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14. Torah Thoughts
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4:3 A person shouldn’t strain while taking care of their bathroom needs because doing so can cause one to injure himself. A person shouldn’t rush; rather, one should take the time to ensure that he’s taken care of his needs. A man should not hold himself in a way that is sexually stimulating. 4:4 One […]
13. Bathroom Habits
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4:1 A person should accustom himself to take care of his bathroom needs every morning and evening so that he should remain mentally alert and physically clean. If a person is unable, he should walk a small distance and try again. One who neglects to attend to his bodily needs is in violation of the […]
12. Walking
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3:7 One is not meant to walk in a haughty fashion, for example with one’s neck stuck out. This is a behavior criticized by God through the prophet Isaiah: “And they walk with outstretched necks…” (Isaiah 3:16.) The Mishnah Brurah tells us that this is prohibited even standing in place (2:9). On the other hand, […]
11. Yarmulkes
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3:5 A person should be careful not to put on two garments simultaneously, as it is believed to be spiritually harmful, causing memory loss. 3:6 A man is not permitted to walk four cubits (approximately six feet) or to recite blessings or words of Torah with his head uncovered. The Mishnah Brurah says that this […]
10. Dressing
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3:3 A person should not be fashion-obsessed, always wearing expensive clothes, as this leads a person to become prideful and arrogant. But a person must be careful not to go to the other extreme, wearing clothes that are ragged and lower him in people’s eyes. The best course of action is to wear clean, respectable […]
Melacha #39 – Hotza’ah (Transporting)
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The final melacha involves transporting things outside on Shabbos. When the Mishkan was moved from place to place, it had to be disassembled and the boards that formed the walls were loaded onto large wagons. The wagons traveled to where the Mishkan was to be re-assembled, where the boards were unloaded. The wilderness where the […]
9. Modesty in Dress
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3:1 The Biblical Book of Micah tells us that God wants us to “walk modestly” with Him. Because of this,a person should strive to be modest in all his actions. Even when dressing and undressing alone, a truly modest person will not expose himself. He will behave in front of God as modestly as he […]
8. Up All Night
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2:8 Consider the following scenarios: (1) A person who awoke during the course of the night, washed his hands upon arising and stayed up past dawn; (2) a person who awoke during the course of the night, washed his hands upon arising, but who fell back to sleep while it was still night; (3) one […]