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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 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.
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-1: now includes outdated information.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?"
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 does negiah start applying for non-immediate family?
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.)