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The passuk is not saying that tzitzis are a proof to someone's adherence to the other commandments, it is saying that by wearing tzitzis one will come to perform the other mitzvos. If anything, wearing them is a sign of intention to grow, not an award for completion of one's job to. If one is really worried about maaris ayin one can wear the tzitzis under ...


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Per this analysis: R. Moshe Feinstein responds to the maris ayin argument in multiple ways: 1. A woman covering her hair is an obligation, not a prohibition (it is an issur aseh) 2. Someone, even if not everyone, can almost always tell when a woman is wearing a wig 3. People in our community know that women often cover their hair with wigs His ...


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Rabbi Heinemann (shlit"a)'s opinion: Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, Rabbinic Administrator of the Star-K, is of the opinion that if the restaurant is known mainly for the traif, non-kosher, products it sells, McDonald's, for example, then going into such a place [just to buy a plain coffee] would constitute marris ayin. An establishment like a coffee shop or ...


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R. Moshe Feinstein was asked about women wearing nude stockings – if the lower leg is ervah then how does it help to cover it with a transparent covering, and if it is not ervah then why cover it at all? R. Moshe responded that these stockings are not actually transparent. Rather, they are simply the color of skin. He therefore says that this counts as ...


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I think that you are answering your own question. First of all, the reason to perform G-d's commandments is because G-d said so. The goal of every Jew is to strive to reach this sense of faith and to act and understand the concept of being an Eved Hashem - a servant of G-d. (When Moses died, the Torah calls him an "Eved Hashem".) Therefore, one is required ...


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I sent an e-mail message to the Institute of Halacha at the Star-K. Here is the response that I received shortly after: Hello, Rav Moshe Feinstein writes that there is an issue of maaris ayin if a person goes to a non-kosher restaurant.  McDonalds would certainly classify as a non-Jewish restaurant.  However, even though Starbucks does sell some non-...


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R Shlomo Aviner was asked about a cheeseburger made with this product and answered that it is permissible for two reasons: since everyone today has seen and knows veggie burgers, there is no problem of marit ayin "we do not make new decrees" and our Sages did not make a decree against eating parve burgers with parve cheese Hot from the press: the ...


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No. You do not have to worry about Marit Ayin. Marit Ayin is when a Jew does something technically permitted, but may cause someone to reason that a different activity is permitted, when in fact, it is forbidden. The classic example of this is hanging wet laundry to dry on shabbat. (Talmud Bavli, Shabbat 146b) Technically, if you washed clothes on Friday,...


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As cited in this answer and this answer, the gemara says in several places (Beitzah 9a, Shabbos 64b and more) כל מקום שאסרו חכמים מפני מראית העין - אפילו בחדרי חדרים אסור Any place that the rabbis forbid something because of מראית עין -- it is forbidden even in the most hidden of rooms This is also brought down by שלחן ערוך in several places, e.g. ...


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Rabbi Moshe Feinstein actually addressed a similar concern, Maris Ayin with regards to your lights on timers -- an onlooker will see your dining room suddenly -- click! -- lit up. He allowed it; so I'd assume the same should apply here.


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As Rabbi Yehuda Spitz explains, for many dairy-look pareve products there is an understanding among the general population that, even though it looks like it's dairy, it's not, and, because of that understanding, there's no need to specially indicate to people that the product is pareve. Even for those who wish to be more stringent, he explains, and even for ...


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To sum up what's been said, there are three concerns involved of what people might think when seeing you in a non-kosher restaurant: "If Moshe eats there, it must be kosher." (This is especially a problem with a "kosher-style" restaurant, or one with a very questionable hechsher.) "I know it's prohibited, but if Moshe eats there, it must be one of those ...


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The only issue that might act against wearing Jewish clothing is if it caused "Chilul Hashem". A man who wears Jewish garb and cheats in business or commits other aveiros is not "frum". It doesn't matter how long their peyot are etc. Tzitzit hanging out would be "chilul hashem" as it gives an appearance that "this is how Jews behave". One should say "it is ...


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In a Hebrew journal titled HaMashbir, there is an essay (vol. 1 192ff.) on the issue of things (food, clothing etc.) which appear to be of prohibited nature but, in actuality, are permissible and its organic composition is common. The author, R. Ovadia Hoffman, bases the permissibility of such things on a host of early authorities who bring support from a ...


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The Shach (7) to Yore Dea 87:4 says clearly there is no marit haayin when there is a evident possibility that you are doing something permitted, for example cooking for the sick. This is based on the Shach when describing cooking non-kosher milk with meat: בבישול לחודיה ליכא משום מראית העין, דהא יכול להיות שמבשל לצורך רפואה או שאר דברים The cooking of it (...


