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Jun
27
comment Off the Derech Parent
@NoachmiFrankfurt See here (#4) regarding the halachos of correcting a parent.
Jun
27
comment Grill used for neveilot
If you want to kasher it, see here and here.
Jun
27
comment Niqqud of the name of the מהר"ץ חיות
Perhaps useful: This article (Leiter, Moshe. "תשובת רבה האחרון של לבוב." HaDarom. 16 (5722): 94) mentions that R' Chajes' ancestor by the same name moved to Krakow around 1584. He served as Av Beis Din in Prague, and previously in Krakow, Lvov, and/or Prossnitz. His family was exiled from Portugal and then Provence. His rabbinic position in Prague might support the etymology suggested in the footnote in your linked JQR article.
Jun
27
awarded  Revival
Jun
27
answered Has anyone declared a time of oppression regarding the four Temple fasts?
Jun
26
comment How to determine common practice for halachos that are impacted by it
This topic is discussed in Yabia' Omer (vol. 6, YD 14:6).
Jun
26
comment How to determine common practice for halachos that are impacted by it
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30299
Jun
25
comment Definition of mini-skirt in Yabia Omer YD 6:14
@DoubleAA Those rulings in Yalkut Yosef seem more stringent than their purported source in Yabia' Omer.
Jun
25
comment Definition of mini-skirt in Yabia Omer YD 6:14
@DoubleAA I don't know for sure that רגילה means skirts past the knees, but his remark at the end (that you quoted: ובמקום שלא ישמעו לנו הבנות ללבוש חצאיות או שמלות המכסות את הברכים) at least makes me think there are רגלים לדבר. | As far as your point about teaching Torah, yes the teachers would apparently still be in a bind if the girls wore skirts past the knees, esp. considering R' O.Y.'s wording (והן יושבות לפניו ברגלים מגולות דהוי תרתי לריעותא - which would seem to include calves). Maybe he would suggest improvising barriers with desks, or something.
Jun
25
comment Definition of mini-skirt in Yabia Omer YD 6:14
My read of R' O.Y. is that skirts past the knee, though only acceptable according to opinions (that R' O.Y. rejects) that say shok is the thigh (e.g. P'ri M'gadim), are a problem because "covered areas" are left uncovered. However, my guess is that he would not consider this as bad as pants, especially if he considers a skirt that covers just past the knees a "regular skirt": ‎לבישת מכנסים... כי בגדי שחץ הן ומעוררות תשומת לב מיוחדת לרואיהן יותר מאשר שמלה או חצאית רגילה. So I think 1b is correct. (Perhaps it is both "due to leniency regarding שוק" and "stringency regarding pants").
Jun
25
comment Definition of mini-skirt in Yabia Omer YD 6:14
My read of the t'shuva is as follows: Mini-skirts exist for the purpose of pritzus. Wearing them violates b'chukoseihem lo seileichu and also creates a major stumbling block for men. Pants, at least in our day and age, don't exist for the purpose of pritzus (especially loose-fitting pants), although they are still immodest garments (though not beged ish). Pants are therefore preferable. R' O.Y. didn't seem to consider the possibility of opaque socks, and mentioned explicitly that nylon stockings accomplish nothing....
Jun
25
comment Definition of mini-skirt in Yabia Omer YD 6:14
He does mention (in section 1): וברור שירך חמור יותר משוק
Jun
25
comment Would a woman have to cover an artificial limb for tznius purposes?
@DoubleAA Isn't that a duplicate?
Jun
25
comment Did the sages know Maaseh Bereishis?
Regarding the question in your title, some did (such as the סבי דפומבדיתא) and some didn't (Chagiga 13a).
Jun
25
reviewed Approve Source for Rambam on Habit and Character
Jun
25
reviewed Approve Praying in “multifaith spaces” in airports and other institutions
Jun
25
comment Why is hair sometimes considered *erva* (nakedness) but sometimes not?
@DoubleAA 2. Are you suggesting that this requirement to cover hair in the Mikdash would be due to מורא מקדש? Let's even assume that this applies to the משכן to the same degree as to the Beis HaMikdash (e.g. the opinion of the Minchas Chinuch). See Rambam (Hil. Bi'as HaMikdash 1:17) that uncovering one's hair only violates מורא מקדש if it is in an unkempt or sloppy manner. One would not expect a מורא מקדש-based difference between men and women in this regard if it was okay for women to expose their hair elsewhere.
Jun
25
comment Why is hair sometimes considered *erva* (nakedness) but sometimes not?
@DoubleAA Interesting. A couple of thoughts: 1. If that were the case, I would expect that the sotah would instead leave her covering off when coming to the Mikdash, rather than putting it on just to take it off.
Jun
24
comment Can women go to stonings?
See שיירי קרבן (Sanhedrin 6:4) who seems to suggest that ונוסרו כל הנשים (Ezekiel 23:48), which requires women to attend the sotah ritual (Sotah 8b), extends to executions as well.
Jun
24
comment Can women go to stonings?
Actually, I just found this remark by R' Yitzchok Sorotzkin, who says צריך עיון regarding whether this includes women.