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Nov
24
comment Greeks' gas lamps
@DoubleAA Apparently, they used oil lamps.
Nov
22
comment Where can I find Shekalim (Talmud Yerushalmi) in English online?
This site currently has a translation of the daf yomi through Yoma 57a, including Shakalim.
Nov
21
comment Can bleach be sufficient to cleanse for Passover?
Re your edit: He was talking about performing hag'ala with a boiling bleach/water solution, not just scrubbing with bleach.
Nov
21
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
However, after reading the Rambam's commentary on Avos (4:6), I see that he does clarify that a chilul HaShem could result from the public's perception that people are accepting money to learn (ולא יתירו לעצמם זה, ויסברו שהוא חלול השם אצל ההמון, לפי שהם יחשבו התורה למלאכה מן המלאכות אשר מתפרנסים בהן, ותתבזה אצלם), apparently supporting your point. Anyway, the Kesef Mishneh (Hil. Talmud Torah ad loc.) discusses the Rambam's position and concludes for the most part as you wrote, though he does cite rishonim and Talmudic sources in apparent disagreement with the Rambam's position.
Nov
21
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
My original point was that a kollel stipend is not "charity", and government welfare is probably not technically considered charity either (though I'm not fond of the idea of relying on it). (By the way, what I meant by "paid to learn Torah" was שכר בטלה or some such, which, although the Rambam doesn't propose this idea, does not necessarily clash with the Rambam's wording here). In any event, my main point was that the harsh wording of the Rambam (chilul HaShem and such) seemed to be predicated not only on benefiting from Torah but also specifically on relying on charity as such....
Nov
21
comment Why was the Israelite section in the Beis Hamikdash so small?
The ezras nashim was not just for women, and it was mainly used by men. See here and here.
Nov
21
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
The Rambam wasn't talking about people who are paid to learn Torah. He was talking about people who force themselves onto non-specific charity funds as a result of the fact that they voluntarily impoverish themselves by learning Torah at the expense of working. So a kollel stipend is not the same as a handout that is necessitated by the fact that someone learns in kollel. Further, it is questionable whether government welfare would be considered the same as a charity fund in this regard.
Nov
21
revised How far does Chaticha Naaseh Neveila go?
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Nov
21
comment How far does Chaticha Naaseh Neveila go?
The Chazon Ish (YD 23:1) wrote: והנה יש דברים בזמנינו מיני תמציים שמנקים בהם את הקדירות והמים שהם מתערבים בהם ודאי נפסלין לשתיית בני אדם והקדירות מתרחצים על ידיהם והדין נותן דאפשר להגעיל בן יומו במים אלו שהתמציים מתערבין בהן ונפסלין משתיה. This does not sound like it would include some of the more mild brands of dish soap that are available nowadays.
Nov
21
answered Wine made/handled by non-religious Jews
Nov
21
comment Can bleach be sufficient to cleanse for Passover?
Somewhat related to the background information in the question: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27094
Nov
21
comment Mesilat Yesharim - how much time per day for zehirut/watchfulness
@DoubleAA Good point. I don't know how long it actually takes, but assuming (for argument's sake) that it was well understood back then that it generally took a long time, then it wouldn't be as exigent to include that detail.
Nov
21
comment Mesilat Yesharim - how much time per day for zehirut/watchfulness
@DoubleAA If applying preservative is an extensive process one might conclude that studying should be preceded with similarly extensive preparation. As far as chalakim, I didn't realize there was another way to measure time. :) 180 does divide 1080 nicely, though.
Nov
20
comment Mesilat Yesharim - how much time per day for zehirut/watchfulness
@ShmuelBrin Cute. So they had different ideas as to which element of the mashal provides guidance on the appropriate amount time to spend.
Nov
20
comment What's wrong with “we want moshiach now”?
@HodofHod Regarding a source, Rashi could be interpreted that way (K'suvos 111a, ל"א שלא ידחקו גרסינן לשון דוחק שלא ירבו בתחנונים על כך יותר מדאי).
Nov
20
comment Mesilat Yesharim - how much time per day for zehirut/watchfulness
@DoubleAA Yup. Torah study itself is imbued with properties conducive to yir'as HaShem, so I sort of think of those couple of minutes as a jump start to properly orient one's mind while learning (and from there the learning itself continues to sustain the yiras HaShem).
Nov
20
answered Mesilat Yesharim - how much time per day for zehirut/watchfulness
Nov
20
comment What are the parameters of kavod ha'brios?
B'rachos (19b) is the source that this statement is referring only to rabbinic prohibitions: גדול כבוד הבריות שדוחה [את] לא תעשה שבתורה ואמאי לימא אין חכמה ואין תבונה ואין עצה לנגד ה' תרגמה רב בר שבא קמיה דרב כהנא בלאו דלא תסור אחיכו עליה לאו דלא תסור דאורייתא היא אמר רב כהנא גברא רבה אמר מילתא לא תחיכו עליה כל מילי דרבנן אסמכינהו על לאו דלא תסור ומשום כבודו שרו רבנן.
Nov
20
comment Am I allowed to get miles or points for a loan?
"So is this allowed? Or is it a case of interest?" In general, these are not the only two options. For example, הערמת ריבית is not interest but also not allowed.
Nov
19
comment Inconsistent scheduling for the musaf offering
@MonicaCellio As far as I can tell, there are two definite conditions: the musaf is always started at noon ("six") and the tamid is always slaughtered on a half hour (6.5, 7.5, or 8.5). Abaye's apparent inconsistency in explaining the schedules of R' Yishma'el and R' Akiva seems to belie the possibility that other conditions apply. In fact, the only other condition that I can think of to explain this would be that some half-hour activity always comes between the bazichin and the musaf (regardless of the order), but I don't see this indicated (and it would also not fit with Tosafos).