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Jul
23
comment Is Leviticus 19:16 a negative commandment?
Yes, I meant "spiritual danger" along the same lines as the Chafetz Chayim you cited, i.e. danger to the soul from not following the Torah. However, R' Elchanan was talking about something a bit different (and the Chafetz Chayim also mentioned this at the end of the piece): physical danger that can result from spiritual deficiencies. See here. @YEZ
Jul
23
revised Who certified this yogurt as kosher?
edited per Yishai's comment
Jul
23
answered Who certified this yogurt as kosher?
Jul
22
comment Does learning Torah or doing Mitzvos protect others from enemies?
R' Elchanan Wasserman wrote a letter to the Tz'irei Yisrael youth group in the Spring of 1939 indicating that Torah study provides protection from physical harm and therefore involves lo sa'amod al dam rei'echa (see the introduction to Koveitz Shi'urim): במכתב... הוא מבאר כי סיבת הסיבות של כל הצרות הבאות עלינו היא שכחת התורה ושלכן חיזוק לימוד התורה הוא הצלה גם במובן גשמי ושהעמידה מרחוק בענין הזה יש בו משום לא תעמוד על דם רעך כפשוטו.
Jul
22
comment Is Leviticus 19:16 a negative commandment?
I've seen this extended to spiritual danger, too, though I don't recall a source offhand. (Though R' Elchanan Wasserman wrote a letter to the Tz'irei Yisrael youth group in 1939 indicating that Torah study provides protection from physical harm and therefore involves לא תעמוד).
Jul
22
comment Is Leviticus 19:16 a negative commandment?
This is a case where avoiding a לאו requires action.
Jul
22
reviewed Edit suggested edit on When is the Halacha like Raba and when like Abaye?
Jul
22
revised When is the Halacha like Raba and when like Abaye?
Added the actual phrase and it's translation. Corrected 52b to 52a. Added links to Soncino.
Jul
22
reviewed Approve suggested edit on May a surgeon who needs to do surgery on Shabbat correct the time on his watch?
Jul
22
comment Sephardi Minhag of Boy Taking Maftir at Age 9
...For more on the age of chinuch in general, see here and here.
Jul
22
comment Sephardi Minhag of Boy Taking Maftir at Age 9
@Larry A translation of the Mishna B'rura (284:7) can be found here. The MB doesn't elaborate on the exact age necessary, though. Regarding the age of chinuch in general, see Gitin (59a), Yoma (82a), Rashi (Arachin 2b, s.v. שהגיע לחינוך), and Tosafos (ibid.).
Jul
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is it possible for a man to convert to Judaism without circumcision?
Jul
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can dew really make an eggshell fly?
Jul
21
comment Asking someone to do melacha for you
An answer here: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/14606 . Perhaps that question, though more general, is a duplicate. Also related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/13513
Jul
18
comment Welcoming non-Jewish guests
Special case: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27094
Jul
18
comment Unclean — Consequences
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25714
Jul
18
revised Tefillin and Knots
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Jul
18
comment Tefillin and Knots
@ChiddusheiTorah Siman 27, as mentioned by Roaming Bear in #1.
Jul
18
comment Being intoxicated a Sin?
The Orchos Tzadikim (Sha'ar haSimcha) has an interesting discussion on the vices and virtues of drinking.
Jul
18
comment Being intoxicated a Sin?
Regarding the Rambam's position on Purim, see this comment and the subsequent comments. Additionally, there are plenty of other opinions that hold one should not get drunk on Purim (see this comment and the following one).