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Feb
8
comment A sin done while drunk
"Totally free" is not the clearest translation for פטור מכולם, which more precisely means that he is exempt from the aforementioned punishments. See Orchos Chayim (Hil. M'gila §38) who characterizes drunkenness itself as a great sin, since it can lead to other major sins. WRT hypnosis, R' Moshe says that someone who voluntarily puts himself in a situation that will likely cause him to later sin involuntarily is not considered an אונס (exemption of monetary liability for certain types of damage on Purim is only due to the presumption that people forgive such damage under the circumstances).
Feb
6
revised What's the best rewording of “midas harachamim aleinu hisgalgli” for those uncomfortable with it?
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Feb
6
revised Where does the concept of Gilgulim (reincarnations) in Judaism come from?
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Feb
6
comment Teshuva where Rambam says he forgot a Gemara
@Yishai I think Shimon is probably referring to this: "אבל סבות הזמן סבבוני אפי' הפירושים שעשיתי וכמה ענינים שחברתי בלישנא דרבנן שהן עדיין אפילות לא נשאר לי פנאי לדקדק אותן ולהגיהן עד שיצאו לאור עולם". So the Rambam is saying that he didn't have a chance to fully proofread and revise some of his writings before they were published. He does not mention that Mishneh Torah had this problem, though.
Feb
6
comment Matrilineal descent & Zera Israel
The nascent notion of "zera Yisrael" is sometimes attributed to responsa about the B'nei Anusim (e.g. Rashbash, §368). However, these responsa are not talking about children of Anusim fathers and non-Jewish mothers. Rather, they are talking about B'nei Anusim who are actual Jews.
Feb
6
comment Matrilineal descent & Zera Israel
Although the OP doesn't really ask if "zera Yisrael" is a legitimate halachic category, I should mention that, from what I have read (a substantial amount) of R' Amsalem's book, almost none of the many sources he cites actually support his thesis that "zera Yisrael" is a real halachic category that deserves special accommodation wrt the laws of גרות (except for the opinion of R' Uziel, which is widely rejected by poskim).
Feb
6
comment Belief in midrashim
@Yishai Perhaps the Ramban would only apply the principle in the OP to a certain class of midrashim and not to other midrashim.
Feb
6
comment Teshuva where Rambam says he forgot a Gemara
The Rambam mentions an interesting case (quoted here) where someone demanded the source of a halacha in Hil. Rotzei'ach, and the Rambam took a while to remember the source (although R' Matisyahu Strashun in מבחר כתבים, vol. 1 p. 110, argues convincingly that the Rambam was also initially correct that the source was in Gittin).
Feb
4
comment Is it permissible to live in California (or similar places) that have an earthquake risk?
Probably someone has done an actuarial analysis of the comparative dangers of living in various places, but my guess is that, even just analyzing risk of natural danger by region, much of California is as safe or safer than most other major population centers in the US, as there is less danger from snow, tornadoes, hurricanes, very cold weather, or even climate-related psychological conditions like SAD. Also, there are large population centers in California that do not lie on major active fault lines.
Feb
3
comment To what קולות does “אדם חשוב שאני” apply (שבת נא ע״א)?
Also, there are other understandings of why אדם חשוב שאני. For example, the M'iri (M"K 12a) says "אדם חשוב ראוי לקדש עצמו אף במותר לו ". And the Shita M'kubetzes (K'subos 86a) suggests that the issue is חשד.
Feb
3
comment To what קולות does “אדם חשוב שאני” apply (שבת נא ע״א)?
There are different views about this. For example, the באר שבע (shu"t §48) suggests that this principle might not extend beyond the realm of בישול עכו"ם. However, there are gemaras that seem to suggest that it could (e.g. Abaye and Rava being strict about muktza in Shabbos 142b, Rav Safra and Rav Huna bar Chin'na avoided a scholar's palace that was built by non-Jewish contractors on Shabbos outside of the t'chum in Mo'ed Kattan 12a, R' Ami being upset with R' Y'huda N'si'a for wearing a signet ring in a chatzer on Shabbos in M"K 12b, etc.).
