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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...


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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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