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Apr
8
comment Rabbi Akiva's 24k students died because of interpersonal issues, but he said Veahavta Lireacha Kamocha is a Klal Gadol?
I'm not certain that this answers the question, which seems to ask for an explanation of why R' Akiva's students apparently did not adequately absorb the central teaching above, despite their differences.
Apr
8
comment Can a man marry a woman with the same name as his mother? (Or vice-versa?) How?
@BruceJames I think the point was that adding names introduces confusion and increases the likelihood that something will be recorded incorrectly or incompletely. Here's part of the quote that I earlier replaced with ellipses (I didn't include it before due to SE's character limit on comments): "Even if they do call him Avraham Mordechai, what are you going to write on the get? This causes a major headache for mesadray gittin." Anyway, I think the stuff I quoted was from a talmid's notes, but you can probably hear R' Bleich discuss this directly on YUTorah.org.
Apr
8
comment Can a man marry a woman with the same name as his mother? (Or vice-versa?) How?
@msh210 Rabbi Bleich's opinion is mentioned here: "Rav Bleich suggests that we should be very hesitant to add new times at any time. For, after the ksubah is written, and they give the Chasan an aliyah... he will say his name is Avraham ben pluni, and not Avraham Mordechai ben pluni. Also, it is questionable if the ksubah is good.... Even if they do call him Avraham Mordechai, what are you going to write on the get?... Therefore, why create problems when you really don’t have to?"
Apr
8
comment Can a man marry a woman with the same name as his mother? (Or vice-versa?) How?
@msh210 Citation for R' Moshe's opinion: Igros Moshe EH vol. 1, § 4.
Apr
8
comment Can a man marry a woman with the same name as his mother? (Or vice-versa?) How?
See this article by Rabbi Yaakov Klass.
Apr
8
comment What does one do if he makes a mistake in Brachos before Birkas HaTorah?
"However, before Birkas HaTorah one can't say verses." This is a machlokes haposkim (see Shulchan Aruch and Rama OC 46:9). Regarding "Baruch Sheim", the Mishna Berura seems to imply that the Rama holds that it may be recited before Birkas HaTorah even according to the stringent opinion. | Are you asking if avoiding a b'racha l'vatala take precedence over reciting a pasuk before Birkas HaTorah?
Apr
7
comment Did HaShem “regret” creating someone/something
@DoubleAA In that vein, see also Sh'mu'el I (15:11). Nonetheless, it bears remembering B'midbar (23:19) and Sh'mu'el I (15:29); per the Ibn Ezra (Sh'mos 32:14), HaShem's regret is anthropopathic and He does not actually change His mind.
Apr
5
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Apr
5
comment May a man become a gynecologist?
In practice, factors may exist that restrict a doctor's choice of specialty; some OBGYN's might have chosen a different specialty if all specialties were available to them. In any case, see this source sheet relevant to the topic of your question (particularly sources 4, 7, 8, and 15).
Apr
5
comment Answering someone's questions
@ShmuelBrin +1 on the comment. Source for that: כי קאי רבי בהא מסכתא לא תשייליה במסכתא אחריתי דילמא לאו אדעתיה דאי לאו דרבי גברא רבה הוא כספתיה (top of Shabbos 3b). Someone so proficient in all topics would be considered a gavra rabba, exceptional among scholars.
Mar
29
comment How much is 2 Zuz worth in current USD?
מועדים לשמחה! The Gemara suggests that a bald goat (non-wool-producing) or a cheap ram may cost four zuzim (Shabbos 152a and Kerisus 27a, respectively). Both cases apparently refer to adult animals.
Mar
25
answered If Hashem brought about Macos Bechoros by himself, with out any angel, then what is the משחית?
Mar
25
comment Taanis Bechoros for a first born from a C-section
@Michoel Yeah, I added in the error 5 years ago. Don't know what I was thinking at the time. (Not so "always reliable" I guess. Sorry, Hod).
Mar
25
comment Taanis Bechoros for a first born from a C-section
@Michoel See this revision.
Mar
24
comment Ezekiel 16:4: לֹא הֻמְלַחַתְּ — what practice does this describe?
@jake In another context, I'd agree with Seth. As per my above comment, though, I hope you leave it in this particular answer.
Mar
24
comment How can we just make our chametz ownerless?
This is not a legal fiction. If someone were to take the chametz that was declared ownerless, the previous owner would have no claim on it. This is true of any item that is declared ownerless.
Mar
22
comment Who dropped Moses from the Hagaddah?
@CharlesKoppelman I think the question as phrased in your comments is reasonable. If you rephrased your question accordingly, I would probably remove the downvote.
Mar
22
comment Parshas Tzav - 96 Pesukim?
The gematria of Tzav plus the kolel is 97.
Mar
22
comment When did Matza become dry?
Often, handmade matza is soft shortly after baking. There are gemaras in P'sachim that seem to imply that it was common to bake matza and eat it shortly thereafter (see e.g. the mishna at the bottom of P'sachim 46a which could be read to imply that it was common to bake matza during Pesach).
Mar
22
comment Why don't we salt newborns, per Ezekiel?
Since you linked to my comment that "salting is a good thing", I should mention that all I meant is that salting is implicated as a good thing in the context of the verse.