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Jul
18
comment Welcoming non-Jewish guests
Special case: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27094
Jul
18
comment Unclean — Consequences
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25714
Jul
18
revised Tefillin and Knots
added 382 characters in body
Jul
18
comment Tefillin and Knots
@ChiddusheiTorah Siman 27, as mentioned by Roaming Bear in #1.
Jul
18
comment Being intoxicated a Sin?
The Orchos Tzadikim (Sha'ar haSimcha) has an interesting discussion on the vices and virtues of drinking.
Jul
18
comment Being intoxicated a Sin?
Regarding the Rambam's position on Purim, see this comment and the subsequent comments. Additionally, there are plenty of other opinions that hold one should not get drunk on Purim (see this comment and the following one).
Jul
18
comment Being intoxicated a Sin?
@YEZ Could be. Although Rabbeinu Yonah, the Rosh, and the Tur understand that the reason to avoid drunkenness on the Seder night is so that people will be able to continue expounding on y'tzi'as Mitzrayim.
Jul
18
comment Being intoxicated a Sin?
Whoops. Yes, I meant to ping @RaMMaS . Thanks for catching that, YEZ. All I meant in my comment is that chazal included rules in the arba kosos to minimize drunkenness.
Jul
18
comment Being intoxicated a Sin?
The idea behind the four cups is not to get drunk. According to the Y'rushalmi (P'sachim 10:6), the Sages instituted the rule against drinking between the third and fourth cups to forestall drunkenness: למה? בשביל שלא ישתכר. כבר משוכר הוא! מה בין יין שבתוך המזון מה בין יין של אחר המזון? יין של אחר המזון משכר שבתוך המזון אינו משכר
Jul
18
comment Crying on Shabbos
More directly, see Rama (OC 288:2): וכן מי שיש לו עונג אם יבכה כדי שילך הצער מלבו מותר לבכות בשבת.
Jul
18
comment Crying on Shabbos
See R' Daniel Travis' Shabbos: Tasting Eternity (section beginning p. 192‌​).
Jul
18
revised Has anyone declared a time of oppression regarding the four Temple fasts?
clarified first para (thanks TRiG) and fn. 3
Jul
18
comment Burial in Space
Aside from the site cited in Tatpurusha's answer, see this article.
Jul
18
comment Lending Money and Inflation
I noticed that R' Moshe wrote that t'shuva in March 1971, mere months before the Nixon Shock. I didn't read the t'shuva yet so I don't know the rationale, but I wonder if R' Moshe would take the same position regarding our modern system of currency (post-August 1971).
Jul
18
comment talking after washing
Re. 1 and 2, there are different opinions. See Mishna B'rura (166:1-2; English translation). See also here.
Jul
18
comment Stacking Jewish books in order of holiness
@DoubleAA Also see Mishna B'rura (240:28,29) which says that the standard kind of printed Tanach and Talmud have holiness, though less than those sefarim of Tanach that are עשויין בגלילה (based on Pri M'gadim, Mishb'tzos Zahav on OC 153:19).
Jul
18
comment Can You Run On Shabbos?
That's an interesting perspective, but - even if you don't have an explicit source - what about the halachic principles prohibiting activities mishum r'fu'a would make you think that that's a legitimate distinction? Because drawing a novel yet arbitrary distinction has no halachic value.
Jul
18
comment Do 20+ Singles Violate Halachah?
@DoubleAA See Shulchan Aruch (EH 1:3): ומיהו אם עוסק בתורה וטרח בה ומתיירא לישא אשה כדי שלא יטרח במזונו ויתבטל מן התורה מותר להתאחר. However, see Sotah (44a): תנו רבנן אשר בנה אשר נטע אשר ארש לימדה תורה דרך ארץ שיבנה אדם בית ויטע כרם ואח"כ ישא אשה.
Jul
18
comment Teffilin For Women
I think this is a duplicate between Danno's link and this: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27823
Jul
18
comment Can You Run On Shabbos?
Do you have a source for your claim that someone's reason for being healthy/fit is halachically relevant?