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Jan
13
comment About Shemot 35:3
It can carry various meanings.
Jan
13
comment where there isn't a vessel available for washing with is there another option available for someone to eat bread?
Regarding R' Elyashiv, see @sam 's answer here.
Jan
13
comment Netilas Yadayim with automatic sinks
Correction to my (deleted) comment above: Actually, the phrase referring to R' Elyashiv in V'zos HaB'racha is "echad mig'dolei hador". (The sefer confirms this in the hakdama).
Jan
13
comment Netilas Yadayim with automatic sinks
Well, I upvoted your answer because it sources R' Feinhandler quoting R' Walkin. But I still don't see a verifiable citation for R' Elyashiv (though I'm not doubting it exists somewhere in Ashrei HaIsh) - unless I missed something when I skimmed your answer. Or is "gaon echad" Rav Elyashiv?
Jan
13
comment Netilas Yadayim with automatic sinks
Regarding R' Elyashiv, there appears to be a contrary claim in this answer: This is subject to a dispute among modern day poskim if the faucet has a din of a kli. Rav Elyashiv and Rav Ovadia Yosef both held it did have a din of a kli; thus, if no cup is available, one can turn the faucet on and off twice (or three if Sephardic) on each hand, since turning on the faucet is considered "koach gavra".
Jan
13
comment Why does the torah give us exact dates for the flood?
This whole discussion ignores the Rambam's belief that the first 11 chapters of Bereishit are not literal... Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30158. @NoachmiFrankfurt
Jan
12
comment Time for morning prayer when flying over Greenland and seeing the sun rise twice
Since they hold that tefilloh is day-sensitive and not sunrise-sunset–sensitive, it follows that someone who davens and then crosses the dateline westward (leading into the following day) has to daven again... Relevant: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/322.
Jan
12
awarded  Strunk & White
Jan
12
revised Learning the entire night of one's 20th Birthday?
Changed the title to refer to what I think you meant. If I was wrong, please feel free to revert my edit!
Jan
12
comment Learning the entire night of one's 20th Birthday?
In light of your imminent birthday, you may also be interested in the following Mi Yodeya posts that have some relevance to your age: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/8629, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3738, judaism.stackexchange.com/a/44339, and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1883.
Jan
12
comment Learning the entire night of one's 20th Birthday?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya, and יום הולדת שמח! Are you asking about the custom among some people to stay up all that night studying Torah? See this Hebrew Wikipedia article that mentions a source for this custom, as well as other sources that the practice is not necessary and that being well-rested to study the following day takes priority.
Jan
12
comment Standing during a wedding
Very closely related (and at least a near duplicate of #1): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/17243
Jan
12
awarded  Enlightened
Jan
12
comment Why is Jeremiah 10:11 written in Aramaic?
In general, see Ramban on Sh'mos 30:13 ("וכן הטעם אצלי במה שרבותינו קוראין לשון התורה לשון הקודש שהוא מפני שדברי התורה והנבואות וכל דברי קדושה כולם בלשון ההוא נאמרו").
Jan
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
12
revised Having parakeets in one's house
tag (it's not mentioned explicitly in question, but it's the apparent basis for the question)
Jan
12
revised When should one cut his nails for Shabbos when Friday is Rosh Chodesh
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Jan
12
comment Are two biological brothers allowed to marry two biological sisters?
... One must immediately chop down a tree that brings forth fruit twice in a year, though one may not chop down a fruit tree (?); a rabbi can't live in Heidelberg, a kohen can't live in Regensburg, and nobody can live in Augsburg (possibly for his own descendents); one shouldn't live in Swabia; don't pray at a cemetery in another city, lest the deceased of one's own city be offended; someone who moves away from a house may not move back for seven years; never cry when parting from someone; one dare not travel or move to a new residence on the first, third, or twenty-fifth of the month, etc.
Jan
12
comment Are two biological brothers allowed to marry two biological sisters?
While it is common for poskim to cite various observances of those who follow the tzava'os of R' Yehuda HaChasid, many if not most of the tzava'os are ignored entirely AFAIK. I think it would be difficult for someone to actually be able to adhere to all of them. E.g.: Don't have a shower/bathtub in your house unless the shower is open to the public; two married brothers should not live in the same city; once you leave home on a trip, don't go back inside the house if you forgot to take something; don't oil your shoes on the day you plan to take a trip...
Jan
12
revised Does a child tear Kriyah at the Kosel?
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