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Feb
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comment Prohibition against leaving a laundry machine running into shabbos?
Also... Welcome to Mi Yodeya, user2016831, and thanks for bringing your question here! Hope to see you around.
Feb
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comment Prohibition against leaving a laundry machine running into shabbos?
This is not clearly forbidden, and there may be room for leniency in case of need (see here and here). There may also be more room for leniency if the washing machine or dryer is in an out of the way location where the noise will not carry to other people (see related idea here). CYLOR for practical guidance.
Feb
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answered Why “שרי אלפים” in דה״ב יז יד?
Feb
2
comment Where did the Rambam get his Biblical structure of prayer?
IIRC, the Briskers infer from the Rambam (1:3) that praying towards the mikdash is biblical, too.
Feb
2
comment Is there a term for doing a mitzvah the same way every time?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/45563
Feb
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comment Who did Yehoshua weaken with the sword?
@YeZ These ideas (i.e. the one in the answer and the one in your comment) are actually mentioned by the Ibn Ezra (Sh'mos 17:14): ויש אומרים כי היה שם המלך בעבור שאמר הכתוב ואת עמו או עם אחר נתחבר עמו. The Seforno gives only the explanation in this answer (הַמְקֻבָּץ מֵעַם אַחֵר לְהִלָּחֵם).
Feb
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comment Netilat Yadayim: Blessing Before or After?
@msh210 The Bei'ur Halacha considers this approach acceptable if the person's hands were clean prior to washing (e.g. he hadn't even touched a מקום מכוסה) and the washing area is in a clean location (158, s.v. מברך קודם נטילה). Subject to these conditions, he says, one should not object to someone who wishes to follow the approach that the Beit Yosef, Rambam, and Rabbeinu Chananel (and the Geonim who taught him) considered to be l'chatchila.
Feb
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comment King Solomon and Polygamy
@Emetv'Shalom 700 wives and 300 concubines (M'lachim I 11:3). He was criticized for disobeying the halacha not to have an excessive number of wives (Sanhedrin 21b).
Feb
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comment Is it Loshon Hara if no one hears it?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/40462
Feb
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revised What does an olive press look like?
put images in order and added alt text
Feb
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comment King Solomon and Polygamy
Consider that he may have had political motivations.
Feb
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comment What bracha should one make on a chicken pot pie?
Further source for R' Bodner's p'sak.
Feb
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comment Would halachic units be shrunk if a person was (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids-style)?
מלא לוגמיו depends on the size of the person, although a small person may have to drink rov r'vi'is for kiddush or arba' kosos even if that's more than their מלא לוגמיו.
Feb
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comment When did the word challa start being used to mean our Shabbos bread?
@user6591 "and 100%(?) In chazzal". Mishnayos in Uktzin (3:5, 3:11) talk about chullin loaves (though in those cases, the loaves are not loaves of bread - the first talks about a "loaf of saffron" and the second talks about a "loaf of honey", i.e. a honeycomb).
Feb
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comment Is זה נהנה וזה לא חסר מותר?
That depends on what equipment he is using and how crowded the gym is. What if he is using free weights that don't wear out from use, and, the whole time, there is at least one equivalent spare set of weights that is also available and an empty area/bench that is available? What if there are many spare sets of weights and the gym is nearly empty? I'm not saying he should necessarily do this, but I also don't think it's necessarily a case of "וזה חסר".
Feb
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comment When did the word challa start being used to mean our Shabbos bread?
@user6591 "perhaps Shmuel 2 6 19" I was thinking of that, too, but why should it be considered errant? See the מצודת ציון there: "לחם השלם תקרא חלה". And the Radak there seems to say that a חלה is just a smaller version of a ככר loaf (which is also used to describe both chullin and kodesh): "ובדברי הימי' ככר לחם והככר גדול מהחלה כי ככרות היו אלא שהיו עשויים כתכונת החלות". Anyway, this is an interesting question, but I'm not sure that it is a fair premise to say that the word חלה should be limited to non-chullin.
Feb
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comment When did the word challa start being used to mean our Shabbos bread?
@user6591 So is the following your actual question? "'Challah' in Tanach means "loaf" (a countable noun). When did it start to mean 'bread' (an uncountable noun)?"
Feb
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comment When did the word challa start being used to mean our Shabbos bread?
חלה means "loaf" in the Chumash (e.g. Vayikra 24:5).
Feb
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comment Does the Kohen really get to the raise a baby that a father refuses to redeem?
That hearkens back to the old Jack Benny joke.
Feb
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revised Etymology of the word sanhedrin
corrected link for f., etc.