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Dreams are a big topic in the gemara, and sometimes one may even need to fast for them (I think the gemaras around ta’anis 14b).
However, the Cofetz Chaim writes that now, were we don’t live in shtetles, and thereby have substantial “outside” influence on a day to day basis, so dreams no longer have any repercussions in halachah.
Shlishi: I’m not entirely sure what you mean when you said “knows nothing of the outside world (which is a very good thing).”
Maybe it is like the Chinese person who sees a streimel, but I think the situation is were people are dressed appropriately, as was the OP’s and Goq’s case.
The Mythbusters completely dismantled the claim that it could have been faked.
Shlishi: I think they would be justified in staring at you to a certain extent, because that would be extraordinarily foreign. I think the main complaint is that such people do not have any justification for staring. The fact that they even have the hava aminah to say such people are not Jewish is quiet disturbing, as my impression on Judaism was that one is defined through his ruchnias not his gashmius.
I was on vacation recently and went to a hotel with a lot of people from Lakewood. I wear a white kippah sruga and there were a lot of people staring at me. I didn’t find them staring at me uncomfortable, I found the fact that they saw a reason to stare uncomfortable.
There’s a tosafos commenting on the Chozen Ish’s perush on Malachi who discusses electric toothbrushes. He dismisses the hava aminah that electric toothbrushes are kefirah, and says that you should go by the color as though it was normal.
According to the Rishonim, there are seven wisdoms: 1) T’vunah (understanding/drawing conclusions) 2) Nature (i.e. chemistry and physics) 3) knowledge of the soul (or psychology) 4) living creatures (biology) 5) music 6) metaphysics and obviously 7) TORAH!!!
So art and literature aren’t there, but I don’t think that means they don’t qualify as chochmot. I was once curious about this topic and asked my Rebbe who said R Lichtenstein believes that these are chochmot (he got a Phd from Harvard in English) but he is very much a da’as yachid. My Rebbe pointed out that the value that one gets from art and literature can also be a form of another chochma. For example, Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73, which is one of my favorite poems, could be another form nature, though taken in a more liberal understanding of the idea.
Nice. I’m also modern. I think R’ Alyashiv’s toothbrush is blue, so I guess he’s modern just like me…
As the OP myself, I daresay that I am qualified to judge his contentment on the matter. I am content and comfortable that I do not wear a black hat. (If I weren’t, I would simply get one) Though I did see a picture of the Rav wearing a really cool tan hat, which I’m very interested in getting now. The point of this thread was to see why people who do wear hats wear hats. I don’t see a need to, so I was wondering what some people thought the need (if there is even any) to wear a black hat would be.
PBA: Your right. Well said.
The Rambam says in Hilchot De’ot (perek aleph, halacha dalet) that, “one should not become angry, except for a great matter that warrants anger in order that he should not do it again another time.” In the grand scheme of things, is this a “great matter that warrants anger”? Hardly…
Any other reasons why one would still wear a hat?
So it seems as thought the majority of people who advocate wearing a black hat do it to separate themselves from the goyim. This, as anon1m0us said, is horribly oxymoronic because initially hats wore worn to look respectable from a cosmopolitan (and thusly “goyish”) standard. It’s quiet odd that the reason for wearing the hat not only comes ex post facto, but one would need to violate the principle initially (as one would dress like the goyim when hats were in style) only then to have a distinctive look (when they went out of style). Once again, we don’t really have a conclusive answer (outside the societal argument, but that also needs a justification of why people started/continued wearing black hats).
@Tomche: This is obviously not true. The reason Jews started wearing black hats was because it was considered a respectable dress by WORLDly standards (or at least American). So from what I gather from all the previous posts, (please correct me if I’m wrong) is that one wears a black hat in order to associate with those who also wear a black hat (and presumably there’s some sort of basic underlying hashkofah between all of them)?