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Mar
11
comment What are the minimum required sections of the Hagadah that must be said?
I recall a related question from some way back about the requirement to mention pesach, matza, and maror. IIRC that OP assumed that R' Gamliel was saying that these were the only requirements to mention, but I can't find the post (perhaps it was deleted).
Mar
11
comment When did R' 'Akiva see his children?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/16201
Mar
11
comment Can wasabi be used for maror at the seder?
@DoubleAA As far as the historicity of horseradish as maror, there's of course this interesting article by R' Ari Zivotofsky, but I wonder if there's any other source or indication anywhere of an early custom to use horseradish.
Mar
11
comment Can wasabi be used for maror at the seder?
@DoubleAA A) Whether that is true is very material to this question, I think. B) You are right, except it has to fit certain criteria to fit into Chazal's umbrella category for maror. If it does seem to meet those criteria, then you are right that there is a semech for using it (though the MB still says to omit the blessing in that case). Does wasabi meet those criteria? (I don't really know. I haven't looked into it). As far as a b'racha on horseradish, I would say CYLOR (though I'd guess there are reasonable LORs who would say yes).
Mar
11
comment Can wasabi be used for maror at the seder?
@DoubleAA ...qua roots (and also presumably according to the Hagahos Maimoniyos and the acharonim who follow his identification). Also, I'd think Rabbeinu Tam could also be read as referring to stringy roots as the problem.
Mar
11
comment Can wasabi be used for maror at the seder?
@DoubleAA Is it preferred? If there are no opinions that place it in any of the maror categories listed by Chazal, then there is no סמך on which to say you are fulfilling this d'rabbanan at all. Refer to our conversation and my comments here and here, that the type of root eaten for horseradish may be fine...
Mar
11
comment Standing for whole of Lecha Dodi
Link to the Aderet's remark in V'Eileh Ya'amdu here.
Mar
11
comment Standing for whole of Lecha Dodi
The Aderet says something similar to this in Eileh Ya'amdu and T'filas David. What he says is that the custom to stand can be explained by that gemara ("ונראה שמה שעומדים באמירת פיוט לכה דודי הוא מן הך דרבי (חנינא) [ינאי] קאי"). So he didn't quite say to stand because of that gemara so much as that this gemara can explain the practice of standing. As far as the שערים מצויינים בהלכה, I would expect to see this mentioned here if anywhere, but I don't see it there. Do you recall precisely where you saw the Aderet cited?
Mar
11
comment Is hair considered as flesh for tachanun (nefilat apaim)?
Similar: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25677
Mar
11
comment Can a Zerah Yisrael that converts use his father's Hebrew name for aliyot?
"Zera Yisrael" is a loaded term that presupposes certain halachic implications that are dubious at best. See my comment here, as well as my comments on that question.
Mar
11
comment Having parakeets in one's house
I don't think many people abide by this stringency (except maybe de facto, as many people happen to not own birds).
Mar
11
comment Having parakeets in one's house
Regarding what you mentioned in the name of the Arizal, see here #8 from the azharos nosafos: "לא יגדל אדם תורים ובני יונה בתוך ביתו (ע' סי' תתרל"ח). לפי שהבית אשר יגדלו בה או ימותו בניו או לא יהיה לו זרע."
Mar
11
comment Is there a halacha that prohibits punching or slapping someone?
Also related to #3 in your answer: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/40195 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/29796 judaism.stackexchange.com/a/45354. As the gemara states (Bava Basra 21a), "If you strike a child, only strike with a shoelace" ("וא"ל רב לרב שמואל בר שילת כי מחית לינוקא לא תימחי אלא בערקתא דמסנא").
Mar
11
comment Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
As the gemara states (Bava Basra 21a), "If you strike a child, only strike with a shoelace" ("וא"ל רב לרב שמואל בר שילת כי מחית לינוקא לא תימחי אלא בערקתא דמסנא").
Mar
11
revised Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
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Mar
11
comment What are the issues with a woman mashgiach?
Since there are those who are not generally in favor of appointing women in such positions, this doesn't so much answer the question as it does indicate that R' Heinemann appears to hold this is not a problem. As such, maybe it's better as a useful comment rather than an answer?
Mar
11
comment What are the issues with a woman mashgiach?
Possibly related (per the issue of שררה - communal leadership): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/8538
Mar
11
comment What are the issues with a woman mashgiach?
Relevant article (in Hebrew).
Mar
11
comment Is there a halacha that prohibits punching or slapping someone?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/26048 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/18721 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/51081 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/12897 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/21912 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/6397
Mar
10
comment Reward for not talking during davening
@DanF The motive was that conversing during prayer was a rampant problem in his days. He also had a dream where he was informed that the Tach v'Tat massacres were possible because of this communal iniquity. So he felt it was necessary to provide some extra incentive to get people to stop.