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Mar
16
comment Are there any Torah sections dealing with frustration and anger management?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/37531. Also somewhat related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/40851 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3796, and to a lesser degree judaism.stackexchange.com/q/51091.
Mar
16
comment Any practical tips for leaning when seated in an armless dining-room chair?
@msh210 Would holding your hand up to support your head count as leaning דרך חרות? And even if it otherwise would, might it be a problem of מיחזי כדואג?
Mar
16
comment Any practical tips for leaning when seated in an armless dining-room chair?
In this manner, you are just leaning your body (but not your head) on the chair, right? See MB 472:7, who requires resting your head on something.
Mar
16
comment Any practical tips for leaning when seated in an armless dining-room chair?
I'm not sure if this is what you meant in your first paragraph, but leaning leftwards may be insufficient without actually leaning on something (see here and here).
Mar
13
comment Can Jews raise pets (cats, dogs, swine)?
@JimThio I assume the downvotes are because impurity is not the only factor to consider (see the other answers). Incidentally, regarding whether there is a need to avoid becoming impure nowadays, see judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10976 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25714.
Mar
13
comment Is there a halacha that prohibits punching or slapping someone?
Sanhedrin 58b: "וא"ר חנינא הסוטר לועו של ישראל כאילו סוטר לועו של שכינה שנאמר מוקש אדם ילע קודש... אמר ריש לקיש המגביה ידו על חבירו אע"פ שלא הכהו נקרא רשע". "Rabbi Chanina said, 'Someone who slaps a fellow Jew is compared to someone who slaps the Divine Presence, as the verse (Mishlei 20:25) could be homiletically read as "Someone who hits a person, slaps the holy."' Reish Lakish said, 'Someone who raises his hand to strike his fellow is called "wicked" even if he doesn't actually strike him....'"
Mar
13
comment Were/are there any gedolim that do not wear a hat of some kind?
@Yishai R' Emden (top line here) doesn't say anything new. He says, "ודרך הצנועים לילך בכובע על כובע התחתון". A prior source is B"Y (OC 8, s.v. ומכסה). This is not to say that tz'nu'im wear two coverings de jure, but that tz'nu'im customarily wear a hat on top of the yarmulke that everyone wears all the time. Technically, the hat would render the need to wear the yarmulke moot even for tz'nu'im.
Mar
13
comment Are these “Teachings of the Jewish Talmud” and does a typical Jew believe this?
@fredsbend I think the "non-human" thing is debunked in answers to the other question. Are there any other specific ones you want to ask about that aren't addressed there?
Mar
13
comment Are these “Teachings of the Jewish Talmud” and does a typical Jew believe this?
@DoubleAA I don't know, but the idea is the same - the quotes are essentially bogus.
Mar
13
comment Are these “Teachings of the Jewish Talmud” and does a typical Jew believe this?
Duplicate? judaism.stackexchange.com/q/31053
Mar
13
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
12
comment Can Jews raise pets (cats, dogs, swine)?
@StevePaige ...shows that scholars know where the Talmud is not in agreement... That's not at all what I meant by "generally", and I disagree with that. Also, if you have a question about the scriptural basis for the practice of not pronouncing the Tetragrammaton outside the Temple, feel free to ask.
Mar
12
comment Standing for barchu during laining
@DoubleAA ...people would also stand during Bar'chu. (Sorry, my comment got cut off, and I noticed after the editing time elapsed).
Mar
12
comment Standing for barchu during laining
@DoubleAA The Rama MiFano doesn't say you have to stand during the Torah reading. He just says that circumstances had gotten to the point where people generally did not rise for Bar'chu (which he maintains is required), and to remedy that he suggests the practice of standing the whole time so that.
Mar
12
comment Standing for barchu during laining
Though many opinions hold the congregation must stand during Bar'chu and the congregation's response to Bar'chu (since it is a davar shebikdusha), the Magen Avraham (146:6) holds that the congregation must also stand for the blessings before and after the reading. The Chayei Adam (31:3) says "ראוי לעמוד" during Bar'chu (and the response), which suggests he takes the position that people should stand during a davar shebikdusha, but that it isn't an absolute requirement.
Mar
12
comment What should our response be to ancient scripts that mirror the Torah?
+1, though with respect to arachin, for example, if a person vows to donate the "value" of a certain person to the Temple, that value does vary depending on a person's characteristics.
Mar
12
comment What should our response be to ancient scripts that mirror the Torah?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/37390
Mar
12
comment Why do the first born fast on erev Pesach?
Also see this section of the article, including: "Rabbi SZ Auerbach (Halichos Sh'lomo 3:179-180) suggests that the fast incorporates the second purpose mentioned above; firstborns fast to mourn the loss of their priestly status (see Numbers 3:40-51) which had initially been granted them on the fourteenth of Nisan (ibid. 3:14). Furthermore, during the Temple period, this loss was most profoundly felt on the fourteenth of Nisan, which was the busiest day of the year for the Temple priests and Levites (see Pesachim 58a)."
Mar
12
revised Why isn't Ta'anit Bechorot pushed back to Thursday when Pesach falls out on Shabbas?
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Mar
12
revised Taanis Bechorim on Erev Pesach
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