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comment What are “universal minimum” standards of tznius for halachic purposes?
@AdamMosheh, (1.) There may be cases when we choose a lenient p'sak, if reasonable and well supported, rather than push someone away from observance altogether (see Taz, YD 334). (2.) Distorting sources to arrive at a predetermined, desired p'sak - that's what's outside of the mainstream about it. That approach undermines the integrity of the halachic process.
May
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comment What are “universal minimum” standards of tznius for halachic purposes?
@AdamMosheh The second basis is that there is a machlokes about whether kol isha is a general issur, or whether it is also assur to recite Shema within earshot of a woman singing. Somehow, the latter opinion morphed into "it is ONLY assur to hear a woman singing during Shema, but in general it is fine." These are examples of why these opinions are "outside of mainstream p'sak," as I said.
May
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comment What are “universal minimum” standards of tznius for halachic purposes?
...The Sridei Eish held that the combination of the following factors should permit youth groups where mixed singing is done: (1.) No single voice is prominent, (2.) the leniency of the Divrei Chefetz (which he found cited in the Sdei Chemed), and (3.) the desperate need for European youth groups for kiruv. Even looking at the Divrei Chefetz by itself, it is talking about hearing non-romantic kol isha without any intent to enjoy it. Somehow, the article morphed this into listening "specifically for the sake of sexual pleasure" or listening to explicitly "lewd songs" and "erotic content."….
May
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comment What are “universal minimum” standards of tznius for halachic purposes?
@AdamMosheh - Two main reasons are given in the article for permitting listening to kol isha in general. The first is derived from a little known sefer called Divrei Chefetz, which was cited by the Sdei Chemed. The Divrei Chefetz said that, if the person does not listen to the song for enjoyment, it is muttar to hear a woman sing zemiros, dirges, or lullabies to put children to sleep, because these kinds of songs are not romantic. The Sdei Chemed defended the reasoning behind this opinion as sound, but nevertheless disagreed with it and stated that it ought not to be followed….
May
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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
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answered What are “universal minimum” standards of tznius for halachic purposes?
May
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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Apr
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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
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revised If borchu of maariv is before plag hamincha and the amida after plag, is this “tartei desasrei” – two contradictory acts?
clarification
Apr
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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.