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Aug
6
comment Flashlight on Shabbat
If a flashlight is left on before Shabbat, and it completely depletes its batteries during Shabbat, I'm not sure whether or not the batteries will leak during Shabbat and damage the flashlight. You should either ask on Electronics.SE whether or not I'm right, or else you should use rechargeables (which almost never leak).
Aug
6
comment Gentile living with a Jewish flatmate
-1: this answer is good, except that it seems overly strict about Passover. Especially regarding kitniyot: please leave out the bit that says "avoid bringing in kitniyot", and replace it with "ask your flatmate what to do". (Unless you know of a source which forbids bringing kitniyot into a half-Jewish home.)
Aug
6
comment Scheduling a USPS Pickup for Shabbos
yydl: There's no policy. But please see the arguments in dreeves's self-answer, and Brian D. Foy's answer, to "Should question titles be phrased as questions? (A straw poll)". Do you disagree? If you do, then I can reverse the few downvotes I gave you recently.
Aug
6
comment Saving a Life During Tefillah
-1. Good question. But please fix the title so that it contains a question ending with a question mark. Then ping me.
Aug
6
comment Scheduling a USPS Pickup for Shabbos
-1. Good question. But please fix the title so that it contains a question ending with a question mark. Then ping me.
Aug
6
comment Why is the beracha acharona for bread the longest?
I thought that only parts of Grace after Meals were composed by Moshe and Joshua, and that the rest was composed by other great men.
Jul
17
comment kosher food ideas without refrigeration
Dear OP: I think the reason why you got so few upvotes is because your question is missing so much detail. Oh well. Anyway: How was your trip? What did you eat?
Jul
16
comment If someone requests charity during the blessings of Shema, may I give it?
Bochur613, I've awarded you the bounty. But my vote is still -1. Your answer is useful, but it still doesn't seem to answer the original question. If someone asks me for charity during the blessings of Shema, is it permissible for me to give it to them? Does the video even address the matter? Please edit your answer so that it answers the question, then notify me and ask me to upvote your answer.
Jul
15
comment If someone requests charity during the blessings of Shema, may I give it?
@WAF: Good points. But you imply that giving money to such a person encourages them to do something forbidden. Bochur613 didn't use the term "forbidden": he used the softer term "shouldn't". I have no clue what "shouldn't" means here. Could it perhaps mean that most poor people may not solicit funds during the blessings of the Shema, but that desperately-poor people are excepted?
Jul
15
comment At what age will my female cousin become forbidden for me to touch?
Shalom, thank you for your answer. I have now edited the question and adapted some material from your answer into my question.
Jul
15
comment kosher food ideas without refrigeration
@Daniel: The answer already mentions LaBriute meals; it would be better if you'd edit your comment into the answer. :)
Jul
9
comment If someone requests charity during the blessings of Shema, may I give it?
I reconfigured my Internet filter and watched the video. The first part of the video discusses charity and the Shema. Starting at 1:20, it discusses the blessings before and after the Shema. I understand very little Yiddish. Dear all: What does the second part of the video say?
Jul
5
comment If someone has BO and can't smell themselves, may they say blessings?
R' Yaakov Sasson seems to agree one's own perceptions don't matter. He writes: "One may not pray or speak words of Torah in a place where there is an offensive odor such as in the presence of a sewer leak, in a place where there are fields fertilized with animal manure, or in the presence of a child with a dirty diaper. "Even if the specific individual wanting to pray does not smell the offensive odor, so long as other people do, he may not pray there." (Emphasis mine.)
Jul
5
comment At what age will my female cousin become forbidden for me to touch?
To find other related articles, try Google searches for things like [ halacha hug niece ] or [ negiah age ].
Jul
5
comment At what age will my female cousin become forbidden for me to touch?
Dear Shalom: Thank you very much for clarifying the "affectionate touching" vs. "any touching" matter. I don't think I quite understood it until you clarified things. I have removed the text you quoted from my question; edited some of your clarifications into the question; and merged my hugging question into this one. Dear Shalom and dear all: Please feel free to freely and unreservedly edit the question and/or any answer, in order to make any changes you like.
Jul
5
comment At what age will my female cousin become forbidden for me to touch?
Related: the YWN Coffee Room thread "Touching one's nieces".
Jul
5
comment If someone requests charity during the blessings of Shema, may I give it?
@Bochur613: Thank you for the link. But my Internet filter blocks Youtube, I don't want to bother setting up a whitelist rule, and I'm not even sure that my web browser can play video anyway. Can you please summarize the linked video for us?
Jul
4
comment Near a bad smell, one might want to do Sh'ma, the Amidah, blessings, study, or think Torah. Is halacha equally strict about all five acts?
+1, but I'm still confused. For example: "Davening While Sweaty" addresses davening but not the other four matters. It says: "It is forbidden to daven while sweaty [...] if the smell is so strong that it causes acute discomfort." Whenever one act is forbidden, are the other four acts also forbidden? The responsum continues, "It is permitted, however, to daven while sweaty, if the smell is not so foul as to disturb." Whenever one act is permitted, are the other four also permitted? Please edit your answer and clarify.
Jul
4
comment If someone has BO and can't smell themselves, may they say blessings?
Today, I found a responsum entitled "Davening While Sweaty". But it doesn't seem to address the case where one can't smell one's own BO.
Jul
4
comment Where can I get “Afarsimon” oil?
You can buy all sorts of obscure products on Ebay. After you do your search, click the "Worldwide" radio button to broaden your search. I haven't tried searching Ebay for this. But have you? What search keywords did you try? Did you find the oil you seek?