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This tag pertains to questions about the subject of Chukot Hagoyim or Darkei Haemori, i.e., following the ways of the non-Jews.

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Are garden gnomes Chukot Hagoyim

According to Halacha, are garden gnomes classified as Chukot Hagoyim, or not? I ask because on the one hand, they are not associated with idolatry nowadays, however they are a custom of non-Jewish ...
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St. Patrick’s Day and Chukot Hagoyim

According to Halacha, is the holiday St. Patrick’s Day considered Chukot Hagoyim? So would Jews be prohibited from wearing green or (consensually) pinching somebody not wearing green on that day? What ...
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Are Jews allowed to benefit from Chukot Hagoyim

According to Halacha, is there an issue with a jew having Hanaah, benefit from the sale of items of Chukot Hagoyim to gentiles? So of course it can’t be idolatry, but can they sell items to gentiles ...
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Ger Toshav and Chukot hagoyim

If somebody is a Ger Toshav (so an observant noahide who accepts and follows the 7 mitzvot, and gets recognized as such by a Beit din), is there any obligation on them within Chukot Hagoyim (...
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Does the Gemara teach that Jews are allowed to kill gentiles but not vice versa?

The Gemara challenges: But wherever there is liability for capital punishment, this tanna teaches it; as it is taught in the first clause: With regard to bloodshed, if a gentile murders another ...
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Responsa regarding the tooth fairy or alternatives

I'm looking for halachic opinions regarding actively allowing children to believe in the tooth fairy through giving them prizes for putting teeth under their pillow etc. I would also like to know if ...
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Chukkot leshem Avodah Zarah

I was reading the Rashi to Dev. 16:22, in which he says that setting up pillars is forbidden "now" since the Canaanites introduced them into their idolatrous worship. I was looking for the ...
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Is there an issue with wearing a cap and gown to graduation?

Is there an issue with wearing a cap and gown? I am thinking perhaps this could be an issue of chukas goyim (dressing like the other nations). Further, is there an issue if the college for which you ...
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Can I have flowers planted on my grave?

The MY question Why don't Jewish people put flowers on graves? asks about a visitor leaving flowers on a grave. The reason we don’t is that it’s “chukas hagoyim” Does the same logic apply for a ...
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Are there any halakhic concerns with mustache wax?

Are there halachic concerns with using wax to remove a mustache off of someone's lip? Does it make a difference if it is for aesthetic appeal or some other reason? Could this be considered chukat ...
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Is numerology an acceptable Jewish practice?

Is numerology an acceptable Jewish practice, and if so how does one differentiate between it and non-Jewish forms? According to Wikipedia Numerology is any belief in the divine or mystical ...
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Is it permitted to daven five times a day every day?

Inspired by this comment. One is allowed to daven more than three times a day, at least during the week (see OC 107). Is one allowed to daven specifically five times a day, with the intention that ...
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What is the source for carrying candles down at a wedding?

I know that there are many explanations as to why many Jews have this custom (to commemorate the fire at har sinai, etc.), but where is the original source? Where originally did it come from? I have ...
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Why are we allowed to lean at the Passover Seder?

This M.Y. question shows a picture taken from a Roman feast where people lean during their meal. The question states that the way people should lean during the Passover Seder should be similar to what ...
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Purim carnavalistic costumes

On Purim when looking around I see children and even adults wearing superhero, disney and other fantasy clothing, on the other side I see all kind of costumes but often not related to the Jewish ...
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Practice of avoiding saying "A Freilichin Chanukah"

A Skvere chosid told me today that his minhag and the minhag of other chassidim is not to wish anyone "A Freilichin Chanukah" because they understand it as a copy of the "Merry Christmas" greeting and ...
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Chukos Ha'goyim at a wedding ceremony

Are there any practices that accompany weddings (and the whole engagement/marriage process) that one has to be careful to avoid because of the prohibition of following in the ways of the non-Jews (...
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Is there a teshuva which speaks about whether Jean pants are Chok Akum? [duplicate]

I was told by someone that there is a Teshuva by the Seridei Eish where there is a discussion of weather wearing denim jeans falls under the category of Chok Akum. My question: 1) Does this Teshuva ...
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Pagan practice to clink glasses?

