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193. Making a Bald Spot
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Avodas Kochavim 12:14 The prohibition against self-mutilation also precludes having two courts following different practices in the same city, as this can be a source of great controversy. This is because the prohibition against self-mutilation (lo sigod’du) can be understood as “do not break into factions” (agudos). Avodas Kochavim 12:15 If one made a bald […]
192. Self-Mutilation
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Avodas Kochavim 12:12 A person who cuts himself for the dead is liable for the penalty of lashes as per Leviticus 19:28, “Do not make gashes in your flesh for the dead.” This applies to both kohanim (priests) and to Yisraelim (Israelites). If one makes a single gash for five dead people or five gashes […]
191. Cross-Gender Practices; Tattooing
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Avodas Kochavim 12:10 A woman may not adorn herself in the style of men. This includes, but is not limited to, headwear, armor, hairstyles, etc. Similarly, a man may not adorn himself in the style of women, such as by wearing colorful clothes or gold bracelets in a place where such things are only worn […]
Praying For The Sick
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) “And Hashem will remove from you all illness, and all of the evil diseases of Egypt which you knew, He will not set upon you, but He will lay them upon all your enemies.” (Ekav 7:15) One […]