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Can a single-parent father be exempt from time-bound mitzvot?

As someone in this category, I would like to remind everyone that this is what psak is for. One cannot be exempted from commandments, a competent rabbi familiar with a single-parent father's ...
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Is there a prohibition against long hair for an Orthodox Jewish man?

This is an argument amongst the achronim. See Yoreh Deah siman 178. The Shulchan Aruch writes not to grow one's hair like the non Jews do and not to shave the sides while leaving the hair on top. ...
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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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Do any Gedolim forbid attending a sporting event?

Rav Moshe Feinstein in his Igros Moshe Chelek 8:4 YD :11 writes that going to theaters and stadiums do not fall into the prohibition of bechukoseihem lo tolechu. However, he writes that one is ...
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Men's Earth vs. Women's Bone

The Midrash (Bereishis Rabbah 17:8) makes a similar point, but regarding being appeased, rather than when they’re still in conflict. מִפְּנֵי מָה הָאִישׁ נוֹחַ לְהִתְפַּתּוֹת וְאֵין הָאִשָּׁה ...
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May a man become a gynecologist?

R Abraham Abraham (Nishmat Avraham, vol. 2, p. 134) writes that "Rav (Shlomo Zalman) Auerbach told me that a man may learn a medical or paramedical profession, since they involve pikuach nefesh". He ...
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Tribal affiliation through the father

In the Talmud-GemaraTractate Bava Bathra 109b משפחת אב קרויה משפחה אמשפחת אם אינה קרויה משפחה דכתיב (במדבר א, ב) למשפחותם לבית אבותם The Family of the Father are family the family of the mother ...
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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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Is there a prohibition against long hair for an Orthodox Jewish man?

R. Heshie Billet records the following story in Mentor of Generations: Reflections on Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik At YU this Boston boy was one of the organizers of a big protest. Flyers went up all ...
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Sleeping with feet uncovered for unmarried men

While there is no requirement in halacha of sleeping with one's feet uncovered, nevertheless some men do so, with the belief that it can help prevent them from becoming aroused and having a nocturnal ...
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What was the size of the כָּתְנוֹת עוֹר?

The Bartenura on that verse says that the כָּתְנוֹת עוֹר covered their entire body - I guess like a long robe. He explains that this is the reason the fig leaves needed to be replaced, because they ...
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How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake

Why hasn't anybody, here, consulted a non-Jewish friend - or a Jewish person with a different belief system, at least - about how he or she would like to have their handshake declined? I would prefer ...
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Mixed Gender Gyms

If we are talking about somebody who suspects that he may fall to temptation and have inappropriate thoughts about the immodestly attired women there, it is forbidden. There are numerous issurim ...
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Seven Sons equals Gan Eden?

Rav Ahron Leib Shteiman in Sifsei Aiyel pg.63 was once asked this question and he laughed and said there is no such thing and there is no source. He added in a joking fashion "go ask the minister of ...
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Kol Isha during mixed gender singing

This is a classical question as it applies to singing zemirot (Shabbat songs) together between men and women. There is a famous teshuva from the Sridei Eish on the topic (see here on MY), showing ...
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Why don't men go to the mikveh after relations/ejaculation?

The Responsa Tiferes Tzvi, Yoreh De'ah Vol. 2 #27 writes that according to the Rambam, Tosefos, and the Rosh, a man who has an emission (ba'al keri) does not become completely tahor through immersion ...
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Why don't men go to the mikveh after relations/ejaculation?

A man who had a seminal emission is called a baal keri. At the time of the Beth Hamikdash he had to immerse in a mikve and would become tahor again on the evening following his immersion. Today he ...
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Mixed Gender Gyms

TL;DR: best to CYLOR In an answer titled "Men and Mixed Gyms," dinonline.org writes: There are two issues with a man going to a mixed gym. The first one is the same a going to a mixed beach- he ...
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Can a single-parent father be exempt from time-bound mitzvot?

Rabbi Ben Zion Abba Shaul wrote that women and men taking care of children are exempt from tefillah due to being engaged with another mitzvah (עוסק במצוה פטור מן המצוה). As he writes in Or L'Zion 2:7:...
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What are some sources which discuss tzniut for men?

R. Moshe Feinstein has a responsum about this. In Igros Moshe Yoreh Deiah 3:68:4 he states that tznius for men does not contain any formal prohibitions, except when it comes to exposure of the ...
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Would it be considered disrespectful to wear an Islamic styled cap as a Kippah?

I don't see anything wrong with it, us Bukharian Jews always wore Islamic "kippahs" to cover our head, and we still do to this day. Bukharian kippahs are actually not Jewish at all, they were used by ...
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Is there a prohibition against long hair for an Orthodox Jewish man?

As other people have mentioned in the comments: Nazirites had to have long hair as part of their vow. It's hard to conceive that the Biblical Category of Nazirites, given directly from the Torah by ...
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How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake

How about "For reasons of modesty I don't shake hands with the opposite gender- it's lovely to make your acquaintance / see you." It's the truth and it's to the point.
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Why can men wear pants if pants are immodest?

There are different types of trousers manufactured today. Some are designed to be loose fitting, and modestly cover the crotch area, even if the man is sitting. However there are some types of ...
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Men: how do you control your reactions to women in immodest dress if you can't avoid them?

i will try and be as honest as possible, in hopes that something may prove to be helpful for you. It's a good idea to spend some time thinking about why are you looking in the first place? For example,...
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Is it permissible for a man to be seen without a shirt?

As I wrote elsewhere, R. Moshe Feinstein writes in Igrot Moshe Y.D. 3:68:4 that the only formal prohibition regarding uncovered male bodies is if the genitalia are exposed. Everything else is ...
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Help finding a chazal, could be עין יעקב

The Gemora Megilla 14b says that a woman should not prophesize when there is a greater, male Profit around. This was specifically in reference to Chulda the prophetess in the presence of Yirmiya: ...
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Tribal affiliation through the father

In Bemidbar 26, the B'nai Gilad argue against allowing the daughters of Zelophad to marry outside the tribe of Manasseh given that the landholdings they were awarded (due to their father passing away ...
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Should a man say a bracha if immersing in a mikvah?

The Mateh Efrayim (606:17) rules that even though there is a Mitzvah to toivel, one does not make a beracha. כל טבילות אלו שטובל בערב יום הכיפורים, אף על פי שהם מצוה, אינו מברך עליהם
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