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1,153. To What Produce Does Chodosh Apply?
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172:2 According to most authorities, the prohibition against eating new produce until after 16 Nisan also applies outside Israel on the Biblical level (as opposed to rabbinically). One must therefore closely supervise produce that may have been sown after Pesach, or just before Pesach that may not have taken root before 16 Nisan. This includes […]
1,152. Chodosh
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171:3 A man is not permitted to pluck even a single white hair from among the black hairs as this is a practice associated with women for the purpose of beautification.   It similarly prohibited for him to dye even one white hair black, and to examine himself in a mirror. He is permitted to do […]
1,151. Transvestism
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171:1 A man is not permitted to wear even a single ladies’ garment, even if it is obvious from the rest of his clothes that he is a man. Similarly, a woman may not wear even a single men’s  garment. This applies not just to clothes but also to jewelry, cosmetics and other things that […]
1,150. Shaving
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170:1 There are two “corners” (“payos”) on the head, at the place on either side where the jaw joins near the ears. Some authorities prohibit even to cut them with scissors like a razor, i.e., very close without leaving anything of the hair near the skin. Therefore, if one needs to shave this area for […]
1,149. Self-Harm
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169:2 The Torah says not to cut our flesh for the dead (i.e., in anguish – Leviticus 19:28) and it says not to scratch ourselves for the dead (Deuteronomy 14:1). Cutting and scratching are the same: they are both prohibited whether done in anguish for the dead or not. Even to hit oneself with one’s […]
1,148. Tattooing
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168:7 If a person makes anointing oil following the recipe given in the Torah, he is liable to the punishment of kareis (spiritual excision). If he did so by accident, he would have to bring a sin offering. This is assuming he made the oil for the purpose of anointing with it. If a person […]
1,147. Copying the Temple and Its Vessels
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168:5 One may not build a house following the design of the Heichal of the Temple in height, length and width, nor a portico following the design of the Ulam (the hall), nor a courtyard following the design of the Azarah (the Temple courtyard), nor a table like the Shulchan, nor a lamp like the […]
1,146. A Signet Ring
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168:3 Regarding a ring with a seal in the shape of a person, if it is raised, it is forbidden to retain it. It is, however, permitted to seal documents with it because it makes a sunken impression. If the seal is sunken, one may retain it but he may not seal documents with it […]
1,145. Idols
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168:1 Exodus 20:19 says, “Do not make ‘gods’ of silver with Me…,” which the Sages understand as a warning not to draw an image of anything of the higher or lower realms. We may therefore not make images of the angels who serve before G-d, which includes the four faces of the chariot (Ezekiel chapter […]
1,144. Midwifery
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167:19 A Jewish woman should not serve as midwife for a non-Jewish woman unless she is known for her work in this area, in which case it is permitted in order to avoid animosity. This is only for pay and during the week. A Jewish woman should not nurse a non-Jewish woman’s baby, even for […]