used for Tachrichim?

What fabric may be used for tachrichim (burial shrouds)? This is purely not practical halacha, just discussing this question with a friend.
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Clothed brands that might be used for idol worship

Is wearing clothes that have a tag in the back or in the front considered idolatry if you don’t know if someone might idolize the brand? Should you rip off the tag if you don’t know if someone might ...
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Laundered Pajamas for Shabbos?

The Ohr L'Tzion (2:16:2) writes based on the Shulchan Aruch OC (242:1) that a person should wear clean clothes on Shabbos if the garment directly touches the body and becomes sweaty, but outerwear ...
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Does the prohibition from Devarim 22:11 relate to קַ֔יִן Qayin and הֶ֨בֶל Hevel?

Does the prohibition לֹ֤א תִלְבַּשׁ֙ שַֽׁעַטְנֵ֔ז צֶ֥מֶר וּפִשְׁתִּ֖ים יַחְדָּֽו from Devarim 22:11 relate to קַ֔יִן Qayin and הֶ֨בֶל Hevel? What sources (besides the two provided) validate this ...
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Can Tzara'at appear on Mitzvah apparel?

Was it possible for Tzara'at to appear on Tefillin/Tefillin straps, which theoretically one could argue clothes the person? Or on Tzitzis, or Kohanic garments, like the Tzitz, or other clothing items ...
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What are the names of these karakul hats among the Hasidim?

Hats of two men in the foreground.
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Do some Litvaks in Jerusalem have a minhag of long payos?

Do some Litvaks in Jerusalem have a minhag of long payos? For example, Rav Azriel Auerbach has long curled payos even though he is Litvish.
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Custom of two people not clothing someone together

Probably a common occurrence is when putting clothes on a baby, both parents will try to do it together to make it easier (one puts on the shirt, one puts on the pants, etc.). Someone recently told me ...
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What is the difference between an avnet and an aizur

I have seen the question on Mi Yodeya titled Wearing a gartel The Shulchan Aruch 91:2 writes even though you are wearing an 'avnet' you should still wear an 'aizur' to daven. One wonders, what is the ...
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Why are Tefilin never mentioned anywhere in Nach?

Tefillin, for being a quite fundamental part of Judaism, and which were apparently worn all day long in Ancient Israel, are never mentioned in Nach. How would these sacred objects, which are quite ...
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Source permitting removing sticky adhesive backing from clothing on Shabbat?

Is there an issue with removing on Shabbos something sticky from fabric, for example, a feminine napkin from underwear, or a sticker from a sweater, if it tears off some fabric along with it? I heard ...
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Can one wear their clothing backwards on Purim?

I've seen many people on Purim who wear their clothing inside out, in the spirit of ונהפוך הוא. Yet the Mechaber writes explicitly (SA OC 2:3): ידקדק בחלוקו ללובשו כדרכו שלא יהפוך הפנימי לחוץ ...
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Who must wear special clothing?

In Exodus God gives instructions in detail for the clothes the kohanim must wear. But neither the patriarchs nor Moses nor the 70 elders were instructed to wear anything special. Why the difference?
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Chasidic Clothing [closed]

I am very interested to know a bit about the differences of clothing between the chasidic dinasties. I saw there are some differences in their hats and socks, for example. Does anyone here know a bit ...
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Do any of the Rishonim or earlier commentators attempt to suggest what clothing the Ovos wore?

Midrash (Minor Pesikta, Ki Savo 41a) says the Bnei Yisroel didn't change their clothing in Mitzrayim. I presume (but correct me if I'm wrong), that this means they dressed like the Ovos did. My next ...
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Source of wishing "Titchadesh" - תתחדש on new clothes

What is the source for wishing someone "תתחדש" for a new item of clothing? See the Rema OC:224 who brings a minhag to wish someone that bought new clothes "תבלה ותחדש". Literal translation is "You ...
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Significance behind coat or upper garment in Vayeshev

There seems to be a theme in Parshas Vayeshev around a coat or more generally an (upper) body garment: Yosef's coat of many colors Yosef's shirt soaked in blood of a wild animal Yehuda's cloak as a ...
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What happened to Joseph's coat of many colors

What happened to Yosef's coat of many colors? I know the brothers gave it to Yakov. But what happened later? Did he have it in Egypt? Do we know?
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Do Hareidim wear a kittel on Yamim Nora'im?

I have never observed Hareidi minhagim during the High Holidays. But, I know that during Shabbat and Yom Tov many wear a bekisheh - a long robe. I'm curious if they were the bekisheh in lieu of the ...
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How does one put on a Gartel according to the Ashkenazi tradition? [duplicate]

I go to a Chabad synagogue where everyone wears black belts called gartels. When I went on a Chasidic tour to Williamsbourg I bought a black Gartel. Now that Yom Kippur is on its way I have bought a ...
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Where can I order a Kasket online?

According to Wikipedia a Kasket also known as a kashkettel or kasket) is a cap, usually made of felt, worn mainly by Hasidic Jewish children as an alternative to the kippah. It has a crown, a band and ...
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Shatnez and Leviticus 16,4-23-32

I have a question that I'm trying to understand and I would like a logical and coherent explanation. 1) In Leviticus 16,4-23-32 the priest (also Aaron) God indicates to them to dress only in linen ...
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Why do certain cloth combinations become susceptible to tumah while others don't?

In Keilim 27:3, we see the rule for when a clothes item becomes susceptible to tumah when it's made of different materials, each with a different minimum size to be susceptible to tumah. הָעוֹשֶׂה ...
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During the Second Temple period, did the High Priest wear an additional crown on their headdress?

The High Priest's headdress was to be made of fine linen on which a gold plate was attached: 36 You shall make a frontlet of pure gold and engrave on it the seal inscription: "Holy to the LORD." 37 ...
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Why is a leather belt susceptible to tumah?

In mishna Keilim 26:3, we see that a leather belt is susceptible to tumah. כַּף לוֹקְטֵי קוֹצִים, טְהוֹרָה. הַזּוֹן וְהַבִּרְכְּיָר, טְמֵאִין. וְהַשַּׁרְווּלִים, טְמֵאִין. וְהַפְּרַקְלִימִין, ...
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Wearing special clothes in public while in niddah- isn't this a lack of tznius?

The gemara in Ketubot 72a tells us that women wore special clothes when they were in niddah, and thus all the neighbors would know when a woman was in niddah ("הוחזקה נדה בשכינותיה"). This ...
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