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Dec
19
comment Tefillin right before sunset
Although the P'ri M'gadim was uncertain whether someone who already laid תפילין earlier that day may put them on again during בין השמשות, he said that someone who had not worn תפילין that day may put them on during that period. The Magen Avraham implies that a person may lay תפילין l'chatchila during בין השמשות under any circumstances (Mishna B'rura 30:3).
Dec
19
revised Cooking nat-bar-nat food in an opposite-type pot
added Tehila L'Dovid reference target
Dec
19
comment Can conversion be revoked?
+1. Just to clarify: If the person was acting in a manner at the time of their conversion that demonstrated that they were not sincere in accepting mitzva observance, they are simply not Jewish. The conversion isn't revoked by the beis din; the conversion was never valid to begin with. If a person did sincerely accept mitzva observance and only later on changed their mind and stopped observing mitzvos, they are still Jewish. No beis din could change that, nor would any beis din try to change that.
Dec
19
revised Is it true that it is 'Hiddur Mitzvah' to have the Hanukkah lights stay lit for longer?
made translation more exact
Dec
18
comment What constitutes a shinui?
Here you go.
Dec
17
comment What constitutes a shinui?
IINM, you're looking for a different "חידושי הר"ן" - the one thought to be written by תלמידי הרמב"ן. The quote (cited here, here, and here): ואיכא למידק דהכא פטרי' במי שאינו שולט בשתי ידיו אם כתב בשמאל ואילו המוציא בין בימינו בין בשמאלו חייב וי"ל דהוצאה מלתא שכיחא היא לשמאל כמו לימין אבל כתיבה שהיא מלאכה דקה לאו אורח ארעא למיכתב בשמאל.
Dec
17
comment Where are the lost tribes?
A couple of relevant sources are Sanhedrin 110b (starting with the Mishna, עשרת השבטים אינן עתידין לחזור) and 94a (startingלהיכא אגלי להו). Also see the entry "עשרת השבטים" in Wikipedia.
Dec
17
reviewed Approve shinuy-deviation tag wiki excerpt
Dec
17
answered What does the word Dochak mean?
Dec
17
comment What does the word Dochak mean?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1731
Dec
16
comment Is it true that it is 'Hiddur Mitzvah' to have the Hanukkah lights stay lit for longer?
@DoubleAA Regarding option 2, the Rav proposed that even עד שתכלה רגל מן השוק as based on a public presence in the marketplace might be variable and depend on how long people in contemporary society stay out at night. I think the Rav commented that there were places in Manhattan that were bustling until 2 a.m., thus possibly extending the time of עד שתכלה רגל מן השוק. Theoretically. So yes, there could be two tracks - one for the public and the other for the household. Rabbeinu Shimshon was referring to the second track.
Dec
16
answered Is it true that it is 'Hiddur Mitzvah' to have the Hanukkah lights stay lit for longer?
Dec
15
awarded  Enlightened
Dec
15
comment Theological Justification for Discrimination against Sephardim?
Your title implies general discrimination against Sephardim, but the body of your question asks about instances of segregating Ashkenazi and Sephardi schoolgirls or artificially maintaining a substantial Ashkenazi majority in Ashkenazi run schools. Are you asking only for the rationale that the schools give for the latter?
Dec
15
comment Theological Justification for Discrimination against Sephardim?
I strongly question that the reason in the first paragraph ever plays a significant role, and the reason in the third paragraph is probably also minor or absent in most cases. The main reason why certain schools discriminate against Sephardi students is related to what you mentioned in your second paragraph; they want to protect the integrity of Ashkenazic Chareidi customs, nuscha'os, and practices against influences from the customs of other communities.
Dec
15
comment What if you miss the bracha on shechita?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/20420 . Your first question is a duplicate of the second question there, and is answered here: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/20425
Dec
10
comment Stealing something that could be considered offensive
@NoachmiFrankfurt It was in fact placed there by a Neturei Karta person. There's no way the Eidah HaCharedis would ever put up such a flag.
Dec
10
comment Killing gentile under threat of death
@Matt According to Reb Chaim's preferred understanding of מאי חזית as involving mutually counteracting פיקוח נפש, it could be that considerations of איבה would counteract the Jew's פיקוח נפש and thus remove any justification for רציחה of the non-Jew.
Dec
10
comment Killing gentile under threat of death
@Matt Just to mention this explicitly, the Meshech Chochma implies (IIRC) that there is a two-fold divine death penalty for murdering a non-Jew: one for murder and the other for chilul HaShem. Since the violator's eventual death would only satisfy the punishment for chilul HaShem, it is left to Heaven to impose on the violator's soul an alternative punishment to the theoretical divine death penalty for murder. (I suppose this is against the opinion of R' Nechunya ben Hakana regarding קם ליה בדרבה מיניה on K'suvos 30a).
Dec
9
comment Killing gentile under threat of death
Self-preservation? The Kesef Mishneh is quoting the Mechilta (Mishpatim): איסי בן עקיבא אומר קודם מתן תורה היינו מוזהרים על שפיכות דמים לאחר מתן תורה תחת שהוחמרו הוקלו? באמת אמרו פטור מדיני בשר ודם ודינו מסור לשמים. Regardless, your answer doesn't address מאי חזית, which is the basis of yeihareig v'al ya'avor.