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Mar
11
comment Is there a halacha that prohibits punching or slapping someone?
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Mar
10
comment Reward for not talking during davening
@DanF The motive was that conversing during prayer was a rampant problem in his days. He also had a dream where he was informed that the Tach v'Tat massacres were possible because of this communal iniquity. So he felt it was necessary to provide some extra incentive to get people to stop.
Mar
10
revised Does a Jew need to obtain a get if his ex-wife is not Jewish?
Generalized question. Jeremy, feel free to edit your question further if you wish.
Mar
10
comment Does a Jew need to obtain a get if his ex-wife is not Jewish?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/23417 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14777 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/29893.
Mar
10
comment Reward for not talking during davening
The Tosafos Yom Tov composed a mishebeirach to bless those who refrain from conversing during prayer (see the text at the bottom of this page).
Mar
10
comment Why are “Chiddushei” seforim rarely cited in the Nosi Keilim?
Very rarely do you find "Chiddushim" seforim. I wouldn't go that far at all. The Beit Yosef, for one example, cites them with some regularity - most especially the Chiddushei HaRashba.
Mar
10
comment Why don't we say Baruch Hu UVoruch Shmo more often?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10988
Mar
9
comment What is the source for R' Meir and R'Elazar Beth Shammai membership?
There's no reason to suspect that R' Akiva got "totally creamed in a logical argument." It's more likely that R' Yonasan insulted R' Akiva out of frustration over R' Akiva's capable argumentation ("אקשי ליה ואוקמיה"), and that R' Akiva demurred out of humility in response to the insult.
Mar
9
revised Was Rabbi Yossei a member of Beth Shammai?
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Mar
9
comment Sitting During Laining accd to R Abadi
+1. Note that there are many views among recent poskim on the matter of whether it is praiseworthy (but not required), optional (essentially to the point of being neutral), or bad to stand in a congregation where people generally sit for the reading. The issues involved are generally yuhara and minhag hamakom (and whether they apply) vs. showing reverence for the Torah by standing (reminiscent of Har Sinai). Factors that could affect this, according to at least some poskim, include whether the rav of the synagogue stands and the percentage of the congregation that does stand.
Mar
9
comment Sitting During Laining accd to R Abadi
I assume that you mean R' Abadi says the congregants should sit, but that the person reading the Torah (and the Gabbai and Gabbai Sheni) must stand (Shulchan Aruch OC 141:1, Rama ad loc., M.B. 141:5).
Mar
9
comment Were/are there any gedolim that do not wear a hat of some kind?
@Nafkamina There's no source for this urban legend about double coverings besides 20th century post-facto explanations that arose after the development of this urban legend. Otherwise, sources cited in support for this notion (e.g. one of the Beit Yosef's explanations of the Tur in OC 8:5) exclusively mention (usually in the context of prayer) wearing a larger head covering as opposed to the smaller yarmulke usually worn. One may choose to wear or not wear the smaller head covering underneath at the same time, thus wearing two coverings at once, but this choice has no religious significance.
Mar
9
comment “Nisht Um Shabbos Geredt”
A humorous example.
Mar
9
comment “Nisht Um Shabbos Geredt”
@Ypnypn Yes, this preface appears to be used as a technique to technically restate forbidden verbal planning as "a random Halachic factoid." However, since it is well understood by all parties involved that the objective is in fact forbidden planning for after Shabbos, I strongly question whether this preface can serve to halachically legitimize or mitigate the underlying statements.
Mar
8
comment Where does Rav Dessler mention that root word of אהבה is הב?
See here (paragraph titled "Two Sides of the Same Coin").
Mar
8
comment Hallel before chatzos at seder
...quoting the Ran on the Rif (P'sachim 27b s.v. גרסינן, and M'gilla 7a s.v. וכן).
Mar
8
comment Marijuana for B'Samim at Havdallah?
@Daniel I'm inclined to think this question is essentially a duplicate of that one.
Mar
8
comment Their altars…and *his* asheirah?
Note that Onkelos does render this in the plural ("וְיָת אֲשֵׁירֵיהוֹן תְּקָצְצוּן"). | R' Zev Wolf Tannenbaum discusses your question here.
Mar
6
revised Who is My Fellow?
The chapter scheme is different in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch than it is in the Shulchan Aruch
Mar
6
comment was God actively involved in bringing out the holocaust
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