Shulchan Arach: Halachos of a person’s morning preparation:


- Note that the Rama is in brackets [ ]


2. Laws of Dressing: ( 6 chapters )


  1. One should not put on his undershirt while one is sitting.  Rather, while still lying in bed, one should first place his head and arms through the garment Then on should put it on.  Therefore, when one gets up he will be covered.


  1. One should not say “behold I am in the most concealed of rooms, who will see me;” for the Holly One Blessed be he fills the whole world with his glory. 


  1. One should be careful to put on his undershirt properly and not inside out.[1]


  1. One should put his right shoe on first and the left shoe last.  Only after putting on the left shoe should one begin tying the shoe laces.  First tie the left shoe and then the right one.  [ In our shoes where there are no laces, one should put the right shoe on first. ]


  1. When one takes off his shoes, he should remove the left shoe first.


  1. It is forbidden to walk in an erect posture[2].  And a man should not walk four cubits[3] with an uncovered head < due to respect for the holly presence[4] >.  One should check to see if he needs to use the facilities ( after waking up ).  [ One should cover his entire body and should not go out barefoot.  In addition, one should accustom himself in the morning and in the evenening to use the restroom. ]

[1] The Mishna Brura comments that surely the same applies to his / her other garments.

[2] I think he is referring to one who pulls back his shoulders and chest, so he looks upright and important like the soldiers do while marching in public.  This shows haughtiness.   Mishna Brura comments that this posture drives away the divine presence.

[3] About 6 to 8 feet.  For one cubit is either 1.5 feet or 2 feet (this is a matter of dispute). I learned that Jewish men wear Kippot or a covering on their head to remind them of G-ds continual presence and that G-d is always watching them. This should drive them away from sin and remind them to always think of Hashem wherever they are.

[4] Shichina. Arrow brackets are used  <> since the Mechabar or author of the S.A writes this in brackets (I did not add it)

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