Jewish Law & Customs

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3. Even ha­Ezer-laws concerning Jewish marriage and divorce.

A popular Jewish folktale tells of a young student who came to a prominent rabbi to be tested for ordination. The rabbi’s first question was “Name the five volumes of the Shulkhan Arukh.”

The student, thinking that the rabbi had made a slip of the tongue, named the four volumes, but the rabbi asked him to name the fifth.

“There is no fifth volume,” the student said.

“There is indeed,” the rabbi said. “Common sense is the fifth volume, and if you don’t have it, all your rulings will be of no use, even if you know the other four volumes by heart.”




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    • The Sefer Chassidim – (A halachic work, written in the 12th century by one of the great Baalei Tosafos (Talmudic commentators), Rabeinu Yehudah HaChasid.) says that one shouldn’t wear the shoes of one who has passed away.

      Since dreams are largely a result of one’s thoughts while awake, the fear is that wearing a deceased’s shoes will cause the person to think about it by day—perhaps causing this “bad omen” dream.

      Please read the full article for more details.

      There is no restriction against wearing other clothing of the deceased. Koreis Habris 51, brought in Nitei Gavriel 132 footnote 6 shulchan aruch

      Jews are allowed to wear the clothing of a deceased person, but there has arisen a widespread custom – based on the writings of Rabbi Yehuda Hachasid – to avoid wearing his shoes.

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