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Apr
9
comment Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
@AvrohomYitzchok The Rambam (1:3) says that "it is forbidden for a borrower to take a loan for no reason and then just waste it the principle so that he will have no means of repayment." You can't assume that, just because a person is destitute, he wants a loan just to fritter it away on nonsense. It's more than likely that he wants to use the loan to help get himself out of poverty. If a poor person was automatically considered a deadbeat, the Rambam never would have written (1:1): "The Torah was strict on someone who refrains from lending to the destitute."
Apr
9
comment Davening a long shemoneh esrei and missing ameins
A crucial omission from your English summary: The Kitzur writes that a slow congregant should make efforts to become accustomed to being able to concentrate at a faster pace. By implication, until he is actually successful in doing so, the need for at least a minimal level of concentration (i.e. attention to the plain meaning of the words) takes precedence over answering amein to d'varim she'bikdusha. See also Sha'arei T'shuva (OC 52:1) who writes that the need to concentrate takes precedence, though one should try to time his prayers so that he can answer to bar'chu and k'dusha.
Apr
9
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Apr
9
comment May one eat eggs purchased on Passover?
+1 and thank you. I thought both answers were of approximately equal quality, but the link in Gershon's answer is a bit more detailed so I awarded him the bounty.
Apr
9
comment Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
@AvrohomYitzchok You are required to give loans to those who are destitute. See M'chilta (Sh'mos 20:22): רבי ישמעאל אומר, כל אם שבתורה רשות חוץ משלשה... כיוצא בו, אם כסף תלוה את עמי את העני עמך וגו' חובה. אתה אומר חובה, או אינו אלא רשות תלמוד לומר העבט תעביטנו, חובה ולא רשות. This is echoed by the Rambam (Hil. Malveh v'Loveh 1:1). See also CM 97.
Apr
8
comment May one eat eggs purchased on Passover?
The link to an article re. the Badatz is here, but it's a secondary source, and it's not clear whether they also insist that people purchase their eggs before Pesach. | Do you happen to know of any Ashkenazi rulings re. egg purchase on Pesach? Thanks again and +1!
Apr
8
comment May one eat eggs purchased on Passover?
Thank you. I saw a similar p'sak by R' Mordechai Eliyahu zt"l here. In both instances, they indicate a preference for eggs that do not have stamps that might have grain alcohol in the ink. The Badatz seems to insist that people should only purchase eggs with stamps that are certified as chametz-free. This contrasts with the ruling of the London Beth Din (cited above) and the Tnuva website who say that there is no problem since all of the alcohol evaporates immediately after stamping...
Apr
8
comment When have I started Shemoneh Esrei?
@YEZ However, see Rav P'alim (4:4) that when there is no issue of סמיכת גאולה לתפילה, one may interrupt after ה' שפתי to respond to kadish and then repeat the pasuk: ואשר שאלתם על אשר כתוב בס' בן איש חי בהלכות שנה ראשונה פ' ויקהל אות יו"ד בתפלת המנחה אם התחיל פסוק ה' שפתי תפתח ועדיין לא התחיל בברכה ושמע קדיש וכו' יענה ויחזור לומר ה' שפתי תפתח וכו' ונסתפקתם אם דין זה נוהג גם בתפלת מוסף דאין שם סמיכות גאולה לתפלה או לאו. תשובה: פשוט הוא דדין זה נוהג גם בתפלת מוסף כיון דהטעם הוא שוה כאן וכאן דבשניהם אין חשש משום סמיכות גאולה לתפלה.
Apr
8
comment When have I started Shemoneh Esrei?
@YEZ See nos'ei keilim on OC 111 regarding the status of ה' שפתי as part of the amida. Especially see Bi'ur Halacha (111, s.v. chozeir v'omeir) that it is not an essential enough element of the amida that it is m'akeiv the t'filla, but it is an element of the amida in the sense that it does not create a hefseik between g'ula and t'filla. See Divrei Chamudos on the Rosh (first perek of B'rachos, 53) that even according to the opinions that one may answer amein to the chazan after גאל ישראל, one may not answer if one has already recited ה' שפתי...
Apr
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Apr
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comment When have I started Shemoneh Esrei?
@Eliyahu True, the Tashbetz Kattan (§227) cites the Maharam miRothenberg that no pasuk except for ה' שפתי should be recited between g'ula and t'filla even during Ma'ariv: מהר"ם ז"ל אומר לעולם ה' שפתי תפתח בין בשחרית בין בערבית קודם תפלת ש"ע כיון דתקינו רבנן יתיה בתפלה כתפלה אריכתא דמיא ולא הוי הפסק. אבל אינו אומר כי שם ה' אקרא וכו' בשום פעם. כיון דלא תקינוהו רבנן הוי הפסק. ובמוסף ובמנחה אומר כי שם ה' אקרא וכו' אבל בתפלת מעריב אינו אומר דהוי הפסק אפילו לר' יוחנן דאמר תפלת ערבית רשות מ"מ כיון שהוא מתפלל מודה רבי יוחנן שמצוה לסמוך גאולה לתפלה
Apr
7
comment When have I started Shemoneh Esrei?
@YEZ Indeed I do (it's based on B'rachos 9b). There's some reyd in the poskim about the function and nature of ה' שפתי, so it may not be absolutely clear cut. Further, even if ה' שפתי is attached to the amida that you are saying, that doesn't necessarily mean that you can't start over and say it another time if you've already said it once; it's just a pasuk.
Apr
7
comment May one eat eggs purchased on Passover?
@AvrohomYitzchok The reason given by Nooch is one that you often hear people throw around (but it isn't specified in the linked pamphlet from R' Eidlitz). The reason doesn't even make sense, since there would be no bitul even before Pesach since the residue is b'eyn on the outside of the egg and no lach b'lach ta'aroves occurs prior to Pesach. That said, R' Moshe Feinstein (cited above) encouraged people to rinse their eggs before cooking on Pesach due to the chance that there might be residue on the outside (but it's a small chance, since the eggs are cleaned industrially prior to sale).
Apr
7
answered What does והבוכ"ע mean?
Apr
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Apr
7
answered First Use of the Phrase “Cheit HaMeraglim”
Apr
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comment What is it about egg matzos that makes them forbidden to Ashkenazim?
Slightly related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27413 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/26909 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/447
Apr
6
comment why does Ruth 1:8 use עמדי instead of עמי?
See the below table, which excludes unwanted word forms for a better comparison. Feel free to incorporate it into your answer, if you like, in which case I can just go ahead and delete my answer.
Apr
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Apr
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answered why does Ruth 1:8 use עמדי instead of עמי?