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Jun
20
comment Telling G-d Lashon Harah
shmirashalashon.blogspot.com/2006/12/…
May
22
comment Do primary sources unequivocally record coming of the Moshiach and establishing world order
@Adel Are you referring to my answer or to the comment on my answer? In my answer I quoted the Book of Yeshayah (Isaiah), certainly a primary source. In the Tanach, there are numerous primary sources for the Mashiach and the Messianic era. In fact, religions that followed Judaism pick up many ideas from Judaism. For example, Islam's belief in the Messiah (Mahdi) was preceded by Judaism and the prophecies of Jewish prophets by roughly 1500 years (and this is just in reference to those prophets). For example the non-Jewish prophet Bilaam prophesied about the Messiah (as recorded in The Torah):-)
May
21
comment Belief that a dead man will be the Messiah - Kfira?
@Jewels While the belief about Lubavitchers that the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe is (and/or will be) the Mashiach is quite common, I'd recommend you take a look at a book on the subject - amazon.com/Rebbe-Messiah-Scandal-Orthodox-Indifference/dp/…. If you review this book, you will see that while certainly more commonplace (and a very significant issue), the belief of the Rebbe being the Mashiach is still 2nd to a much more significant problem, that while certainly less prevalent, would have major implications on many areas, including kashrus, eidus related issues, among others.
Apr
25
comment Rabbinical suppport for reducing noise at weddings
Absolutely. I would suggest contacting Gedolim and encouraging them to address this issue. Often, some important issues may not receive the attention they deserve, but when a "light" is shined on the issue and attention is called to it, it can quickly get the proper attention. This is also something important I have wanted to have changed for a while (and briefly tried). יישר כוחך and הצלחה רבה for you and any who try to get this issue properly addressed!
Apr
25
comment When Do We Finish Bowing in the Aleinu?
Basically, we bend the knees during the words "ואנחנו כורעים" and bow during the word "ומשתחוים" (Shulchan Shlomo: Siman 132, Sif 2) See my answer below for more.
Apr
25
comment Rabbinical suppport for reducing noise at weddings
@DanF - You are correct about how breaking the glass often (inappropriately) STARTS the music... As we know, breaking the glass is a reminder of how we should limit our simcha in light of the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash, so it is strange that many people take the glass breaking as a "sign" to yell out "mazal tov". I heard of a wedding where the glass was broken earlier (perhaps to avoid it being used as a sign to start the merriment but perhaps also because we are supposed to be reminded at the beginning to put Jerusalem and the Beis HaMikdash above our happiness (Tehillim: 137, 6)).
Mar
13
comment Tanis Esther start on the ELAL flight
Based on Igros Moshe (as quoted in the top link), it appears that his opinion is that the fast ends at Tzeis depending on your location. (See last paragraph in the right column - hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14676&st=&pgnum=410) My Zmanim has a link you can use (if you log in) where you enter your flight info. and it gives the zmanim range based on the flight and actual departure time. Apparently, going east would shorten the fast (and would cause the fast to start earlier) while going west would lengthen the fast (and cause it to start later). Tzom Kal - Have an easy fast.
Feb
11
comment Does an incomplete oath count?
Right, I was thinking that just saying the words quoted, since it doesn't verbally include any prohibition (or statement otherwise) or even specify anything else beyond the statement, that it wouldn't be considered a shevua. However, this is just what I'm thinking, without having looked at any sources to determine what the halacha would be.
Feb
10
comment Does an incomplete oath count?
In terms of creating prohibitions. Again, without actually saying anything aside from what was quoted in the question (in other words, not actually making any statement creating any prohibition or saying that anything should happen/be effected). Stopping short of saying anything beyond the quoted words.
Jan
15
comment Kissing the hand to catch a cold?
@Aryeh Yes. Offer the rabbi constructive criticism in private while showing him respect. Softly rebuking the rabbi is in line with the mitzvah of rebuking a fellow Jew so he does not sin, as it says in The Torah הוכח תוכיח את עמיתך ולא תשא" עליו חטא" (Vayikra: 19; 17). In addition the prohibition of "לא תעמוד על דם רעך" - not standing idly by the blood of your fellow" (19; 16) also refers to protecting others from monetary loss or other harm. (See Rambam Sefer HaMitzvos - Prohibition # 297)
Jan
15
comment Kissing the hand to catch a cold?
@msh210 Perhaps. However, if what he has is not communicable (e.g., asthma) and he says he feels sick, he should clarify that he has something non-communicable like asthma. Typically when someone acts sick and says they are sick, it is because they have something communicable and others should be wary to avoid coming into contact with that person. At the very least, they should be chosheish that the person truly has something that can be caught.
Jan
13
comment Kissing the hand to catch a cold?
By the way, I know of someone in Israel who has the flu now. Little babies can be at much higher risk, so if the rabbi - or anyone else - is irresponsible, that can risk the life of a little baby. It is the obligation of a person to act responsibly so as not to cause harm to others.
Jan
13
comment Kissing the hand to catch a cold?
If the rabbi is shaking hands notwithstanding his having a cold (especially at the present when he has a cold), it is likely such advice would not work. Just inconspicuously explain that you don't want to catch a cold. He should understand.
Jan
2
comment May we intervene with Religious OCD sufferers?
Context is also important - e.g., a person may think they see a problematic behavior engaged by another person but are incorrect due to lack of context.
Jan
2
comment May we intervene with Religious OCD sufferers?
Exactly. I agree. The distinction is necessary. If a person repeats Hashem's Name contrary to halacha - or violates halacha otherwise due to feeling a need to do so, that may indicate a problem - particularly if a person does this regularly for an extended period of time (e.g., over the period of a few years, for example). When judging whether a person is acting contrary to halacha, it is important that the person doing the "judging" be familiar with the halacha to know whether the other individual is acting in line with any halachically acceptable psak.
Jan
2
comment May we intervene with Religious OCD sufferers?
See added introductory note above the answer. I thought that my answer did not appear to be critical of the questioner. However, sometimes when others review an answer, they may see areas that could use added clarification. I appreciate those comments - יישר כחכם!
Jan
2
comment May we intervene with Religious OCD sufferers?
I'll add an intro. sentence clarifying that my answer - where critical - is directed at some people who jump to conclusions about OCD - often with faulty basis - and certainly the criticism is not directed at the questioner. Repeating a sentence of davening 20 times - especially regularly - would certainly be different than a person who spends more time on davening because they say more tefillos and try to have added kavanah. Btw, concerning pausing in Shemoneh Esrei there are limitations (not pausing longer than it takes to recite the entire S"E between b'rachos...) limiting duration of S"E.
Jan
2
comment May we intervene with Religious OCD sufferers?
I was making a general statement and did not refer to the questioner as making any problematic statements with respect to people who may have OCD. I did not criticize the questioner. Instead parts of my answer that were critical are directed at some other people (again, not the questioner) who quickly conclude that a person has (or likely has) OCD using as their guide certain behaviors that may not be "typical" - such as a three hour Shacharis (vs. 45 minutes). By Shacharis, I refer to all of the tefillah, as well as additional tefillos associated with Shacharis, some of which are optional.
May
18
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
18
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.