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Dec
19
comment Apple Watch on Shabbat
If you want to buy a smart watch, you might want to post a more-general question. Something like: "I own an iPhone, and would like to buy a compatible smart watch which I can wear seven days a week. Which is the best choice for a Sabbath-observant Jew, and why?" If you do, please provide me with a link to the question.
Dec
19
suggested approved edit on May I temporarily enslave myself, to avoid missing a positive time-bound commandment?
Dec
19
suggested approved edit on May I temporarily enslave myself, to avoid missing a positive time-bound commandment?
Dec
19
suggested approved edit on If a convert goes off the derekh, must he go to the mikvah again after he repents?
Dec
19
revised Providing wine for Christian ceremonial purposes: in the 8th century, what did the rabbis write?
Improving title.
Dec
19
suggested approved edit on Providing wine for Christian ceremonial purposes: in the 8th century, what did the rabbis write?
Nov
9
comment Which rabbis permit food being kosher just based on the ingredients?
@Curiouser: What are one or two of the things which have been removed from the list over time? Also — do you know when they were they removed?
Oct
12
comment When and how often should you make a bracha on a snack that is being passed around?
@SAH: You ask good questions. If I may ask: 1. Are you Jewish, or Noahide? 2. Do you have any Orthodox Jewish friends? 3. Are there any Orthodox Jews in your neighborhood who can instruct you in the practicalities of how to say blessings?
Oct
12
comment When and how often should you make a bracha on a snack that is being passed around?
@SAH: I'm sure it's not a blessing in vain, but struggle to explain why. If you say a bracha rishona while holding a peeled mandarin, you're thanking God for creating the world and for giving you the mandarin. You don't have to eat the whole mandarin. In fact, even if you eat just half a segment, you're still fine. You thanked God for mandarins, then you ate a piece of one. If you eat another half segment the next day, you must make another bracha rishona. Every day that you eat some of the mandarin, another bracha rishona is required. Does this clarify things completely for you?
Oct
7
revised Transferring “kippah clips” between domains on Shabbat, if the clips are sewn to the kippah
grammar, +
Oct
7
asked Transferring discrete “kippah clips” between domains on Shabbat, if the clips are NOT sewn to the kippah
Oct
7
accepted Transferring “kippah clips” between domains on Shabbat, if the clips are sewn to the kippah
Oct
7
revised Transferring “kippah clips” between domains on Shabbat, if the clips are sewn to the kippah
Editing question to match Lee's assumption. I plan to later post another slightly different question too.
Oct
7
revised Transferring “kippah clips” between domains on Shabbat, if the clips are sewn to the kippah
Clarifying.
Oct
7
asked Transferring “kippah clips” between domains on Shabbat, if the clips are sewn to the kippah
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
9
comment Cell Phone Jammers in Halacha
What was the asker's original question? Did the asker ask the Institute about using a jammer in a synagogue? Or about using it in a non-holy place? And why did the Institute say that the use of the jammer was forbidden?
Sep
3
comment How do you “take someone to beis din”?
B) What if they can't agree on a compromise? For small cases, I assume they can go together to a single local Orthodox rabbi and request a ruling. This is convenient and shouldn't cost them any money. If the local rabbi feels unqualified to judge the case alone, he can refer the parties to Beit Din. Dear all: Am I correct in guessing that one rabbi alone is sufficient to judge an uncomplicated case?
Sep
3
comment How do you “take someone to beis din”?
A) Reuvain shouldn't go to Beit Din right away. The two should instead decide upon a mutually agreeable settlement, as Journey to Virtue 31:1-2 and Choshen Mishpat 12:2 advise. A rabbi or learned layman might be able to help.
Sep
2
comment Can you redeem ma'aser sheni using a $5 bill — even though burning it will enrich your countrymen?
Hold on. Take a look at Danny Schoemann's answer, above. Do you still truly believe that it IS permissible to redeem ma'aser sheni using a banknote?