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Apr
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comment Can you redeem ma'aser sheni using a $5 bill — even though burning it will enrich your countrymen?
Why the commentless downvotes?
Mar
25
comment Best way to destroy coins
Minting coins can be expensive. But some countries, such as Canada, allow you to burn their banknotes. So: 1. Point out to your rabbi that burning banknotes enriches your countrymen. Then ask whether or not it's okay to use a banknote to redeem Maaser Sheni. 2. If it's permissible, do so, then burn the banknote. 3. If you want to burn the new Canadian plastic banknotes, consult a doctor first. Ask about the health effects of the fumes which will result.
Mar
18
comment Is Extra virgin olive oil kosher by default?
Excellent question! +1. I agree with Isaac Moses: you should ask your rabbi, for many reasons. If he says it's not kosher: You can ask him whether or not you may use it to kindle your Sabbath or Chanukah lamps. Or you can give it to a non-Jewish acquaintance. Or you can donate it to a food bank. Or you can put it out at the curb in a box labeled "Free".
Mar
17
comment A client of yours finally pays a bill — seven months late. Should you thank him?
Dear @YEZ: thank you very much for your edits.
Nov
7
comment If your rabbi accidentally tells you that something is allowed, and you follow him, are you punished?
@ray: The only reason I claim the rabbi is unreliable is because, in this made-up example case, he gave a wrong answer.
Nov
7
comment If your rabbi accidentally tells you that something is allowed, and you follow him, are you punished?
@ray: Who forced the 119-year-old in the question to sin? Maybe it was his own fault: maybe he should've done more due diligence before choosing a rabbi.
Nov
7
comment If your rabbi accidentally tells you that something is allowed, and you follow him, are you punished?
@DoubleAA: You pointed me to a webpage which contains all 13 folios of the Gemara's tractate Horayos (which is also available in English). Which part(s) discuss the case of a single individual rabbi who mistakenly permitted something which is forbidden?
Nov
7
comment If your rabbi accidentally tells you that something is allowed, and you follow him, are you punished?
Dear @ray: and dear all: what does that mean?
Nov
7
comment Should you say a blessing on diet soda used to swallow a pill?
@Gary: 1. When I get well-sourced answers here, and when all the answers agree, I tend to respect them and hold like them. On the other hand, if I got well-sourced but conflicting answers, or unsourced answers, it would be silly to pick one and hold like it. So in summary, I treat answers here with a grain of salt. 2. Still, I recently had another question closed as "don't ask here for personal rulings". So, this time, I figured that writing "CYLOR" might help to prevent that.
Nov
7
comment What do you do if your Shabbos host serves chocolate chip challah?
Dear OP: These are not three mutually exclusive Positions. Really, these are three Cases. If any of the three Cases come up, then you must wash and say hamotzi on a mezonos item. You seem to be arguing that, in Case 3, you shouldn't wash or say hamotzi. But R' Luban implies that the Mishnah Berurah says that, in Case 3, you must wash and say hamotzi. Are you saying that the Mishnah Berurah is wrong? And if so, why is he wrong? Please edit the question to clarify it, then ping me.
Nov
7
comment Should you say a blessing on diet soda used to swallow a pill?
+1; thank you very much. At synagogue this evening, I also looked into the matter. I checked The Laws of B'rachos by R' Binyomin Forst. Page 134 footnote 9 discusses diet soda in detail. Here is a summary of the footnote: R' Forst and R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach both agree: Diet soda requires a blessing even if you're not thirsty.
Nov
6
comment Facebook in the bathroom
+1: well-researched. Has anyone listened to R' Lebowitz's lecture? What does he conclude about text messaging in the bathroom?
Nov
4
comment what is the first recorded instance of the phrase “im yirtzah Hashem”
Dear not-Mekubal: Off-topic here. Please ask there.
Nov
4
comment Saying words of prayer or Torah while an immodest photo or drawing is in your field of vision?
Thank you for your answer, but +0. What does "nafka mina" mean? Please edit.
Nov
4
comment what is the first recorded instance of the phrase “im yirtzah Hashem”
+0. Dear not-Mekubal: Why do you wonder when the phrase was first used?
Oct
31
comment Yom Kippur, fasting, and snot
@msh210: Hi! I'm the OP. Thank you for your answer. Please note that the subject of the question doesn't want the snot to touch his hands, nor does he want it to touch any part of any garment. Given these facts, should this answer perhaps be converted into a comment?
Oct
8
comment While sleeping in a sukkah, are you exempt from prayer?
+1. msh210, see pages 12-17 of "Sleep in Halacha" by Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz of Yeshiva University. R' Lebowitz cites R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach's discussion (Halichos Shlomo, Tefillah, Miluim #12) about whether or not sleeping people are exempt from mitzvos. Dear all: How do most authorities rule regarding this matter?
Aug
21
comment Is Vegemite kosher?
-1: now includes outdated information. Please see "Vegemite" on Wikipedia for up-to-date information. Dear Gershon, I wonder if you could copy and paste in the more-current information included in the right-hand side of suggested edit 6068?
Aug
6
comment kosher food ideas without refrigeration
@msh210: I assumed that the asker will have access to water. The reason why I suggested bringing bottled ice was for convenience: it stays very cold for hours (even colder than "cold" tap water). It's good on long drives: you can sip cold water without having to stop to obtain it.
Aug
6
comment Scheduling a USPS Pickup for Shabbos
yydl: "May a Jew schedule a USPS pickup to occur on Shabbos?"