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Dressing and Walking

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1. One must be chaste in all his ways. Thus when he puts on or takes off any garment which covers his body, he should be careful not to expose his body unnecessarily. If possible, he should put on his garments while still in bed.

2. Even in the dark, one should be cautious, for the Lord fills the whole earth, and darkness and light are the same to Him.

3. One should not wear expensive clothes, for this makes him arrogant. Nor should his clothes be dirty. Rather, his clothes should be moderate and clean.

4. The right hand is the more important one in religious ritual. Therefore, in dressing, one should give precedence to the right over the left.

5. In removing clothes and shoes, the left should be attended to first.

6. With regard to fastening shoelaces, the left should be first.

7. Thus, the process for putting on shoes is as follows: put on the right shoe (without lacing), put on the left shoe, lace the left shoe, and then lace the right shoe.

8. A man should be careful not to walk or pass between two women. Similarly, a woman should be careful not to walk or pass between two men.

9. One should be careful not to put on two garments at one and the same time.

10. Men must not utter a single word of holiness with an uncovered head. Small boys too should cover their heads.

11. One may not walk with his head in the air, for this shows conceit. Nor should he bend his head too low, for then he will not see who approaches him. Rather, he should walk normally.

12. A person should be careful not to walk between two dogs or swine. Also, two men should not permit a dog or swine to pass between them.

Translated by Nissan Mindel
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Menachem Posner for Chabad.org February 24, 2010

RE: when do you put the tzitz? The small garment worn under the shirt (tzitzit) should be put on before the morning blessings are said. However, the large tallit is donned afterward. Reply

zeal Martin New Paltz, NY February 24, 2010

when do you put the tzitz? do you put the tzitzit before the morning benedictions or after them? Reply

Tzvi Freeman for Chabad.org Thornhill, Ontario May 21, 2008

cats (pnina in tasmania) No problem whatsoever. Reply

pnina hobart, tasmania May 21, 2008

unclean animals in home We have a cat. He likes to be indoors when we are home.
Is there any problem with him being inside while we daven or say brachos? Reply

Anonymous November 22, 2007

Re: Question A dog is at least as unkosher as a pig. The pig lacks one of the two signs of a kosher animal, while the dog lacks both. In fact, there is a tradition that the pig will become kosher in messianic times, while the dog will not.

Dogs can be friendly and cute, but so can pigs. Some say they make even better pets than dogs. Reply

Sarah November 19, 2007

Question 12. A person should be careful not to walk between two dogs or swine. Also, two men should not permit a dog, or swine to pass between them.


Regarding this rule, could you please explain why dogs are included? Reply

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