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Dec
24
comment May I shop at a church-owned thrift store?
@curiousdannii: Good question. My hunch is this: We know that shopping at the Salvation Army is definitely supporting a church, and so we avoid it. We could also investigate the religious practices of an Ebay user before doing business with them, but the common custom seems to be that we don't. Why not? I guess because, although some Ebay users might be idol-worshippers, most aren't. Side note: Despite all this, it's still meritorious to do business with Jews who keep Shabbat when practicable.
Dec
22
comment When a chain store advertises a “Holiday” or “End of Year” sale, may I buy their product?
+0. "a=incidental or an incentive" doesn't make sense. "t says" and "canone" are typos. "Gamarah" is an odd transliteration. And the question needs a good few minutes of additional copyediting in general. Plus, you've bundled too many questions into one post. Finally, please depersonalize your post if possible. Good questions though.
Dec
22
comment If a local store holds a “Christmas Sale” in the days leading up to Dec. 25th, may I shop there?
@DoubleAA: The mishnah you cited doesn't apply unless it's within three days of the holiday. And, even then, it's not so clear that it applies anymore nowadays. My question was whether or not it's permissible to shop at such a sale at all, even if there's still one full week to go before the holiday itself.
Dec
22
comment what happens to non-Noahide non-Jews after death?
You might get more upvotes if you would copyedit your answer. (Spelling, grammar, dejargonification, paragraphing, et cetera.) Still, I myself have upvoted your answer, since it was at a mere +1 until I arrived.
Dec
22
comment What is better: checking vegetables yourself, or buying them pre-checked?
+0. Contains more jargon than necessary. For example, what does "machzik" mean? It would be most excellent if you could please edit and dejargonify the post.
Dec
21
comment Imagine a non-Jewish hostel has a male and a female dorm. Does yichud allow me to sleep in the male dorm?
@Scimonster: Fair point. I've edited the question. Now I hope you see why it might be forbidden. If not, please ping me.
Dec
21
comment If a local store holds a “Christmas Sale” in the days leading up to Dec. 25th, may I shop there?
@JJLL: Even if they have a pork advertisement in their window, I see no problem. And even if they wish us a good holiday, I still see no problem. But if they make a claim that we're saving big bucks because of their holiday, then I fear it may be a problem.
Dec
18
comment If a local store holds a “Christmas Sale” in the days leading up to Dec. 25th, may I shop there?
@DoubleAA: Yes. Some related resources: The Background to the Daf, which explains the reasoning. And the Outlines of Halachos from the Daf, which (partway down the page) cites the Rambam, the Shulchan Aruch, and others. But please note that today is December 18; it's more than three days away from their holiday.
Dec
18
comment May I shop at a church-owned thrift store?
@DanF: Also, the Salvation Army is a church.
Dec
18
comment May I shop at a church-owned thrift store?
@DanF: What was his reasoning? I suspect the following: According to many opinions, worshipping Jesus is idol worship. Shopping in a church-owned thrift shop might therefore be supporting idol worship.
Dec
18
comment Details of Matzah Oven
See also a related question on Electrical Engineering Stack Exchange. It was asked by the same asker.
Dec
18
comment If a local store holds a “Christmas Sale” in the days leading up to Dec. 25th, may I shop there?
@DanF: Good question. I'd be curious to know the answer to that too. Mind to please post a separate question and to provide me with a link?
Dec
18
comment Praying in this condition
Side note: What's the cause of this occurrence ("morning wood" / "morning glory" / "NPT")? Researchers aren't completely sure, but it's common and is completely normal. This Wikipedia article elaborates.
Dec
18
comment Disparate Zemanim in the same local community
Dear OP: If you have an Android phone or tablet, try using the free Halachic Times app. It uses the Java Zmanim API, and so can calculate nightfall according to about two dozen different opinions. (Note that, as the MyZmanim website points out, some of the opinions shown apply only in specific situations and are not intended for general use. Please do not rely on any of those zmanim without consulting a qualified Rav.)
Dec
18
comment Shopping at a church-associated thrift store
This post is not really an exact duplicate of "May I shop at a church-owned thrift store?", since this post includes two different questions in it.
Dec
18
comment Voting in a church?
Remember that, if you prefer to vote in advance, you might be able to cast an advance vote in a place other than a church. Contact your local elections official for details.
Nov
16
comment Shaliach Tzibbur and passing gas
+0. I skimmed this answer, but it wasn't easy to understand. Since I have other things to do, I gave up. I still don't know what the final ruling is. Perhaps you should add a "Summary" or "TL;DR" section at the bottom to tell us what to do in the end.
Nov
4
comment Must all parts of Hatarat Nedarim be said in a language which we understand, or only some parts?
@DanF: Please let us know. The answer might come in handy next Elul. :)
Nov
4
comment Why is the daughter of a married woman permissible?
@user9953: Welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thank you for the question! Please consider registering your account: this will enable more site features for you, including voting. May I also suggest that you edit your profile and give yourself a username.
Nov
4
comment May one park in a Church across the road which charges a daily parking fee?
You might get more upvotes if you would edit your post to improve its spelling, grammar, punctuation, and clarity. (I upvoted your post anyway, since it was at zero.)