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Jul
15
comment Yom Tov, Women and Shechiyanu
"...and have in mind the candles as well." The b'racha is on the day, not the candles.
Jul
15
comment Taking home left-overs from a caterered affair - mitzvah or stealing?
This answer would be improved if you could source the assertions therein (some of which are in dire need of sources, e.g.: "the caterer is not over Bal Taschis by throwing out leftovers" and "Even if he wants to throw it out, you cannot stop him").
Jul
14
comment How should a Jew behave if kidnapped by a non-Jew?
Just to add to my previous comment: One Jew is not necessarily allowed to try to stay alive by doing something that could endanger other Jews (such as involvement in an effort to ransom himself for the release of murderers in prison).
Jul
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why did R' Yochanan ben Zakkai ask for multiple things?
Jul
14
comment Did Kozbi deserve to die?
It's worth noting that the Rambam (and the Or HaChaim by extension) is making only a technical, exegetical comparison to the case of bestiality, not a philosophical comparison. (Further, see Magid Mishne, ad loc. who clarifies that what the Rambam means by בזדון is נבעלה במזיד).
Jul
14
comment curse words and the Torah
Highly related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/18222 Duplicate: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/40165
Jul
14
comment How should a Jew behave if kidnapped by a non-Jew?
Halachically, the victim has one priority: staying alive. Consult your local police officer regarding the best way to do so in the described scenario.
Jul
14
comment Source that “Yehi Khevod” should be said with special intensity
@WAF "...and represented by the parallel טs in the name מטטרון..." See Chulin (60a) that the first verse (y'hi ch'vod) was recited by Metatron (according to Tosafos s.v. פסוק זה; see also Tosafos on Y'vamos 16b s.v. פסוק זה) when species of grass differentiated themselves in Creation based on their inference from HaShem's command to the trees.
Jul
14
comment Arabs recognise Hashems watchfull hand over Klal Yisroel
I found this, but I couldn't find a direct news source.
Jul
14
comment Stacking Jewish books in order of holiness
@DoubleAA Good point, the Chazon Ish holds that, too. Seems to me that the Mishna B'rura (284:1) disagrees and holds that a typical kind of printed book would qualify according to the Magein Avraham (ע"י דפוס וגם על הנייר ושלא בגלילה). I agree that l'chatchila a shul should make efforts to get N'vi'im on k'laf.
Jul
13
comment Why do we fear saying G-d's name today?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/20465 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/23463
Jul
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Translations of R' Hirsch
Jul
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on When is the Halacha like Raba and when like Abaye?
Jul
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What kinds of metals need immersion in a mikvah?
Jul
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why did R. Zera want to forget the Talmud Bavli?
Jul
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Ashrei and Repetition of a posuk
Jul
13
comment Why did R. Zera want to forget the Talmud Bavli?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/33744
Jul
13
comment The Tyrian Smith's Name
You can also ask this question about the many other instances in Tanach where someone's name is written in various ways.
Jul
13
comment What is the correct emotion to feel upon hearing about enemy civilian casualties?
This question seems to involves multiple questions: Can/should you be happy at the death of an evil person who supported murdering Jews? Does it make a difference whether they were actively involved in the effort to murder Jews (and, if so, how actively involved would they have to have been)? Can/should you be happy if someone dies if, based on the limited demographic info you know about them, they were merely statistically likely to have supported murdering Jews?
Jul
11
revised Why do we have the rule of “Nasog Achor”?
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