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Halacha of Scattering nails

Niddah 17a: אמר ר"ש בן יוחי ה' דברים הן שהעושה אותן מתחייב בנפשו ודמו בראשו ... והנוטל צפרניו וזורקן לרה"ר ... והנוטל צפרניו וזורקן לרשות הרבים מפני שאשה מעוברת עוברת עליהן ומפלת ולא אמרן אלא דשקיל ...
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Cuttting hair and nails on shabbos

The Biur Halacha (340:1 ד"ה וחייב) addresses this question at significant length. Here is an abridged synopsis: Rivash (394) explains that cutting hair and nails in order to enhance one's appearance ...
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Why do we cut nails for mikvah but not hand washing?

The custom for women to trim their nails before going to the Mikva is recorded in Shulchan Arukh YD 198:18 but the reason given is related to avoiding dirt under the nail in the part of the nail which ...
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Can a woman cut her nails for mikvah even if it's the "wrong" day?

It is not easy to find an explicit source for this. Here's what I have: We know that cutting nails is traditionally a mandatory part of chafifah (pre-mikvah preparation). See Shulchan Aruch 198:19 ...
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Swallowing fingernails

Baruch Hashem I found this addressed in an English book featuring the halachic rulings of Rav Yisroel Belsky compiled by Rabbi Moshe Dovid Lebovits on page 62: "Ideally one should be careful not to ...
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Can a Jew cut a non-Jew's nails consecutively?

The source of not cutting nails consecutively can be traced to the Remo in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 260:1, in the name of the Abudraham: כְשֶׁנּוֹטֵל צִפָּרְנָיו לֹא יִטֹּל אוֹתָן כְּסִדְרָן. ...
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Reason for the order of cutting one's nails

The Abudraham seen here says he found an explenation that the order is a mnemonic to help remember which day to cut one's nails so as to be honoring the Shabbos. He also quotes the Chachmei Tzarfas ...
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Cutting one's nails at night

Rabbi Dershowitz at Dinonline quotes the following regarding a source for not cutting nails at night: See Shu”t Yechave Daat from Rav Ovadia Yosef 4:20 who quotes from Rav Chaim Palagi that ...
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Cuttting hair and nails on shabbos

Have a look at eh Mishna in Shabbos 10:6 הנוטל ציפורניו זו בזו או בשיניו, וכן שיערו, וכן שפמו, וכן זקנו, וכן הגודלת, וכן הכוחלת, וכן הפוקסת--רבי אליעזר מחייב חטאת, וחכמים אומרים משום שבות. התולש ...
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You didn't cut your nails last Friday; now it's Wednesday and they're too long. Should you cut them now?

The shulchan aruch 531 '2' forbids one from hair cutting on chol ha'moed so that one shall not postpone the cutting until chol ah'moed when he has got more time. In the following siman the Rema' ...
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