Tallit & Tzitzit

Cutting Tzitzit Strings - I just tied my own tzitzit, but some of the strings came out much too long. Is there anything wrong with just cutting them down with a pair of scissors? More »
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 »
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Tefillin

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.... More »
Rashi's Daughters - Is it true that Rashi's daughters wore Tefillin? If so, what is the source? Why could those women wear them and other women not? More »
Tefillin - Women - Why have women not traditionally worn tefillin? Can I do so if I desire? More »
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Kippah

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 »
Kippah – Source of Obligation - Where does the Torah say that a Jewish man must wear a kippah? More »

Clothes

Being Conspicuously Jewish - Please help me understand why Jews continue to identify themselves publicly. With all the violence towards Jews for thousands of years shouldn't we stop making ourselves a target? More »
Clothing on Rosh Hashanah - This year I will be attending my first Rosh Hashanah service. Is there anything I need to know about particular clothes to wear? More »
Clothing on Yom Kippur - What color clothing should be worn on Yom Kippur? And Why? More »
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Shaving & Haircuts

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 »
Peyos - Sidelocks - What is the meaning of the long curls worn by religious Jewish men? More »

Tattoos & Cosmetic Surgery

Body Piercing - Everybody in my high school is getting their body parts pierced. I think some of the piercing is attractive – like multiple earrings or the navel. But some of them are gross – studs in the... More »
Cosmetic Surgery - What does the Torah say about nose jobs – both from a legal and philosophic point of view? Are they permitted, or is this considered tampering with Creation? More »
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 »
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Mezuzah & the Home

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... More »
Mezuzah in Office - I own a small company. I rent office space for it in a nearby business park. Does it require a mezuzah? More »
Mezuzah – College Dorm - I’m moving into a college dorm very soon and would like to know if the room requires a mezuzah. I don’t know in advance who all my roommates will be, or if they will all be Jewish. More »
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Other

Entering a Church - I am a university student and have a perplexing problem. Our Hillel House is going to be torn down next year, and while it is being built the students will be using a Catholic church for Shabbat dinner... 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 »
Haman and the Half-Shekel - I read that the Half Shekel that Jews give relates to Haman's offer to pay 10,000 "kikars" to Achashverosh for the right to annihilate the Jews (Esther 3:9). My question: If one kikar equals 3,000... More »
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