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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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Are bobby pins considered "Bigdei Isha"?

The Sefer Bigdei Ish (pp. 244-246) quotes that R. Chaim Kanievsky was asked whether it is true that the Steipler said that wearing a (bobby) pin in one's yarmulke is considered beged ishah, and R. ...
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Are women allowed to have a boy short haircut?

The Shulchan Aruch writes that it is forbidden for a woman to get a haircut like a man (literally, to shave her head like a man). The Shulchan Aruch also writes, earlier, that even though the halochoh ...
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Lo Yilbash and feminization/masculinization surgery

Before dealing with feminization/masculinization surgery specifically, one first has to ask whether cosmetic surgery in general is permitted. This is by no means simple and a review of sources (see e....
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May a man shave pubic hair on the grounds that it’s practical?

This shouldn't have anything to do with practicality (it is immensely practical for women to wear pants). In any case, because it is common for men to shave pubic hair this wouldn't be an issue (...
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Is private crossdressing authorized?

I read the question with a great sense of concern for the questioner. I was reminded of statements by Rabbi Kalman Topp who reminds us that “the Torah is both a Torat emet — a Torah of truth conveyed ...
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How and when did fedoras arise as acceptable headwear?

Jewish men have worn a plethora of hat wear, but the popularity of the fedora seems to have stemmed from the last Chabad Lubavitch Rebbe, R. Menachem Schneerson. R. Schneerson's adoption of this hat, ...
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Can a garment be assur for men and women because it is both beged ish and beged isha?

no b/c that is a contradiction of terms. something which is a man's garment is not a women's garment and something which is a woman's garment is not a man's garment. Your example of a pink yarmulke ...
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Understanding ט"ז in יורה דעה קפ"ב

Good question, it takes a real effort to understand what he meant First, you should read the sources that the T"Z talks about! At the end of the last chapter, the T"Z quotes the Beis Yossef the ...
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Understanding ט"ז in יורה דעה קפ"ב

The Taz refers to a disagreement reported by the Tur between Rabenu Tam and others regarding shaving the body with a blade and with scissors. The Tur; העברת תער בשאר הגוף ובית השחי ובית הערוה,‏...
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Understanding ט"ז in יורה דעה קפ"ב

It had just stated that for a man to shave his underarms or pubic area would be prohibited as a gender-bending practice. The Taz's reading of the next line is "she'ar" -- but one may shave any other ...
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Lo yilbash for gentiles/Noahides?

Great question! Thank you to @RibbisRabbiAndMore for his comment above, I just want to expand on what he said and apply it to this case. This is a big question many poskim talk about, and the ...
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Are fedoras Lo Yilbash on a woman

As long as the garment is worn by women generally that they sell it in the women's section of a department store, it is not a problem of lo silbash. The exact guideline (based on Darkei Teshuva 182, ...
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Is perfume lo Yilbash for a man

Din.online explains that there is no problem for a men to wear perfume. However, because of Lo Yilbash, the perfume should not be a womens-perfume (Rivivos Efrayim- Tznif MIlucha pg. 284-1, Beer Sarim ...
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What constitutes the region which Lo Yilbash is based on

The Mishneh Torah Hilchot Avodah Zara, upon which the Shulchan Aruch on this seems to be based, states הַכּל כְּמִנְהַג הַמְּדִינָה - everything goes after the local custom. It's a term that is very ...
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Can men get a piercing?

The Talmud says: [On Shabbat], a tailor must not go out with a needle stuck in his garment, nor a carpenter with a chip in his ear. [Shabbat 11b] Rashi informs us that men wore earrings that ...
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Is it assur to wear makeup as a Jewish man?

H. A.Z. 12:11[10]: לא תעדה אישה עדי האיש, כגון שתשים בראשה מצנפת או כובע, או שתלבוש שריון וכיוצא בו, או שתגלח ראשה כאיש; ולא יעדה איש עדי אישה, כגון שילבוש בגדי צבעונין וחלי זהב--במקום שאין לובשין ...
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Is it assur to wear makeup as a Jewish man?

If you look at Yoreh Deah 182, it mentions that a woman may not wear male clothing (and vice versa). The last halacha there mentions a man dying his white hair black, which is forbidden. אָסוּר {...
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Beged ishah for non-ervah purposes

Halacha l'ma'aseh - If I remember correct, The Maharam of Padua in a responsum permits masquerading on Purim as a woman/man, giving the reason that it is only for the purpose of 'simchat Purim" and ...
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Where does the "functional reason" exception to Beged isha come from?

This issue is discussed and there is a controversy. See Shulchan Aruch Yore Dea 182, paragraph 5, and the comment called Baer Heytev. Baer Heytev reports a controversy between the Bet Chadash and the ...
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What are the sources for women to wear/ not wear pants?

Shalom u'vracha! The issue with pants for women, made for women, is that they can accent a woman's body to attract attention if not loose enough. There is no problem of "kli gever" because it is made ...
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