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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?
Jul
4
comment If someone has BO and can't smell themselves, may they say blessings?
@Guy: Thank you for your comment; it's inspired me to strengthen my question. Shmuel Brin disputes your second sentence. And I've just edited my question to argue against your third sentence.
Jun
25
comment When should a commuter cyclist wear a tallit katan?
@CharlesKoppelman: But see "If I wear a synthetic and/or mesh garment with Tzitzis, will I fulfill the mitzvah of Tzitzis?".
Jun
25
comment If I wear a synthetic and/or mesh garment with Tzitzis, will I fulfill the mitzvah of Tzitzis?
"Part 1" of the question asked about a mesh tallit katan. "Part 2" asked about a "plastic" tallit katan. "Part 3" asked about a "combination" of Parts 1 and 2: a synthetic mesh tallit katan. Since Part 3 discussed a synthetic garment, and since Part 3 is discussed a combination of Part 1 and Part 2, therefore I assume that when SimchasTorah wrote the word "plastic" in Part 2, s/he must have meant "synthetic". I've just submitted a suggested edit accordingly. Dear SimchasTorah: Please try to write more clearly next time.
Jun
25
comment Tzitzis while exercising?
-1. Pro: This answer is well-written and clear. Con: Unlike Ben's answer, Shalom's answer doesn't cite any responsa related to this question. Instead, Shalom discusses only the prevalent practice at his own yeshiva. I feel the con outweighs the pro, so I am downvoting this answer.
Jun
25
comment When should a commuter cyclist wear a tallit katan?
@yitznewton: If the rabbi would rather not be identified, then perhaps it's best not to play guessing games.
Jun
25
comment Should I rend k'riyah if I witness the death of a non-relative? If so, what's the procedure?
@DoubleAA: Good point. I see nobody has posted any answers yet, despite the fact that the bounty has run for six days. So I've edited my question to remove the query about whether or not you can switch shirts before tearing. I hope this will encourage people to answer.
Jun
25
comment Premixed Gatorade and Powerade aren't cheap. I'd rather buy something powdered or concentrated. What's kosher?
Dear readers: The question still has no upvotes. As for you, personally, why did you not vote the question up? :)
Jun
20
comment How can you get hot kosher food on campus?
As of today, the question has a total vote of zero. Dear reader: As for you, personally, why haven't you upvoted it? :)
Jun
20
comment When should a commuter cyclist wear a tallit katan?
@ShimonbM: Thank you for your comment. I've edited my question to answer your question. Do you now agree that my question is worthy of an upvote? :)
Jun
20
comment kosher food ideas without refrigeration
Your reply was rather mediocre. If you want better answers, try to answer at least three or four of the above questions.
Jun
19
comment kosher food ideas without refrigeration
Where are you going, and (optionally) why? How are you getting there? (Optionally:) Where will you be staying: a tent? a backpackers' hostel? a hotel? a private home? (See also "Being a houseguest in a non-frum or non-Jewish home".) Will you have access to a fridge there? Can you buy kosher cheese there? Kosher meat? Kosher bagels?
May
30
comment Should ones name be put on a mitsva?
expern: Thank you for fixing your question's title! +1: I have now upvoted the question.
May
30
comment Is it necessary to buy a burial plot while still alive?
@expern: Good question. +0 so far; I wonder if you could please edit the title to include a question mark?
May
30
comment May I play a computer game which includes Greek mythological creatures?
@ShimonbM: Excellent comment. Yes, those kinds of creatures. 1. I don't know much about Greek mythology; I'm not sure I knew that nobody worshipped them until I saw your comment. 2. Or maybe, since the mythology includes idolatrous ideas, I worried that perhaps even the non-idolatrous parts were forbidden.
May
30
comment Should ones name be put on a mitsva?
expern: I haven't upvoted your question yet. It still needs copyediting. 1. I wonder if you could please edit your question so that it includes a question mark? 2. I wonder if you could please edit the title so that it forms a valid question ending in a question mark? Thank you!
May
30
comment Should ones name be put on a mitsva?
@HachamGabriel: Intriguing. (Did you mean "deduces", or did you mean "deducts"?)