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Mar
27
comment Aesthetics and chukoseihem
As you noted in the comments there, the notion of pagan origins of braided loaves is dubious.
Mar
27
comment “There is no question in the world whose answer cannot be found in Torah”
@user6591 Heh, yup. See the original comment from R' Chaim Volozhiner here: "כן התורה למשל מדין סוכה יכולים להוציא להתיר עגונה וכדומה".
Mar
27
comment Do the laws of shmirat ha-lashon and the principle of diyyun le-khaf zekhut protect criminals?
@Maimonist My comment wasn't to put your experiences on trial. There is a halachic distinction between if you observe something yourself and if you do not, and your comment will help people tailor their answers accordingly per your clarification of what you meant in the OP.
Mar
27
comment Do the laws of shmirat ha-lashon and the principle of diyyun le-khaf zekhut protect criminals?
When you say you have "experienced circumstances," do you mean by this phrasing that you personally witnessed "a rabbinic or Hasidic figure [who] committed grave errors or sins," or is your knowledge second or third-hand (or based on information publicized in the press)?
Mar
27
comment Do the laws of shmirat ha-lashon and the principle of diyyun le-khaf zekhut protect criminals?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/35518 (see the answer there, and this comment).
Mar
27
comment Maror- common lettuce
See this answer, where Shalom says that R' Yaakov Kaminetsky ate iceberg lettuce for maror. Also this article and this article mention the claim that R' Aharon Kotler ate iceberg lettuce for maror.
Mar
24
comment When was the one time the Jewish people did not fast on Yom Kippur?
Mo'ed Katan 9a.
Mar
23
comment Custom of singing Aishes Chayil before kiddush
Closely related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/987. Somewhat related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1798 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/45869.
Mar
23
comment Are all answers in the Torah?
Note that there are different ways to interpret that mishna (e.g. in this comment).
Mar
23
comment What can be done with my annoying smoke detector on Shabbos?
...If one is unsure re. the risk involved in leaving the detector in place, it's probably best to err on the side of safety and tolerate the nuisance (sorta related to Shulchan Aruch OC 329:3, 328:2). See also here.
Mar
23
comment What can be done with my annoying smoke detector on Shabbos?
@Daniel Since the OP mentioned that the chirping is disturbing, leaving it alone might present an oneg Shabbos problem. Of course, any significant risk to life would trump all other concerns. But, as you mentioned, the risk from muffling or moving a smoke detector for one night/day is likely to be exceptionally small (though this risk may vary based on factors such as the number of functioning smoke detectors in the residence and the presence and nature of any fire risks and hazards there).
Mar
23
comment Are all answers in the Torah?
Closely related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/52550, as well as judaism.stackexchange.com/q/52553.
Mar
23
comment Can one accept Muhammad and remain Jewish?
@dotancohen The top answer there indicates that a Jew cannot adhere to Judaism and Buddhism simultaneously. Regarding Islam specifically, see my comments here and here.
Mar
23
comment Can one accept Muhammad and remain Jewish?
I'm not sure what you mean by "remain Jewish," but here are some possible duplicates: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/33467 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/29341 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/28825. Also related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/28694 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/26745.
Mar
22
comment Is tofu cheese “kitniyot” on Passover?
Nice edit, +1, though I'm still uncertain about R' Lior.
Mar
22
comment Is tofu cheese “kitniyot” on Passover?
... And though Link 1 claims R' Lior agrees with him that soybeans are definitively not kitniyos, the footnote he uses to support this only says that R' Lior gave R' Yehuda's essay generic praise. Either way, it's clear that there are those who permit soy as non-kitniyos, and those who don't.
Mar
22
comment Is tofu cheese “kitniyot” on Passover?
You are right about Link 1, I didn't notice that before. Regarding link 3, I don't think the following is a clear indication that R' Lior considers soybeans definitively non-kitnoyos (by, "therefore... the prohibition of kitniyos doesn't apply to them," I think he just means according to those poskim): "לפי הרבה מהפוסקים האחרונים, סויה אינה בכלל קטניות... אי-לכך, מה שלא היה בכלל הגזירה בזמנם, לא חל עליו איסור קטניות בזמננו. בנוסף, גם לפוסקים המחמירים בסויה לאוסרו מדין קטניות, כל זמן שהקטניות לא באו במגע עם מים, מותר לאכלם"...
Mar
22
comment Source for the story about the Satmar Rebbe
Regarding your original question, see נהג כצאן יוסף (see #9 on the linked page, though it doesn't identify the Satmar Rebbe's as such).
Mar
22
comment are you allowed to say Beth EL
@msh210 Perhaps. I suppose I read that question too quickly the first time around.
Mar
22
comment Source for the story about the Satmar Rebbe
I saw somewhere R' Ben Zion Mutzafi quoted R' Ya'akov Emden as applying that verse to people who do not differentiate (which would of course predate the Satmar Rebbe).