Feb
3
comment To what קולות does “אדם חשוב שאני” apply (שבת נא ע״א)?
@DannySchoemann You are talking about R' Ashi's opinion regarding צורבא מרבנן (since news would spread if a scholar survived), which the gemara rejects. You are correct, though, that there are some leniencies for an אדם חשוב. For example, the Shulchan Aruch (OC 275:4, based on Rava's ruling in Shabbos 12b) rules than an אדם חשוב who knows that he does not have a habit of tilting his lamp even during the week may read from a lamp on Shabbos. Although, the Mishna B'rura (s"k 12) does not rule accordingly, he does indicate that this, combined with use of wax candles, would be a סניף להקל.
Feb
3
comment “לְחֹדֶשׁ שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר” in Al Hanisim on Purim during leap years
@DoubleAA is referring to the Y'rushalmi on M'gilla 1:5: ר' לוי בשם רבי חמא בר חנינה אותה השנה היתה מעוברת מה טעמה (אסתר ג) מיום ליום ומחדש לחדש שנים עשר הוא חדש אדר. The Korban haEida and the P'nei Moshe comment (ad loc.) that the miracle happened in Adar II. The Korban HaEida explains the Y'rushalmi's reading of the verse: "To that which is annually the twelfth month, but which is now the thirteenth month". The P'nei Moshe indicates that this is hinted by the verse's phrasing "from month to month", which suggests that the usual 12th month was switched that year to be the 13th.
Feb
3
comment what is permitted to be consumed before shacharit?
@user6591 Good questions. I think a דבר תמוה might be more extreme than אל ישנה אדם ממנהג הבריות, or maybe just different, but I don't know. I also don't know if it's a din in כבוד בית הכנסת, or whether it relates to not distracting other mispal'lim, or whether it relates to the principle of avoiding optional forms of 'avodas HaShem that could lead to people sinning by mocking the person (see M'silas Y'sharim ch. 20).
Feb
2
comment what is permitted to be consumed before shacharit?
@user6591 He said a person shouldn't keep their feet עקב בצד גודל while davening in shul, even though there is a m'kor that technically allows this. The reason he gave is "אין לעשות דבר תמוה בשעת תפילה בביהכ"נ". I was just extrapolating that reasoning to exaggerated shuckling while in shul.
Feb
2
comment King Solomon and Polygamy
@Emetv'Shalom For more Torah sources, see Pirkei Avos 2:7 (מרבה נשים מרבה כשפים, which Rabbeinu Yonah ad loc. explains - borrowing some phrasing from P'nina's treatment of Chana - is due to the acrimonious competition that could result from polygamy), the ban of Rabbeinu Gershom on polygamy, and the Torah's admonition that a king limit the number of his wives (D'varim 17:17).
Feb
2
comment what is permitted to be consumed before shacharit?
@user6591 "ive seen some guys shuckling so violently..." I was just making a tangential remark. Or do you mean what I'm referring to in R' Moshe? He didn't mention shuckling specifically, but he mentioned the principle not to do weird or extreme looking things while davening in shul.
Feb
2
comment Prohibition against leaving a laundry machine running into shabbos?
@Epicentre All valid points, except the answer to your final question is still often "yes" for logistical reasons (e.g. you won't have time to run an additional load after Shabbos, or you need certain items of clothes available shortly after Shabbos and it would take too long to both wash and dry them); assuming you have a normal machine that turns off automatically, you could theoretically leave the laundry in the machine and then dry it after Shabbos.
Feb
2
comment what is permitted to be consumed before shacharit?
@user6591 Extreme shuckling in shul is likely inappropriate anyway (see Igros Moshe OC 5:38:6, ואין לעשות דבר תמוה בשעת תפילה בביהכ"נ).
Feb
2
comment what are the limits of “mesira”?
@ShmuelBrin R' Elazar was commanded by the king to arrest thieves. It turned out that the people whom R' El'azar arrested were not only thieves but were actually deserving of capital punishment.