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Jul
18
comment Crying on Shabbos
See R' Daniel Travis' Shabbos: Tasting Eternity (section beginning p. 192‌​).
Jul
18
revised Has anyone declared a time of oppression regarding the four Temple fasts?
clarified first para (thanks TRiG) and fn. 3
Jul
18
comment Burial in Space
Aside from the site cited in Tatpurusha's answer, see this article.
Jul
18
comment Lending Money and Inflation
I noticed that R' Moshe wrote that t'shuva in March 1971, mere months before the Nixon Shock. I didn't read the t'shuva yet so I don't know the rationale, but I wonder if R' Moshe would take the same position regarding our modern system of currency (post-August 1971).
Jul
18
comment talking after washing
Re. 1 and 2, there are different opinions. See Mishna B'rura (166:1-2; English translation). See also here.
Jul
18
comment Stacking Jewish books in order of holiness
@DoubleAA Also see Mishna B'rura (240:28,29) which says that the standard kind of printed Tanach and Talmud have holiness, though less than those sefarim of Tanach that are עשויין בגלילה (based on Pri M'gadim, Mishb'tzos Zahav on OC 153:19).
Jul
18
comment Can You Run On Shabbos?
That's an interesting perspective, but - even if you don't have an explicit source - what about the halachic principles prohibiting activities mishum r'fu'a would make you think that that's a legitimate distinction? Because drawing a novel yet arbitrary distinction has no halachic value.
Jul
18
comment Do 20+ Singles Violate Halachah?
@DoubleAA See Shulchan Aruch (EH 1:3): ומיהו אם עוסק בתורה וטרח בה ומתיירא לישא אשה כדי שלא יטרח במזונו ויתבטל מן התורה מותר להתאחר. However, see Sotah (44a): תנו רבנן אשר בנה אשר נטע אשר ארש לימדה תורה דרך ארץ שיבנה אדם בית ויטע כרם ואח"כ ישא אשה.
Jul
18
comment Teffilin For Women
I think this is a duplicate between Danno's link and this: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27823
Jul
18
comment Can You Run On Shabbos?
Do you have a source for your claim that someone's reason for being healthy/fit is halachically relevant?
Jul
18
comment Can You Run On Shabbos?
I'd +1 except for your last sentence. How is training for a race not exercise? You're running for exercise so that you're fit enough to perform well in a race.
Jul
18
comment vessels and dipping
1. What do you mean by "how many times does one have to dip"? Mei'ikar hadin? To satisfy a minhag? (Note that the minhag to dip three times may not be universal). 2. Consider generalizing your final sentence, as we can't know for sure what that individual was thinking. (This might be why the question was put on hold).
Jul
18
comment Can You Run On Shabbos?
@user613 Please clarify: Are you running for fun, or are you running for exercise?
Jul
18
comment Can You Run On Shabbos?
You could delete your own question if you want, but you may want to hold off since @IshPloniViKohen (and perhaps others) does not think this is a duplicate.
Jul
18
comment Can You Run On Shabbos?
@IshPloniViKohen Well, I guess it depends if the person is running for exercise. In the vast majority of cases, people who run for 15-60 minutes daily are doing it for exercise.
Jul
17
comment Feet together or just heels for Shmoneh Esrei?
@Yishai Here's the t'shuva (OC 5:38:6).
Jul
17
comment Is it permissible to think about a future Mi Yodeya question while you're in the bathroom?
Questions that involve Torah can still be off-topic. If you are thinking about Torah, you are thinking about Torah.
Jul
17
comment burping or belching at a meal
@DanF A certain learned chazan would add flourishes to his singing of the prayers. Toward the end of hashkiveinu he sang "ushmor tzei'ateinu uvo'einu". Rav Shaul HaKohen Avrish of Djerba cleverly told him to correct his mistake: "Sh'mor motza s'fatecha (cf. D'varim 23:24), v'shavta v'chisita et tzei'atecha (D'varim 23:14)." (Source: Preface to Lechem HaBikkurim).
Jul
17
comment Answer after “Morid haTal” in the Amida
@Mol To clarify Tamir's comment: The ninth blessing of the amida contains the entreaty (during winter time) "... ve-Ten Tal u-Matar li-Vrakhah ..." meaning "and provide dew and rain for blessing." This is a request that the dew and rain come in the proper time and proper amount such as to bring blessing to the world. See also Tur (OC 117, ובספרד נוהגין לשאול טל בימות החמה שאומרים ותן טל לברכה אע״ג דטל לא מיעצר מתפללין עליו שיתנהו לברכה).
Jul
17
comment Saying magein avraham versus magein avram
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/35681 as well as several of the questions linked there. This is a special case where B'rachos 13a is also relevant (mentioned in DanF's answer), but I think this question hinges primarily on whether a problem is created with shone mimatbei'a' or changing the nusach.