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Nov
10
answered Is there a connection between Hagar's distance and Yishmael's profession?
Nov
5
comment If Lev Melech B'yad Hashem, why bother voting?
@YEZ I don't know if indiscriminate voting is an appropriate expression of hakaras hatov. Participating in the democratic process while giving due consideration to the issues involved shows hakaras hatov even if an individual vote is extremely unlikely to independently affect the outcome.
Nov
5
comment What did Rambam say about non-Jews putting on tefilin?
@Shokhet Maybe they are. It seems like there might be a slight difference in emphasis, though. This one asks about non-Jews and safeik non-Jews (though I don't really understand the safeik in this question). The other question asks about non-Jews, too, but it also asks about people studying for conversion.
Nov
5
comment What is the rationale to continue saying Yekum Purkan in its present state
@Shokhet Rashi (K'suvos 111a, s.v. כך אסור לצאת מבבל) implies that "Bavel" in this sort of context can be a generic reference to Torah centers in the diaspora: לפי שיש שם ישיבות המרביצות תורה תמיד.
Sep
16
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
15
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
27
comment Can I say kiddush levana during daylight hours if the moon is visible?
@YDK The Machatzis HaShekel ad loc. indicates that the time when the moon is shining brightly probably equates exactly to after tzeis (when three medium stars are visible).
Aug
22
comment Cashier error - is it my responsibility to go back?
Note that the question does not ask about a non-Jewish owner of the store who made a mistake at his own expense. It asks about a cashier (presumably not the owner) who made a mistake at the expense of the owner of the store.
Aug
22
comment What does one do if he makes a mistake in Brachos before Birkas HaTorah?
@DoubleAA The general recommendation to conclude with למדני חוקיך, as mentioned by the Ritva (Ta'anis 3b, in the name of Rabbeinu Yonah) and Rabbeinu Yerucham (Toldos Adam v'Chava 16:2) and as cited by later poskim such as the Chayei Adam (1:24:6,8), suggests that it is a problem.
Aug
22
comment If masturbation is so bad, why is it not in list of 613 Mitzvos?
@Yishai The literal interpretation of that gemara (א"ר יוחנן כל המוציא שכבת זרע לבטלה חייב מיתה) is not the only one. The gemara may have used "death penalty" non-literally to express the severity of the sin (along the lines of this answer).
Aug
21
comment What does one do if he makes a mistake in Brachos before Birkas HaTorah?
@DoubleAA True, assuming he doesn't continue. He would still be מוציא שם שמים לבטלה though.
Jul
25
comment Davening and Krias Shema with a sore on the lip or throat
@YEZ It's a noun meaning "things that are needed or wanted". It's the plural of desideratum.
Jul
24
comment Is there any reason to deny aliens?
Highly related:judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9197
Jul
24
reviewed Approve suggested edit on The Seder of Tomchei Temimim
Jul
24
answered Does learning Torah or doing Mitzvos protect others from enemies?
Jul
24
comment When does a מעריב-misser say שמונה עשרה?
If he did end up saying "למנצח" and "ובא לציון", he should then repeat "אשרי", since one should recite the amida amidst "דברי תנחומין של תורה" (i.e. "אשרי" when "סמיכת גאולה לתפילה" is not an option, see Shulchan Aruch 93:2).
Jul
24
comment Rav Moshe on mechitzah and kalus rosh
In responsum #41, as well as in #39 earlier, R' Moshe indicates that m'chitzos are required to avoid kalus rosh where there are large and necessary gatherings of men and women. In responsum #41, he indicates that weddings are likely different (based on an inference from P'sachim 86b). It seems the rationale is that crowds are not halachically required to gather at weddings as they are for prayer at a shul. Further, if the reason to prevent kalus rosh is due to מורא מקדש (which applies e.g. to prayer and Torah study in a shul), that would not apply at a wedding.
Jul
24
comment Kosher flavored beer without certification on the bottle?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/4935
Jul
23
comment When does a מעריב-misser say תחנון?
On days with Torah reading, another question would be whether the person should go straight from tachanun to ashrei to the tashlumin, skipping the Torah reading.