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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.)
Jul
5
comment At what age does negiah start applying for non-immediate family?
To find other related articles, try Google searches for things like [ halacha hug niece ] or [ negiah age ].
Jul
5
comment At what age does negiah start applying for non-immediate family?
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 does negiah start applying for non-immediate family?
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?
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? :)