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Dec
21
comment While playing a computer game, may I “worship” one of the game's “gods” to help me win?
@Shokhet: I was also surprised by my rabbi's answer. However, nobody else here has asked their own rabbi; and anyway, it would be silly for me hold like someone else's rabbi's answer. :)
Dec
21
comment While playing a computer game, may I “worship” one of the game's “gods” to help me win?
@Shokhet: I didn't feel attacked at all. You were asking if my rabbi was influenced by some past controversy regarding D&D. Was he? Maybe yes. Maybe no. I haven't asked him, so I have no idea. :)
Dec
21
comment A rabbi asked me to light candles before weekday Mincha/Ma'ariv. Is this customary? Is there a bracha?
Ah. I've now reread the question and I see that your interpretation is indeed a plausible one.
Dec
21
comment May I temporarily enslave myself, to avoid missing a positive time-bound commandment?
@DoubleAA: Ah. I stand corrected; thank you for rolling my edit back.
Dec
21
comment Cell Phone Jammers in Halacha
Splendid! Thank you very much. I have now finally upvoted your answer. :)
Dec
21
comment While playing a computer game, may I “worship” one of the game's “gods” to help me win?
@Shokhet: I don't know.
Dec
21
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?
Dec
21
comment Stations of the Exodus far into Canaan
Jordan, welcome to Mi Yodeya! We hope you'll like the place and decide to stay. Please note that, if you register, you'll be able to log in from other locations. That way, the site can better keep track of your contributions and provide you with a better experience.
Dec
19
comment Can G-d ever take on a physical form?
@AdamMosheh: Dunno. I've voted it up.
Dec
19
comment How often and for how long should one pray for a sick person?
@msh210: And I've seen it in a third synagogue.
Dec
19
comment A rabbi asked me to light candles before weekday Mincha/Ma'ariv. Is this customary? Is there a bracha?
The rabbi had pulled the OP off the street to help make a minyan, so I assume the OP wasn't commemorating anyone's yahrtzeit.
Dec
19
comment Apple Watch on Shabbat
+1; thank you for the information, and for doing the research into WatchKit's abilities. Is it permissible to leave music playing during Shabbat? I know that (for Ashkenazim) it's not allowed to leave a washing machine running during Shabbat, and IIRC this is because of the noise that the machine makes.
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.
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?
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?