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Mar
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comment Is Mossad Assasination allowed in Torah?
@Sandman4 I would go ahead and do so. Even if the question was obviously asking these things subtextually (we certainly get some on here who do, but I doubt it's so in this case), we should dan lchaf zchus and only answer the questions as asked.
Feb
29
comment Sefer similar to Yalkut Yosef for Ashkenazim
Is the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch too old to fit? It's concise, thorough, and very easy to learn.
Feb
27
comment “bad impression” vs “Judge your friend favorably”
@avi good point!
Feb
26
comment Kissing tzitzit for full shma during “leolam yehey”
I learned from my rov that when reciting Shema to be yoitze krias Shema, one should be stringent to avoid hefsek and not kiss tzitzis or after touching tefilin. I also learned that one should always add emes when reciting the full Shema. If I anyone knows a source I would post this as an answer.
Feb
26
comment “bad impression” vs “Judge your friend favorably”
I think your answer captures the essence of the question: there are two people here, one doing something that may appear to be a sin and the other observing. The former must be conscious of maris ayin and the latter must dan lchaf zchus. As you say, though, they must also rebuke... At any rate, @avi the halachos cannot contradict because they apply to two different people and are therefore not mutually exclusive actions.
Feb
26
comment At a non-kosher restaurant, is sliced raw fish kosher?
@msh210 yeah, but maybe we can assume that if the sushi chefs are so particular about the freshness and quality of their fish, kal vchomer they'll get the right species. On the other hand, maybe there's no basis to conflate the two things - there could be species nonkosher and kosher that were interchangable in terms of taste and appearance.
Feb
26
comment At a non-kosher restaurant, is sliced raw fish kosher?
I knew a Chabad shliach who would go to nonkosher restaurants and drink orange juice, in case one would say that water doesn't count as food. @Will since I do agree that one cannot necessarily set aside even a Halachic concept, I will modify the initial clause.
Feb
26
comment At a non-kosher restaurant, is sliced raw fish kosher?
@msh210 sushi grade fish is very high quality, very freshly caught, and usually (I imagine tuna may be an exception) cut from that fresh fish on the day it will be used. It may be that the same holds true but when one deals with fish used for sushi it is of a different level of quality than supermarket fish.
Feb
26
comment At a non-kosher restaurant, is sliced raw fish kosher?
@avi I would never follow advice from a website without checking with my rov first. I switched mainly because I am speaking davka of raw fish, served plain. I have seen it served this way and if not surely you can ask for it. That said I would mark both answers as correct if I could because I think there is merit in being stringent here, mainly because there's no real reason to be soimech on the chef to follow my assumptions.
Feb
26
comment At a non-kosher restaurant, is sliced raw fish kosher?
@Will then we should ask the question of whether or not eating kosher food at a non-kosher restaurant is even a problem. As Curiouser points out here, R' Kamenetsky holds that it is well known nowadays that kosher food can be found even in non-kosher restaurants.
Feb
26
comment At a non-kosher restaurant, is sliced raw fish kosher?
It seems like the right answer, but are you talking about sushi, which may contain dvarim charifim? I'm talking about sashimi, which is literally just raw fish. To clarify: a knife that has sliced through something charif and something non-kosher together, such that the knife is not kosher, which is then thoroughly cleaned and used to cut raw kosher fish - it is not permitted to use such a knife unless it has gone unused for 24 hours? My understanding was the time factor of 24 hours was only applicable where the utensil was being kashered.
Feb
22
comment Status of feet while making a bracha or davening
@AvrohomYitzchok this was the same reason I learned - if somebody had a source, it would make a great answer.
Feb
19
comment Basic laws, why is milk with meat not kosher?
You needn't be sorry - just understand that we do not accept that our laws, which from a Jewish perspective have very lofty functions not entirely discernable by limited human intellects, are merely for health reasons. That assumes that there must be some earthly reason on top of which mystical relevance was later laid, which obviously does not fit with a Jewish perspective.
Feb
19
comment Basic laws, why is milk with meat not kosher?
Why are you sorry? Your answer is a very common perspective amongst secular academics, so it's worthwhile to bring it up here if only to refute it. Our sages were well aware of the argument made here (actually, I recall learning that they were aware of the pork/parasites argument, but it's the same sentiment) and summarily dismissed it.
Feb
19
comment Is there a list of Nusach -> Shevet correspondence?
I'm confused about your dating of the Great Assembly, of which Ezra was a member.
Feb
16
comment Why does Judaism require more orthodoxy than other religions?
I didn't say I have no idea. I'm saying G-d created the Torah - Jewish Law - and while there may be extents to which we understand the purpose and mechanisms of that Law, its true function exceeds our limited understandings.
Feb
16
comment Yerushalmi Versus Bavli in Halacha
I'm uncomfortable with a beis din ruling for any swath of Eretz Yisroel without majority support, even if they only expect their rulings to be followed by those who accept it. How does one acquire the authority to potentially rule for millions of Jews so easily?
Feb
16
comment Why does Judaism require more orthodoxy than other religions?
@TofeeqAhmad in my opinion you should ask your Creator, but I'm sure there are better sourced answers than "i say".
Feb
16
comment Why does Judaism require more orthodoxy than other religions?
@TofeeqAhmad although I'm not sure of the relevance, I am certainly aware of the tendency of people to hate Jews. I don't know that antisemitism comes from our stringency with conversion per se, but I suppose one might say it comes from our possession of the Torah - and its legal stringencies - in general.
Feb
2
comment Drinking on Purim OTHER THAN at the required “Festive Meal” (Seudas Mitzvah)
Daas Torah, why not?