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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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Sewing up the tallit, so that it always stays perfectly on your shoulders? Adding snaps?

The tallit forever falls off your shoulders because of gravity and has to be raised again and again. Why is it not sewn together so it always stays perfectly on your shoulders? (Sure, if you do, ...
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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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Does a woman have to dress tzniut in front of other women

According to Halacha, is there a requirement for a woman to dress tzniut around other women (with no men present)? Or, since there are no men around, is she permitted to dress in what would otherwise ...
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Should a woman pick shaatnez or non tzniut clothing?

If a woman is in a position where she only has clothes that are either not tzniut, or contain shaatnez, which should she pick? So basically, she is in a position where she has to wear clothes out, ...
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Are Tallis and Tefillin considered beged ish?

Given that Tallis and Tefillin are mitzvos given primarily to men (Kiddushin 29b), is there a beged ish issue with women wearing them? If there is, would we apply the rule of Asi Asei v'dachi Lo Sa'...
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Shiur for when shaatnez prohibits an item

According to Halacha, what is the minimum shiur (size) of shaatnez in a garment for it to become prohibited to wear? Is it even a single thread, a certain amount of inches, etc.?
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What constitutes the region which Lo Yilbash is based on

According to Halacha, Lo Yilbash (the prohibition of cross dressing as the opposite gender), is based on what is customarily considered men’s clothing/women’s clothing in a region (מנהג המדינה). My ...
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Why Hat Brim Up?

Rav Chaim Kanievsky zt"l would often tell people to wear the brim of their hat up. Why was he makpid, and was this written in any of his seforim?
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Source for Haman's hat

As a little kid, I was always told that a Hamantasch is representative of Haman's three cornered hat. Is there an actual source that says Haman wore a three cornered hat or is it just Folklore?
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hat and jacket during davening

I wear a hat to davening normally. Is it better to daven with a minyan without a hat or without a minyan with a hat?
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Nudity at home?

I have read that Hashem hates public nudity, but what is the Jewish position on nudity at home in front of other family members? Obviously, the short answer is bad, don't do it. Modesty is a ...
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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 (the biblically forbidden admixture of wool and linen)? In all my years of shopping (in Jewish and non-Jewish stores, US and worldwide) I have ...
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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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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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Can you buy clothes during the Nine Days, for a job interview during the Nine Days, if you lack any appropriate clothing?

Imagine that an unemployed person suddenly gets a job interview scheduled for two days before Tisha B'Av, but doesn't have something appropriate to wear to the interview. May he/she buy new clothing ...
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Kallah's Veil under Chupah

Why does the Kallah wear a veil under the Chupah? (and why is it generally transparent?)
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Hassidim and white shirt

I always wonder what kind of white shirt the hassidim were wearing. They look different. I know you have to button these shirt from the left but the collar looks very different. Do you know what kind ...
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Radbaz on cross-dressing

In The Mitzvot: the commandments and their rationale, Rabbi Abraham Chill attributes the following idea to Radbaz (without quoting him verbatim): It is understandable why a man should not dress like ...
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Is there a prohibition for a non-kohen to wear the clothing of a kohen?

Is there any mention of a rule which does not allow a non kohen from wearing the official clothing of a kohen - or kohen gadol?
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Where King Achashverosh got the priestly vestments

Springboarding off a previous question asked here: Where did King Achashverosh get the clothing of the Kohen Gadol? The same can be asked about the utensils from the Beis Hamikdash, which were used ...
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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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Why do Chabad men look like non-Chassidim in several respects? [closed]

As the comments began, I did two Google image searches. When I searched "Hasidic man," this was the first result. When I searched "Misnagdim," this was the first result. That ...
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When and why did the black velvet yarmulke become the standard for some communities?

Ashkenazi yarmulkes from around 200 years ago closely resemble the Yerushalmi style - white knitted with a tassel on top. Today, the vast majority of Chasidim and Yeshivish Jews seem to wear black ...
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Looking for quote from Maimonides on a widow wearing scarlet

I was recently reading up on the account of Tamar and Judah (re' her widowhood and whether she was considered betrothed to Shelah), and I came across a quote from Maimonides in relation to her actions,...
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What is the symbol on R. Haim Huri's clothing?

Hakham Haim Huri (1885 – 1957) was a Tunisian dayan that founded a yeshibhah in Djerba and wrote several books on Torah, Shas, derashoth, responsa, etc. I came across two different photographs of him ...
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Is it OK to dress casually if someone is going on a hike on Chol Hamoed? [closed]

I'm pretty sure there is a thing about still dressing nicely on Chol Hamoed, but what if someone wants to go on a hike? Is it considered bad to dress in shorts and a T-shirt in such a situation? ...
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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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Is it appropriate to go shirtless in these situations?

I know the question has been asked before, but Im still looking for more info. Other questions and answers focus on the permisability of it. I'm pretty sure it's mutar, but wondering if it's advisable....
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Attire in the men's mikveh

I think the shulchan aruch says that when going down to bath in the river he should cover his erva and when coming up to get dressed he shouldnt (I think) so people don't think he is embarassed of his ...
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Is it permissible for a man to be seen without a shirt?

In many parts of the United States, it is socially acceptable for a man to be without a shirt while working at a physical activity. Examples might be cutting grass or digging a hole in the summertime....
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Beresheit 3:21: What was the material Hashem used to cover Adam and Chava?

I'm seeking a general consensus on what material Hashem used to clothe Adam and Chava. I realize there are various translations stating they were leather or animal skins. Commentaries range from ...
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Davening in "night clothes"

The lockdowns and subsequent increase in work-from-home families has created a new set of circumstances worth thinking about. It is against halacha to daven in a "sleeping robe" שלאף ראק. ...
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Why did Jewish kings wear crowns?

It appears that Jewish kings wore crowns. See for example Shmuel Bet 1:10, 12:30. The Torah does not instruct a king to wear a crown. Obviously the king can wear pretty much whatever he wants within ...
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The kittel as tachrich

I recently heard and was extremely moved by the idea that the kitlen worn on Pesach, Yom Kippur, and under the chuppah are intended to resemble tachrichim – and are, in some cases, the actual garments ...
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Seeing wedding dress before chuppah

Is it consider bad luck for the chosen to see the kallah’s wedding dress prior to the chuppah?
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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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If mixing red and blue thread for the Mishkan, why the purple thread too?

Throughout the construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and Bigdei Kodesh (holy clothing for the Kohanim), they use a mix of red, blue, and purple wool (plus [white?] linen, and in the case of the ...
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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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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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Cloth and meat and milk

Does cloth retain meat and milk after it is washed? I was thinking that instead of ceramic or plastic plates, we could eat off of woven disks.
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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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What do you have to check for Shatnez?

What do you and what do you not have to check for Shatnez?
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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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Source for the Chazon Ish saying that long jackets are preferable?

I have heard it first hand from no less than two different rabbis, and seen it in various places (unsourced*) that the Chazon Ish held that short jackets were not tznius, and this is why certain ...
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Tzitzis on a Scarf

The Shulchan Aruch paskens that one who takes a long, rectangular cloth and wraps it up into a hat-like thing (similar to a turban) does not put tzitzis on it because it's a hat, not clothing (OC 10:...
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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 private crossdressing authorized?

Is it permissible to wear women clothes in total privacy without anyone watching it. Not for sexual purpose but to release pressure?
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Hassidim and their socks

Is there a way of differentiating between different sects of chassidim by the type and color of socks that they wear as well as by how they wear them?
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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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