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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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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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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 have to check for Shatnez?

What do you and what do you not have to check for Shatnez?
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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 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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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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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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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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Where is it taught that you can't sleep with socks

I remember hearing that you can't sleep with socks. I think Rambam stated this (correct me if i am wrong), but where in Rambam was it said and why do we do it?
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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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Keeping Kosher and Leather

I would like to ask a question regarding something I am quite confused by. Why is it okay to wear leather from an animal slaughtered not in a kosher fashion yet you cannot eat that animal's meat? To ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Why don’t Sheretzs made into a Streimel convey tumah?

The body of a sheretz conveys impurity. The translations of the animals that count as Sheratzim (listed in Parashat Shemini) often include weasels or ferrets as well as rats, insects, and lizards. ...
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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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Permissible laundry during the 9 days

Is there laundry that is permissible to wash during the 9 days? Kids' clothes, undergarments, socks, etc.? I've heard yes, but I'm looking for a source. (This blog post cites the RaM"A but doesn't ...
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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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What is so special about wearing Egyptian clothing

Why was Moses dressed up as a Mitsri when the daughters of Yisro found him and according to some midrash he had left Egypt 50 or more years previously? Being Jewish it is unlikely he spoke like a ...
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Why do Jewish women wear so much black?

Usually, the color white is associated with purity (as indicated by the kittle). I don't know if the opposite color in the spectrum represents the opposite of purity (yes, I know it's not technically ...
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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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Tzitzit: Do they hang straight down from the corner or do they hang from the side, past the corner?

Wearing Tzitzit: They are attached on a corner. Do they proceed laterally to the edge and then down? Or do they proceed directly down? I am pretty sure they do not proceed to the corner (...
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Are Sephardic Jews allowed to dress up in costumes on Purim?

The custom of dressing up in costumes on Purim originated from Ashkenazic communities in Europe and has become a popular custom today for Ashkenazim (cf. Rema in Shulkhan Aruch Orach Chaim 696:8). ...
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Would it be considered disrespectful to wear an Islamic styled cap as a Kippah?

I came into Judaism in college. I come from a Jewish family (my mother's side) but I was raised in a secular household after my mother married out of the religion. She was raised in a Jewish household ...
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Hamapil immediately before sleep, but what about undressing?

Generally, we are supposed to say hamapil beracha immediately before going to bed, with no interruption. How do we reconcile this with the idea that we should be dressed appropriately to make a ...
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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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Was the Hasidic gartel influenced by Zoroastrianism?

In this lecture Dr. Secunda postulates a connection between the Zoroastrian Kushti belt and the external belt some (mainly Hasidic) Jews wear during prayer called a gartel. The possible reason for ...
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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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Where can I buy a Yeshivish fedora online?

In most [Yeshivish][1] circles (and Chabad Hasidim), a black snap-brim fedora is worn. Usually it is a Borsalino, but not always. Could someone recommend a place online where I could get one or one ...
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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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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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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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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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