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answered relative fractions of Kohanim and Levi'im
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answered does one have to take a Midrash/Aggadah literally?
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answered “עם לבן גרתי”? Really? “עם לבן ברתי” maybe
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comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
Can you provide a responsa that considers an electric razor to be a Torah prohibition (of the same type of electric razor that is considered permissible by others)?
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comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
As a minor correction, <<carrying within an eiruv would still be issur diorayta>> -- by definition, an eruv cannot be made around a reshut harabim. In that case, it would simply be a string of wire without any halachic ramifications.
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comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
But what's interesting in his reasoning: זהו בדין יהרג ועל יעבר ככל אביזרייהו דעריות 'One should martyr oneself rather than commit this act, like all other 'trappings' of improper relations' (loose translation) The category 'Trappings of improper relations' includes a wide range of things, not all of them Torah prohibitions. Martyrdom should not be taken as an indication of the severity of the law. For instance, in times of persecution, one is expected to martyr one's self even for 'minor customs of Israel', based on Sanhedrin 74. Rambam takes such a position.
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comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
The source for R' Kanievski's statement is his compilation of letters קריינא דאיגרתא , 1:172 . The text in question was manually transcribed on this message board: hashkafah.com/index.php?/topic/6410-shaking-hands/page__st__100 He relies on the Chazon Ish for this decision.
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comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
That's a good one! The Chatam Sofer (Orach Chaim 72) (goo.gl/nvivX) fully permits it, but the Nodah BeYehuda (Orach Chaim 30) (goo.gl/VG6Va) prohibits. While the Nodah BeYehuda seems to decide that it is prohibited rabbinically, since it is only a temporary 'tent', he is 'חושש', also takes into consideration, the opinion of the Rif that even a tent with a roof size of a tefach (3-4 inches), may nevertheless be considered a permanent tent.
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comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
Do you have the text of R' Kanievski's responsa? He's clearly putting touch between the sexes under the rubric of improper relations (עריות) and therefore applying the general rule of ייהרג ובל יעבור , one should be willing to die before committing improper sexual relations. What's unclear is whether he is using that as a rhetorical phrase or he actually believes that. For instance, Rav Cherlow of Petah Tikva doubts that such a literal interpretation was R' Kanievski's intention - moreshet.co.il/web/shut/shut2.asp?id=36266
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comment Is Muslim prayer rooted in Jewish prayer?
An influential book on the subject, written in the 1950's, is 'Judaism in Islam: Biblical and Talmudic Backgrounds of the Koran and its Commentaries' - amazon.com/Judaism-Islam-Biblical-Backgrounds-Commentaries/dp/…
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comment Is Muslim prayer rooted in Jewish prayer?
Also, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_holidays#Ashura_Day :Ashura is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims on the ninth and tenth days of Muharram on the Islamic Calendar. Ashura is an Arabic word meaning "ten", and according to Sunni schools of thought it is a day of optional fasting. Jews in the city of Madina fasted only one day, on Yom Kippur, the 10th of Tishrei because they believe that Prophet Moses fasted on this day; so the Prophet Muhammad would fast too, to express the continuity of Islam and brotherhood with the earlier Prophet.
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comment Is Muslim prayer rooted in Jewish prayer?
While the number of daily prayers may not have been adopted from Judaism, the grain of truth in these claims might still exist. Wikipedia states: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_in_Medina uhammad also adopted some features of the Jewish worship and customs such as fasting on the Yom Kippur day. According to Alford Welch, the Jewish practice of having three daily prayer rituals appears to have been a factor in the introduction of the Islamic midday prayer (previously Muhammad was keeping the morning and evening prayers).
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asked What are the kashrut standards of the various nationwide (and regional) kashrut agencies?
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answered Non-Israeli pulpit rabbis who actively promote moving to Israel
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asked SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
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asked Non-Yemenites who heat up soup after the start of Shabbat?