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Mar
18
comment What's the best way to dip maror into charoset if you're using horseradish?
Also, the S'fas Emes infers that Rashi would prohibit a non-50-50 mixture from adding up to a k'zayis (ad loc): יש לדייק מלשון רש"י ז"ל דדוקא שני חצאי זיתים מב' מינים כיון שהם שוים ואין מין האחד יותר מהמין האחר מצטרפין אבל אם הרוב ממין אחד אין מצטרף מיעוט ממין אחר להשלים השיעור משום דנתבטל טעם מרירות מין המועט בהרוב וחסר לי' משיעוריה.
Mar
18
comment What's the best way to dip maror into charoset if you're using horseradish?
Assuming you use less than a k'zayis of lettuce and horseradish each (and I'm not actually assuming this), this brings up the issue of combining different kinds of maror for one k'zayis, which Rashi (P'sachim 39a, s.v. ומצטרפין) implies is not preferable. Generally, romaine lettuce is preferred to anything else, no matter how bitter the alternative is (see the story with Ravina and Rav Acha son of Rava on the middle of 39a).
Mar
17
comment Is there a tradition to pronounce kamatz katan as “a”?
@msh210 That's simply not my experience, except for when they unknowingly err (which is frequently for some people). I don't think I've ever heard anyone of any nationality intentionally pronounce קרבן and כל with an "a sound", unless they were unfamiliar with those words to begin with.
Mar
17
comment Is there a tradition to pronounce kamatz katan as “a”?
@msh210 Are you saying they don't distinguish between different kinds of kamatz?
Mar
17
comment Is there a tradition to pronounce kamatz katan as “a”?
@MonicaCellio Ditto. Just think about the words with aקמץ קטן that everyone seems to pronounce "something like o," e.g. קרבן and כל.
Mar
17
comment Segulah for having a boy
@jake You can conclude the odds are 1-(.5^5) only if you assume randomness such that any given couple actually has a 50 percent change of having a boy each time they have a baby. This may not be medically true.
Mar
17
comment Relations twice as segulah for boy — What about zugos?
See what Abaye says at the top of the next daf; the B'raisa mean that one should not engage in relations immediately after eating or drinking in pairs.
Mar
17
answered Fasting for a child bechor before Passover
Mar
14
comment What does 'בציצית' mean in 'להתעטף בציצית'?
@msh210 Well the mitzvah to do atifa with the talis is on account of the tzitzis. It doesn't quite make sense to say "l'his'ateif ba'talis," since the word talis does not imply that it has tzitzis on it.
Mar
13
revised May a woman look at a man for pleasure?
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Mar
13
comment What does 'בציצית' mean in 'להתעטף בציצית'?
@DoubleAA You have my permission to edit my answer accordingly.
Mar
13
comment What does 'בציצית' mean in 'להתעטף בציצית'?
@DoubleAA Fair enough. This is what happens when I turn my comments into hasty posts. You're more than welcome to post a superior, more comprehensive answer, and I'd be more than happy to give it my vote (provided it's up to your usual good standards).
Mar
13
comment Attending networking events under false pretenses
That may be, but it seems that their responsibility to you should take precedence (cf. Bava Metzi'a 71a: תני רב יוסף אם כסף תלוה את עמי את העני עמך...עני ועשיר עני קודם ענייך ועניי עירך ענייך קודמין עניי עירך ועניי עיר אחרת עניי עירך קודמין).
Mar
13
comment Attending networking events under false pretenses
גניבת דעת? Also, in the case of the OU event, do you really think that you'd get kicked to the curb for already living in a community? You'd think that they have a more of a responsibility to you than to new people they want to recruit.
Mar
13
answered What does 'בציצית' mean in 'להתעטף בציצית'?
Mar
13
answered May a woman look at a man for pleasure?
Mar
13
comment Is it a mitzva to escape the death penalty?
Re. the case of Shimon ben Shetach's son, perhaps he needed to allow himself to be executed to uphold the integrity of the judicial process. An ordinary case might be different.
Mar
13
comment sheidim, servant of satan, death on sight, duck feet?
@HodofHod The gemara (B'rachos 6a) says that R' Bibi bar Abaye used the method described there to see mazikin, and he was harmed as a result (it doesn't say he died). The rabbis prayed for him and he recovered.
Mar
13
comment Is it appropriate for a Gentile to attend and/or participate in a Seder?
Re. the matzah, see Taz (OC 167:18). For some practical considerations involved, see Igros Moshe (YD vol. 2, 132).
Mar
13
comment Does the State of Israel fulfill the coming of the Messiah?
It's also questionable whether a prime minister could be considered a king, although I heard R' Hershel Schachter say that, in his opinion, the government מדינת ישראל has a din of מלכות ישראל. I seem to recall that he said that in his opinion a prime minister has the din of a melech, but I'm not absolutely sure if I remember that right.