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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.
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17
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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.
Apr
17
answered Bowing for oseh shalom
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17
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Apr
17
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Apr
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Apr
16
revised How were men allowed to watch an execution?
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Apr
16
comment How were men allowed to watch an execution?
Hat tip, i.e. thanks!
Apr
16
revised How were men allowed to watch an execution?
According to the cited responsum, somberness is not the basis for permissibility. HT ه ه
Apr
16
comment How were men allowed to watch an execution?
The Bach writes that since executing the woman in this manner is a biblical requirement, we are not concerned about such thoughts. This may mean that, since the attendees are participating in a mitzvah (e.g.וְיַד כָּל הָעָם בָּאַחֲרֹנָה or וְכָל הָעָם יִשְׁמְעוּ וְיִרָאוּ (Devarim, 17)), and that mitzvah requires the woman to be undressed, we do not expect people to have inappropriate thoughts. Alternatively, you may be correct that he means that the risk of inappropriate thoughts is outweighed. Either way, people are not permitted to actively indulge in such thoughts.
Apr
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answered How were men allowed to watch an execution?
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12
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Apr
12
answered Source in Tosafos for playing ball on Yom Tov
Apr
11
comment Is catch and release fishing permitted?
Thanks and kol tuv :-)
Apr
11
comment Is catch and release fishing permitted?
ישנם אנשים שלשם ספורט ושעשוע יוצאים לצוד חיות בר וציפורים, ונשאלת השאלה, האם על פי ההלכה דבר זה מותר או אסור. השיב הרב יחזקאל לנדא, שהיה רבה של פראג לפני כמאתים וחמישים שנה, בתשובותיו 'נודע-ביהודה' (ח"ב יו"ד י'), שאמנם מותר להרוג בעלי חיים לצורך האדם, כגון כאשר צריכים את בשרם או עורותיהם אבל אם הציד נעשה לשם שעשוע, הרי שהוא דבר פסול, שאינו מתאים כלל לזרע ישראל, שכן מידתם של ישראל היא הרחמנות, שנאמר (דברים יג, יח): "וְנָתַן לְךָ רַחֲמִים וְרִחַמְךָ וְהִרְבֶּךָ" (יבמות עט, א). ואלו שנזכרו כציידים במקרא, נמרוד ועשו, היו רשעים. וזאת מפני שיש בציד אכזריות, ולכן אנשים רשעים נהנים ממנו.
Apr
11
comment Is catch and release fishing permitted?
However, the statement that hunting is permitted simply for pleasure is not in accordance with the halacha. If an animal is hunted for sport, this is an act of cruelty which is certainly not sanctioned by halacha, see the following quote - ph.yhb.org.il/category/…: