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Feb
17
answered How does one say kaddish if he is in the middle of amidah?
Feb
17
comment Can you eat חמץ שעבר עליו פסח?
You may not eat the food (though there is a minority opinion that allows eating the food if you are not the owner, see fn. 2 here)‌​.
Feb
17
revised What should you do if you accidentally talk between Al Netilas Yadayim and Hamotzi?
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Feb
17
answered What should you do if you accidentally talk between Al Netilas Yadayim and Hamotzi?
Feb
17
comment Washing hands for eating pizza
@SAH Many Ashkenazim consider pizza to be פת הבאה בכיסנין, based on the Taz (OC 168:20) who says that the cheese would give it that status. According to this practice, m'zonos would be recited over pizza unless someone eats the pizza as a meal (or eats a quantity large enough that it is generally eaten as a meal rather than a snack; it could also be that an amount of three or four k'beitzim is a ceiling above which it is automatically regarded as a meal).
Feb
17
comment “Am I Jewish​​​?”
@SAH This is about the 1) in your comment. DoubleAA asked and answered this question as a public service because Mi Yodeya frequently gets questions like, "My maternal grandmother was Jewish but she married a Christian. Am I Jewish?", or, "My father's mother was Jewish, and I was raised Jewish. Would I need to convert to be Jewish?" That kind of question can now be redirected here. If you have an edit in mind to improve the clarity of the existing question while maintaining that original intent and purpose of the question, by all means do so.
Feb
17
comment Man and woman bringing out unity in the service of Hashem
See Rav Hirsch's commentary on the Chumash (B'reishis 2:24).
Feb
16
comment Shaking a woman's hand
@Shokhet Is question #2 a duplicate? I'm not so sure. Although perhaps the question should be reversed, since it is essentially trivial that this applies to Jewish women, whereas the applicability of לא תקרבו vis-a-vis a non-Jew is perhaps non-trivial.
Feb
16
answered Zohar and Sholom
Feb
16
comment Are milchigs forbidden on Yom Tov? What about Shavuos?
@DoubleAA Actually, the Darkei T'shuva mentions your #5 explicitly, saying, "since the Zohar prohibits eating meat after dairy in the same meal, it is preferable to avoid the custom" of eating dairy at the Shavu'os meal.
Feb
16
comment Why does almost every community say Lecha Dodi?
@SAH See judaism.stackexchange.com/q/37635 about the origin of the Aishes Chayil tune.
Feb
16
comment Should women kiss the Torah with their hand or with a prayer book?
Some related links: This shiur (starting ~7:45) and this article. More generally: here, here, here, here, and here.
Feb
16
comment Individual Life Mission
Also somewhat related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/34605
Feb
16
answered Definitions of Creative Words
Feb
16
answered Source for “אין שמחה כשמחת התרת הספקות”
Feb
15
comment Does a maidservant have the right to refuse marriage to her master or his son when the time for it comes?
Related Hebrew Wikipedia entry.
Feb
15
comment Would they have died anyway?
See Sukka 53a (רבי יוחנן רגלוהי דבר איניש אינון ערבין ביה לאתר דמיתבעי תמן מובילין יתיה), which suggests that a person has a preordained time and place of death.
Feb
15
comment Who is a Shoteh?
@SAH That's a mostly complete translation of the Aruch HaShulchan (I would translate parts slightly differently, but that would have at most a minor impact on the meaning). Missing from the translation is his final comment: "See Rashi on Chagiga 3b, s.v. l'olam, 'He has been seized by Gandrippas: I heard that this refers to an illness that seizes a person due to anxiety' - and he is not considered a shoteh."
Feb
15
comment Feet together or just heels for Shmoneh Esrei?
@Yishai And he didn't just not like it, he said that it was an illegitimate custom. R' Moshe doesn't address comfort per se, but he does address ability (which perhaps could be construed to include comfort to a certain degree). He basically says that a person should keep their feet together (both at the toes and the heels) as much as possible, but that a person would not be considered remiss if he does his best (especially if it would seem to an onlooker from a distance that the person's feet are pretty much together).
Feb
15
comment How do we know that commercial fruit is not orlah/neta revai?
@SAH When it comes to bugs, rov is not sufficient to allow consumption without checking (at least l'chatchila); so long as a mi'ut hamatzui (10 percent according to Mishk'nos Ya'akov Vol. I YD §17, which is a commonly followed opinion) is infested, one must still check every piece (see Shu"t Rashba I §274). (The example of romaine lettuce I mentioned earlier is much worse, as most romaine lettuce contains bugs). Mi'ut hamatzui is a common standard for doubt regarding the presence of a biblical prohibition. (Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27862).