Is it a pagan practice for two (or more) people to clink glasses together (e.g. when making a toast)? Do any Biblical or Talmudic sources discuss this practice?
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Is one allowed to visit a temple or place of worship of a religion no longer in existence?

There seems to be an issue with visiting a house of worship or temple or possibly a cemetery of other religions. Where does that come from and what are the parameters of any interdiction? Assuming ...
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Source that prohibits raising hands during davening

I recall once reading somewhere that perhaps the Zohar, or Ari"zl state that one should not raise one's hands (or wave them around) whilst praying (as it is darchei emori, or some such prohibition). ...
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Permissibilty of Chanuka bushes, dreidels, gelt, and Chanuka presents

Maimonides codifies the biblical prohibition of keeping gentile customs (Laws of Idolatry 11:1): אין הולכין בחקות העובדי כוכבים ולא מדמין להן לא במלבוש ולא בשער וכיוצא בהן שנאמר ולא תלכו בחקות ...
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Are Jews allowed to wish each other "Happy Thanksgiving"?

Is there any issue with Jews wishing each other "Happy Thanksgiving" or "Happy Turkey Day"?
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What do our Rabbis say about wearing a poppy in the button-hole on Armistice Day?

The British Legion appeals for funds (called the Poppy Appeal) around Armistice Day (11 November) each year. People donate to the activities of the Legion and are given a paper/plastic poppy to wear. ...
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Is a birthday cake celebration forbidden as a non-Jewish custom?

From what I understand the custom to celebrate a birthday with a cake adorned with candles that makes a wish on and blows out stems from a Greek ritual. As such I would like to know if any halachic ...
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Aesthetics and chukoseihem

In general, there is a prohibition to adopt practices from other cultures (See, e.g., Maimonides' Laws of Idolatry 11; see also here) if there is no clear, reasonable, non-idolatrous justification for ...
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Is going on a pre-marriage 'stag' problematic

Assuming that the activities and setting (etc.) are considered kosher, is there a problem of 'not going in their ways' (or other related issue) by attending a stag party for a man who is getting ...
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New Year Eve Fireworks

Is one allowed to go out watching the fireworks in the new year of the common era, is there any reason, why it could be forbidden?!
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Chanukah Bushes?

Every year, I hear people (typically heterodox or jokers) talking about "Chanukah bushes" (likely a parallel to Christmas trees). Now, beyond the obvious of this not being a traditional practice, ...
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Is there a problem 'wearing' a virtual Saint Lucia hat?

Is there any prohibition, perhaps related to lo teileichu b'hukat hagoyim, in "wearing" a virtual hat which celebrates Saint Lucia day? Related
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Jewish dervishes and "Darkeihem"

This photo shows a pair of Jewish dervishes. It has been going around the Jewish-oriented pages of the internet and social media lately, and it got me wondering: would this be a problem of following ...
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Decorating of the Beitzah

Somebody told me in Israel some have the custom of decorating the egg for Pesach (like an Easter egg). Wouldn't that be considered chukas hagoyim or avoda zara?
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Opening an umbrella indoors

Is there anything wrong with opening up an umbrella indoors according to Jewish tradition? I have met many people who view it as bad luck or possibly rude. On the other hand we are commanded not to ...
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Jeans as Hukot HaGoyim

Hukot HaGoyim in this case is something done specifically by gentiles and therefore it would be prohibited (see S"A Yoreh Deah 178). So my question is, would jeans fall under this category?
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Birthdays in Judaism

Is there any significance in Judaism attached to the day someone was born (aside for the 13th year)? Is there anything wrong with celebrating one's birthday? And is it more correct to celebrate the "...
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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?

Is there a problem of "chukat goyim" with the bride having "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" at her wedding?
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What makes something "chukat goyim?"

One of the most famous examples I have heard is that one should not even tie one's shoes like the non-Jews do in times of persecution. That seems rather excessive. What if the Jews started doing some ...
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