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Jul
23
comment Why might someone not be allowed to have a meat siyum during the nine days?
@Shokhet If people are holding a conversation in public and over your head, I'd say they relinquished their right to complain when you chime in over a not-especially-personal halachic issue. And if Mr. A is already sharing information about his chavrusa with Mr. B., it seems kind of sanctimonious for him to assume the mantle of arbiter (on behalf of his chavrusa) over who can and can't participate in his very audible conversation. (I wasn't there, of course, and I don't know all the details of this specific case. Perhaps there's some way to judge the individuals here l'kaf z'chus).
Jul
23
comment Respecting or using your father
By the way, commentaries on the Shulchan Aruch indicate that the son should ask for a favor this way even if he knows that the person is going to do the favor only for the son's sake. This is because the son is showing respect for his father by suggesting that his father is more worthy of receiving the favor.
Jul
23
comment Respecting or using your father
1. I just meant the third person does the favor because he thinks the father is worthy (or at least the son shows deference to his father by suggesting that as the reason the third person should do the favor). 2. You're right; I just gave one example of how the son can express the idea. The main point is that the son shows respect by indicating that his father is deserving of the favor. 3. Any father should want to express hakaras hatov to someone who help's his child regardless of the reason for the favor. But the son is the main one who should show gratitude anyway - he received the favor.
Jul
23
comment Respecting or using your father
That was just an incidental remark. My point was that everyone involved understands that the son is the one benefiting from the favor. So if the other person really expects a favor in return, he will go to the son. This wouldn't necessarily have anything to do with who was being shown respect by the initial favor (or in the request for the initial favor).
Jul
23
comment Respecting or using your father
Option (1): "Please do me a favor out of respect for my great father. I may not be worthy of the favor myself, but please do me this favor for my father's sake." Option (2): "Please do me this favor. Perhaps you wouldn't do this for just anybody, but do it for my sake." If they will do the favor for you in either case, you should choose Option (1) since it demonstrates the esteem you have for your father, and it suggests that the other person also esteems your father. (Is this clear?)
Jul
23
comment Respecting or using your father
The son isn't asking for a favor in the context of a quid pro quo. The assumption is that the favor is being granted out of respect. If the son mentions his father, he is implying that his father is worthy of respect. If any reciprocity was expected, it would be from the son anyway.
Jul
22
comment Why would someone recite Kaddish D'Rabbanan but not Kaddish Yatom?
Are you asking why someone who isn't a mourner would try to avoid kaddish yasom but not kaddish d'rabbanan?
Jul
22
revised Does a minor's siyum allow one to eat meat in the nine days?
fixed my sp.
Jul
22
revised Does a minor's siyum allow one to eat meat in the nine days?
Added fn. about explaining the Rambam; @msh210 - if this is not to your liking, feel free to edit or remove as you see fit.
Jul
22
comment Praying in a mosque that used to be a church?
This potentially useful article about whether a church can be converted into a synagogue might be a starting point to answering whether a church converted into a mosque no longer has the status of a church.
Jul
22
revised Does a minor's siyum allow one to eat meat in the nine days?
link
Jul
21
revised Is there sufficient evidence to support the theory that ancient Israel practiced monolatry?
added examples
Jul
21
comment Feeling compassion for re'shaim and the mitzvah to hate
Regarding different levels w.r.t. hatred, this might be implied in Chafetz Chayim (B'eir Mayim Chayim, Hil. Lashon Hara' 8:10, which suggests a stronger hatred than the standard case of an avaryan; see also Hil. Lashon Hara' 4:3-7, 8:4-8, as well as some scattered halachos in ch. 7 and 10).
Jul
21
comment Feeling compassion for re'shaim and the mitzvah to hate
I think it is a false dichotomy to say one cannot love someone or feel compassion for them while completely hating them, since those emotions are not strictly opposite. I recall that there is a case to be made that Avraham both loved and hated Yishma'el simultaneously, but I can't think of sources off the top of my head. (Note, though, that there are places in the Torah that specifically indicate that one should not have compassion for someone, e.g. a meisis).
Jul
21
comment Feeling compassion for re'shaim and the mitzvah to hate
I seem to recall that the reason given by Tosafos was that (based on the verse in Mishlei you cited) third parties may sense and mirror your hatred of the person, even though you are the only one who has halachic justification to hate him (because you alone observed him sinning and, presumably, he was dismissive of your entreaties that he mend his ways). It could be that the tempered hatred approach does not apply to a wicked non-Jew or to a Jew who is well established to be wicked (e.g. as in T'hillim 139:21-22 cited in the OP). Anyway, +1.
Jul
20
comment Halachic issues with using a frozen river as a mikvah
@DannySchoemann I wasn't criticizing any particular historic practice, per se. I was just bringing up what might be a relevant point for someone who would consider immersion in icy water.
Jul
20
comment השלכת אחרי גאיך morning activities before prayers
These links may be helpful: Other Activities before Davening from Halachipedia, Before the Shacharit Prayer on Torah Musings, and Outlines of Halachos: BERACHOS 10 from Kollel Iyun Hadaf.
Jul
19
comment Halachic issues with using a frozen river as a mikvah
It's obvious that one may not endanger one's life, but perhaps there is an additional factor that the dipping is not valid if done in a precarious environment since the woman may be too preoccupied with her safety to ensure that she immerses fully.
Jul
19
comment השלכת אחרי גאיך morning activities before prayers
No. How about learning Torah, for example: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/37924.
Jul
19
comment השלכת אחרי גאיך morning activities before prayers
Gotcha. But if a person absolutely has to do stuff that he definitely can't do until he prays, it seems like he has license to pray before the minyan.