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Aug
26
comment Covering eyes when saying Shema for children
Yes I would go with the gemmaras pshat of Rabbi Yehuda on this one
Aug
26
comment Covering eyes when saying Shema for children
Its meant for concentration so the one who is saying it should do it
Aug
26
comment Hugging a crying close friend of the opposite sex?
There are very prominent poskim who do not allow shaking a womens hand even in a case where one would call it koved habrios(not to,embarrass)to shake her hand,but yet still assur it. I can't see how an orthodox Rabbi would allow it,singing together itself is a question,this type of hugging is also real derech chiba not just a mere handshake(which many still assur)
Aug
22
comment Is Gematria accepted by all?
So the gemarah wanted to be cute!?
Aug
22
comment Is Gematria accepted by all?
Its hard to believe anyone would reject it entirely since Stam nazir is learnt from Gematria in the gemarah
Aug
21
comment Does saying “I promise…” constitute any halachic obligation?
Ha ha,touché...
Aug
21
comment Does saying “I promise…” constitute any halachic obligation?
Masheces Nedarim,Hilchos Shevuos is a good start
Aug
21
revised Is there a halachic problem with the Columbia University seal on the floor of the library?
added 89 characters in body
Aug
21
comment Is there a halachic problem with the Columbia University seal on the floor of the library?
here you can see the sample of coins with the Shem and one from Sweden on bottom - onegshabbat.blogspot.com/2012/08/blog-post_13.html
Aug
21
answered Is there a halachic problem with the Columbia University seal on the floor of the library?
Aug
20
comment Rambam claiming some of Hazal were superstitious
Its the Be'ur HaGra 179:13 beta.hebrewbooks.org/tursa.aspx?a=yd_x5168
Aug
20
comment What constitutes an “Enemy of God”?
It is like an Oved Avoda zara,just about right
Aug
20
comment Rambam claiming some of Hazal were superstitious
I would be surprised,that would be a well known thing
Aug
20
comment Do all Jews claim to be the actual bloodline descendants of The Ancient Israelites?
@eliyah its hard to ascertain the results of dna
Aug
20
comment Do all Jews claim to be the actual bloodline descendants of The Ancient Israelites?
Many Jews can connect themselves to early achronim and those achronim say they are connected to a certain Rishon and that Rishon says they are from the tribe of Yehuda,so yes many can trace themselves back
Aug
19
comment Validity of Houston Kabbalah centers?
Rav Yaakov Hillel author of faith and folly who certainly is a real mekubal writes strongly against those who claim to be mekubalim and get large sums of money. The fact they are learning kabbalah in English is a major sign.one can type in kabbalah in Wikipedia and read the whole thing and become a "kabbalist"
Aug
14
comment Did Avrahom fail the test?
NO!!!!!!........
Aug
14
comment Do spirits/souls have genders?
This may indicate the same ,Mishna Brurah 23:5 ה) של קבר - ואפילו בקבר של קטן יש להחמיר משום לועג לרש דשמא נשמת אדם גדול הוא אבל בקבר אשה דבחייה ג"כ פטורה ליכא משום לועג לרש:
Aug
14
answered Tucking in Tekheles
Aug
13
comment What precisely is meant by “G-d can do anything”?
Start here m.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/904960/jewish/…