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Is there such a thing as "too Orthodox"?

The Rema writes in the first Halacha of Shulchan Aruch (Partial Quote) וְלֹא יִתְבַּיֵּשׁ מִפְּנֵי בְּנֵי אָדָם הַמַּלְעִיגִים עָלָיו בַּעֲבוֹדַת ה' יִתְבָּרַךְ גַּם בְּהֶצְנֵעַ לֶכֶת. And ...
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Is there such a thing as "too Orthodox"?

There is not such a thing as "too orthodox", no. There can be such a thing as "too pushy" when people are too direct in trying to change others, but that's not the situation you've described. Never ...
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Is there such a thing as "too Orthodox"?

You might be a source of inspiration for others that want to be more observant. Keep going.
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What is the proper procedure for answering parts of Kedusha?

The original method (dating back to the Tosefta Berakhot 1:11) which was uniformly practiced in all locations (Ashkenaz, Poland, Spain, North Africa, Yemen, Italy, etc.) is simply the leader recites ...
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Is there such a thing as "too Orthodox"?

The word "Orthodox" is ambiguous. Technically, it is a sociological grouping. Because in practice, that group is of people trying to observe classical notions of halakhah, we think of "Orthodox" as ...
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How does a Jewish community recognize a Jewish person they hadn't seen ever before?

There’s no Jewish identity card! In theory, people who claim to be Jewish should generally be believed absent any specific reason to doubt them. For example, Rambam said (Hilchot Issurei Bi’ah 13:10) ...
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Looking for sources that support needing a mechitzah in shul for activities other than davening

Rav Moshe Feinstein writes that for gatherings that are non-obligatory, such as weddings, he is in doubt as to the need for a mechitzah. He proceeds to bring a number of proofs that there is no ...
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What is a lost Jew to do?

Welcome back. Fulfilling your Jewishness means learning about your obligations as a Jew, called mitzvot, commandments, so you can fulfill them. Which means you need to learn Torah. I collected here ...
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How can we get people to stop talking (much, loudly) during minyan?

My personal experience, as Shaliach tzibur, to silence the Schul talkers has been to stop as soon as I sensed any utterances coming from the congregation. Following a few seconds of showing my "...
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Is there such a thing as "too Orthodox"?

No there isn't.. Truth is truth..No name can change it..If it is changed then it doesn't remain truth..So if one one obeys the truth,people's remarks does not matter.. It happens just because people ...
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Can I omit ברוך השם לעולם אמן ואמן to catch up in Maariv?

Yes, it's befeirush (explicit) in Mishna Berura siman 236 s"k 11. that one should skip it to daven Shmoneh Esrei with the tzibur: ואם הם עוסקים עדיין בברכות ק"ש והוא משער שעד שיגיעו הצבור ...
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Is there such a thing as "too Orthodox"?

Yes. One is "too Orthodox" when one judges others for shortcomings other than sheer evil; when one hates people (for the group they belong to); when one no longer feels or acts like a part of humanity;...
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Who is the Veretzky Rebbe that's been coming up everywhere?

The Veretzky Rebbe you speak of is Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Labin of Bnei Brak. His father is Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Labin of Ziditchov. They are both descendants of Rabbi Yissachar Berish Eichenstein of ...
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Does Kabbalas Shabbos require a minyan?

At least during the pandemic, Rabbi Mordechai Willig shlit'a has led Kabbalas Shabbos up until Mizmor Shir on Zoom, with guitar. (From KolCorona). Which strongly implies not a minyan. בפראג נהגו ...
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Did the Tannaim act correctly on “Bo BaYom”?

Seems to be a bit complicated. There's a Takanah from Usha that we don't put an av beis din in nidui (Moed Katan 17a), and Hagahos Harosh there says that we don't depose him either. R' Aharon Levin ...
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What was a Rabbi Elector in Lithuania?

According to this message on JewishGen, a state rabbi was a requirement in Russia. To hold the position, candidates had to known Russian. The state rabbi or "Kazeny Ravin" in Russian had ...
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If the בעל קורא had in mind a specific person while reading the תוכחה (curses) is that considered מקלל חבירו?

The Mishna in Shavuos 35a is the source for the Prohibition of cursing a friend. The example of cursing is using the very words of the Tochacha so of course a Baal Kore reading as a curse for the ...
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Source that the prosperity of a community is based on the merits of the founders of the community

Never mind, I found it. Its the Rav on Avos 2:2 שזכות אבותם מסיעתן. שזכות אבותן של צבור וצדקתן העומדת לעד היא המסיעת אל העוסקין עמהן להוציא לאור צדקן, ולא מצד טוב השתדלותן של העוסקים: "for the ...
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Saying tachanun when the tzibbur doesn't

Halichos Shlomo (rulings of R' Shlomo Zalman Aurebach) Tefillah (13:5) rules that if the tzibbur omit tachanun, one should exit the shul and recite tachanun, unless it is omitted due to a minhag of ...
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Weakened punishment if done for the nation

I see this in Tosfot Yebamot 103a: Gemara says: אמר רבי יוחנן שבע בעילות בעל אותו רשע באותו היום שנאמר {שופטים ה-כז} בין רגליה כרע נפל שכב בין רגליה כרע נפל באשר כרע שם נפל שדוד והא קא מתהניא מעבירה ...
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How does one interested in converting to Orthodox Judaism connect with an Orthodox community and find a conversion Rabbi?

You can often find an Orthodox community in the same way that Orthodox Jews often find them when traveling in places where they have no connections: by Googling for them! A Google search for "Orthodox ...
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Is there such a thing as "too Orthodox"?

Au contraire, you have an obligation to rebuke them for not acting according to Halacha (Vayikra 19). This discussion deals with the limitations on this mitzvah. You'd have to decide based on the ...
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Have Chasidic dynasties ever merged?

Formal mergers as in a business agreement between the leaders of two groups , no (what would be the reason for such a thing?) but there have been many mergers and acquisitions due to circumstances. ...
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Does contemporary orthodox Judaism teach that "Satan" exists?

Every contemporary Orthodox Jew, who prays each day, says the morning blessings. In the second Yehi Ratzon said just before the blessings for the Torah, every individual specifically asks G-d to save ...
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Does contemporary orthodox Judaism teach that "Satan" exists?

Isaac, the site founder, has asked me to put my personal experience answer into an answer, so I hope that's ok :) I've read your question and many of your comments and I'll confirm that what ...
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Is there such a thing as "too Orthodox"?

This is a sincere question, and all the answers above offer fantastic, sensible advice. Isn't it somewhat sad that Jews have to make any type of comment in shul solely based on how people dress and ...
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Does a Jewish grandmother (mother's side) really get one accepted as a Jew?

The answer may depend on the movement or denomination with Judiasm. I am Jewish. My daughter chose a different religion for herself. Her daughter, who was not initiated into any religion by her ...
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Joining in with the few last words read by the Baal Koreh. Why?

O.C. 141:2 seems to clarify that two people should not read from the Torah simultaneously. This refers to the combination of the oleh and the shat'z. (Original custom was for the oleh to read the ...
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Can a female convert hold a position of communal authority over women?

The emphasis of the Rambam in your citation is not about being in a position of communal authority. It is about being the head of the community, meaning the one who determines policy and direction ...
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“Pray at the same time as the community”- refers to the Amidah. Source please

I found a source, the Kaf HaChaim 64 who says: סד) שם, בשעה שהצבור מתפללין, פי' דווקא לכוין בשעה שמתפללין תפלת י"ח אבל לא שאר התפלה At the time when the community daven, that is specially to ...
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