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May
13
comment What to do if mother-in-law is singing at meal?
@cham Of course, but it is possible that this would be allowed for shalom bayis or other considerations so long as לא קא מיכוין ליהנות. I totally disagree with you about saying that any heter would extend to allowing one to intend to focus on or enjoy the singing. Furthermore, the reason that special heter was required for hearing a woman sing is that erva prevents one from being allowed to learn Torah. If a person is not learning Torah (or praying or reciting sh'ma') at the time, a special heter for incidentally hearing a woman sing is unnecessary.
May
13
comment What to do if mother-in-law is singing at meal?
@cham If by "they" you mean the Y'rei'im, et al., they didn't permit listening to non-Jewish women singing. They said that a person does not have to stop their Torah learning if they are within earshot. I suppose that's relevant to this question insofar as there is a difference between listening and hearing; if a mother-in-law singing z'miros is kol isha, there are more options besides either listening for enjoyment or fleeing the room in apparent terror (e.g. staying in the room for shalom bayis, but not focusing on or actively trying to listen to one's mother-in-law singing).
May
13
comment What to do if mother-in-law is singing at meal?
@Scimonster I wouldn't call it "no issue." At most, I would say there are some who permit.
May
13
comment What to do if mother-in-law is singing at meal?
I assume there would be a distinction between one's mother (for example) and one's mother in law.
May
13
comment Why are there few female circumcisers these days?
Well, if she's a doctor who performs medical circumcisions anyway, she might spend time studying the process. +1.
May
13
comment Why does one have to put on Tefillin every day?
@DoubleAA Interesting. Good point.
May
12
comment Bishul Akum and Scrambled Eggs
Note that the standard for אינו עולה על שולחן מלכים may vary with changing mores over time and locale (in support of this, see for e.g. Chochmas Adam 66:4 "כללו של דבר הכל הולך אחר המקום מה שדרך לאכול באותו מקום" and Aruch HaShulchan YD 113:18). Even so, I'd say that scrambled eggs nowadays probably do qualify as עולה על שולחן מלכים.
May
12
comment Why does one have to put on Tefillin every day?
@Yishai I didn't look at the Tosafos carefully, but isn't that discussing tying the t'fillin knot(s) (even according to R' Eliyahu, who says it must be done daily)?
May
11
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
@SethJ Perhaps a tanna tuna (pictured here)?
May
11
comment What are we supposed to do with idolatry in Israel?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14443
May
11
comment Who came up with this story?
@user6591 The RTL for the Hebrew text on that page is weird, so maybe that's why the text would appear messed up in some browsers.
May
11
comment Who came up with this story?
See footnote 3 on this page.
May
11
comment Correcting a Rebbe who is learning during חזרת הש"ץ
@user6591 A peripheral benefit of that approach is that it is an appropriate mode of inquiry even if the rebbe is right.
May
10
comment How do observant Jews entertain themselves?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks very much for this answer! I know many people can attest to R' Aharon Lichtenstein's basketball playing, as well as the positive character traits and derech eretz he demonstrated in the process (such as mentioned in Rabbi Genack's recollection here).
May
7
comment in process learning enough to actually get to teshuva.. but conversion vs. giyur lechumra?
Are you asking about differences in the process between regular conversion and giyur l'chumra ("just-in-case conversion"), or about differences in the criteria that determine which one is applicable to a given individual?
May
7
comment Why is the term שליט“א more commonly used for a rav than the term נ”י?
@Yishai Isn't that more of a secondary, hinted meaning (or perhaps even an ex post facto etymology)? (Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/30999).
May
7
comment Was the Aruch Hashulchan Sephardic?
@147zcbm He sometimes mentions Ashkenazim first, too. If you want to understand his view on the matter, see what he writes in OC 68:3 and 89:7.
May
7
comment Game theory in the Tanaim
@J.C.Salomon You're right, though that paper does mention the relevance of the "contested garment" condition (derived from the first mishna in Sh'nayim Ochazin). This is the original paper that discusses a generalized allocation model for the mishna, as well as a generalized game theoretic model to account for Sh'muel's explanation of the mishna.
May
6
comment Game theory in the Tanaim
Are you referring to Dr. Aumann's discussion of the mishna in K'suvos (93a)?
May
6
comment Why are Masekhtot referred to by content while Humashim by their first word(s)?
(See here): Sefer HaYashar for B'reishis (Y'rushalmi Sotah 1:10). Toras Kohanim for Vayikra (M'gilla 3:5). Chomesh Pikudim for B'midbar (Y'rushalmi Sotah 1:10). Mishneh haTorah for D'varim (see D'varim 17:18).