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Oct
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comment Hiding pregnancy during the first 3 months
I didn't realize the ayin hara was an independent entity. Am I wrong, or did you perhaps mean sitra achra or some such?
Oct
1
comment Hiding pregnancy during the first 3 months
The gemara (Nidda 8b and elsewhere) mentions that a woman's pregnancy is not visible to others until three months have elapsed: וכמה הכרת העובר? סומכוס אומר משום רבי מאיר: שלשה חדשים, ואע"פ שאין ראיה לדבר זכר לדבר, שנאמר ויהי כמשלש חדשים.
Sep
25
comment Issues of Tumah vis a vis non-Jewish human remains
מועדים לשמחה. According to Tosafos (Y'vamos 61a, s.v. Mimaga), there is a machlokes between R' Shimon and the Chachamim, and we follow the sages who say they are מטמאין באהל. The Rambam (Shu"t 145) disagrees and holds that the Chachamim agree with R' Shimon that non-Jewish remains do not transmit tum'ah via ohel. Beit Yosef (YD 372:2; see also Sh"A, ibid.) discusses opinions of the rishonim on this and inclines toward the stringent view.
Sep
24
comment Amailut (trying hard/ toiling) to learn Torah
מועדים לשמחה and welcome to Mi Yodeya! Regarding your interesting question, consider that hard work does not imply inefficient work (which might itself be considered a form of bitul Torah). If you work efficiently and with others, there will still be plenty of Torah left for you to learn and you will also be able to study your topic at a higher level. Further, the Talmud is replete with exhortations for people to study together with others. That said, see B'rachos 63b regarding hard work:כתתו עצמכם על דברי תורה כדאמר ריש לקיש... אין דברי תורה מתקיימין אלא במי שממית עצמו עליה.
Sep
18
comment What is the correct order of directions for shaking the lulav?
Further, some follow the custom of the Arizal: Right, left, forward, up, down, backward. (Generally, one should ideally face east when performing the na'anu'im regardless of the minhag for the order).
Sep
18
answered What is the correct order of directions for shaking the lulav?
Sep
18
awarded  Revival
Sep
18
revised Decorative food plating on Shabbath
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Sep
18
answered Decorative food plating on Shabbath
Sep
17
comment How does a giyur lchumra differ from a regular conversion?
Highly related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27645 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25851. Also related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25824
Sep
17
comment In light of modern science, why is bee honey still kosher?
Rennet from a non-kosher animal renders the cheese non-kosher. Also, see this answer.
Sep
17
comment I “stole” an ice cube. What can I do for Kaparah?
@JeffreyLevine It's an interesting news item, but the only similarity between that case and this one is that they involve ice. Also, you should be able to delete your first comment if you want to (by clicking on the x that appears when you hold the cursor over the comment).
Sep
17
comment Neilah tefillah shabbas nusach of בו
@Daniel Mine says bo in both places. I'm looking at the first edition, fourth impression (1996).
Sep
16
comment I “stole” an ice cube. What can I do for Kaparah?
See Me'iras Einayim (CM 367:3) and Be'er Heitiv (367:4), who discuss a machlokes re. whether a person who stole must go far out of his way to inform the victim that he has the contraband, or whether he only must inform the victim if they ever happen to be in the same town in the future. The Be'er Heitiv maintains that, even according to the Rambam and Sh"A who hold he is not strictly required to go out of his way, he is still liable until he repays the item (at least WRT shamayim) and should therefore make every effort to inform the victim. This is all talking about usual theft, though.
Sep
16
comment I “stole” an ice cube. What can I do for Kaparah?
Assuming it is impossible or not required to contact the vendor, perhaps you should donate ice for public usage if the opportunity ever arises (e.g. a communal party or picnic).
Sep
16
comment Is there any issue except for Dina Dmalchusa in counterfeiting money?
@IsaacMoses Even under a system of fiat currency, it is possible that it would be considered stealing the full face value from the government, rather than stealing less than a shaveh p'ruta from every individual currency holder. If so, there might be liability in beis din. Under a representative currency system, it would even more likely be considered theft from the government.
Sep
16
comment Neilah tefillah shabbas nusach of בו
@Daniel It says bo in the pocket sized (Chaim Yechezkel). Is yours perhaps the full sized (Zichron Yosef)? Maybe that would explain the discrepancy. As far as bah, I guess the rationale would be comparing ne'ila to ma'ariv (assuming that the usage of bah was intentional).
Sep
16
comment Acronym for ה׳תש״ע
@CharlesKoppelman A common phenomenon, particularly among Lubavitch, is to link a year to a portentive acronym. I read that the Rebbe began this trend in 5742 with תהא שנת ביאת משיח.
Sep
16
comment Neilah tefillah shabbas nusach of בו
@DoubleAA Maybe he has seen this in several different machzorim, or in poskim who mention this nusach, since it seems like he might be insisting on generic wording. I hesitate to change it, at least until he has a chance to respond again. In the meanwhile, people may refrain from upvoting this otherwise good but currently unsubstantiated question.
Sep
16
comment Acronym for ה׳תש״ע
Also, are you asking about 5770, or did you mean 5774?