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It's never chutzpah to ask on a Rabbinic idea, it's only a problem when we disrespect them. The menorah of the Temple did not have a Shammas higher in the middle, nor must ours. We just need 8 wicks, can have 8 cups or ancient lamps, just 8 fires burning, 1 until 8 to remember the miracle. Even if one wants to use the Candelabra shape from our Temple, there ...


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Firstly, as Rabbi Y. A. Abraham pointed out, the Rabbi never stipulated using a Menora/Chanukiah. Actually, since the original institution was to light outside, in the middle of winter, it's fair to assume that most people used little clay lamps, as Wikipedia (in Hebrew) informs us and even provides a picture. The first record of a Chanukia-Menora is from ...


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If it was an issue of Mar'it Ayin, it would only require clearly indicating that this was margarine and not butter. However Mar'it Ayin only applies in this type of case to a situation when the application is unusual. When everyone will think of margarine when they see it, it isn't a problem. Rabbi Chanoch Dov Padwa makes that point explicitly about ...


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This is addressed in Halichos Shlomo on the laws of Yom Kippur chapter 5 siff 15, quoting the Minchas Shlomo Tinyana siman 53 #3. I'll try my best to translate. "A sick person can wear leather shoes even if his sickness is not discernable, and there is no concern for Maris Ayin. However he should limit his unnecessary walking because of Lazus Sfasayim (...


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I think you're missing the most important issue: The pots been used to cook the food may have recently been used to cook unkosher food - and thus render the food unkosher. While we normally assume that pots are not ben-Yoma (i.e. have not been used in the past 24 hours and hence don't make the food unkosher) in a restaurant that assumption is clearly ...


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According to Rabbi Yitzchak Abadi, there is no issue with Maarith Ayin. Here are some quoted examples and responsa. Some of these responsa are from his son A Abadi. Example 1: Questioner: How can you compare a treif restaurant where people go to eat treif to an airplane that serves kosher meals, also the kosher meal is clearly distinct to those who look at ...


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As discussed elsewhere, Rabbi Heinemann's opinion is that it's a problem if it's mainly known for the non-kosher stuff. Do a reasonable amount of people go in there for just beer? If so, you should be okay.


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Halachipedia (link) cites Mesechtas Shabbos 64b and Tosfas Mesechtas Kesubos 60a as saying that marit ayin applies even in private, but possibly only for d'oraisa: When something is not allowed because of maris ayin, then it is not permitted in one's room either (chadrei chadurim - privately). Some say this is only something which is perceived as an issur ...


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From pirkei Avos perek 1:11 we see that Avtaylon warned not to say something which can be misconstrued .one should be as clear as possible. One can also see from the gemara in Yoma 86a that the Rabbanim would be careful with their actions so one should not learn and misinterpret their actions(see case with Rav and Abaye) and cause the greatest sin of ...


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Since the label is sewn into the inside of the suit, how would anyone know that it is not there? I normally staple it into the inside of the suit so that I will remember that I have had it checked. If it is not there, you might get it confused with a different suit that you need to check. Marit Ayin is a matter of how something appears to people walking by ...


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See the following link for a teshuvah of Bemareh Habazak vol. 5, siman 37 regarding a website operating on Shabbat: http://beta.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=43790&st=&pgnum=66 The conclusion there is that there is no problem of ma'arit ayin as it is well known that it operates automatically. The same would seem to apply to your case as well.


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Yad Malachi states in the name of the pri chadash, Yorah De'ah siman 87 sk 7 that we don't make up new concerns of maris ayin beyond what is in the Gemara.


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Shabbos is exactly 24 hours according to the Torah (See maseches Moed koton daf 3b-4a where the Gemora tries to compare Shmitta to shabbos Which is Me-eis Le-eis Min Hatorah)and tosefes shabbos is a very short amount of time a matter of seconds (tos moed koton 4a), but we don't know exactly when it starts and ends so we keep from shekia (sunset) which is the ...


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I recently saw in kitzur shlchan aruch that if one cooks meat using almond milk one should place almonds on the dish as a sign. I would think based on this that at most one would simply need some sort of a visual sign to indicate that in fact the meat was parve.


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I have, several times, called a shaatnez lab (the so-called "Mikdash Melech" one in Midwood, though I think it no longer has any connection with Mikdash Melech), asked about a certain article of clothing whether it has shaatnez, and was told that there is a chazaka (reliable status quo, in this case based on the manufacturer and place of origin) that it does ...


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