Tallit & Tzitzit

Tallit – From What Age? - Beginning at what age does one wear a large Tallit for prayers? More »
Tallit – Required Size - I have a Tallit which is long and narrow, which covers my head, shoulders and some of my upper body. It’s as large as a good pair of tzitzit. Is that big enough? More »
Tzitzit – Size of Garment - I was always told that the size of the tallit katan (the small four-cornered garment worn under the shirt all day) should be 18”x18” on both the front and back. But recently I was told that the proper size is… More »
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Tefillin

Tefillin on Chol HaMo'ed - Do we wear Tefillin on Chol HaMo’ed (the intermediate days of the major festivals)? More »
Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin - I had recently brought in my Tefillin to be checked. For those few days that I didn’t have them, I wore an old pair in the house which used to be my grandfather’s. They are Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin. Afterwards, someone… More »
Tefillin on Top of Bandage - I need to have a minor operation on my left arm next week. It will be bandaged for at least a week afterwards. This is the arm I place my Tefillin on. Am I allowed to place my Tefillin on… More »
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Kippah

Kippah – Source of Obligation - Where does the Torah say that a Jewish man must wear a kippah? More »
Kippah for a Non-Jew - I have a few Jewish friends who wear kippahs and sometimes when I'm hanging out with them I feel out of place. Even though I am not Jewish, would there be any problem with me wearing a kippah, too? More »
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Clothes

Wool and Linen (Shatnez) in Separate Garments - Are you allowed to wear two separate clothes, one wool and the other linen, such as a linen shirt with a woolen sweater or pants? More »
Why Married Women Cover Their Hair - Why must married women cover their hair? More »
Shoes of Deceased - We are in the process of disposing of the belonging of our late father, of blessed memory. I have heard that some people throw out the deceased’s shoes. Is there any basis for this? Is it a superstition? We were… More »
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Mezuzah & the Home

Sleeping Facing the Door - Is it true that you’re not supposed to sleep with your feet towards the door of your bedroom? Or is this just a superstition? More »
Mezuzah Covers - We are now in the process of purchasing mezuzahs for our new home. We are buying the mezuzahs themselves from a reputable seller, but we don’t know anything about buying the covers! Are there are any laws or restrictions we… More »
Mezuzahs During Renovations - We will be moving into our new home shortly. We will be moving into the downstairs only while the main floor is being renovated. Does it require mezuzahs before we move in? Also, the downstairs will be painted at a… More »
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Tattoos & Cosmetic Surgery

Tattoo - Holocaust - I have a tattoo on my left arm from the German Auschwitz camp. Since the Torah prohibits tattoos, should I get it removed? More »
Tattoo Prohibition - My husband wants to get a tattoo, but I said that if he does, he could not be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Is that true? He wants me to show him proof, and if this is true, he promises… More »
Tattoo: Burial in Jewish Cemetery? - I have a tattoo from my younger days, which I now very much regret. I am debating whether to undergo laser removal surgery, and one of my considerations is whether the tattoo will prevent me from (eventually) being buried in… More »
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Shaving & Haircuts

Peyos - Sidelocks - What is the meaning of the long curls worn by religious Jewish men? More »
Electric Shavers - I am becoming more observant and am now ready to “tackle” the mitzvah of not shaving the beard with a razor. Can you give me some guidelines for how this works, and what my options are? More »
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Other

Mayim Acharonim – Washing Before Birkat HaMazon - I was reading that the Hassidic practice is to wash one’s hands at the end of a bread meal, before Birkat HaMazon (Grace After Meals). What is the basis for this and do you recommend I do it? More »
Seudat Hoda’ah – Meal of Thanks - I survived a very serious accident with almost no injury. I probably would not have survived at all had God not been there watching over me. It’s just coming to a year later now. Is there something appropriate for me… More »
Genizah (Sheimos) – Burial Procedure - I have some printouts with Torah content which I don’t have use for. Do I have to bury them? I don’t live near a synagogue so I would have to do it myself. More »
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