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Author:  Daniel
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Date:  2/1/2005 11:53:00 PM
Subject:  huqoth ha goyim
Message:  In the Torah it says that you must wear a Kippah. It says "you should listen to your Rabbis decrees."

That statement shows your ignorance again. The torah says that we must not go by the huqoth ha goyim (wvhuqotheyhem lo thelekhu), which means, among other things, that we are required to look like Jews (See Rambam Aboda Zara Chapter 12). We can accomplish that by wearing kippoth, but never did a legitimate Sanhedrin decree that we must wear kippoth. It is certainly recommendable to do so, but you can also comply with this requirement by wearing your tzitzioth outside or wearing tefilin all day, which is what most of us try to do (at least the shel yad). You do not have to repply to this message, but please correct your conceptual error.
Reply:  You are absolutely wrong. Rav Moshe Feinstein has a whole Teshuva on that. He explains that the concept of being different than the non-Jews in clothing, names, and language does not apply today. In Egypt before the Jews were freed it was a very important part of their existence, because they had no commandments yet. This was the only thing that separated the Jews from the non-Jews. Nowadays since we got 613 + laws, we are not required to dress differently.

The Kippah is not to look different. The Kippah is a reminder of God being above us and a way to remain humble before him.

Chukot Ha'Akum (Ways of the non-Jews) laws are only in areas of Pritzut or Avodah Zarah Related.

In summation, you need to really work on yourself. You show how you have not learned much yet you talk like a real arrogant Yeshiva guy.

"That statement shows your ignorance again"

How dare you talk like that. You should be embarassed. Look it up in Shulchan Aruch. Read up on it a bit. You will find that what I am saying is true and your way of distorting the laws are totally off mark.

Here's your chance to wake up and come back to your God. Learn to curb your arrogance and cut down your ego a bit.

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