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Jul
24
comment How does Judaism answer the problem of evil?
For more about the problem of evil and suffering in general, see: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/863 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9170. See also: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/8861, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/38527, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/23067, and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/36161.
Jul
24
comment Location of source for a midrash of Zipporah on Har Sinai?
@user6591 I think that's what Isaac Kotlicky was suggesting.
Jul
24
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@RobertS.Barnes Clear how? That it's referring to dayanim? I agree. That he can only get paid if he was going to otherwise be working at that exact time? I'm not so sure. There's room to interpret the Rambam expansively as meaning that he can accept the amount of compensation he would have gotten had he been working during that time (this is supported by K'subos 105a, "קרנא בטילא דמוכחא הוה", though Rav Huna went above and beyond to show he actually would have been working instead). And the underlying halachic principle may also apply to full-time judges who are qualified for other work.
Jul
24
comment Can one practice their Leining on Tisha Be'av?
@DoubleAA As far as your fun question, I suspect it would depend on whether you consider the material thematically appropriate. The Sefaradim apparently do.
Jul
24
comment Can one practice their Leining on Tisha Be'av?
@DoubleAA The only thing unusual about the MB (IMHO) is that, like the Magein Avraham, the MB seems to read the Rama's words differently from they seem to mean on the surface. The Taz seems to fit better with the Rama, IMHO. But I don't think the MA and MB have an untenable position in and of itself.
Jul
24
comment Can one practice their Leining on Tisha Be'av?
@DoubleAA During the Torah reading, the congregation can and should listen and pay attention since it is part of seder hayom. Seemingly according to the Ramban, this was excluded from the original decree preventing Torah study on Tisha B'Av (Toras HaAdam, Aveilus Y'shana). (However, I didn't downvote).
Jul
24
comment Can one practice their Leining on Tisha Be'av?
As I understood the M"B, while anyone may review the morning reading (which is specifically relevant to the day), only a person who might be leining should practice the afternoon reading. (Additionally, the Taz allows reviewing part of the weekly Torah portion, if a person is accustomed to doing that daily).
Jul
24
comment Respecting or using your father
Yitzchak: "Berel! I am in great need of an esrog! On your trip to the city, please bring back a nice esrog for me. I know this is a great favor, but please do me this favor for the sake of my venerable father!"
Jul
24
comment Married women uncovering their hair in the presence of gentiles
@Shalom Interesting. I'm guessing they probably weren't religious, though.
Jul
23
comment Havdalah if you have to eat or drink on Tisha B'Av that comes out on Sunday
@Shokhet Except this only focuses on the when, and skirts the question of what kind of beverage to drink.
Jul
23
comment Havdalah if you have to eat or drink on Tisha B'Av that comes out on Sunday
@Yehoshua Yes, per Shulchan Aruch OC 556 that everyone makes the blessing on the candle on מוצאי שבת anyway. B'samim should be skipped due to the enjoyment involved (M"B 556:1, though it is a machlokes haposkim whether one should avoid smelling fragrant spices all of Tisha B'Av, or just at night - see Sha'ar HaTziyon 556:1).
Jul
23
comment Havdalah if you have to eat or drink on Tisha B'Av that comes out on Sunday
@DoubleAA Correct, but see the M"B and Sha'ar HaTziyon where the Chafetz Chaim decisively indicates that the custom is to wait and say the blessings in order.
Jul
23
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@DoubleAA No one really thinks he makes any sense. I don't know if I would quite phrase it like that, but it is definitely a kula.
Jul
23
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
...Even if R' Moshe would have maintained his opinion had he written the responsum later on (which I doubt), it doesn't seem right to include him on the list of people who said it is l'chatchila muttar, if not recommended. It would be more accurately rendered as "not technically forbidden (if you don't bother people with your second-hand smoke [discussed in a different responsum, IIRC]), but not recommended." -1.
Jul
23
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
[T]here are many rabbonim that hold that it is l'chatchila muttar, if not recommended, e.g. ... R' Moshe Feinstein. ??? In December 1963 (over three weeks before the game-changing Surgeon General's report was published) R' Moshe (as well as the general population) didn't consider the danger to be well established (merely a chashash where dash beih rabim). That's why R' Moshe merely said a person should not smoke but that it isn't strictly prohibited...
Jul
23
comment Havdalah if you have to eat or drink on Tisha B'Av that comes out on Sunday
This revision makes sense, though it only applies to someone who isn't eating until the next morning. If a person had to make havdala at night, he would presumably make the blessings in order (except for skipping b'samim), even if he was going to delay his havdala to try to fast for a few hours (per R' Akiva Eiger OC 298, M"B 298:4, and Sha'ar HaTziyon 298:3).
Jul
23
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@Yishai Yes the Rambam discusses שכר הבטלה for dayanim, but, considering his stance in is comments on Avos, I'm not sure the Rambam would personally extend this to learning in kollel (though other opinions would do so). | As far as having a means of making a living, I think there may be different interpretations. Perhaps the Rambam is only saying that the person is entitled to a given level of compensation based on how much they would make if they did get a job they are qualified for (e.g. an M.D. could be entitled to more than a person with a GED).
Jul
23
comment Impure baseball cap?
@user3979986 Glad to help. If the hat was well washed and has no stain or odor, I can't imagine any problem whatsoever. If it was well washed and there was no odor left, but there was some staining left behind, maybe it wouldn't be respectful attire while praying due to the requirement of hikon (based on Amos 4:12; see also Shabbos 10a). It is also generally inappropriate to go in public with stained clothes (Shabbos 114a). But there would still be no problem with praying or studying Torah in the presence of the hat, or handling the hat.
Jul
23
comment Married women uncovering their hair in the presence of gentiles
@DavidFeigen That is incorrect and rejected by the Talmud (B'rachos 25b): "אמר רב יהודה עכו"ם ערום אסור לקרות ק"ש כנגדו מאי איריא עכו"ם אפילו ישראל נמי ישראל פשיטא ליה דאסור אלא עכו"ם אצטריכא ליה מהו דתימא הואיל וכתיב בהו אשר בשר חמורים בשרם אימא כחמור בעלמא הוא קמ"ל דאינהו נמי איקרו ערוה דכתיב וערות אביהם לא ראו".
Jul
23
comment What is the correct response to “Chazaq u'Baruch!”?
בָּרוּך תִּהְיֶה might be more precisely transliterated as "baruch tihye" (/tʰihjɛ/), as there is a chirik-sh'va nach combination rather than a sh'va na'-chirik combination, and the hei ends the first syllable. Some people might not find it as easy or familiar to pronounce it that way, but hey :). (+1 for the content).