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Why was it important that the smoke from the ketoret went up in a straight column?

According to the discussion by Chazal (mYoma 3:11, bYoma 38a) it would seem that there was a preference or benefit to the fact that the smoke from the burning of the ketoret (incense) in the Beit ...
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Kibud and Hidur

Does providing the person you are supposed to honor, such as one's father and Rebbi, the opportunity to do a mitzvah in a more mihudar way at the expense of your own hiddur fall under what is required ...
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Should you take on a chumra if you're not sure you can maintain it?

Should someone take on a new stringency/hiddur/optional mitzvah if he or she is not absolutely sure he and his progeny will be able to maintain it on all further occasions? In such a case, is it ...
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Hiddur Mitzvah for a la'av - does it exist?

One of the reasons given for people having long peyos is because there is a prohibition to cut them very short and they are beautifying the mitzvah by letting then grow really long. My thinking that ...
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Parameters of “Mehudar”

What are the parameters of hiddurim? To me, it seems as if the term is used somewhat arbitrarily.
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Mehudar K'tav: erasing touching letters before continuing

One of the hiddurim on my tefillin is that any letters which touch are erased and re-written before continuing. However, if I recall properly, the Kesset haSofer (Siman 7) requires that this be done ...
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Machine Made and Hand Made Tefillin Batim

Nowadays a person can buy tefillin batim (the leather boxes that house the parshiyos) that were made by a machine or made completely by hand. What is the difference exactly and what is the advantage ...
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Define the terms used for “types” or “grades” of tefillin

Follow up on this M.Y. question: The questioner mentioned these grades of tefillin: Peshutim Mehudarim Dakos Gassos Gassos Prudos I have heard of some of these terms, but there may be others on ...
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Is there a halacha that limits the use of stretching letters in the Torah?

See this related question . That question explains the reason for having them. My question asks if there are any halachot that limit its use. A few weeks ago - I think it was parshat Shmot, I read ...
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What does having a Mehudar Etrog and Lulav mean over just having a kosher set?

I often hear the word 'Mehudar' used during this time of year to refer to special Lulav-and-Etrog sets. What does Mehudar mean?
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Mehudar: a Subset of the Daled Minim?

I remember seeing a teshuva about this once. Could be it was even here. If someone has daled minim and one of the minim is not "mehudar" does it then "take away" from the hidur of the other minim. ...