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May
13
comment What to do if mother-in-law is singing at meal?
@cham If by "they" you mean the Y'rei'im, et al., they didn't permit listening to non-Jewish women singing. They said that a person does not have to stop their Torah learning if they are within earshot. I suppose that's relevant to this question insofar as there is a difference between listening and hearing; if a mother-in-law singing z'miros is kol isha, there are more options besides either listening for enjoyment or fleeing the room in apparent terror (e.g. staying in the room for shalom bayis, but not focusing on or actively trying to listen to one's mother-in-law singing).
May
13
comment What to do if mother-in-law is singing at meal?
@Scimonster I wouldn't call it "no issue." At most, I would say there are some who permit.
May
13
comment What to do if mother-in-law is singing at meal?
I assume there would be a distinction between one's mother (for example) and one's mother in law.
May
13
comment Why are there few female circumcisers these days?
Well, if she's a doctor who performs medical circumcisions anyway, she might spend time studying the process. +1.
May
13
comment Why does one have to put on Tefillin every day?
@DoubleAA Interesting. Good point.
May
12
comment Bishul Akum and Scrambled Eggs
Note that the standard for אינו עולה על שולחן מלכים may vary with changing mores over time and locale (in support of this, see for e.g. Chochmas Adam 66:4 "כללו של דבר הכל הולך אחר המקום מה שדרך לאכול באותו מקום" and Aruch HaShulchan YD 113:18). Even so, I'd say that scrambled eggs nowadays probably do qualify as עולה על שולחן מלכים.
May
12
comment Why does one have to put on Tefillin every day?
@Yishai I didn't look at the Tosafos carefully, but isn't that discussing tying the t'fillin knot(s) (even according to R' Eliyahu, who says it must be done daily)?
May
11
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
@SethJ Perhaps a tanna tuna (pictured here)?
May
11
comment What are we supposed to do with idolatry in Israel?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14443
May
11
comment Who came up with this story?
@user6591 The RTL for the Hebrew text on that page is weird, so maybe that's why the text would appear messed up in some browsers.
May
11
comment Who came up with this story?
See footnote 3 on this page.
May
11
comment Correcting a Rebbe who is learning during חזרת הש"ץ
@user6591 A peripheral benefit of that approach is that it is an appropriate mode of inquiry even if the rebbe is right.
May
10
comment How do observant Jews entertain themselves?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks very much for this answer! I know many people can attest to R' Aharon Lichtenstein's basketball playing, as well as the positive character traits and derech eretz he demonstrated in the process (such as mentioned in Rabbi Genack's recollection here).
May
7
comment in process learning enough to actually get to teshuva.. but conversion vs. giyur lechumra?
Are you asking about differences in the process between regular conversion and giyur l'chumra ("just-in-case conversion"), or about differences in the criteria that determine which one is applicable to a given individual?
May
7
comment If Muslims believe in the True God as the Jews then wouldnt that make Islam the true religion and Muhammed a true prophet
@Mefaresh As I mentioned above, this doesn't absolve a ben Noach from the obligation to serve HaShem because He commanded it, but, so long as a person doesn't actively transgress, perhaps the dominant factor in determining a share in the World to Come is the principle of אין הקב"ה מקפח שכר כל בריה (B"K 38b). (Even if the Rambam disagrees with the TY and indicates that such a person does not automatically merit guaranteed World to Come, the Rambam may agree that it is still possible for him to get a portion in the WTC).
May
7
comment If Muslims believe in the True God as the Jews then wouldnt that make Islam the true religion and Muhammed a true prophet
@Mefaresh Yes, I know that Rambam; it's the one we've been discussing. The Tif'eres Yisrael (mentioned here) seems to have a more relaxed standard for חסידי אומות העולם, although perhaps even the Rambam would agree that being a great person who saves lives (for example) may be an alternate route to being included among the חסידי אומות העולם...
May
7
comment If Muslims believe in the True God as the Jews then wouldnt that make Islam the true religion and Muhammed a true prophet
@Mefaresh Interesting piece - thanks for pointing it out to me. I understand the requirement that a person's motivation should be to fulfill HaShem's command. However, my point stands that a non-Jew fulfilling the 7 laws by logic might still be able to merit the World to Come via some other merit (e.g. saving lives, being kind, etc.) even though he has not affirmatively merited the World to Come via properly motivated fulfillment of the 7 laws (since he has also not actively forfeited his opportunity for an afterlife by transgressing the seven laws).
May
7
comment If Muslims believe in the True God as the Jews then wouldnt that make Islam the true religion and Muhammed a true prophet
@Mefaresh Did you mean to ping Danno? (Also, although I agree with your point, I'll just incidentally mention that the Rambam isn't necessarily saying that someone who observes the 7 laws out of logic cannot merit the World to Come. Rather, someone who only observes the laws out of logic is not guaranteed an automatic share in the World to Come according to the Rambam).
May
7
comment Why is the term שליט“א more commonly used for a rav than the term נ”י?
@Yishai Isn't that more of a secondary, hinted meaning (or perhaps even an ex post facto etymology)? (Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/30999).
May
7
comment Was the Aruch Hashulchan Sephardic?
@147zcbm He sometimes mentions Ashkenazim first, too. If you want to understand his view on the matter, see what he writes in OC 68:3 and 89:7.