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Rav Herschel Schachter told me that the reason they do it is because they are afraid that a hair will be left out of the mikveh when they do tevila. To avoid this problem they shave their heads. I have also heard that they suspect that there will be tangles, which are חציצה for the tevila, so they shave their heads. Neither of these reasons would really ...


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There is no religious requirement in Judaism for a non-Jewish man to wear a head covering. However, since a public request was made, some attendees might feel that it is disrespectful or insensitive to appear without a head covering. As a practical concern, and out of sensitivity to the family, I would therefore recommend wearing a head covering. Either a ...


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These are vey good questions and I do not have all the answers, but one thing I wish to clarify as this misconception is quite widespread: this custom was not invented by Hassidim. In fact, this custom predates chassidus and possibly dates back to the days of the rishonim. See for example Shut tashbatz part 3, 299, where he mentions a custom of קציצת הפיאות ...


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Halacha Berurah says that your kippah should cover the majority of your head, and if you can't do that much, then it should at least be visible from all sides.


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Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 4:18: "These are things require washing with water... One who rubs his head..." The Mishnah Berurah, (s"k 41), says that rubbing the head is not because of a bad spirit on the hands, which is the reason for hand washing in cases such as getting up from bed or leaving a bathhouse or bathroom, rather it is only for cleanliness ...


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To answer a mistaken premise of the question -- boneh is possible on the human body. See Shabbos 107a: המפיס מורסא בשבת אם לעשות לה פה חייב אם להוציא ממנה לחה פטור If someone pops a pimple on Shabbos -- if he did so to make an opening, then he is liable for punishment; if he intended to remove the pus from inside, he is not liable Rashi there ...


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I came across this list of sources that discuss it: שו"ת דעת כהן, סימן ריד: יש לומר, שהיה קבור במערה עמוקה תחת הקרקע, שהיתה לו ולמשפחתו קרקע חוץ ממקום המקדש, וחפרו מערה והאריכו אותה עד שהגיעה תחת המזבח Responsa Daath Kohen, 214: One can suggest that it was buried in a cave deep beneath the ground which belonged to him and his family, and they had ...


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There is actually an argument in the Midrash with relevant psukim where a person's חכמה resides. See ילקוט שמעוני right at the begining of משלי. Siman תתקכט. There is an argument there between Rabi Eliazar who said it's in one's head and Rabi Yehoshua who says it's in one's heart. The Midrash brings Psukim to show that David Hamelech and Shlomo Hamelech ...


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Rav M Feinstein held that a hand's worth is enough, as the question is raised in the Talmud whether one can use one's own hand to cover his head. (The answer is no, IIRC, but the hava amina proves the point.)


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Several of your questions are answered in "Vedibarta Bam" on Pirkey Avos. 1. Why is it in Aramaic? Hillel used the Aramaic, the vernacular, in expressing this important belief in retributive justice, so that it would be understood by the masses. He felt it important for them to know that if for any reason whatsoever a murderer or evil-doer is not ...


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I would take Time magazine and Kurzweil with a large grain of salt. Kurzweil think because computers have increased in certain physical measurements that they'll soon be just like humans. But there's a lot more to a human than just RAM and GHz. So far, all computers have been able to do is carry out lots extremely precise instructions very quickly. But they ...


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The word מוח only turns up once in Tanakh anyway (Job 21:24). It means "marrow". Onkelos translates קדקוד in Deut 28:35 as מוח, and we see it with a similar meaning ("brain", and the membrane around the brain) in the early rabbinic literature. The fact that it's not mentioned in the Tanakh can be due to their either having a different word for the same thing,...


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Mishna Berura 18:4 says that on a fast day where we wear a Talis for Mincha you should take it off before Barchu of Maariv since Laila Lav Zeman Tzitzis. However he says a Shaliach Tzubur may continue to wear it if without it he would be inappropriately dressed. Having Davened in both Nusach Ashkenaz and Nusach Sefard Shuls I have seen that by Nusach ...


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a human being is not a purely physical system like a computer. As the book Shaarei Kedusha explains in detail, a human being consists of two independent creatures fused together. An animal and a spiritual being. see there. Parenthetically, to summarize a practical different on this from here, the ability to reason and speak intelligently is a spiritual ...


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Hair is part of the body. The Gemara (Sukkah 6a) calls it טפל לבשרו; secondary to the flesh, but clearly a legitimate part of the body, as it needs to be included in tevila (ibid). As to why @SethJ heard that a married woman's hair is ervah and not an unmarried woman's, the source that hair is ervah is Berachos 24a. The Mordechai there cites a Ra'avya (an ...


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I found this blog that had a post of an article about R' Akiva Eiger's shul where no one wore their talis on their head. http://onthemainline.blogspot.com/2012/11/on-minhag-not-to-wear-tallis-over-head.html


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In reality, I personally don't think that this is a question at all: everyone from the Torah's time period believed in the heart as the source of emotions, so this is how the Torah was written. However, I'm happy to provide a source to this effect. This issue has indeed been noticed by many people, among them R. Shlomo Fisher, who many would consider to be ...


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What is clear to you is not so clear to me, but see Mishna Berurah siman 91 #12 Where he states the general rule to wear only clothing you would wear when talking with an important person. He adds that this is dependant on the usual behavior of the time. Another point he mentions there is not to wear the type of gloves that people would wear when traveling. ...


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Google brings several results: Goorin Bros. Hat Shop 181 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 599-4287 Ferster Hats 5101 New Utrecht Ave #1, Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 854-6768 They even have a website (not listed on the Google entry) which you can see here. You can take a look at the numerous hats they sell as well as order online. On their website, ...


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According to Rambam Laws of Idol Worship it is forbidden as it is considered "ornamenting oneself with a man's ornaments": יא [י] לא תעדה אישה עדי האיש, כגון שתשים בראשה מצנפת או כובע, או שתלבוש שריון וכיוצא בו, או שתגלח ראשה כאיש; ... הכול, כמנהג המדינה. A woman shall not ornament herself with a man's ornaments, for example a ritual head wrap or ...


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sorry for my english: from the Torah you see that married women did not shave there hairs.Starting with the captive women, the wife of one ben peleg, the sota ceremony etc etc...Opposite you will see that shaving the hairs means humiliating ( sota, captive women etc..) not talking about the women that help the nazi during the war. I heard that the origin of ...


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a yarmulke also called a kipa is appropriate or a gentleman's hat of some variety (although I don't recommend one that will stand out too much such as a large top hat)


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In Jewish thought (ha), it's not the brain that thinks, but rather the Neshamah. (See this article from Chabad.)


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As explained in the Mishna Berurah siman 303 #82 the reason braiding hair would be Boneh rather than Oreig is specifically because it is attached to and part of the human body. This then would not be a contradiction to the fact that it is an erva, but rather a complimentary idea.


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