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Apr
26
comment Are there any instances of someone other than Eliyahu Hanavi who built a mizbeach after the beit hamikdash was built?
Well then, @cham, allow me to welcome you to Mi Yodeya! Thanks for your contributions here thus far. You can familiarize yourself with this site by taking the tour, and, more specifically, reading the page on how best to answer questions here. Answers should ideally answer the precise question being asked. This answer is interesting, but, if it were me, I'd post it as a comment or include it in a more expanded answer since it doesn't precisely answer the question on its own.
Apr
26
comment Rebbe Akivah's background
I don't know if "religious in observance but ignorant of Torah knowledge" is the best or most complete characterization of Rabbi Akiva's prior status as an 'am ha'aretz. See P'sachim 49b: "Rabbi Akiva said: 'When I was an 'am ha'aretz, I said, "Who will give me a Torah scholar, that I may bite him like a donkey!"'"
Apr
26
comment Are there any instances of someone other than Eliyahu Hanavi who built a mizbeach after the beit hamikdash was built?
The OP asked for "good characters," and Chonyo's character was ambiguous at best. See the opinions of Rabbi Meir and Rabbi Yehuda in M'nachos 109b.
Apr
14
comment What is wrong if a wife rebukes her husband and(/or) does not watch over him
@loewian True, that's an interesting diyuk and a good point. On the other hand, the context there (EH 154:3) perhaps suggests that the Rama is referring to where her conduct is unprovoked in both cases. The equivalence of the two cases might be further supported by the Rama in EH 115:4.
Apr
13
comment What is wrong if a wife rebukes her husband and(/or) does not watch over him
@hazoriz It's regarding the previously mentioned things; this is a case where a wife gratuitously curses her husband unprovoked or disparages his parents unprovoked, and he tells her not to do that but she disregards him and continues her aforementioned conduct.
Apr
13
answered Record of Disputation of Paris
Apr
13
comment Record of Disputation of Paris
@mevaqesh J.C. Salomon included that and other HebrewBooks links already. Would you still like me to post the Daat html version as an additional answer?
Apr
13
comment Students of the Chazon Ish
R' Chaim Greinman z"l.
Apr
13
comment Record of Disputation of Paris
See here and here. (Similar question about the Ramban's later debate: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/53064).
Apr
5
awarded  Yearling
Mar
27
comment Aesthetics and chukoseihem
As you noted in the comments there, the notion of pagan origins of braided loaves is dubious.
Mar
27
comment “There is no question in the world whose answer cannot be found in Torah”
@user6591 Heh, yup. See the original comment from R' Chaim Volozhiner here: "כן התורה למשל מדין סוכה יכולים להוציא להתיר עגונה וכדומה".
Mar
27
comment Do the laws of shmirat ha-lashon and the principle of diyyun le-khaf zekhut protect criminals?
@Maimonist My comment wasn't to put your experiences on trial. There is a halachic distinction between if you observe something yourself and if you do not, and your comment will help people tailor their answers accordingly per your clarification of what you meant in the OP.
Mar
27
comment Do the laws of shmirat ha-lashon and the principle of diyyun le-khaf zekhut protect criminals?
When you say you have "experienced circumstances," do you mean by this phrasing that you personally witnessed "a rabbinic or Hasidic figure [who] committed grave errors or sins," or is your knowledge second or third-hand (or based on information publicized in the press)?
Mar
27
comment Do the laws of shmirat ha-lashon and the principle of diyyun le-khaf zekhut protect criminals?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/35518 (see the answer there, and this comment).
Mar
27
comment Maror- common lettuce
See this answer, where Shalom says that R' Yaakov Kaminetsky ate iceberg lettuce for maror. Also this article and this article mention the claim that R' Aharon Kotler ate iceberg lettuce for maror.
Mar
24
comment When was the one time the Jewish people did not fast on Yom Kippur?
Mo'ed Katan 9a.
Mar
23
comment Custom of singing Aishes Chayil before kiddush
Closely related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/987. Somewhat related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1798 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/45869.
Mar
23
comment Are all answers in the Torah?
Note that there are different ways to interpret that mishna (e.g. in this comment).
Mar
23
comment What can be done with my annoying smoke detector on Shabbos?
...If one is unsure re. the risk involved in leaving the detector in place, it's probably best to err on the side of safety and tolerate the nuisance (sorta related to Shulchan Aruch OC 329:3, 328:2). See also here.