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Feb
10
comment echad mi yodea: Aramaic?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/36837 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/37639 and sort of judaism.stackexchange.com/q/857
Feb
10
revised What is the origin of the song Echad Mi Yodeya?
revised with footnotes, etc.
Feb
9
comment Is there a heter for mentioning the names of the Greek gods?
@user6591 Perhaps not, but that's the example that was given in the responsum.
Feb
9
comment Where does the sense of morality come from?
@DoubleAA R' Lichtenstein addresses the question of whether a person's innate sense of morality can have any bearing on objective morality. Ray, is that relevant to your question?
Feb
9
comment Is there a heter for mentioning the names of the Greek gods?
This appears to be based on the Beis Yizchak (YD 152:5), who says that it is okay if the name has become most commonly associated with something other than the deity (which explains why chazal had no problem referring to money as mammon).
Feb
9
comment Where does the sense of morality come from?
R' Aharon Lichtenstein has an interesting discussion on this in his article, "Does Judaism Recognize an Ethic Independent of Halakha?" (also found here).
Feb
9
comment Lubavitcher Rebbe on the Shoah
From the copy I saw, the initial publication (published in 1977) includes a Chasid's unofficial account of two discussions he had with the Rebbe: one in 1970 and the second in 1973. Portions of the Rebbe's reported remarks can be found here and here. Here are some images from an except of the discussion: here, here, and here.
Feb
9
comment Why demand Amen via V'Imru Amen (ואמרוּ אָמֵן) at end of kaddish versus just amen elsewhere?
Huh? V'imru amein appears multiple times within kaddish.
Feb
9
reviewed Approve A prayer not accompanied with personal efforts to solve the problem – how is it viewed?
Feb
8
comment Davening and a freshly fertilised lawn
If the manure was from animals (not synthetic) and carried an "extraordinarily unpleasant smell" into the shul, you should ask the rav for his basis in permitting opening the windows, as it seems like it could even be a biblical prohibition to pray under the circumstances. (E.g. could it be an עת לעשות kind of rationale, as regular public prayer in that town was necessary for the survival of the community, and keeping the windows closed would have created a risk that there would be no minyan?)
Feb
8
comment Davening and a freshly fertilised lawn
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/16928. Praying in the presence of a strong odor from manure is forbidden (see, for example, Shulchan Aruch OC 79:4, though there may be different opinions regarding whether manure has the same stringencies as human waste, such as having to distance oneself at least 4 cubits from where the odor ends). One may even have to repeat his prayers if he prayed in such a location (Rambam, Hil T'fila 4:9). CYLOR for the particular situation you describe.
Feb
8
comment Tapping on the table for “שולחן זה שאכלנו עליו”
@Danno That's about creating a beat to the tune. This is about indicating the table in question.
Feb
8
comment Is vaping prohibited?
@Gary There's some newer research that suggests that electronic cigarette usage causes immediate short term damage to the lungs and weakens the immune system. Also, when used at a high voltage level, the amount of formaldehyde inhaled is much higher than it is in regular cigarettes. There is also some preliminary evidence that the delivery system of the e-cigarette itself, rather than the nicotine contained therein, it harmful to lung function.
Feb
8
comment A sin done while drunk
@Shalom That's a very relevant source (Y'shanos §62): דלא קאמר תלמודא דבהגיע לשכרותו של לוט פטור אלא להני דקא חשיב בברייתא בפירוש מקח וממכר מיתה ומלקות אבל לגבי ניזקין אין ספק דחייב דה"ל להזהר מתחלה שלא ישתכר כלוט ולהזיק את הרבים דמי אנסו להשתכר כ"כ עד דלא ידע מה קעביד... דאיהו הוא דגרי' לנפשי' חייב בניזקין ואפי' ישן דאי אפשר בלא שינה א"ה חייב בנזקין כ"ש בשיכור דהוה פושע גמור.
Feb
8
comment A sin done while drunk
@mevaqesh Discussed here: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/16364
Feb
8
comment Public Shaming: Cardinal Sin?
@DannySchoemann R' Yonah holds that it is אביזרי' דשפיכות דמים (he uses the expression "אבק הרציחה"), and Tosafos seems to suggest that it is a separate sin "דעבירת הלבנת פנים אינה מפורשת בתורה".
Feb
8
comment A sin done while drunk
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/16351
Feb
8
comment A sin done while drunk
"Totally free" is not the clearest translation for פטור מכולם, which more precisely means that he is exempt from the aforementioned punishments. See Orchos Chayim (Hil. M'gila §38) who characterizes drunkenness itself as a great sin, since it can lead to other major sins. WRT hypnosis, R' Moshe says that someone who voluntarily puts himself in a situation that will likely cause him to later sin involuntarily is not considered an אונס (exemption of monetary liability for certain types of damage on Purim is only due to the presumption that people forgive such damage under the circumstances).
Feb
6
revised What's the best rewording of “midas harachamim aleinu hisgalgli” for those uncomfortable with it?
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Feb
6
revised Where does the concept of Gilgulim (reincarnations) in Judaism come from?
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