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Apr
10
comment Does halakhah forbid Jews from eating pets that die naturally?
On a practical note, I've never heard of anyone (besides Homer Simpson) eating their dead aquatic pet.
Apr
10
comment How can two contradictory ideas exist in Matzah?
Perhaps Rabban Gamliel maintains that the primary meaning of lechem oni is לחם שעונין עליו דברים הרבה (P'sachim 115b)? Anyway, this article makes the point that the slavery/freedom dichotomy extends to many elements of the seder, so the question may be generalized.
Apr
10
comment What does it mean that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart?
Also, for some examples of articles that discuss some of the major views among the rishonim on this, see here, here, here, and here.
Apr
10
comment What does it mean that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart?
Highly related (duplicate?): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/12200
Apr
9
comment When have I started Shemoneh Esrei?
@YEZ Incidentally, see this answer, which discusses when the t'filla ends.
Apr
9
comment When have I started Shemoneh Esrei?
@YEZ The custom of taking three steps forward before prayer is found in Machzor Vitry (21): מפסיע לפניו שלש פסיעות [ו]לאחריו דכת' ורגליהם רגל ישרה הרי שלש רגלים ושלש פסיעות קודם תפלה ואחר כך ישרה... כשהוא מגיע לפניו ממהר ומפסיע שלש פסיעות ואחר כך השתחוו לו במגן אברהם וכף רגליה[ם] ככף רגל עגל הרי שלש פסיעות לאחר תפלה מל(א)כי צבאות ידודון ידודון בהליכה ידודון בחזרה וכמה ג' פרסאות בהליכה כנגד מחנה ישראל וכנגדן אנו עושין ג' פסיעות בהליכה ובחזרה. This is brought down by the Rokeach (Hil. T'filla 322) and mentioned in a gloss on OC 95:1. The steps simply appear to be preparation for t'filla...
Apr
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revised Borrowing vs renting Money
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Apr
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answered Borrowing vs renting Money
Apr
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comment Borrowing vs renting Money
@DoubleAA If you think it merits a separate answer... ok.
Apr
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comment Davening a long shemoneh esrei and missing ameins
@Lee Well, even if the congregation is praying at a reasonable pace, one should still in fact lengthen his prayers if that is necessary for him to concentrate. He should just try to train himself to eventually concentrate faster, though. I thought that your summary might be read to imply otherwise, hence my comment.
Apr
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comment Borrowing vs renting Money
If he returns the same actual coins, and is borrowing them for a non-financial, non-transactional purpose (e.g. displaying them for a museum show), then he can rent the money (ShA YD 176:1).
Apr
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comment Borrowing vs renting Money
@DoubleAA Not if used like this. :)
Apr
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comment Borrowing vs renting Money
@DoubleAA See pp. 195-196.
Apr
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comment Borrowing vs renting Money
@DoubleAA מלוה להוצאה ניתנה?
Apr
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comment Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
@AvrohomYitzchok The Rambam (1:3) says that "it is forbidden for a borrower to take a loan for no reason and then just waste it the principle so that he will have no means of repayment." You can't assume that, just because a person is destitute, he wants a loan just to fritter it away on nonsense. It's more than likely that he wants to use the loan to help get himself out of poverty. If a poor person was automatically considered a deadbeat, the Rambam never would have written (1:1): "The Torah was strict on someone who refrains from lending to the destitute."
Apr
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comment Davening a long shemoneh esrei and missing ameins
A crucial omission from your English summary: The Kitzur writes that a slow congregant should make efforts to become accustomed to being able to concentrate at a faster pace. By implication, until he is actually successful in doing so, the need for at least a minimal level of concentration (i.e. attention to the plain meaning of the words) takes precedence over answering amein to d'varim she'bikdusha. See also Sha'arei T'shuva (OC 52:1) who writes that the need to concentrate takes precedence, though one should try to time his prayers so that he can answer to bar'chu and k'dusha.
Apr
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Apr
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comment May one eat eggs purchased on Passover?
+1 and thank you. I thought both answers were of approximately equal quality, but the link in Gershon's answer is a bit more detailed so I awarded him the bounty.
Apr
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comment Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
@AvrohomYitzchok You are required to give loans to those who are destitute. See M'chilta (Sh'mos 20:22): רבי ישמעאל אומר, כל אם שבתורה רשות חוץ משלשה... כיוצא בו, אם כסף תלוה את עמי את העני עמך וגו' חובה. אתה אומר חובה, או אינו אלא רשות תלמוד לומר העבט תעביטנו, חובה ולא רשות. This is echoed by the Rambam (Hil. Malveh v'Loveh 1:1). See also CM 97.
Apr
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comment May one eat eggs purchased on Passover?
The link to an article re. the Badatz is here, but it's a secondary source, and it's not clear whether they also insist that people purchase their eggs before Pesach. | Do you happen to know of any Ashkenazi rulings re. egg purchase on Pesach? Thanks again and +1!