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Mar
18
comment Is Extra virgin olive oil kosher by default?
Excellent question! +1. I agree with Isaac Moses: you should ask your rabbi, for many reasons. If he says it's not kosher: You can ask him whether or not you may use it to kindle your Sabbath or Chanukah lamps. Or you can give it to a non-Jewish acquaintance. Or you can donate it to a food bank. Or you can put it out at the curb in a box labeled "Free".
Mar
17
comment A client of yours finally pays a bill — seven months late. Should you thank him?
Dear @YEZ: thank you very much for your edits.
Nov
7
comment If your rabbi accidentally tells you that something is allowed, and you follow him, are you punished?
@ray: The only reason I claim the rabbi is unreliable is because, in this made-up example case, he gave a wrong answer.
Nov
7
comment If your rabbi accidentally tells you that something is allowed, and you follow him, are you punished?
@ray: Who forced the 119-year-old in the question to sin? Maybe it was his own fault: maybe he should've done more due diligence before choosing a rabbi.
Nov
7
comment If your rabbi accidentally tells you that something is allowed, and you follow him, are you punished?
Dear @ray: and dear all: what does that mean?
Nov
7
comment Should you say a blessing on diet soda used to swallow a pill?
@Gary: 1. When I get well-sourced answers here, and when all the answers agree, I tend to respect them and hold like them. On the other hand, if I got well-sourced but conflicting answers, or unsourced answers, it would be silly to pick one and hold like it. So in summary, I treat answers here with a grain of salt. 2. Still, I recently had another question closed as "don't ask here for personal rulings". So, this time, I figured that writing "CYLOR" might help to prevent that.
Nov
7
comment What do you do if your Shabbos host serves chocolate chip challah?
Dear OP: These are not three mutually exclusive Positions. Really, these are three Cases. If any of the three Cases come up, then you must wash and say hamotzi on a mezonos item. You seem to be arguing that, in Case 3, you shouldn't wash or say hamotzi. But R' Luban implies that the Mishnah Berurah says that, in Case 3, you must wash and say hamotzi. Are you saying that the Mishnah Berurah is wrong? And if so, why is he wrong? Please edit the question to clarify it, then ping me.
Nov
7
comment Should you say a blessing on diet soda used to swallow a pill?
+1; thank you very much. At synagogue this evening, I also looked into the matter. I checked The Laws of B'rachos by R' Binyomin Forst. Page 134 footnote 9 discusses diet soda in detail. Here is a summary of the footnote: R' Forst and R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach both agree: Diet soda requires a blessing even if you're not thirsty.
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.