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The Ramma in siman 90 siff 23 explains the reason not to pray in front of pictures is because it distracts one from concentrating. This is the same reasoning The Mishna Berurah there uses to explain the Mechaber. So in fact any picture that distracts, such as one found on clothing as the Mechaber mentioned, are problematic. The Mishna Berurah also ...


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"Justification" is the wrong phrasing. Ultimately, the methods by which one interprets the Torah, the list of rules that we use to get from rather-confusing-text to coherent-set-of-rules, are supposed to be those communicated to us from Moshe, who got them directly from God. There are of course certain wrinkles - one, for instance, is the fact that different ...


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(All translations are my own) Shulchan Aruch C.M. 73:14 (discussing the selling of collateral after the time of collection of a loan has passed - see :12) יש מי שאומר שאע"פ שעבר זמן ההלואה צריך להמתין מלמכור המשכון שלשי' יום אחר תביע הגה: וא"צ לתובעו בב"ד רק יתבענו בפני עדים שיפרענו ואח"כ יעכבנו ל' יום וימכרנו ואפי' אם תבעו רק בינו לבינו מהני אם הלוה ...


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Marylin Raisch, who's credentials include an expertise in Civil and Common Law, opines about Jewish Law: There is no appeal or stare decisis; one can ask the court to correct an erroneous judgment or re-open a criminal case. The tradition is much closer to that of the European civil law in that regard. According to the Wikipedia entry you linked in the ...


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The Aruch Hashulchan (308:3-5) quotes Tosafos in Bava Kama who says that it was initially only a temporary enactment: בימי נחמיה בן חכליה שהיו פרוצים בחילול שבתות מהזמן שהיו בבבל, עמד הוא ועזרא וחגי זכריה ומלאכי ואנשי כנסת הגדולה וגזרו על דורם עוד חומרות, ולא התירו רק ג' כלים. ולא היתה גזירות קבועות לדורות, וכן כתבו מפורש רבותינו בעלי התוספות בבבא קמא (צ"ד: ...


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I doubt you would find any Halachic authorities who recommend giving a conditional Get. The reason being that after giving such a Get, he may not seclude himself with his wife. If he did seclude himself - and there are witnesses, then even if she subsequently fulfills the condition on the Get, she is only possibly divorced - הֲרֵי זוֹ סְפֵק מְגֹרֶשֶׁת. ...


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Rabbi J. David Bleich addresses it in "The Case of the Poisoned Sandwich", Tradition 41:3. There are one or two Israeli poskim who are gung-ho about taking the law into your own hands, but practically I advise against it in the strongest of terms. The Vilna Gaon's reading of the Yerushalmi, Dmai 3:5 is that you make take no action that will cause harm to ...


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The gemara in many places differentiates between a theory of what the law should be, and an instruction of how to proceed. The former is called Halacha, the latter, Hora'ah or Maaseh Rav. Here is an excerpt from Bava Basra 130b. א''ר זריקא א''ר אמי א''ר חנינא אמר רבי הלכה כר' יוחנן בן ברוקה אמר ליה ר' אבא הורה איתמר במאי קמיפלגי מר סבר הלכה עדיפא ומר סבר ...


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Mishnah, Nida 58b-- מעשה באשה אחת שבאת לפני ר"ע אמרה לו ראיתי כתם אמר לה שמא מכה היתה ביך אמרה לו הן וחיתה אמר לה שמא יכולה להגלע ולהוציא דם אמרה לו הן וטהרה ר"ע ראה תלמידיו מסתכלין זה בזה אמר להם מה הדבר קשה בעיניכם שלא אמרו חכמים הדבר להחמיר אלא להקל שנאמר (ויקרא טו) ואשה כי תהיה זבה דם יהיה זובה בבשרה דם ולא כתם


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The Gemara states about r Yosef who was blind that he wondered wether he got more reward because he was blind non obligated and did them anyways or less reward because he was non obligated and so doing them was easier like when mom asks you I clean your room you don't want to but a day later you decide on your own that you want a clean room. What changed? ...



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