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Feb
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comment Does Birkas Hamazon eliminate the need for bracha acharona on foods eaten before?
@SAH ...then fruit eaten beforehand (or other foods that would require a blessing if eaten during a meal) would require a borei n'fashos even during the meal (there may be different opinions regarding whether you would even have to recite borei n'fashos after bentching if you forgot to do so beforehand). Dates are an exception; bentching covers them since they are a substantial food. For other non-m'zonos snacks, borei n'fashos would be required (according to most poskim) even if you intended to continue eating them during a meal. (Note: Wine and drinks have different halachos).
Feb
17
comment Does Birkas Hamazon eliminate the need for bracha acharona on foods eaten before?
@SAH Ok, these are complicated halachos where minor details can be significant, and there are differences of opinion, so ultimately CYLOR is in order. Different types of m'zonos foods could have different halachos, but Birkas HaMazon probably covers all m'zonos eaten beforehand at least b'diavad (especially if one intended that the bentching apply to it). I'm not entirely sure of the impact of the fact that you planned on continuing to eat (those same foods?), though not in the context of a meal, but assuming that it counts as not having planned to eat more of it during a meal...
Feb
17
comment What should you do if you accidentally talk between Al Netilas Yadayim and Hamotzi?
@SAH I wonder if washing again might specifically be a problem by retroactively rendering the original washing as not for the purpose of the meal (and the original recitation of al n'tilas yadayim might not be able to apply to the second washing due to the interruption). Even so, there are some opinions that reciting al n'tilas yadayim is mandated for dirty hands even if you are not going to have a meal, so that could be a mitigating factor if someone went and washed a second time (as the first blessing would not be in vain).
Feb
17
comment Does a Jewish woman married to a non-Jew need to cover her hair?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/49279 and judaism.stackexchange.com/a/34547
Feb
17
comment Does Birkas Hamazon eliminate the need for bracha acharona on foods eaten before?
Is this a scenario where you knew from the start that you were going to eat a meal? Also, did you eat the snack as an appetizer?
Feb
17
comment From where do we know that sexual intercourse with a non-jewish woman is forbidden?
See more comments here.
Feb
17
answered How does one say kaddish if he is in the middle of amidah?
Feb
17
comment Can you eat חמץ שעבר עליו פסח?
You may not eat the food (though there is a minority opinion that allows eating the food if you are not the owner, see fn. 2 here)‌​.
Feb
17
revised What should you do if you accidentally talk between Al Netilas Yadayim and Hamotzi?
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Feb
17
answered What should you do if you accidentally talk between Al Netilas Yadayim and Hamotzi?
Feb
17
comment Washing hands for eating pizza
@SAH Many Ashkenazim consider pizza to be פת הבאה בכיסנין, based on the Taz (OC 168:20) who says that the cheese would give it that status. According to this practice, m'zonos would be recited over pizza unless someone eats the pizza as a meal (or eats a quantity large enough that it is generally eaten as a meal rather than a snack; it could also be that an amount of three or four k'beitzim is a ceiling above which it is automatically regarded as a meal).
Feb
17
comment “Am I Jewish​​​?”
@SAH This is about the 1) in your comment. DoubleAA asked and answered this question as a public service because Mi Yodeya frequently gets questions like, "My maternal grandmother was Jewish but she married a Christian. Am I Jewish?", or, "My father's mother was Jewish, and I was raised Jewish. Would I need to convert to be Jewish?" That kind of question can now be redirected here. If you have an edit in mind to improve the clarity of the existing question while maintaining that original intent and purpose of the question, by all means do so.
Feb
17
comment Man and woman bringing out unity in the service of Hashem
See Rav Hirsch's commentary on the Chumash (B'reishis 2:24).
Feb
16
comment Shaking a woman's hand
@Shokhet Is question #2 a duplicate? I'm not so sure. Although perhaps the question should be reversed, since it is essentially trivial that this applies to Jewish women, whereas the applicability of לא תקרבו vis-a-vis a non-Jew is perhaps non-trivial.
Feb
16
answered Zohar and Sholom
Feb
16
comment Are milchigs forbidden on Yom Tov? What about Shavuos?
@DoubleAA Actually, the Darkei T'shuva mentions your #5 explicitly, saying, "since the Zohar prohibits eating meat after dairy in the same meal, it is preferable to avoid the custom" of eating dairy at the Shavu'os meal.
Feb
16
comment Why does almost every community say Lecha Dodi?
@SAH See judaism.stackexchange.com/q/37635 about the origin of the Aishes Chayil tune.
Feb
16
comment Should women kiss the Torah with their hand or with a prayer book?
Some related links: This shiur (starting ~7:45) and this article. More generally: here, here, here, here, and here.
Feb
16
comment Individual Life Mission
Also somewhat related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/34605
Feb
16
answered Definitions of Creative Words