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As I understand it, if a Kohen is certain that his wife was violated by another man, their union is now prohibited and a divorce would be needed. A kohen is prohibited from being married to an isha zonah, which the Talmud defines as a woman who has had relations with any man -- regardless of her choice in the matter! -- other than her husband, with the ...


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ABSOLUTELY. DO NOT DRINK IF IT IS MEDICALLY CONTRAINDICATED!! NEVER EVER EVER!! Immediately after the statement about "obligation to drink on Purim", the Gemara tells a tale of one rabbi who got drunk and very nearly killed someone. Most rabbis say that's just a cautionary note to moderate your drinking, but the Baal HaMaor says the Gemara is refuting the ...


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It is important to note that the husband must "believe" his wife in order for them to need a divorce. There is a very pertinent teshuva from R' Moshe Feinstein (אגרות משה אה"ע א' סימן כ"ד) in which he writes that the criteria for "belief" is different from what one may imagine. In essence, according to him, even if a husband says he believes his wife, we ...


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The following is from ספר ראב׳׳ן, a contemporary of Rabbenu Tam and his brothers the Rashbam and the Rivam: ראב"ן שאלות ותשובות (בתחילת הספר) סימן פח לעולם ישלים אדם פרשיותיו עם הציבור ב' מקרא ואחד תרגום. נ"ל דביחיד הדר בכרך מיירי שאין לו עשרה לקרות בתורה, שצריך לכוין השעה שקורין הציבור בפרשה בבהכ"נ ויקרא גם הוא ביחיד שנים מקרא כנגד שנים הקורין בב"ה ואחד ...


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The gemara does not say that every stringency leads to a leniency, but sometimes it does, and thus the gemara may challenge that a certain stringency is a חומרא דאתי לידי קולא - a stringency which leads to a leniency, for example in Pesachim 48b, Yevamos 30b, Bava Kama 11a and Niddah 24b.


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I think the most succinct words of wisdom on this subject are from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch: However, one who has a weak constitution, and also one who knows himself, that by this (excessive drinking) he would treat lightly, Heaven forbid, some commandment, a blessing, or a prayer, or will come, Heaven forbid, to irreverence, it is best (for him) not to get ...


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I could not find anyone addressing this. I guess the issues are obvious? I am not satisfied with my understanding of the sugya, but here is what I understand: The basic example of bishul for the mishkan is boiling the dyes, so the basic definition of cooking would include cooking something in order to extract its properties. Shabbos 106a: "All destructive ...


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The closest thing I could find is this, on 16a: ואמר רב תחלת הוראה דהאי צורבא מרבנן לקלקולא אי אמרת בשלמא לקולא קאמר היינו קלקולא אלא אי אמרת לחומרא מאי קלקולא איכא כיון דמקלקלי בה רבים היינו קלקולא (in the context of a chumra) Rav Tachlis says: This young rabbi's ruling is problematic. The gemara asks "if it were unnecessarily lenient I would ...


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"chanoch l'naar al pi darko.." - "Train a child in the way he should go; when he matures, he will not deviate from it" (Mishlei 22:6). each individual case requires great wisdom on what to say and what not to say. i recommend you read "Reb Mendel" from Artscroll for many examples from the masterful educator Rav Mendel Kaplan zt'l. (my understanding from ...



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