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Apr
26
comment How should parents divide wedding expenses with their child's future in-laws
The gemara might imply that the groom paid for catering: אמר רבא חזקה אין אדם טורח בסעודה ומפסידה (K'suvos 10a).
Apr
26
comment Source for Rav Avraham Yosef's ruling on Ba'alei Teshuva
I seem to recall that the reasoning for adopting Sepharadi practices was that R' Yosef Karo is considered Maran of all Jews in Israel and his rulings are binding. However, some common contemporary Sepharadi positions (including rulings by R' Ovadiah Yosef IIRC) do not accord with the Shulchan Aruch, so this has been a point of confusion for me.
Apr
24
comment Naming after the Patriarchs/Matriarchs and Biblical heroes
... Not to mention Rabbi Ya'akov (the Tanna), Rabbi Ya'akov ben Chananaya, Rabbi Ya'akov Ish K'far Chananya, and Rabbi Ya'akov ben Kurshai.
Apr
24
comment Naming after the Patriarchs/Matriarchs and Biblical heroes
@IsaacMoses There are plenty of Chazal named after Ya'akov Avinu, including: Rabbi Ya'akov bar Idi, Rav Acha bar Ya'akov, Rav Ya'akov bar Acha, Rav Ya'akov miNahar P'kod, Rav Ya'akov b'reih d'vas Sh'mu'el, Rav Ya'akov b'reih d'vas Ya'akov, Rav Ya'akov bar Giyuri, Rabbi Ya'akov bar Nachmani, Rabbi Eli'ezer ben Ya'akov, and Rav Ya'akov bar Abba.
Apr
23
comment Can a shul give an aliyah to an openly gay Jewish man when it gives aliyah to people who violate Shabbos?
Assuming the reason is as suggested in your question ("the shul does not want to appear to approve..."), the following argument could apply to being more accommodating of Shabbos desecrators: Everyone recognizes that Orthodox Judaism opposes Shabbos violation, but, given recent social upheaval, giving an openly gay man an aliya could be perceived as a sign of change in Orthodox Judaism's attitude. Halachically speaking, though, someone who regularly, publicly, and flagrantly violates Shabbos (e.g. by parking right in front of the synagogue entrance) probably may not be given an aliyah.
Apr
23
comment Is a Jew able to go hunting?
@Bochur613 R' Moshe does not say that you can hunt for pleasure. The teshuva refers to the removal of a pest whose very presence impedes כבוד האדם (normal human behavior and dignity).
Apr
19
comment Do men on the women's side count toward a minyan?
somewhat related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27406
Apr
16
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Apr
16
comment Rabbi Soloveitchik's wife and hair coverings
... That's not to say those gedolim approved, but you can't exactly force your wife to cover her hair (and even if you could if would probably not be wise to try).
Apr
16
comment Rabbi Soloveitchik's wife and hair coverings
@Yehoshua Aruch Hashulchan (75:7): ועתה בואו ונצווח על פרצות דורינו בעוונותינו הרבים שזה שנים רבות שנפרצו בנות ישראל בעון זה והולכות בגילוי הראש וכל מה שצעקו על זה הוא לא לעזר ולא להועיל ועתה פשתה המספחת שהנשואות הולכות בשערותן כמו הבתולות אוי לנו שעלתה בימינו כך. So at least in mid/late-19th century Belarus and Lithuania, this was rampant. If anything, hair covering was even less commonly observed in the US in the early and mid-20th century, and, at least up until sometime during the mid-20th century, the wives of several gedolim did not cover their hair (including R' Soloveitchik's wife).
Apr
16
comment Playing with a pet on Shabbos
I'm not saying you're wrong, just that I heard someone say that. I haven't looked at it in a long time, but isn't the part about "except for pets" in brackets or something, implying it was not in the original language of the t'shuva?
Apr
16
comment Playing with a pet on Shabbos
See especially Rabbi Shmuel David's thorough responsum cited in Rabbi Jachter's article.
Apr
16
comment Playing with a pet on Shabbos
I heard that that t'shuva was emended by someone other than R' Moshe, and that R' Moshe himself did not mention an exception for pets.
Apr
12
comment 100% Polyester or Silk suits requiring checking
You could also ask, as a precursor to this question, whether you can establish a safeik of shaatnez to begin with (i.e. if you can establish that there is sometimes wool and linen in those kinds of suits). If not, there's no need for a ספק ספיקא. At the other extreme (for example), if there generally is linen in the lining, and wool is sometimes mixed in, that might be considered a single safeik (just from the wool) if you can establish a chazaka that linen is in those suits.
Apr
11
comment Shiur of “Miut Hamatzui”
@Yehoshua The generally cited mekor is the Mishk'nos Ya'akov (Vol. 1, YD § 17).
Apr
9
comment Relations with messianists
@Danield R' Ahron followed up with a letter saying his signature was appended to a letter that he did not write and did not agree with. See DoubleAA's earlier comments. He did not agree with the notion, stated in the letter, that legitimate sources support a resurrected person being moshiach.
Apr
9
comment Relations with messianists
@Danield - But couldn't someone who thinks the Rebbe will (likely) be the moshiach be considered an "anti-meshichist"? My understanding is that an "anti-meshichist" is just someone who believes that the Rebbe didn't want Lubavitchers to make the issue of his messiah-ship a primary and public issue.
Apr
9
comment Relations with messianists
... In fact, R' Ahron had previously implied (in 1994) that the very reason he did not consider Lubavitchers heretics was because he thought "the overwhelming majority" of them did not subscribe to the view that "the Rebbe will be resurrected as the Messiah" (which, though you can argue about nuance and semantics, is essentially incorrect and would nowadays be naive).
Apr
9
comment Relations with messianists
-1 I downvoted exactly on the basis of the above comment by @DoubleAA - the letter produced above is a borderline forgery. This letter was written by a Lubavitcher without R' Ahron's knowledge or consent, and use of the letter is disingenuous, even mendacious. All R' Ahron knew was that they were going to sign his name to a letter saying that he held that Lubavitchers with that belief are not heretics.
Apr
9
comment Eating Matzah of Tevel or Heqdesh
@DoubleAA Yes, but in the case of tevel at least, Rashi interprets the gemara as saying (incidentally to the point you mentioned) that the mishna only meant to say it is assur, not that you are literally not yotzei.