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comment Is it acceptable under kashrut to eat tyrannosauridae meat?
Torah classification of wildlife is never related to genotyping, evolutionary background, etc. but rather straightforward physical similarities (e.g. what would a guy on the street consider it). The famous example is that bats are classified as birds even though they're zoologically classified with mammals. Vayikra 11:19. I recommend Prof Yehuda Felix regarding topics of Torah + wildlife. Also Slifkin discusses classification in his The Camel, The Hare, And The Hyrax. I think then it's likely that dinosaurs would have been classified as a chayah.
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comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
Good suggestion, but we're looking for final halahic decisions. Since the halacha has long ago been decided in favor of Beit Hillel (except in a small number of cases), I think this may not count since there is no posek who follows Beit Shammai in this case.
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comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@SAH The Torah never commands a woman to wear a sheitel. While sephardim historically do not accept sheitlach, almost all poskim still require a hair covering such as a tichel/headscarf. Also, there is no Biblical prohibition for an unmarried woman to go to the mikveh. To find out what is Biblically prohibited, for starters it is recommended to open a Chumash.
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comment Does artificial meat grown in a petri dish have the halachic status of meat?
'Beit Hillel' weighs in, though much of the same material: beithillel.org.il/blog.asp?id=61572#maamar61572
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answered Does artificial meat grown in a petri dish have the halachic status of meat?
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asked Riding the Boston train (T) on Shabbat - written evidence?
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comment Does artificial meat grown in a petri dish have the halachic status of meat?
This is from a completely unofficial, tenative email conversation with the Star-K: <<Rabbi Heinemann has told me in the past that if they start with neveilah meat as the source material it will not be kosher, and, even if they start with kosher meat, the growth medium also needs to be kosher. I asked him whether starting with neveilah meat would be a problem if the source material was microscopic. He was skeptical that it starts off microscopic and invisible to the naked eye. I guess that we would need to know more about the process and circumstances before making any decision.>>
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comment Which Hasidic rabbi has no beard, and what is the story?
(The Hebrew wikipedia entry, he.wikipedia.org/wiki/… , mentions that 'chemical experiments' were performed on him).
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comment Why doesn't Tefilat Geshem have a verse referring to Miriam?
There's a wonderful site, piyut.org.il , which gathers liturgical poetry, music and essays from many different Jewish communities. One essay by Ruth Gan Kagan (Israeli leader in Jewish Renewal movement) asks this same question. While she doesn't have any good historical explanation, a number of years ago she decided to write her own poem featuring 5 significant water-inspired Jewish women (Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, Miriam, Devora). She reports of a number of shuls which have integrated her poem into their Tefilat HaGeshem. piyut.org.il/articles/578.html
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comment Why doesn't Tefilat Geshem have a verse referring to Miriam?
And G-d said unto Abraham: 'As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and moreover I will give thee a son of her; yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be of her.' I think G-d couldn't be any more clear regarding Sarah's 'level of significance.' In fact, it seems to be very similar to that of Avraham's.