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May
17
comment What are “universal minimum” standards of tznius for halachic purposes?
@DoubleAA I saw that article before I responded. With respect to married women not having to cover their hair, kol isha, and some of the other points, the article takes positions that are non-normative and outside of mainstream p'sak. In particular, the ruling permitting kol isha in general was derived from a quasi-Orthodox source, and that position is halachicly unacceptable. Also, the answer did not directly address the question, which was asking about tznius in the context of tefillah.
May
17
revised What are “universal minimum” standards of tznius for halachic purposes?
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May
17
answered What are “universal minimum” standards of tznius for halachic purposes?
May
17
comment What are “universal minimum” standards of tznius for halachic purposes?
What are the halachic sources for what Rabbis Angel and Shammah write? When providing a halachic response, it is imperative to include halachic responsa that is based in halacha. If the above is truly "Halacha l'ma'aseh", including statements such as a married woman's hair not being considered ervah and that a woman singing (religious songs) in front of men is not forbidden to listen to on account of kol isha, where is the halachic basis? These statements seem to be revolutionary and certainly require halachic sources (simply quoting these rabbis is not considered bringing a halachic source).
May
17
comment What are “universal minimum” standards of tznius for halachic purposes?
The halacha differs significantly if you are asking about the requirements for the woman herself (e.g., if she is praying alone) or in the presence of other women or other men. Are you talking about all three situations?
Apr
30
answered Hardboiled eggs and salt water at the Seder
Apr
27
comment In what way are mushrooms considered “non-nutritive”?
@Alex - I would rather translate וקים להו לרבנן דלא זייני as "the Rabbis maintain that it does not 'sustain'," which should be interpreted as "it does not meet the Rabbis' halachic standard for what is considered nourishing food." Perhaps this is partly because mushrooms are a low-calorie food.
Apr
27
comment Connection between the metzora's purification and the Four Species of Sukkos?
FWIW, the Mishna in Menachos (3:6) lists the two sets of four together as both requiring a complete set (l'ikuva) to fulfill the mitzvah.
Apr
25
comment Is it o.k. to watch “American Idol” during the Omer and the Three Weeks?
@AdamMosheh - Do you consider watching more TV an ideal way to "engage in this world"?
Apr
25
answered All you need is love?
Apr
25
revised If borchu of maariv is before plag hamincha and the amida after plag, is this “tartei desasrei” – two contradictory acts?
clarification
Apr
25
comment Sharp sword on the throat
@simchashatorah It says it can take a long time to slaughter an animal with a knife that is not sharp. See also YD 23:4.
Apr
25
revised If borchu of maariv is before plag hamincha and the amida after plag, is this “tartei desasrei” – two contradictory acts?
clarification
Apr
25
answered If borchu of maariv is before plag hamincha and the amida after plag, is this “tartei desasrei” – two contradictory acts?
Apr
18
comment Inviting a non-observant Jew on Shabbat or Yom Tov
I disagree with your evaluation of R' Shternbuch's p'sak. He is discussing a case where they are not doing any extra driving to get to the house (for example if they drove to the area earlier in the day anyway). The question addressed whether there is an issur to invite them if they will drive back afterwards (which they'd also do anyway but earlier). Also, although he writes that lifnei iver doesn't apply if the invitation is l'tovas atzmo, a case where they will definitely drive to the house on account of the invitation would still bring up the d'rabbanan problem of m'sayeiya l'ovrei averia.
Apr
17
comment How were men allowed to watch an execution?
I should add that the fact that it is an execution is in and of itself enough of a reason why people are less likely to look at the woman with the wrong intent ("Ika chashasha d'hirhura b'miktzas" - "There nevertheless remains a certain amount of risk that people will succumb to prurient thoughts"). That may have factored into the Bach's explanation for why the Torah requirement to execute her in such a way is enough to permit men to attend.
Apr
17
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Apr
17
revised Bowing for oseh shalom
added that this is from the gemara
Apr
17
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Apr
17
comment Bowing for oseh shalom
It is generally assur to bow more than the amount instituted by Chazal. The Gr"a writes this applies to contexts other than the Shemoneh Esrei, too, such as bentching, hallel, and kaddish.