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Feb
21
comment Morning After Pill in Halacha
p.s. your source is a modern medical organization - hardly a reliable source for Torah Thought/Law
Feb
21
comment Morning After Pill in Halacha
"I asked if you would throw him out of the community forever, and you said no". Actually, I said I would leave him to his fate - the fate decided by Halacha (what ever that may be). His personal feeling and circumstances are only relevant if and when Halacha choses to make them so. RE: "taking this pill is a far 'better option' than forcing her to endure ...": it's only a better option if Halacha makes it an option - not if it's what YOU find most convent. Unless you have a source for Halacha making this distinction, it remains untrue and fabricated.
Feb
21
comment Morning After Pill in Halacha
@Will weather the ma pill is an issur or not seems to be the topic of this question. Either it is or it isnt. But to answer your question: Yes, someone that east something non-kosher is PERMANENTLY affected. While he can do teshuva, it would seem (based on seforim) that the physical-spiritual harm is PERMANENT. And while I can understand that someone has a spiritual slip/fall, I fail to see how that would change the halachic consequences. "Will you ruin his life" - I won't, although he already might have. The Halacha won't change for his connivence.
Feb
21
comment Morning After Pill in Halacha
My comment was intended to be cynical. People these days come up with the most far-fetched heterim (which sometimes apply in really minor situations) and like to apply them to MAJOR halachic questions, because they find it convenient to do so. I'm not sure how an "observant teenage girl" (or any teenage girl for that matter) becomes pregnant by "mistake". Especially if she had "unprotected sex" and "willingly". I also don't see how her intentional mistake would change a Halacha. If I "accidentally" become hungry on Yom Kipur, may I eat? If I "mistakenly" want to smoke on Shabbos, may I?
Feb
20
comment Morning After Pill in Halacha
"embarrass her family, deny her any decent shidduch in the future, and effectively ban her from all aspects of community participation." Which has always been a factor in Halacha!
Feb
20
comment Morning After Pill in Halacha
I sure hope we did't start judging halachic qualification based on a SE rating...
Feb
2
comment Respected Haskamot
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Jan
19
comment All ramifications of “Lo BaShamayim Hi”
That was added by @Hacham Gabriel. Thanks!
Jan
15
comment Organized prayer in the synagogue with less than 10 people - community or not?
@Menachem: Toche. The issue is rather complex. I have updated my answer to avoid the controversy
Jan
15
comment שכרו הרבה מאד or is it על פי פעלו
update: that source was 1/2 wrong, correct source in the answer
Jan
11
comment Organized prayer in the synagogue with less than 10 people - community or not?
I hate the sources inline! I.e. "the Rambam (Sefer x, Halacha Y, Seif, z) says" just clutters the answer. Is there a syntax to keep it clean?
Jan
11
comment Organized prayer in the synagogue with less than 10 people - community or not?
"tzibur", "am", "k'hal", etc. - these are all poetic to the untrained ear (like mine!), but the "sources" (from the gemora down to the Gra and back up again) seem to be extremely specific about their meanings. Hence, I don't think B'Rov Am means three people
Jan
11
comment Organized prayer in the synagogue with less than 10 people - community or not?
@SethJ mean my sources arent valid link. Nor are they meant to be. If there is another way to have sources NOT inlined (or with manual footnotes), im open to it
Jan
11
comment Organized prayer in the synagogue with less than 10 people - community or not?
I never heard of having a Chazan without a minyan. My city-boy brain tells me that wither you have a minyan or not: less then a minyon is just a bunch of people Davening b'yichidus together. Is it just me or is there a source for a quasi-quorum? Also see my answer.
Jan
1
comment Special Grace After Meals in a House of Mourning
Comments accepted, especially seeing that there really is an answer (I was afraid of a "Its asur to speak Lashon Horah, why do people do it" type of question)
Jan
1
comment Special Grace After Meals in a House of Mourning
"Why" is ambiguous; i.e. ask them!
Jan
1
comment Why Not Eight Days Until a Convert's Circumcision?
The argument of Z'chus sounds logical (to a laymen, mind you). I'm still, however, dubious about the onus of circumcision taking affect from the second day. Feel free to prove me wrong!
Dec
31
comment Why Not Eight Days Until a Convert's Circumcision?
@yitznewton - exactly. Being that he isn't a Gadol until then, he can't convert until then. Hence, you can't convert t the age of 2 days.
Dec
30
comment Why Not Eight Days Until a Convert's Circumcision?
How can a 2 day old convert?
Dec
30
comment שכרו הרבה מאד or is it על פי פעלו
(2nd or 3rd volume, in the notes at the end)