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What do I do if I do not have nice clothes to wear when visiting an Orthodox synagogue?

You are a very responsible and respectful person for inquiring about whether wearing your current clothes would be disrespectful or not to the synagogue. I really have to hand it to you, not everyone ...
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Did each Kohen Gadol wear his predecessor's garments?

Rambam, Hilchot Klei HaMikdash 8:5: כָּל בֶּגֶד מִבִּגְדֵי כְּהֻנָּה שֶׁנַּעֲשׂוּ צוֹאִין אֵין מְלַבְּנִין אוֹתָן וְאֵין מְכַבְּסִין אוֹתָן אֶלָּא מַנִּיחָן לִפְתִילוֹת וְלוֹבֵשׁ חֲדָשִׁים. ...
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Why are Tefilin never mentioned anywhere in Nach?

There are two assertions that were made here that need to be assessed: Tefillin, for being a quite fundamental part of Judaism, and which were [1] apparently worn all day long in Ancient Israel, are ...
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Where can I buy a Yeshivish fedora online?

I've never used them, but friends of mine have ordered from https://www.yeshivishhats.com/. The home page says that their price is $55.
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Can I cut to my kippah to make it smaller?

A kippah is not a sacred garment. (The Star-K had found people putting worn-out kippahs in a disposal box intended for worn-out scrolls, which must be buried. So they had to mention that a worn-out ...
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Wearing special clothes in public while in niddah- isn't this a lack of tznius?

R. Moshe Feinstein has a responsum (Igrot Moshe Y.D. 2:77) with the following question from R. Avraham Chaim Levin: הנה במקום שיש אחרים רואין אם יש דיני הרחקות באשתו נדה שמסתפק כתר"ה דאולי יש ...
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Would it be considered disrespectful to wear an Islamic styled cap as a Kippah?

The goal is to cover the head. While it might be considered improper to wear a baseball hat in synagogue (though I have seen it) the religious obligation to cover the head would be fulfilled. In terms ...
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Hassidim and their socks

You cannot determine sect solely by the socks, but often you can tell something based on the socks. Combining sock style with hat/jacket/girdle/shoe/glasses/shirt style will narrow things down even ...
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Are Tallis and Tefillin considered beged ish?

The Targum Yonasan to the verse prohibiting a woman to wear men's gear says specifically it includes Tallis and Tefilin. However, that doesn't seem to be the prevailing opinion. The Aruch HaShulchan ...
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Why don’t Sheretzs made into a Streimel convey tumah?

Once a hide is tanned, even a bit, it no longer conveys impurity (Chullin 9:2).
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Is wearing unisex clothes considered beged ishah?

No. The Shulchan Aruch (YD 182:5) lists examples of things that constitute beged isha and then qualifies "in a place where where no one wears such clothing and adorns with such adornments except ...
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What happened to Joseph's coat of many colors

Presumably, it was buried, because there is a Chiyuv D'Oraisa (biblical obligation) to bury the dead. It is a question in the Poskim of how much remains of the dead requires burial, but a significant ...
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What is the source for Yosef's garment being a "coat of many colors"?

The Jewish Action article mentioned by @dov (thank you) contains the following paragraph: The earliest mention of the ketonet passim being a variegated garment dates back to the third-century bce ...
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Is it fine to go shirtless: While exercising? When home alone? In other situations?

Yalkut Yosef Hashkamat Haboker 2:1 Whenever someone conducts himself respectfully because he wishes to show honor to God, and displays his awareness that God's Presence fills the entire universe, he ...
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Why do Jewish women wear so much black?

Well, for starters black matches with everything so its the easiest color to wear.
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Help! My Uniform has Sha'atnez!

Since the question is not lima'aseh, I'll give an answer that is not lima'aseh. Not every placing of clothing upon one's body is called wearing clothes and in some situations will actually be allowed....
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What is considered a four-cornered garment?

The Mishna Brura on Orach Chayim 10:12 writes regarding this question the following (Source provided by Sefaria.org) לו) הואיל ואין וכו' - דהנה הב"י כתב יש לדקדק במלבושים שלנו שיש להם ב' כנפות ...
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Was the Hasidic gartel influenced by Zoroastrianism?

No, the Chassidic practice of wearing the gartel, which is properly called Avnet (אבנט) in Hebrew, was not influenced by the Zoroastrian practice. It is worth pointing out that after listening to the ...
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Shiur for when shaatnez prohibits an item

The Rambam (MT Kilayim 10:5) answers your question There is no minimum measure for kilayim. Even the smallest thread of wool in a large linen garment or a thread of linen in a woolen garment is ...
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Are Jews allowed to wear clothing made from dyes from nonkosher animals or bugs?

The prohibition against eating bugs does not include deriving benefit from them. Similarly, leather from non-kosher animals can be used for clothing. The Rambam (משנה תורה, הלכות מאכלות אסורות ח׳) ...
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Rambam's rules of modesty

In Hil. Ishut (24:9), Rambam lists hair covering in public as dat Moshe. In halakhot 11-12, he lists the requirements of dat Yehudit the behaviour that was customary for Jewish women: ואיזו היא דת ...
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Can tailoring be done during the nine days

In all likelihood this is not allowed. See shulchan aruch siman 551 siff 7. The Shulchan Aruch mentions an that one is not allowed to be misaken ( you'll soon see why I'm not translating this) new ...
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What age is the kapoteh donned in Chabad circles?

From the wedding day onward. Discussed in the book Mazal Tov by Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov on page 64 169. After the Kabbolas Ponim the chosson prepares for the chuppah in the following way. 170. The ...
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Why are some makpid on a "double covering"?

The Mishna Brura in צא, ה: יב is famously quoted as saying that one needs a hat as well as a yarmulka because that is the way to go to meet chashuvim, and by bentching says that one should wear two ...
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Are Tzitzis obligated in Tzitzis

Indeed, perhaps a functionless tallit is not obligated in tzitzit. This seems to have been the opinion of R. Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, at least: Shilhi Dekayta Siman 8 וכששטחתי את גליונות הספר ...
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Should one change his clothes after sleeping?

There is no halachic problem with sleeping with the clothes you will wear with the next day, and it is permitted to touch ones clothes while his hands are impure (עוד יוסף חי הלכות פרשת תולדות אות י). ...
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May a gentile look like a Jew?

The only way I could see it being prohibited for a gentile to dress or groom themselves like a Jew is if גניבת דעת (lit. "theft of the mind", i.e. the prohibition against dishonest ...
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Where King Achashverosh got the priestly vestments

Refer to Rashi on the Gemara there in Megilla 12 בגדי כהונה - שהיו בידו שם בגדי כהן גדול שהביאן מירושלים The priestly vestments: Since he had in his hand there, the vestments of the high priest that ...
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Wearing a Kittel at the Seder

R' Herschel Schachter discusses this in his Haggadah*: *R' Schachter's Haggadah is compiled by Reb Allan Weissman
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Were there Bigdei Leviim (and if not why not?), what did the Leviim wear in the Mishkan?

Here are some sources that come from two Otzar Hachochma forum pages (here and here). Yagid Davar points out 3 quick finds: Divrei Hayamim 2 5:12 says that they wore Butz (linen): וְהַלְוִיִּ֣ם ...
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