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comment (Tefach) Wide Gartel
Do you mean this? "Interestingly, the priestly gartel was slightly less than a tefach."
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comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@Shalom Not clear we pasken like Rashi (Shach quotes both Rashi and Rif). Also Shulchan Aruch paskens that שעת השמד is only when gezeirah is exlusively on the Jewish people
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comment Extraterrestrial Sacrifices
Depends on whether mitzvos apply in outer space judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/9250/…
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comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@Shalom I am at a loss as to why the fact that until now, even the עכו"ם adhered to the minimal standard of אין כותבין כתובה לזכרים would make this less of a problem
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comment Is there any source or place that offers “Bet Midrash for Dummies”?
True. These books aren't really what you're looking for either but they might be helpful amazon.com/Rishonim-Biographical-prominent-ArtScroll-Judaiscope/… and amazon.com/…
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comment Is there any source or place that offers “Bet Midrash for Dummies”?
Ok, in that case I would recommend something more like this amazon.com/Reference-Guide-Talmud-Rabbi-Steinsaltz/dp/…
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comment Is there any source or place that offers “Bet Midrash for Dummies”?
The beginning of every Artscroll masechta gives an overview of the commentaries on that masechta. That might be one place to start.
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comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@Shalom I see the Ohr Sameah says the untying on Shabbos explanation because he thinks it's implicit in Perush hamishnayos hebrewbooks.org/rambam.aspx?mfid=7949&rid=50
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comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@Shalom According to Rashi who holds that a minhag is included, I would agree with loewian that Jews not recognizing gay marriages is no less of a minhag than shoelace modesty practices
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comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@loewian On the other hand, Rashi says ערקתא דמסאנא - שרוך הנעל שאם דרך העובדי כוכבים לקשור כך ודרך ישראל בענין אחר כגון שיש צד יהדות בדבר ודרך ישראל להיות צנועים אפילו שנוי זה שאין כאן מצוה אלא מנהג בעלמא יקדש את השם
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comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
Interestingly, the Lechem Mishneh holds that the rule of שעת השמד applies only where the decree is targeted only at the Jewish people hebrewbooks.org/rambam.aspx?mfid=90470&rid=51 but the Ohr Gadol argues hebrewbooks.org/rambam.aspx?mfid=2156&rid=51
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comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@Shalom I don't know who suggests that, but hard to imagine Shabbos would be the example of אפילו אחת משאר מצות
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comment What is the definition of death for a fish?
@DannySchoemann 1-1.5" would do just fine (and it's so much more concise)
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comment What were Alter Halpern's main issues with Marcus Jastrow's Dictionary?
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comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@loewian The Rambam says during time of shmad, אַפִלּוּ עַל אַחַת מִשְּׁאָר מִצְווֹת, but doesn't say anything about a minhag
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comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@loewian Although do any rishonim interpret ערקתא דמסאני as a mere minhag as opposed to violation of חקות עכום?
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comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@loewian This answer addresses the technical halachos of lifnei iver, but I wonder whether, in a circumstance where the government declares that it is considered irrational discrimination to oppose aveirah X, it might be considered "she'as ha-shmad" and require a different approach, if not normatively then perhaps hashkafically