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Mar
19
comment Why is a prayer leader still removed for omitting V'lamalshinim?
+1, but it would be nice if you could bulk up this answer with sources (e.g. per last column of the Mishpat Tzedek's responsum, where he says that the word "lamalshinim" replaced "lamshumadim" in Sephardi siddurim due to censors, but that the Sephardim would still say the word "lamshumadim" - maybe some source explicitly indicates that the word "v'lamalshinim" in the b'racha, even if pronounced as such, came to be understood as a reference to apostates).
Mar
19
comment Why is a prayer leader still removed for omitting V'lamalshinim?
Interesting. This is somewhat similar to the understanding of the Mishpat Tzedek (cited in my OP) regarding the meaning of zeidim in this blessing as a reference to a subset of wanton and brazen minim l'hach'is (see my comment here). He notes that if someone merely omits "ולמשומדים", the poskim implicitly appear to judge him favorably and not suspect him of being a heretic, viewing, rather, the overall blessing as being understood to refer to heretics.
Mar
19
comment Seder Plate According to the Vilna Gaon
Your answer would be further improved by adding alt text for the image: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3426.
Mar
19
comment The set up of the seder plate acc to the Arizal
Maybe it's simply a matter of efficient use of space if the plate is not oblong; the maror and chazeres are still essentially in the middle, but they are vertically offset somewhat.
Mar
19
comment The set up of the seder plate acc to the Arizal
+1, interesting question. It would be further improved by adding alt text for the images: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3426.
Mar
18
comment Using a different text of Birkat Minim
A careful reading of the linked question essentially answers this one. The Magen Avraham and Mishna B'rura cited there extend the ruling of earlier authorities to say that if someone ended the blessing properly but skipped the beginning part entirely, they are not removed as sha"tz, and certainly if they used a different variant. There is some discussion (discussed in the edit to the other question) among the poskim regarding whether a sha"tz must be removed for using the popular text of V'lamalshinim used by most Ashkenazim nowadays, since it omits mention of heretics.
Mar
18
revised Why is a prayer leader still removed for omitting V'lamalshinim?
light editing for clarity, glossary links, and source links
Mar
18
comment Incorrect bracha covering another food
@IsaacKotlicky And even though we hold safeik b'rachos l'hakeil, the question can be circumvented altogether if the person finds a ha'adama food he was not previously planning on eating. Then he can make a new blessing, and it will not be in vain.
Mar
18
comment Incorrect bracha covering another food
@IsaacKotlicky If he only said ha'adama due to a slip of the tongue, that means that he did not specifically intend for that blessing to cover the other ha'adama foods even if he planned to eat those ha'adama foods shortly thereafter. Since the ha'eitz foods and the ha'adama foods are different types, there may be a question regarding whether a blessing made on one type can exempt another type without specific intent. See the P'ri M'gadim cited in my other answer (paragraph titled "Food with a known blessing exempting a doubtful food").
Mar
18
comment what is permitted to be consumed before shacharit?
@user6591 Actually, I noticed the Aderet (T'fillas David §13) uses similar terminology ("דרך התמוה") for why he is opposed to publicly reverting to an otherwise preferable nusach for V'lamalshinim (mentioned here). The reason he gives (as I understand it) is that it not lead to a radical fragmentation in community practice via proliferation of many diverse practices in prayer (and perhaps in other realms) based on what each individual thinks is appropriate ("שלא לתת שתהיה תורה ביד כל אחד").
Mar
18
comment Sefer Tefillah L'Moshe online
There are multiple listings on Google Books, but no preview available. The author is mentioned here.
Mar
18
comment “Don't say 'lehavdil' between one Jew and another.”
He mentions this in terms of contrasting religious Jews with irreligious Jews (or generic sinners). Perhaps the Rebbe would concede that "l'havdil" is appropriate with respect to notoriously wicked people like those mentioned in the OP.
Mar
18
revised Historical documentation that the Rambam was supported by his brother
block quoted quotes, and clarified attributions
Mar
18
comment any point to avoiding meat and shellfish at non-kosher restaurants?
Note that foods other than those overtly listed as meat or shellfish may still contain some. For one example, if you order a salad, even ignoring the serious problem from bug infestation, the salad may come with pieces of shredded bacon mixed in (this is a real life example I heard from someone who used to follow the approach in the OP when they were not fully observant). That's aside from the matter of non-deliberate contamination of ingredients from other menu items. And other issues. So transference of absorbed taste from clean utensils is not the only issue here - not by a long shot.
Mar
18
revised Will a “lower” Berachah made MiSafek exempt a different food that requires that Berachah (and vice versa)?
links
Mar
18
answered Incorrect bracha covering another food
Mar
16
comment Are there any Torah sections dealing with frustration and anger management?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/37531. Also somewhat related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/40851 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3796, and to a lesser degree judaism.stackexchange.com/q/51091.
Mar
16
comment Any practical tips for leaning when seated in an armless dining-room chair?
@msh210 Would holding your hand up to support your head count as leaning דרך חרות? And even if it otherwise would, might it be a problem of מיחזי כדואג?
Mar
16
comment Any practical tips for leaning when seated in an armless dining-room chair?
In this manner, you are just leaning your body (but not your head) on the chair, right? See MB 472:7, who requires resting your head on something.
Mar
16
comment Any practical tips for leaning when seated in an armless dining-room chair?
I'm not sure if this is what you meant in your first paragraph, but leaning leftwards may be insufficient without actually leaning on something (see here and here).